National Night Out and Longfellow Corn Feed

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By admin, August 5, 2008 7:53 am

Anyone attending National Night Out activities in your neighborhood on Tuesday 5 August should ask for the MInnehaha-Hiawatha corridor project information sheet and one-question survey. All Block Club leaders should have received copies so please take a moment to offer your input!

From 5:30-8:00 pm on Thursday 7 August, stop by the Longfellow Park Corn Feed, yet another great event organized by Minneapolis Park and Recreation staff. Turnout at the 25 July Sibley Park Corn Feed was fantastic, and thanks to park staff there the Community Advisory Committee got lots of input on this project. We hope for even more good ideas on Thursday, so do stop by our “What do you think” table. You can offer input in English or Español, ask questions, mark the map showing where you live, take a look at the community-based process, or find out more about other Community Works projects.

Input from Sibley Park Corn Feed, 7-25-08

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By admin, August 4, 2008 9:42 am

The question posed by volunteers from the Community Advisory Committee, County, and consulting team was, “What kinds of improvements do you think would create a more vibrant community and increase your quality of life?”

About 40 people at this event offered their ideas. Responses fell into several categories:  retail/ commercial/ entertainment; community beautification; community image; sense of community; safety; housing; and transportation/traffic. Click here to read detailed input.

Many people wanted more small businesses, a grocery store, and family-oriented restaurants. A number focused on beautifying the corridor area that they thought looked rundown and seedy. Some people highlighted the value of community activities like the Corn Feed and National Night Out that bring people together, and many suggested similar outdoor and indoor activities and opportunities for kids, families, and teenagers.

Some identified safety as the biggest issue and the need for more police presence and crime control. Others focused on more family housing but not condos, high rises, or apartment buildings. Many highlighted the importance of accommodating bike and pedestrian traffic in the corridor as well as the need to find solutions to getting across Hiawatha by car, bike, and on foot.

What is going on…

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By admin, August 2, 2008 1:13 pm

Over the course of this project the Community Advisory Committee, Hennepin County, and the HKGi consulting team will be updating this section of the website to summarize the latest on the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project. For more detail on the latest public input, click on the Input to Date link on the right. Here’s the latest!

Emerging Themes

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By admin, July 21, 2008 10:28 pm

Below are themes that are emerging to date. These will be continually expanded and detailed as community input on issues and priorities continues into spring 2009:

  • People very much appreciate the sense of community and the walkability of the neighborhoods and locally owned businesses and services, but are concerned about pedestrian and bicycle safety between Hiawatha and Minnehaha, especially at night with major roadways, the rail line, and poor lighting
  • There are serious traffic flow problems along Hiawatha due to poor signalization; that also pushes more traffic onto Minnehaha
  • People are concerned about vacant and poorly maintained commercial and residential properties that create a poor community image and discourage new investment; they also attract drug use and graffiti
  • There are continued concerns about crimes against people and property, including at and around LRT stations
  • Hiawatha is a huge barrier between people and communities
  • People desire more trees and other greenery along streets, including Hiawatha, to make the community prettier and more attractive to residents and businesses
  • Community members have very mixed feelings about increased residential density; this may vary by location and current land use
  • Minnehaha Avenue: Some people focused on this being an important connection between the Midtown Greenway and Minnehaha Parkway and as a gateway to Minnehaha Park; some are interested in strengthened and continued high quality development so it’s exciting and vibrant like Grand Avenue in St. Paul (traffic and parking issues would have to be addressed)