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Learn about mosaic project at upcoming workshops

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By robb, January 31, 2017 6:52 am

Learn more about mosaic making and share ideas for a public art project on Minnehaha Ave! Thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to The Longfellow Community Council, Minnehaha Avenue will soon have more than a dozen beautiful new mosaic trash cans!

Mosaic artists Greta McLain and Lori Greene will be leading 4 community workshops to teach mosaic techniques and gather ideas for the mosaic project! Join them at one of the following workshops:

Feb. 11 from 1:00 to 2:30
Parkway Pizza, 4359 Minnehaha Ave

Feb. 19 from 1:30 to 3:00
Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave

Feb. 25 from 1:00 to 2:30
East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St

Mar. 11 from 1:00 to 2:30
Selam Coffee, 3860 Minnehaha Ave

Minnehaha Mosaic Flyer

Street furnishings coming soon!

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By robb, April 19, 2016 8:55 am

The new street furniture should be showing up along the southern portion of Minnehaha Avenue within the next month or so.  Expect to see almost 50 new bike racks, 11 benches, and 35 planters in front of businesses in the area before summer.  Litter receptacles, recycling bins, and bike repair stations will be coming later in the year.

Minnehaha Street Furniture

Installation of street furniture planned for early spring

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By robb, November 17, 2015 10:36 am

The first phase of the Minnehaha Avenue street furniture — for locations between 38th and 46th streets — will be installed in early spring 2016.  Dero will be fabricating the new Minnehaha Avenue bike racks early next year – and they’ve developed a great 3-D image of what they will look like.  The County also plans to put out a bid for the planters and benches in December.

Minnehaha "bike" bike rackMinnehaha trees bike rack

Open Call to Artists: Minnehaha Avenue Bike Rack Designs

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By crystal, July 29, 2015 12:10 pm

Calling all artists and inspired community members!!

Make your mark on Minnehaha Avenue as part of the new streetscape design.

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Summary

Longfellow Community Council, in partnership with Hennepin County, is seeking a logo design for approximately 130 new stainless steel hoop bike racks that will be installed on Minnehaha Avenue between Lake Street and 46th Street. The design will be laser cut into a 10.125” diameter circular metal plate.

Background and history

Minnehaha Avenue is home to over 140 businesses and 740 residential dwellings. This popular thoroughfare is characterized by its thick tree canopy, multi-family apartment complexes and an eclectic mix of businesses. Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, is reconstructing Minnehaha Avenue from East 46th Street to Lake Street during the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons to address the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions.

Purpose

The reconstructed road will be safer, more livable, and welcoming to all users, featuring improved pedestrian facilities (shortened crossings at intersections, improving bus stops and ramp curbs to make them fully accessible) and enhanced dedicated bicycle lanes. The purpose of the artist designed bike racks is to add character to the community, create a sense of place that reflects the neighborhood and the values of its residents, and celebrate the improvements in walkability and bikability in the corridor.

Submission requirements

In order to be considered, submissions must be:

  1. Received between Monday July 20 (12 a.m.) and Sunday August 16 (11:59 p.m.), 2015
  2. Emailed to Joe Sturm at joe@longfellow.org
  1. Presented in a vector or high resolution .jpeg format
  2. Comply with the technical guidelines (see page 3 below)
  3. Include the creator’s name, address, phone number, and email address

Other guidelines

  1. Artists may submit more than one design and/or a series of designs as one submission
  2. Designs that reflect Minnehaha Avenue, the surrounding community, and the neighborhood are encouraged, though not required
  3. The design may include text
  4. See examples of other bike rack styles with laser cut designs here: https://www.dero.com/product/logo-bike-racks/. Note that the bike rack styles pictured here are not the hoop rack style with center plate that we will be using, which is pictured above.

Selection process

A panel comprised of members from the Minnehaha Streetscape and Public Art committee will select a winning design and notify the artist by email by Friday, August 21. We will also publicize the winner and winning design via our website.

Timeline

The bike racks with the custom design will be installed in phases between September 2015 and April 2017.

Prize/honorarium

$500 shall be awarded in consideration for granting Hennepin County and Longfellow Community Council the right to use the winning design for the Hoop Bike Rack and to use depictions or two-dimensional reproductions of the design in all formats, including in electronic formats for non-commercial purposes.

Please contact Joe Sturm at the Longfellow Community Council with any questions.

Email: joe@longfellow.org

Phone: (612)722-4529 ext 13

Technical Guidelines

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Learn about Minnehaha streetscaping at LCC Annual Meeting

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By robb, April 14, 2015 12:22 pm

Next Tuesday, the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) will be holding their annual No Pie Charts! Only Pies! meeting and pie potluck.  The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, preceded by a Resource Fair from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  The meeting will be held:

Date: Tuesday, April 21st
Location: Minnehaha Academy North Campus
Address: 3100 West River Parkway

Join us at the Resource Fair to talk about streetscaping in the corridor, and to share your ideas on designs for bike racks in the area.

Bike Rack Concept

Get ready for Minnehaha reconstruction

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By robb, January 15, 2015 11:12 am

Construction on Minnehaha Avenue is scheduled to begin this spring.  Because of the need for extensive underground utility work, the county plans to close the road in four-block segments; however, people will still have access to residential and business driveways.

Estimated construction and road closure dates:

  • 46th – 42nd streets:  April to July 2015
  • 42nd – 38th streets:  July to November 2015
  • 38th – 34th streets:  April to July 2016
  • 34th – Lake streets:  July to November 2016

What can you look forward to on the new Minnehaha Avenue?

  • Turn lanes added at key nodes to ease traffic flow
  • Curb extensions to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and improve visibility
  • Enhanced bike lanes to give cyclists a more comfortable ride
  • More pedestrian and street-level lighting to enhance the feeling of safety
  • On-street parking for businesses, residents, and visitors
  • Trees and stormwater improvements to enhance the environment and aesthetics
  • Street furnishings and colored concrete treatment at key nodes to create a pedestrian-friendly sense of place

Visit the project webpage to get more information and receive updates.

Minnehaha/38th Street Rendering