Longfellow Park Corn Feed, 08-07-08

By admin, August 13, 2008 9:01 pm

With support from the Minneapolis Parks staff at Longfellow Park, that evening volunteers from the Community Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, County, Latinos en Acción, and the consulting team set up a table with a large-scale “What do you think?” poster, project map, information flyers, and surveys to gather input from Corn Feed participants. Below is the survey question followed by the input received from approximately 75 people.

Retail, Commercial, Entertainment

  • More restaurants that sit down, not fast food; no more fast food
  • Casual dining options
  • More restaurants along Hiawatha – still seems too industrial
  • Figure out how to make the area more something along the lines of “eat street” on Nicollet
  • Taco drive-through
  • Coffee shops
  • Local grocery with fresh produce would be great; good grocery stores; Trader Joes; food co-op
  • Attract more businesses to provide neighborhood retail and restaurants
  • Pedestrian-friendly grocery store and restaurants within walking distance; more visible stores within walking distance (other than grocery stores)
  • More small retail shops
  • Clothing stores
  • Shops, not convenience stores
  • More second-hand stores
  • More nightlife such as clubs, restaurants, pubs
  • Outdoor cabaret style events
  • Movie theaters
  • Like having a lumberyard close
  • Space for kids to run and play; wading pools; water park
  • A real swimming pool in the neighborhood
  • Dairy Queen!
  • Motel to provide an affordable place for guests to stay

Revitalization Approach

  • Use NRP and neighborhood input for a good mix of businesses; NRP is an extremely important program for my community – thanks for all the hard work; neighborhood association, NRP not framework in the process; save NRP; use NRP funds through community organizations!; NRP should continue to fund our independent neighborhood association
  • Expand on area around Hiawatha – more concentrated mixed retail
  • Consolidate retail and commercial areas
  • Good to have an area for businesses so we can shop in a local area
  • Help local businesses succeed
  • More of a mixture of residential and commercial development
  • Family-run businesses
  • More local businesses, no corporate chains
  • More seed money for small businesses
  • Replace industry with big box stores
  • Business development on vacant silo block (38th)
  • Bring green jobs/union jobs
  • Take a more holistic and sustainable approach; this is an opportunity to be really creative on a large scale; look at macro-level improvements based on sustainability
  • Buy up vacant, run-down local properties

Community Beautification and Image, Green Space and Parks

  • Integrate public art into the infrastructure; continue the idea of art stations
  • More public art such as murals and sculptures that are visually stimulating
  • Art spaces, sculpture gardens
  • Art spaces, art center- spoken word center
  • More functional art; light Midtown Greenway bridge
  • More trees, plants, bushes, and public art
  • More parks would be nice
  • More green
  • Save big trees; have a green strip that is inviting and calms traffic
  • Protect urban forest
  • Add bigger trees on Hiawatha to create a boulevard; water the existing trees
  • Establish more community gardens
  • Involve Gardenworks
  • More parks for the kids
  • Park on Lake Street by Target/Cub
  • Improve triangle along Minnehaha Avenue and also vacant lots with native plants or community gardens
  • Improve Minnehaha Avenue by cleaning up vacant lots and beautify with fences and landscaping
  • Green space on 46th St.
  • Pocket parks
  • Create community greenhouses
  • More Town Square-esque areas
  • Continued landscaping and maintenance around Hiawatha
  • Continued improvement at Lake Street, i.e., better parks and beautification, trees, streetscaping
  • Get rid of industrial building on E 32nd and Hiawatha – empty, just awful
  • Make improvements to Minnehaha Avenue life and Lake Street
  • Tear down the old unused elevators
  • Scuttle the six-unit building on the former gas station lot
  • No big grain bins
  • Beautify areas vs. old industrial buildings
  • Spruce up individual facades along Hiawatha
  • Require higher standards for property maintenance (home next to mine has had several broken windows for over 8 years, gutters down etc.; they got tickets from the city, but nothing has ever come of it)
  • Fix unkempt buildings; some may be unoccupied
  • Improve industrial facades like painting the silos
  • Clean storefronts (e.g., fresh paint, modernize looks)
  • Area around railroad tracks is weedy/trashy
  • Does not look nice or cute
  • Stop gang graffiti
  • Lots of garbage in the streets; have some sort of clean-up day organized like National Night Out

Sense of Community

  • Recycle more
  • Serious commitment to energy conservation by residents and businesses
  • Better park programs
  • Great libraries that are open seven days a week
  • More community based programs
  • Art projects that connect today’s kids through the arts
  • Ensure strong connection between city and country
  • Increase diversity just east of Hiawatha but focus on families
  • Create small town feel by supporting more community events, parks and school activities
  • Build relationships and partnerships within community
  • Find a way to celebrate the diversity of the area
  • More community events for families
  • Family events at parks, community centers, churches
  • Activities for kids – daycare
  • Clubs/ groups for kids
  • Places for the youth to go and use computers – something kids can relate to with partnerships and/or mentors
  • Help children between Minnehaha and Hiawatha; where are the parks and playgrounds in central Longfellow near Minnehaha?
  • Give kids a break on LRT
  • Connect with the history of mills through tours, photographs, museum; work with General Mills
  • Dight Avenue history
  • Preserve some of the history of the area – like the railroads past – like the photos on Kiosk Colony
  • Implement current plans
  • Community gardens; positive for community
  • Promote local food production – protect Darling Community Garden for sure and protect other community gardens as well
  • Minnehaha Ave. Community Garden preserved as integral part of the neighborhood where people can walk and bike with ease
  • Open a community center
  • City fund to keep libraries and community centers open full hours a day for the kids
  • Be aware of neighborhoods while developing (parking, etc.)
  • More schools so the little ones can enjoy and go to
  • Interested in how Purina project will turnout
  • Raise awareness for folks who need extra help (seniors) / bartering service
  • Strong block clubs
  • Block neighbor organizations integrate more thru Longfellow council organizing/ suggested plan (fight crime, develop relationships and strong stable economic networks)

Transportation/Traffic (including biking, walking)

  • Resolve bike conflicts in corridor; need 40th Street bike path
  • Bike paths
  • Improve bike path
  • Make it bike friendly; have bike crossings or an overpass across Hiawatha
  • More dedicated bike routes – ticket bikes on the Parkway
  • Biking along Hiawatha is dangerous
  • Bike racks; out front of businesses; commercial nodes; secure bike racks
  • Pedestrian and bike friendly- beautiful bridge
  • Promote more walking
  • Make Hiawatha intersection for pedestrians
  • As a pedestrian using transit exclusively, it would be nice to be able to cross Hiawatha on one stop light; protect pedestrians’ rights
  • Better pedestrian access for east side of Hiawatha to the light rail
  • LRT is too far to walk for those on east side of Minnehaha
  • More pedestrian friendly; help pedestrians
  • More “walkable” community
  • Good public transit
  • More options for driving to groceries, entertainment, etc.
  • Bus driver training regarding buses
  • Buses don’t go where I need; bus service too infrequent (Route 27 every half hour) doesn’t go downtown anymore
  • Improve 38th street and Hiawatha buses/ light rail conflicts
  • Explore big and small options to fix traffic and pedestrian safety on 33rd and Minnehaha (and 29th); would a roundabout work?; unsafe! fix!
  • Put the light rail on an overpass – light timing is terrible; decrease the time for the stoplights on Hiawatha; the long waits are intolerable; better coordination of the traffic lights with LRT; traffic lights along Minnehaha need attention; get rid of the light rail – just go from Lake St to the dome – it takes too long to cross
  • Make car transit easier along the light rail
  • Light rail makes driving a pain – should have been underground
  • Put rail above grade
  • More parking for the light rail; more parking for light rail; parking for the light rail is non-existent; who was the genius that didn’t think it through?
  • Expand light rail because it increases growth in small businesses
  • 46th and Snelling Avenue traffic control
  • Traffic calming
  • If rail line ended it would be good for greenway expansion
  • Improve sidewalks at 38th St. station – particularly bad for wheelchairs and strollers, needs to be plowed often in the winter, needs lights
  • Make sure construction isn’t an annoyance
  • Finish new construction that started but didn’t finish – such a waste!
  • Street bottleneck at Holiday station
  • Better roads (fewer potholes and better lighting)

Safety

  • Make area safer – keep it economically strong and viable
  • Less crime; less crime – had cars stolen, license plate stolen
  • Make pedestrian and bike crossings more safe on Hiawatha (55)
  • Cutouts for pedestrians in medians at streets without signals
  • Increase/maintain involvement in neighborhood watch
  • Make streets safer; put in better lighting or whatever it takes to make it safe
  • Hard for immigrants to communicate with police for immigrants; it’s hard to trust police and many discriminate

Housing

  • Keep residential off Hiawatha
  • No condos; no more condos
  • Not high rise apartments; need more stable residents
  • Put in multiple-family housing with direct access to light rail
  • Concerned about high rises; over 4 stories is too tall
  • Do something with old elevators like convert to houses
  • Put in affordable housing
  • Low interest loans for home improvements – helps improve property rates
  • More grants for home improvements
  • More single-story houses so elders don’t have to move out
  • Don’t let poor quality developers build homes in this community; pick a good developer who provides better quality homes
  • Keep housing stock at good maintenance level
  • Consider energy production in the right places; retrofit homes to have a geothermal heat source or solar panels
  • LEED-certified new development

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