Midtown Farmers’ Market, 09-20-08

By admin, October 5, 2008 10:51 pm

On this beautiful Saturday morning, 108 visitors to the Midtown Farmers’ Market offered their ideas to members of the Community Advisory Committee and consulting team in response to the question, “What kinds of improvements do you think would create a more vibrant community and increase your quality of life?”

Beautification/ Image/ Green Space

  • Green space; more green space; build green space; possible green space
  • Green space with developments
  • Winter green space for the community w/ full spectrum lights
  • Green spaces vs. concrete jungles
  • More green space and trees
  • More green space along Hiawatha – a pretty ugly area now
  • More green space could help define better – need bold redefinition of what is happening there
  • Commit % of redevelopment to green space
  • Beautification
  • Any kind of beautification – park, tress, native plants, perennials
  • More landscaping along light rail
  • Landscaping; more landscaping; more and better landscaping – better designed by light rail station
  • Landscape along corridor – native plants and rain gardens
  • Parks; replace parkway with lots of parks
  • Public gardens; more gardens
  • More community gardens
  • Tree; more trees; plant some trees; faster-growing trees; trees are nice; more trees, flowers
  • No shade along main streets, e.g., Lake
  • In triangle by post office, more flowers, etc – beautification
  • More decorative stuff
  • Less cement
  • Clean it up so it’s not so dumpy and ugly
  • Make it look better
  • Make area visually attractive
  • Some warehouses ugly
  • LEED certified businesses
  • Green buildings
  • Get rid of old industrial buildings that look vacant
  • Improve looks of industrial buildings
  • Fix up some neighborhoods – low interest loans
  • Lived here all my life – move more quickly – don’t take so long acquiring property like happened with the light rail
  • It’s only pretty at 5am when I ride the train/ everything looks so ugly and rundown
  • North of Lake Street is mish mash of development
  • Get rid of graffiti – eye sore
  • Minnehaha has potential to be pretty – is not
  • If we take care of what we already have it won’t look so bad
  • At 32nd and Snelling – scrap metal place with horribly ugly fence around it. Needs new fence and would be ok
  • Not much there
  • Industrial is out of context – can it be aesthetically integrated better
  • Tear down unused grain elevators
  • Clean up buildings
  • Better maintenance of sites – they look vacant and out of repair
  • Environmental issues addressed
  • Mills are part of the city’s history – but would like silos to be more attractive – like more murals or banners
  • Silos all right, historic
  • Keep grain elevators – they’re industry structures
  • Grain elevators – look better
  • Like the view of grain elevators and railroads – nostalgic
  • Make it more walkable
  • Improve look – safe and walkable
  • It’s sort of a dead area
  • Do something with vacant land
  • Develop vacant land along 38th street
  • Vacant land all along corridor – do something with it
  • Regular trash pick up along heavy rail
  • More frequent street cleaning
  • Garbage receptacles
  • Better lighting on streets around the corridor and within the corridor
  • More better lighting around light rail station
  • Lighting at light rails tops
  • Many street lights are burned out
  • Lighting in neighborhoods – really dark at night
  • More attractive lampposts
  • Art murals; more art murals (like Corcoran); more murals on buildings; murals are nice – on the sides of grain silos
  • Art sculptures (intercultural)
  • Neighborhood banners
  • Murals on industrial buildings
  • Banners to create sense of neighborhood
  • Periodically put up signs with different languages to learn
  • Peace posters
  • Benches in front of stores and places to shop
  • Benches at light rail stops
  • Continuation/ preservation of H2O (no further impairment of H2O for all users, support H2O)
  • More modern

Community and Recreation

  • Gathering spaces
  • Playground for kids
  • Parks and other community gathering spaces
  • More parks for our families
  • More opportunities for adults in parks
  • Park uses for adults – basketball courts in the parks (Corcoran)
  • Parks open more – earlier and later
  • Park for kids and adults
  • Anything kid friendly, playground, picnic area, open space, coffee shops, commercial options
  • More recreational and green space
  • Gardening competitions to bring people together and strengthen community
  • Convert unused buildings – artist performance space
  • Music/cultural center
  • Youth-oriented community center to meet youth needs
  • Running paths
  • Bike paths on Hiawatha should be more welcoming
  • Business investment in the arts
  • Rooftop gardening with all accessible roofs; cool buildings, localized food production, cost of importing food, preserve relationship with the earth, rooftop gardens
  • Destroy Target, bring an everyday circus with people, theme park with rides, fun for all
  • Water park
  • Outdoor movie theatre
  • Communicate through neighborhood organization
  • Foster community – grain elevators, light industrial interrupt neighborhood fabric more restaurants, coffee shops, poetry and music – arts; more arts buildings
  • Improving visual aspects is good – community art
  • McDonalds playground – more family destinations with parks and food
  • County-sponsored climbing walls, mini-parks – stuff for adults
  • More park programming at Nokomis, Hiawatha, and Minnehaha
  • More passive nightlife
  • Implement neighborhoods plans
  • Makes people happy
  • Safe alternatives for young adults
  • Focus more on revitalizing neighborhoods and caring for what we already have
  • Education is important
  • Improving community schools
  • Intergenerational things – encouraging community
  • Community gardens
  • Ice skating rinks
  • More community celebration and special events
  • Basketball court at Corcoran parks
  • Redo park paths (Powderhorn)
  • Benches for walking and people with limited mobility
  • Keep the neighborhood cleaner – get kids involved
  • Good diversity
  • Don’t turn it into a suburb
  • Mini-golf course – family friendly for residents in area
  • Give teens more stuff to do to keep them busy
  • Change industrial to places people can walk to
  • A co-op further south? Possible park? Can’t have too many
  • Libraries should be open more
  • Get community members to band together like the Latino community has done on Lake Street
  • More pet friendly especially going N-S
  • Don’t take advantage of the blue-collar residents

Housing

  • More dense housing
  • Serious redefinition of what it is – some crappy housing stock mixed in – no pattern to it – needs better definition of what it is – can’t sustain
  • More housing (multi, rental)
  • Converting industrial uses to single-family residential – not condos
  • More condos and apartments
  • Not too many condos, kid-friendly stuff
  • Not more condos
  • Fewer condos more single family
  • More family housing
  • Single family, townhomes, low income
  • Don’t displace existing housing, avoid gentrification
  • Now-derelict/unused industrial buildings could be converted to housing, small businesses, large retail spaces – creates a big gulf between the Longfellow neighborhood and the rest of south Minneapolis
  • Don’t destroy more homes
  • Avoid gentrification
  • Affordability/ gentrification
  • More affordable housing vs. condos
  • Affordable housing where grain elevators are NOT
  • Don’t push people out of the neighborhood
  • Don’t displace existing residents
  • Put in affordable housing by the light rail
  • Be very wary of building new upscale housing; it can draw people out of neighborhoods and destabilize areas
  • Home buyer funding for low income folks
  • Multi-family housing
  • Multi and single family housing
  • Public housing investments
  • Decent low income housing
  • Low income housing
  • Affordable senior housing
  • More senior housing needed in area
  • Senior housing (more within community)
  • Affordable housing
  • Phase affordable housing into business sector
  • Mixed-income housing with 20-30% affordable
  • Mixed income housing – economic diversity
  • Mixed housing
  • Mixed use housing
  • More green development: green roofs, update existing housing for green concerns
  • Access for renters to have ownership programs
  • More condos
  • Rehabilitation of housing stock, more programs for corridor
  • Cluster housing around light rail is great
  • Rehab current housing stock
  • Private housing maintenance, updates
  • Zoning should allow larger homes to have shops in homes
  • Income property; combine into larger units (no displacement)
  • More residential
  • Homes need upgrades – some never looked good
  • When houses are empty it creates blight
  • Home improvement loans
  • Revitalize older houses and make more attractive
  • Incentive for neighbors to keep yards pretty
  • Housing stock is not interesting or well maintained – does not give welcoming feeling
  • If someone loses their house to development make sure they get affordable equitable housing in exchange
  • Help people keep their houses
  • Educate home buyers
  • Get people into the closed up houses
  • Buy up vacant homes and integrate community
  • Increase property value
  • No tall housing – more 4-plexs
  • Permaculture, based on photosynthetic income vs. fossil fuel capital; distributed generation using photovoltaics

Transportation

Bicycling

  • Bike paths along corridor
  • Even more good bike paths/ lanes
  • Walking-, biking-, mass transit-friendly
  • High density development
  • Bikeways
  • Bike trails
  • Bike lanes – more bike friendly
  • More bike lanes
  • Bike path greenway-river parkway
  • Better bike path on Hiawatha
  • More bike lanes, better market, more lights at night along greenway
  • More bicycle friendly
  • More off-street bike trails
  • Trails along existing corridors
  • More bike racks
  • Bike and light rail is good
  • Bike lanes – more safety, better bike friendly sidewalk along west Hiawatha should be marked for biking
  • Education for drivers to respect bikers
  • Dangerous getting off bridge at Lake street – people not looking for bikes
  • Bike trails for winter that are safe
  • Greenway is good – bike lanes on Minnehaha are tricky
  • More, better bikeways
  • Encourage biking – more bike trails, more park and rides, more bike racks
  • Bike path along rail and Minnehaha, enhance lane – better marked, more visible
  • Bike path there really good
  • Extend bike trail south
  • Safer bike trails
  • Easier to cross Hiawatha
  • More bike trails and public transit
  • Connect Lake South bike lane with North bike lane
  • A new greenway on freight rail corridor would better serve bike commuters in corridor
  • Have avenues for bikes only like a bike boulevard
  • More space for bicycles
  • I don’t like bike lanes
  • Improved bike trails along Hiawatha – more attractive
  • Safe and accessible bike ways
  • Make sure walk ways and bike ways are connected
  • Bike paths normally good – horrible in winter
  • More bicycle only lanes/streets
  • Residential streets as bike lanes
  • Better bike trail along Hiawatha
  • More bike lanes better
  • More bike racks for people going to businesses
  • Parks, plaza, bikeways
  • Enforce traffic laws especially for bicyclists – provide safer bikeways so bikers go there vs. on sidewalks
  • Greenway going south also
  • Design optimum bike corridor (placement away from cars) shared use
  • Minnehaha commercial street – bike lanes nice
  • Pedestrian and bike crossing are too close to the roundabouts
  • Lights on Hiawatha bike lane south of Lake like 38th or 42nd
  • Road parallel to Hiawatha (in park) Minnehaha – bike lane zigzags across street, frustrating

Roadway, paving

  • Need greenway/ parkway connection through corridor
  • Better street paving – too narrow – widen streets add curb cuts like along lake
  • Wider roads
  • Take down wall on South side of Lake St at Hiawatha – can’t see light rail station, unsafe, poor sight lines, creates wind tunnel effect
  • Encourage more use of existing walkways and bike way
  • Right turn lanes on Hiawatha
  • transit oriented development and re-development

LRT, busing, freight rail

  • Decrease transit fares to better serve the public
  • People don’t realize how good public transportation is in other cities, ours can be much better! More frequency, better routes, lower fares
  • Light rail going more places
  • Continue Hiawatha light rail southwards
  • Where tracks run down Minnehaha Light rail intersection is bad
  • Simplify transit fares and the purchasing thereof
  • Midtown station – escalators don’t work all the time and safety
  • Light rail coming to University – more stops, more frequently, attention to disable people, easier access, access in winter to stops
  • Light rail at Lake Street – escalators don’t always work, run at request, more responsive
  • Don’t like light rail
  • Fix railroad crossing – track pops out of ground
  • connectivity between lanes
  • More public transportation
  • Expansion of light rail
  • Better connecting buses
  • Subsidized transit
  • Reuse freight lines for other transportations, more distinct commuters – or use for energy supply
  • Park and ride: more parking at light rail
  • Improve parking for light rail
  • More off street parking by light rail station – light rail riders fill up neighborhoods so residents can’t park
  • Parking for light rail – nicely landscaped
  • More parking at light rail stations
  • Don’t overdevelop – don’t put in too many parking lots
  • More light rail throughout metro (incl. North)
  • Extend light rail to Milaca
  • Buses are often almost empty. Keep the frequency up but make the buses smaller when logical to save on costs
  • Density is good for train business
  • Enclosed bus stops
  • Seats in all bus stops
  • Run light rail 24 hours
  • Better bus connection with light rail
  • Better access to light rail stations
  • Better route for traffic into the neighborhood from 94
  • Cedar needs improvement
  • Lake Street has too many stops
  • Any added development needs to keep in mind traffic patterns

Crossing Hiawatha, pedestrians, sidewalks

  • Good signage (promote way-finding)
  • Move people not cars – high pedestrian focus
  • Work on the sidewalk north of Lake
  • Sidewalks
  • Better sidewalks to serve pedestrians
  • Better snow removal on sidewalks and cross walks
  • Make the sidewalks bigger on Minnehaha
  • Concerns about crossing Hiawatha in car
  • Traffic lights are bad for crossing: too short on Hiawatha
  • Overpasses to cross Hiawatha
  • Better crossing for pedestrian across Hiawatha
  • Hard to cross it
  • Improve Hiawatha light timings to speed things up and coordinate better
  • Anything to reduce traffic congestion
  • Longer lights
  • Make it easier
  • Better intersection lights – traffic lights 35th/38th
  • Lack of pedestrian friendliness
  • Traffic patterns change and rip out light rail, put on elevated tracks
  • Hate crossing Hiawatha
  • More bridges on Hiawatha
  • Traffic is heavy
  • Speed bumps
  • Slow down traffic
  • Better light rail parking
  • Solution to parking
  • Dealing with traffic
  • Fewer stoplights on Hiawatha
  • 42nd and 38th feeding into Minnehaha are important nodes
  • Install a rotary/traffic circle at 27th and Minnehaha to have people slow down
  • Better pedestrian crossover Hiawatha
  • Safer pedestrian crossing for Hiawatha
  • Fix traffic lights on Hiawatha
  • Better ability to cross Hiawatha
  • Safe pedestrian crossing at Hiawatha
  • Fix the traffic lights on Hiawatha to make the timing better
  • More bridges east to west across Hiawatha
  • Traffic Hiawatha (lights)
  • Crosswalks for people crossing Hiawatha
  • Lights timed better
  • Hiawatha/ Lake difficult to walk across, turn lane W. Lake to N. Hiawatha
  • Longer walk lights, people don’t obey anyways
  • Sometimes you wait ten minutes at light to cross light rail at 42nd and 26th
  • Hiawatha traffic flow, synch. Lights for car traffic – need to be better
  • Better crossings – Hiawatha is a barrier
  • Intersections, coming from the west, at Lake and Hiawatha is confusing
  • Homeless live along freight tracks – where do they go?

Business, Commerce

  • Transit-oriented development is wonderful – co-op near train
  • No more businesses/ malls
  • Destination retail at light rail stops
  • More medium density by stations – maximize number of people within walking distance of station
  • Local businesses
  • More local restaurants, bars, social places
  • Local businesses – keep corporations away
  • Community shopping center
  • Local retail vs. chains
  • Small businesses to attract locals, such as: coffee shop, restaurants, dry cleaning, grocery stores, bookstore, video rental
  • Coffee shops, bars, retail, etc on Hiawatha
  • Local stores and more variety
  • Independently owned businesses
  • Local shopping so I don’t have to go all the way to Midtown Global Marketplace
  • Small stores, coffee shops, dry cleaning, grocery stores
  • More small, local businesses
  • Locally and family-run businesses
  • Local businesses like coffee shops
  • More local stuff
  • Small retail, coffee shops
  • Local merchants
  • More local businesses
  • More grocery stores
  • Grocery store – more/better not expensive
  • Small grocery store, more in neighborhoods
  • Food co-op
  • Grocery co-ops
  • Grocery store co-op vs. Rainbow
  • Grocery store close to home
  • A grocery store that is price competitive – lack of decent sized grocery stores
  • More corner markets in better places
  • Restaurants
  • Restaurants – not fast food – that cater to people who live here
  • Restaurants – not fast food
  • Affordable restaurants but not fast food
  • More neighborhood serving businesses, restaurants, neighborhood grocery store, gift store
  • Supporting small businesses to keep them viable
  • Community markets
  • More small businesses
  • No more retail, we have enough
  • Cafes with live music park space
  • Trader Joe’s or other good grocers
  • More commercial
  • More commercial and residentially friendly
  • More markets
  • Localizing food
  • More coffee shop and local businesses
  • More businesses: co-op, hardware, bar/restaurants
  • Development that would attract commuters and not only locals – draw in with neighborhoods
  • Walkable areas for shopping, for recreation
  • Non-big box
  • No fast food restaurants
  • No big boxes – same for restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • More cafes, outdoor places
  • More places to eat, be outside
  • Retail; clothing grocery store, food co-op
  • More clothing stores so we don’t have to go to the mall
  • Fabric shop like Joann’s – put back
  • Commercial
  • Hardware stores
  • Movie theatre
  • Attractive space for nonprofits and arts organizations
  • Better signage that indicates beyond Hiawatha corridor to pull people into the community
  • Better signage for farmers’ market
  • Sensory and high tech – when you’re entering a business sector, turn on the radio and have it tell you what’s available
  • Higher business diversity
  • Making places like metal recycling places more attractive and exposed so people value work being done there – don’t want to kick out industry
  • Year-round farmers’ market
  • Permanent farmers market
  • More farmers’ markets
  • Indoor farmers’ market with local stuff including entertainment
  • More frequent street markets
  • Complementary market location; support local agriculture, east end revival
  • Ad hoc markets
  • Retail around light rail station within walking distance especially on the west side so we don’t have to cross Hiawatha
  • County-funded free store for stuff exchange
  • More union jobs including restaurants
  • Ash trays for African businesses
  • Too many convenience stores
  • Silos should stay, industry is good, jobs there
  • Major intersections have multiple destination activities
  • Different ways of shopping RCE
  • Strip mall development not so nice
  • Convert grain elevators to condos
  • Make corridor avenue more integrated with retail neighborhood
  • Buildings give incentives to manufacturers – more jobs
  • Business incubation spaces for open businesses
  • More taxable space
  • Maintain industrial character
  • Get businesses into open spaces on Minnehaha
  • I like Hiawatha Lumber
  • Clean up ugly businesses
  • Shops with longer hours especially on weekends
  • Higher level retail
  • Better shopping; good bakery, more grocery options – places we can walk to
  • Vendors at light rail stations
  • Node-based development
  • More family friendly businesses
  • Attract more local businesses
  • Small businesses that would draw foot traffic; area is less threatening with lots of people around

Safety

  • 4-way stop sign at 31st Street and 22nd Avenue
  • Lake Street underpass too unfriendly
  • Make it safer for pedestrians
  • Confusing to cross light rail tracks
  • Reduce crime along Hiawatha bike trail – improve lighting and make more pedestrian- and bike- friendly
  • Street lights too bright – don’t shine down
  • Encourage brightly lit walkways to light rail for safety
  • Reduce crime
  • Better public safety – more public presence and more security at late night venues
  • Make heavy rail corridor safe
  • Safety
  • Emergency buttons
  • More police presence
  • Safety – more police presence
  • Better police patrols – still a danger zone
  • More safety signs for pedestrians
  • Safety at LRT stations
  • More police – better training – more courteous
  • Investigate police corruption
  • Make police follow their own rules

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