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Competencia de sopas del vecindario de Corcoran

Sun, 2014-11-30 15:11
Corcoran News

Miércoles, 19 de noviembre 6:00-8:00 PM

Entre para compartir una sopa, y asistir para saborear las entradas.

¿Quién hace la mejor sopa en Corcoran? Sea usted el juez cuando Corcoran Neighborhood Organization tenga su cuarta competencia anual de sopas. Todo sucede el miércoles, 19 de noviembre 6:00-8:00 PM en el edifico de Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (dirección: 1845 East Lake Street.)

Todos los residentes de Corcoran están invitados a participar o asistir en el Cook-Off . Las entradas serán recibidas a cómo llegan. Estamos tapando las entradas a diez. ¡Así que inscríbase pronto! ¡Todos los que vienen consiguen dar un voto para la mejor sopa o chili, y todo el mundo come! Se proporcionarán pan y bebidas, con la música de una banda local de la juventud se llama Parks and Wreck. Los premios incluyen camisetas de Corcoran y certificados locales de regalos.

Para participar en la competencia, por favor póngase en contacto con Ross Joy de CNO con el nombre de la sopa que va a traer: ross [at] corcoranneighborhood [dot] org o 612-724-7457.

Por favor haga planes para traer la sopa lista para comer en una grande (6 cuartos) olla de cocción lenta eléctrica con el servicio utensilio (hable con Ross si usted necesita ayuda con el equipo).

También, por favor invite y ayude unos vecinos de la tercera edad para asistir a este evento de la comunidad. Supervisión de niños estará disponible durante el evento.

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Miércoles, 19 de noviembre 6:00-8:00 PM

Entre para compartir una sopa, y asistir para saborear las entradas.

¿Quién hace la mejor sopa en Corcoran? Sea usted el juez cuando Corcoran Neighborhood Organization tenga su cuarta competencia anual de sopas. Todo sucede el miércoles, 19 de noviembre 6:00-8:00 PM en el edifico de Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (dirección: 1845 East Lake Street.)

Todos los residentes de Corcoran están invitados a participar o asistir en el Cook-Off . Las entradas serán recibidas a cómo llegan. Estamos tapando las entradas a diez. ¡Así que inscríbase pronto! ¡Todos los que vienen consiguen dar un voto para la mejor sopa o chili, y todo el mundo come! Se proporcionarán pan y bebidas, con la música de una banda local de la juventud se llama Parks and Wreck. Los premios incluyen camisetas de Corcoran y certificados locales de regalos.

Para participar en la competencia, por favor póngase en contacto con Ross Joy de CNO con el nombre de la sopa que va a traer: ross [at] corcoranneighborhood [dot] org o 612-724-7457.

Por favor haga planes para traer la sopa lista para comer en una grande (6 cuartos) olla de cocción lenta eléctrica con el servicio utensilio (hable con Ross si usted necesita ayuda con el equipo).

También, por favor invite y ayude unos vecinos de la tercera edad para asistir a este evento de la comunidad. Supervisión de niños estará disponible durante el evento.

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© 2014 Corcoran News

Otra gran temporada en el Mercado de Granjeros de Midtown

Sun, 2014-11-30 15:09
Corcoran News

El otoño esta aquí una vez más y, con el pasar de octubre, hemos completado, oficialmente, nuestra 12 temporada en el Mercado de Granjeros de Midtown. El personal quisiera agradecer a todos aquellos quienes compran, venden y apoyan al mercado de diversas formas. Gracias a todos nuestros comerciantes, voluntarios, consumidores, artistas, miembros de la comunidad, patrocinadores, donadores y a todos quienes, de una forma u otra, mostraron su apoyo. La temporada de 2014 ha sido una temporada maravillosa y, al tiempo que ya nos estamos preparando con miras hacia la temporada del 2015, también quisiéramos tomar un momento para mirar hacia atrás y reflexionar sobre algunas actividades fantásticas y logros que hemos tenido en el transcurso del año pasado.

Esta temporada pasada, el Mercado sirvió a más de 60,000 clientes, lo cual es un total de asistencia nuevo para el Mercado. Midtown también ganó más de $19,000 dólares en ventas de fichas de SNAP/EBT y distribuyó más de $9,400 dólares en incentivos (Market Bucks). Algunas actividades que resaltaron en la temporada, incluyen: seis días temáticos, los cuales incluyeron 3 nuevos temas: Día de Liderazgo Juvenil, Día de la Herencia Afroamericana y el Festival del Maíz. Otras actividades que pasan en el mercado, incluyen: demostraciones de cocina con Sabores de Midtown, Actividades Familiares de los Segundos Sábados, música cada primer sábado del mes de Blackbird’s Music Store, tres campañas de donación de sangre y algunos shows de marionetas.

También, quisiéramos agradecer a todos por apoyar al mercado durante la exitosa campaña de #FeedTheCarrot, la cual recaudó más de $700 dólares para ayudar, apoyar y mantener el mercado fuerte.

Claro, estamos ansiosos de otra gran temporada en 2015, con algunos cambios emocionantes que vendrán para el Mercado y oportunidades que continuarán alimentando a comunidades de los alrededores.

Una vez más: ¡Gracias a todos por todo lo que hacen para apoyar al mercado y disfruten de la temporada de descanso!

¡Nos vemos de nuevo en la primavera de 2015!

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El otoño esta aquí una vez más y, con el pasar de octubre, hemos completado, oficialmente, nuestra 12 temporada en el Mercado de Granjeros de Midtown. El personal quisiera agradecer a todos aquellos quienes compran, venden y apoyan al mercado de diversas formas. Gracias a todos nuestros comerciantes, voluntarios, consumidores, artistas, miembros de la comunidad, patrocinadores, donadores y a todos quienes, de una forma u otra, mostraron su apoyo. La temporada de 2014 ha sido una temporada maravillosa y, al tiempo que ya nos estamos preparando con miras hacia la temporada del 2015, también quisiéramos tomar un momento para mirar hacia atrás y reflexionar sobre algunas actividades fantásticas y logros que hemos tenido en el transcurso del año pasado.

Esta temporada pasada, el Mercado sirvió a más de 60,000 clientes, lo cual es un total de asistencia nuevo para el Mercado. Midtown también ganó más de $19,000 dólares en ventas de fichas de SNAP/EBT y distribuyó más de $9,400 dólares en incentivos (Market Bucks). Algunas actividades que resaltaron en la temporada, incluyen: seis días temáticos, los cuales incluyeron 3 nuevos temas: Día de Liderazgo Juvenil, Día de la Herencia Afroamericana y el Festival del Maíz. Otras actividades que pasan en el mercado, incluyen: demostraciones de cocina con Sabores de Midtown, Actividades Familiares de los Segundos Sábados, música cada primer sábado del mes de Blackbird’s Music Store, tres campañas de donación de sangre y algunos shows de marionetas.

También, quisiéramos agradecer a todos por apoyar al mercado durante la exitosa campaña de #FeedTheCarrot, la cual recaudó más de $700 dólares para ayudar, apoyar y mantener el mercado fuerte.

Claro, estamos ansiosos de otra gran temporada en 2015, con algunos cambios emocionantes que vendrán para el Mercado y oportunidades que continuarán alimentando a comunidades de los alrededores.

Una vez más: ¡Gracias a todos por todo lo que hacen para apoyar al mercado y disfruten de la temporada de descanso!

¡Nos vemos de nuevo en la primavera de 2015!

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© 2014 Corcoran News

    Cambie las ventanas viejas: ¡susidios disponibles!

    Sun, 2014-11-30 15:06
    Corcoran News

    Proteja a su familia contra los peligros de la pintura a base de plomo. Reduzca sus gastos de electricidad mejorando la eficiencia energética. ¡Es la opción inteligente!

    Inspección gratuita para detector riesgos debido a la pintura a base de plomo. Subsidios disponibles para reemplazar ventanas. ¡Es fácil!

    Para tener derecho a un subsidio:

    La propiedad puede estar habitada por el propietario o alquilada.

    Las viviendas habitadas por el dueño y las alquiladas puedan tener derecho si:

    Están localizada en el condado de Hennepin

    Fueron construidas antes de 1978

    Tienen ventanas viejas

    Si está habitada por el propietario, en la propiedad debe haber niños menores de 6 años que vivan en la propiedad o la visiten frecuentemente.

    Para mayor información y formularios de solicitud, póngase en contacto con Megan Curran de Nieto <megan [at] clearcorps [dot] org> o 651-603-8000. CLEARCorps: protegiendo el potencial de los niños. Hablamos Español!!

    Megan Curran de Nieto es la Directora de programas de la salud comunitaria, CLEARCorps

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    Proteja a su familia contra los peligros de la pintura a base de plomo. Reduzca sus gastos de electricidad mejorando la eficiencia energética. ¡Es la opción inteligente!

    Inspección gratuita para detector riesgos debido a la pintura a base de plomo. Subsidios disponibles para reemplazar ventanas. ¡Es fácil!

    Para tener derecho a un subsidio:

    La propiedad puede estar habitada por el propietario o alquilada.

    Las viviendas habitadas por el dueño y las alquiladas puedan tener derecho si:

    Están localizada en el condado de Hennepin

    Fueron construidas antes de 1978

    Tienen ventanas viejas

    Si está habitada por el propietario, en la propiedad debe haber niños menores de 6 años que vivan en la propiedad o la visiten frecuentemente.

    Para mayor información y formularios de solicitud, póngase en contacto con Megan Curran de Nieto <megan [at] clearcorps [dot] org> o 651-603-8000. CLEARCorps: protegiendo el potencial de los niños. Hablamos Español!!

    Megan Curran de Nieto es la Directora de programas de la salud comunitaria, CLEARCorps

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    © 2014 Corcoran News

    CNO Board of Directors Meeting, September, 2014

    Sun, 2014-11-30 14:59
    Corcoran News

    Members in Attendance:

    Lisa Barajas, Cynthia Frost, April Riordan, Stacey Burns, Braulio Carrasco, Oscar Del Sebastien,

    Members Absent: William Carlisle, Salena Acox, Paul Hanscom, Phillip Koski

    Staff present: Eric Gustafson

    Action Items

    1. An ad hoc group will meet to plan fundraising strategies and activities to meet our individual giving budget for this year. Members include Stacey, Lisa, April, Paul and Eric.

    Call to Order. Lisa called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

    Review and discussion of Timeline and Process for Approving Minutes. The Board discussed the process for reviewing and approving Board Minutes. Some changes were made to the process as presented, and the process was approved by Board Members after a motion (Stacey) and a Second (Oscar). However, the changes were not fully documented during the meeting. A revised process has been prepared for the Boards approval at the October Meeting.

    Eric presented new Dashboard Reports to provide succinct and salient information on CNO financials and programming. Board gave feedback for some improvements, and thanked Eric for providing this information in this format.

    The Board considered Motions from the Land Use & Housing Committee

    1. Motion made (Cynthia) and seconded (Braulio) and approved by the Board: “CNO supports the application by City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) for Hennepin County Emergency Response Funds to assist with lead and asbestos abatement at the properties of 3201 20th Avenue South and 2321 East 35th Street.”

    2. Motion made (Cynthia) and seconded (April) and approved by the Board: “to move contracts for administration of Corcoran NRP Housing Programs to Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation.”

    Land Use & Housing Update regarding the proposed development at 2225 E Lake Street

    Lisa updated the Board on meetings that had occurred since the last time the Board met and passed action to send a letter to the County regarding concerns around changes in the development plans. Lisa gave a summary of the meeting right after the letter was sent that she and Phillip had attended that included the County staff involved in the development, members of the development team, and representatives from Minneapolis, Hennepin County TOD Office, Metro Transit, and Hennepin County Community Works. They had discussed the concerns outlined in the letter and the core principles for making the site successful. In addition, we also met with Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Council Member Alondra Cano, Cynthia Frost, Gerry Tyrell, Hennepin County staff, and CNO staff to discuss the concerns outlined in the letter and ensure that we were agreeing on how to address those concerns moving forward. Finally, Lisa summarized a second meeting of the County staff development team and other interested parties that met just that afternoon before the CNO Board meeting. She gave an overview of the revisions that had been made to the development plans in response to Corcoran's concerns and of the plans for next steps around designing the Market plaza and transit plaza components of the site. Overall, she said that recent conversations have been productive and that the development team has been responsive to the concerns presented.

    Paul presented the Treasurer's Report. Grant revenue and Individual Contribution revenues are both below budget. Expenses are also below budget, but not enough to offset the revenue shortfall.

    An ad hoc group will meet to plan fundraising strategies and activities to meet our individual giving budget for this year. Members include Stacey, Lisa, April, Paul and Eric.

    The Board reviewed and approved July financial reports.

    The Motion to Revise the Budget as presented in the Agenda was considered by the Board. The consensus was that the Board appreciated the Market Manager's attention to this detail, and decided that an amendment to the Budget was not required.

    Home Energy Workshop Event Proposal as presented in the Agenda. Motion made (April) and seconded (Oscar) and approved by the Board.

    Adjournment

    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

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    Members in Attendance:

    Lisa Barajas, Cynthia Frost, April Riordan, Stacey Burns, Braulio Carrasco, Oscar Del Sebastien,

    Members Absent: William Carlisle, Salena Acox, Paul Hanscom, Phillip Koski

    Staff present: Eric Gustafson

    Action Items

    1. An ad hoc group will meet to plan fundraising strategies and activities to meet our individual giving budget for this year. Members include Stacey, Lisa, April, Paul and Eric.

    Call to Order. Lisa called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

    Review and discussion of Timeline and Process for Approving Minutes. The Board discussed the process for reviewing and approving Board Minutes. Some changes were made to the process as presented, and the process was approved by Board Members after a motion (Stacey) and a Second (Oscar). However, the changes were not fully documented during the meeting. A revised process has been prepared for the Boards approval at the October Meeting.

    Eric presented new Dashboard Reports to provide succinct and salient information on CNO financials and programming. Board gave feedback for some improvements, and thanked Eric for providing this information in this format.

    The Board considered Motions from the Land Use & Housing Committee

    1. Motion made (Cynthia) and seconded (Braulio) and approved by the Board: “CNO supports the application by City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) for Hennepin County Emergency Response Funds to assist with lead and asbestos abatement at the properties of 3201 20th Avenue South and 2321 East 35th Street.”

    2. Motion made (Cynthia) and seconded (April) and approved by the Board: “to move contracts for administration of Corcoran NRP Housing Programs to Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation.”

    Land Use & Housing Update regarding the proposed development at 2225 E Lake Street

    Lisa updated the Board on meetings that had occurred since the last time the Board met and passed action to send a letter to the County regarding concerns around changes in the development plans. Lisa gave a summary of the meeting right after the letter was sent that she and Phillip had attended that included the County staff involved in the development, members of the development team, and representatives from Minneapolis, Hennepin County TOD Office, Metro Transit, and Hennepin County Community Works. They had discussed the concerns outlined in the letter and the core principles for making the site successful. In addition, we also met with Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Council Member Alondra Cano, Cynthia Frost, Gerry Tyrell, Hennepin County staff, and CNO staff to discuss the concerns outlined in the letter and ensure that we were agreeing on how to address those concerns moving forward. Finally, Lisa summarized a second meeting of the County staff development team and other interested parties that met just that afternoon before the CNO Board meeting. She gave an overview of the revisions that had been made to the development plans in response to Corcoran's concerns and of the plans for next steps around designing the Market plaza and transit plaza components of the site. Overall, she said that recent conversations have been productive and that the development team has been responsive to the concerns presented.

    Paul presented the Treasurer's Report. Grant revenue and Individual Contribution revenues are both below budget. Expenses are also below budget, but not enough to offset the revenue shortfall.

    An ad hoc group will meet to plan fundraising strategies and activities to meet our individual giving budget for this year. Members include Stacey, Lisa, April, Paul and Eric.

    The Board reviewed and approved July financial reports.

    The Motion to Revise the Budget as presented in the Agenda was considered by the Board. The consensus was that the Board appreciated the Market Manager's attention to this detail, and decided that an amendment to the Budget was not required.

    Home Energy Workshop Event Proposal as presented in the Agenda. Motion made (April) and seconded (Oscar) and approved by the Board.

    Adjournment

    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

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    © 2014 Corcoran News

      Help sustain CNO's work

      Sun, 2014-11-30 14:56
      Corcoran News

      Schedule a contribution for Nov. 13 Give to the Max Day

      We unite neighbors to strengthen our community. We invite you to participate in our work as a leader on our board of directors, in direct action with our staff in the neighborhood, by attending an event or meeting, or by making a financial contribution in any amount.

      Go to corcoranneighborhood.org today to schedule a contribution for Nov. 13 Give to the Max – the largest day of giving to Minnesota nonprofits. At our website, you can also set up a monthly contribution to CNO using a credit card. Give $10 per month and we’ll thank you with a Corcoran t-shirt just for Corcoran Sustainers like you.

      We envision our community as a place that fosters leadership, engagement, and a sense of belonging.

      Land Use, Housing and Economic Development. Corcoran leaders are shaping public/private redevelopment plans for the large 2225 East Lake property at our light rail station – slated for Spring 2015 groundbreaking – to achieve a 1-acre plaza for the Midtown Farmers Market and other community uses, and to achieve community goals around new retail, walkability, sustainability, and a mix of new housing. Our leaders also visioned and fostered construction by the County, City, and MnDOT of new bicycle safety facilities at the 32nd and Hiawatha crossing benefiting residents and South High students.

      Tenant Organizing for Housing Justice. Bad landlords are exposing families to unsecured buildings, environmental health hazards, unstable tenure, and lost wealth and opportunity. In response, CNO developed a program to engage and empower individual and collective action by affected residents. In 2014, we’ve helped 43 households take action to build durable skills and achieve significant public and private area improvements at all 9 buildings where we’ve worked. Meanwhile, we’ve engaged 4 City Council members and the Regulatory Services director around improvements to regulatory process and housing standards.

      Our Midtown Farmers Market, winding down its 11th season, connects the diverse residents of south Minneapolis to food producers in a mutually beneficial economic and cultural exchange, serving over 60,000 people and 80 vendors each season with twice-weekly markets held May through October. We aim to build the most inclusive farmers market in Minnesota and a permanent regional asset and destination at the Lake Street light rail station.

      Corcoran Community Garden, in its second season, provides food production, education, and community building opportunities for 40 gardeners including 15 new gardeners and 25 who do not have access to gardening space at home.

      Corcoran News is an English/Spanish monthly resident-driven newspaper delivered to every household since 1985. The News unveiled a bold, modern, more readable design this year.

      Mujeres en Accion y Poder women’s empowerment program serves as a bridge for new Americans to the community and resources that are available but often unknown. On the recommendation of the CNO Board, Minneapolis Parks recently agreed to take on ownership and financial support of the program and its lead staff person, program founder Silvia Perez. This move helped to free up capacity to develop our work on Economic Development and Tenant Organizing.

      Contribute, advertise, or learn more about Corcoran News.
      Click here for current edition.

      Schedule a contribution for Nov. 13 Give to the Max Day

      We unite neighbors to strengthen our community. We invite you to participate in our work as a leader on our board of directors, in direct action with our staff in the neighborhood, by attending an event or meeting, or by making a financial contribution in any amount.

      Go to corcoranneighborhood.org today to schedule a contribution for Nov. 13 Give to the Max – the largest day of giving to Minnesota nonprofits. At our website, you can also set up a monthly contribution to CNO using a credit card. Give $10 per month and we’ll thank you with a Corcoran t-shirt just for Corcoran Sustainers like you.

      We envision our community as a place that fosters leadership, engagement, and a sense of belonging.

      Land Use, Housing and Economic Development. Corcoran leaders are shaping public/private redevelopment plans for the large 2225 East Lake property at our light rail station – slated for Spring 2015 groundbreaking – to achieve a 1-acre plaza for the Midtown Farmers Market and other community uses, and to achieve community goals around new retail, walkability, sustainability, and a mix of new housing. Our leaders also visioned and fostered construction by the County, City, and MnDOT of new bicycle safety facilities at the 32nd and Hiawatha crossing benefiting residents and South High students.

      Tenant Organizing for Housing Justice. Bad landlords are exposing families to unsecured buildings, environmental health hazards, unstable tenure, and lost wealth and opportunity. In response, CNO developed a program to engage and empower individual and collective action by affected residents. In 2014, we’ve helped 43 households take action to build durable skills and achieve significant public and private area improvements at all 9 buildings where we’ve worked. Meanwhile, we’ve engaged 4 City Council members and the Regulatory Services director around improvements to regulatory process and housing standards.

      Our Midtown Farmers Market, winding down its 11th season, connects the diverse residents of south Minneapolis to food producers in a mutually beneficial economic and cultural exchange, serving over 60,000 people and 80 vendors each season with twice-weekly markets held May through October. We aim to build the most inclusive farmers market in Minnesota and a permanent regional asset and destination at the Lake Street light rail station.

      Corcoran Community Garden, in its second season, provides food production, education, and community building opportunities for 40 gardeners including 15 new gardeners and 25 who do not have access to gardening space at home.

      Corcoran News is an English/Spanish monthly resident-driven newspaper delivered to every household since 1985. The News unveiled a bold, modern, more readable design this year.

      Mujeres en Accion y Poder women’s empowerment program serves as a bridge for new Americans to the community and resources that are available but often unknown. On the recommendation of the CNO Board, Minneapolis Parks recently agreed to take on ownership and financial support of the program and its lead staff person, program founder Silvia Perez. This move helped to free up capacity to develop our work on Economic Development and Tenant Organizing.

      Contribute, advertise, or learn more about Corcoran News.
      Click here for current edition.

      © 2014 Corcoran News

        A time to read

        Sun, 2014-11-30 14:54
        Corcoran News

        November in Minnesota is well known for cold temperatures and dwindling hours of daylight. A day is still 24 hours long. It seems shorter because it’s still dark when I wake up in the morning and the sun often sets before I have supper. While it often snows in November sometimes there isn’t enough snow for sledding. Cold and dark isn’t a good combination for outdoor fun—and without enough snow it is just boring!

        What isn’t boring is having a good book to read. Books are very interesting. It’s fun to learn about people, places, time periods and the adventures they have. Nearly all of my friends like to read books almost as much as I do. We talk about the new books we are reading. Sometimes we try to be the first person to finish reading a new book—or all the books—of a specific series. I would really like to hear about some of the books that you enjoy. Here are some that I have read, or plan to read, that may interest you.

        The Princess and The Goblin (1872) & The Princess and Curdie (1882) by George MacDonald

        The cover illustrations for these books alone give you the idea that they would be fun to read. The Princess of the title is named Irene. Curdie is the son of a miner. In the first book, Irene discovers a secret stairway to the top turret of the castle. Meanwhile, Curdie learns of a fiendish plot cooked up by the Goblins who live under the mountain. Princess Irene and Curdie have to work together to foil the plot.

        In the next book, “Princess Irene’s great-great-grandmother has a testing task for Curdie.” Part of the test is the companion she assigns to travel with Curdie. “The oddest and ugliest creature Curdie has ever seen.” However, his travelling buddy turns out to be a very loyal and trustworthy friend. I haven’t read these books but I look forward to adding them to my list.

        Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)

        This book is a classic and one of the best-selling books of all time – over 50 million copies. It has 49 chapters – some of which I’ve read, though not all, just yet. Black Beauty (the horse) narrates the book since it is his story. It begins with his early life “on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country.” By using the hardships and cruelty faced by Black Beauty, the book “also teaches (us) how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect.”

        Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (1952)

        This is a very interesting book. Talking animals! Who doesn’t like talking animals? A lot of people know about this book through the movies that have been made based on the story. It is a great book for parents to read to their kids. The phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is a lot of what this story is about. At first, everyone dismisses Wilbur (the pig) because he is such a runt and he is, well, a pig. Though Charlotte the spider and the little girl, Fern, are convinced there is something special about ‘ol Wilbur.

        Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander (1963)

        This is a story about Jason and his cat, Gareth. Unlike most cats (including my, Mia Meow), Gareth can travel through time and space. “Anywhere, any time, any country, any century.” Throughout the book Jason and Gareth visit exotic places like ancient Egypt and Japan. They travel to Italy during the time of a young Leonardo da Vinci. In all of these adventures Jason learns how cats played important roles in those time periods.

        There are also books published as a series that I really enjoy

        Percy Jackson & the Olympians/ The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

        There are five books in each series. I’ve read them all and I am currently reading “The Blood of Olympus” which just came out last month. Though, by the time you read this column, I’ll probably have finished it.

        The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d'Lacey

        There are seven books in this series. I have read two of them and am in the middle of reading the third in the series.

        The Sisters 8 by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

        While there are only eight sisters, this series has nine books. The last book, “The Final Battle . . . For Now” is a very interesting addition to the series.

        The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

        This series of books was first published in 1924. With spin-offs of the original 100+ books there are now hundreds of titles in the series. I’ve read most of them. They are short, easy to read books.

        Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

        This is another series of short books that have been published since 2003. Each series includes 7 books focused on a central theme: The Rainbow Fairies, The Weather Fairies, The Party Fairies, etc.

        Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

        The original titles in this series included 62 books. There are currently about 180 titles. They’re not super-scary, but I chose to read them in the daytime – just in case.

        A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

        The author’s real name is Daniel Handler. The 13 books in this series focus on Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. After their parents' death in a house fire, the children are placed in the custody of their distant cousin Count Olaf – who keeps trying to steal their inheritance. The books are not that scary, but rather full of suspense.

        Frances Copenhaver is the Corcoran News youth reporter.

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        November in Minnesota is well known for cold temperatures and dwindling hours of daylight. A day is still 24 hours long. It seems shorter because it’s still dark when I wake up in the morning and the sun often sets before I have supper. While it often snows in November sometimes there isn’t enough snow for sledding. Cold and dark isn’t a good combination for outdoor fun—and without enough snow it is just boring!

        What isn’t boring is having a good book to read. Books are very interesting. It’s fun to learn about people, places, time periods and the adventures they have. Nearly all of my friends like to read books almost as much as I do. We talk about the new books we are reading. Sometimes we try to be the first person to finish reading a new book—or all the books—of a specific series. I would really like to hear about some of the books that you enjoy. Here are some that I have read, or plan to read, that may interest you.

        The Princess and The Goblin (1872) & The Princess and Curdie (1882) by George MacDonald

        The cover illustrations for these books alone give you the idea that they would be fun to read. The Princess of the title is named Irene. Curdie is the son of a miner. In the first book, Irene discovers a secret stairway to the top turret of the castle. Meanwhile, Curdie learns of a fiendish plot cooked up by the Goblins who live under the mountain. Princess Irene and Curdie have to work together to foil the plot.

        In the next book, “Princess Irene’s great-great-grandmother has a testing task for Curdie.” Part of the test is the companion she assigns to travel with Curdie. “The oddest and ugliest creature Curdie has ever seen.” However, his travelling buddy turns out to be a very loyal and trustworthy friend. I haven’t read these books but I look forward to adding them to my list.

        Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)

        This book is a classic and one of the best-selling books of all time – over 50 million copies. It has 49 chapters – some of which I’ve read, though not all, just yet. Black Beauty (the horse) narrates the book since it is his story. It begins with his early life “on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country.” By using the hardships and cruelty faced by Black Beauty, the book “also teaches (us) how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect.”

        Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (1952)

        This is a very interesting book. Talking animals! Who doesn’t like talking animals? A lot of people know about this book through the movies that have been made based on the story. It is a great book for parents to read to their kids. The phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is a lot of what this story is about. At first, everyone dismisses Wilbur (the pig) because he is such a runt and he is, well, a pig. Though Charlotte the spider and the little girl, Fern, are convinced there is something special about ‘ol Wilbur.

        Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander (1963)

        This is a story about Jason and his cat, Gareth. Unlike most cats (including my, Mia Meow), Gareth can travel through time and space. “Anywhere, any time, any country, any century.” Throughout the book Jason and Gareth visit exotic places like ancient Egypt and Japan. They travel to Italy during the time of a young Leonardo da Vinci. In all of these adventures Jason learns how cats played important roles in those time periods.

        There are also books published as a series that I really enjoy

        Percy Jackson & the Olympians/ The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

        There are five books in each series. I’ve read them all and I am currently reading “The Blood of Olympus” which just came out last month. Though, by the time you read this column, I’ll probably have finished it.

        The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d'Lacey

        There are seven books in this series. I have read two of them and am in the middle of reading the third in the series.

        The Sisters 8 by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

        While there are only eight sisters, this series has nine books. The last book, “The Final Battle . . . For Now” is a very interesting addition to the series.

        The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

        This series of books was first published in 1924. With spin-offs of the original 100+ books there are now hundreds of titles in the series. I’ve read most of them. They are short, easy to read books.

        Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

        This is another series of short books that have been published since 2003. Each series includes 7 books focused on a central theme: The Rainbow Fairies, The Weather Fairies, The Party Fairies, etc.

        Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

        The original titles in this series included 62 books. There are currently about 180 titles. They’re not super-scary, but I chose to read them in the daytime – just in case.

        A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

        The author’s real name is Daniel Handler. The 13 books in this series focus on Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. After their parents' death in a house fire, the children are placed in the custody of their distant cousin Count Olaf – who keeps trying to steal their inheritance. The books are not that scary, but rather full of suspense.

        Frances Copenhaver is the Corcoran News youth reporter.

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        Affordable solar will soon allow Twin Cities residents to save money with clean power

        Sun, 2014-11-30 14:44
        Corcoran News

        The cost of solar panels has dropped 99% since 1977 (from $76.67/kW to $0.74/kW in 2013). In Minnesota, the long-term electricity cost from solar has decreased below the rising cost of utility bills. Now, local residents are making solar accessible for everyone through a member-owned cooperative, Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF).

        Homeowners can join the co-op and apply for the Made in Minnesota solar incentive to receive solar panels with little money down. By using tax credits from the incentive to pay off a low interest loan from the Center for Energy and Environment, they’ve managed to remove the vast majority of customer costs from the process. Our low budget financing model has a return on investment of 10 years or less on average. As Minneapolis participants in the 2014 leasing program, said “CEF and its partners have made it possible for us to produce renewable energy! We are so grateful for this opportunity and can attest to how understandable and easy the process was.” Because applications for the Minnesota solar incentive are due February 28, 2015, interested residents should email bruce [at] cooperativeenergyfutures [dot] com or call (612) 568-2334 to set up a free site assessment before it’s too late.

        But what about renters or families without good solar access? CEF is also helping Twin Cities communities organize solar gardens, large solar arrays that give renters and residents whose homes won’t work for solar the opportunity to subscribe. Just like buying a farm share, subscribing to community solar secures utility bill credits for 25 years of power. While most Minnesota homes spend $900/year on electricity bills, community solar can provide 25 years of power for only around 12 years worth of cost. As a cooperative, CEF gives community solar subscribers ownership and control over a community energy business. Interested residents can learn more at http://cooperativeenergyfutures.com/communitysolar/.

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        The cost of solar panels has dropped 99% since 1977 (from $76.67/kW to $0.74/kW in 2013). In Minnesota, the long-term electricity cost from solar has decreased below the rising cost of utility bills. Now, local residents are making solar accessible for everyone through a member-owned cooperative, Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF).

        Homeowners can join the co-op and apply for the Made in Minnesota solar incentive to receive solar panels with little money down. By using tax credits from the incentive to pay off a low interest loan from the Center for Energy and Environment, they’ve managed to remove the vast majority of customer costs from the process. Our low budget financing model has a return on investment of 10 years or less on average. As Minneapolis participants in the 2014 leasing program, said “CEF and its partners have made it possible for us to produce renewable energy! We are so grateful for this opportunity and can attest to how understandable and easy the process was.” Because applications for the Minnesota solar incentive are due February 28, 2015, interested residents should email bruce [at] cooperativeenergyfutures [dot] com or call (612) 568-2334 to set up a free site assessment before it’s too late.

        But what about renters or families without good solar access? CEF is also helping Twin Cities communities organize solar gardens, large solar arrays that give renters and residents whose homes won’t work for solar the opportunity to subscribe. Just like buying a farm share, subscribing to community solar secures utility bill credits for 25 years of power. While most Minnesota homes spend $900/year on electricity bills, community solar can provide 25 years of power for only around 12 years worth of cost. As a cooperative, CEF gives community solar subscribers ownership and control over a community energy business. Interested residents can learn more at http://cooperativeenergyfutures.com/communitysolar/.

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        © 2014 Corcoran News

        Día de los Muertos 15th Annual Celebración

        Sun, 2014-11-30 14:41
        Oscar Del Sébastien Corcoran News

        A tradition that stems from the cultural amalgamation of European traditions and Mesoamerican Native traditions, la celebración de Día de los Muertos is a celebration where the living come to spend time with the memory of their deceased loved ones. Universally, individuals and groups share in the culture of honoring their dead. Día de los Muertos is part of that cultural web known through out as “honoring the dead”. On Saturday, November 1, 2014, El Colegio High School would like to extend a welcome invitation to the public to attend the 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebración, presenting ofrendas (small alters) made by school and community members honoring the lives and deaths of Gabriel García Márquez, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Michael Brown and several others.

        For more information call (612) 702-6319

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        A tradition that stems from the cultural amalgamation of European traditions and Mesoamerican Native traditions, la celebración de Día de los Muertos is a celebration where the living come to spend time with the memory of their deceased loved ones. Universally, individuals and groups share in the culture of honoring their dead. Día de los Muertos is part of that cultural web known through out as “honoring the dead”. On Saturday, November 1, 2014, El Colegio High School would like to extend a welcome invitation to the public to attend the 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebración, presenting ofrendas (small alters) made by school and community members honoring the lives and deaths of Gabriel García Márquez, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Michael Brown and several others.

        For more information call (612) 702-6319

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        © 2014 Corcoran News

        Does your business need more space?

        Sun, 2014-11-30 14:39
        Corcoran News

        Do you own a business that either operates from your home or in a space that you have outgrown? If yes, you are eligible for technical assistance from CNO through a grant from the McKnight Foundation. We’ll help you explore your needs for space, consider available options in the area, sketch out a financial scenario for purchasing or leasing space, and even bring in an architect or designer to draw up your vision. Assistance is on a first-come basis, so please get in touch today.

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        Do you own a business that either operates from your home or in a space that you have outgrown? If yes, you are eligible for technical assistance from CNO through a grant from the McKnight Foundation. We’ll help you explore your needs for space, consider available options in the area, sketch out a financial scenario for purchasing or leasing space, and even bring in an architect or designer to draw up your vision. Assistance is on a first-come basis, so please get in touch today.

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        © 2014 Corcoran News

          Community Workshop: Home Weatherization 101

          Sun, 2014-11-30 14:37
          Corcoran News

          Corcoran neighbor Jim Walsh presents on the basics of thermo dynamics during the October event of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, co-hosted last month with Our Power MN at Corcoran Park. Timothy DenHerder –Thomas and Marlena Needham gave out free weatherization materials such as caulk, window plastic, outlet sealers and more.

          Host a weatherization work party at your home to receive a grant for free materials and food by contacting MNOurPower [at] gmail [dot] com

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          Corcoran neighbor Jim Walsh presents on the basics of thermo dynamics during the October event of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, co-hosted last month with Our Power MN at Corcoran Park. Timothy DenHerder –Thomas and Marlena Needham gave out free weatherization materials such as caulk, window plastic, outlet sealers and more.

          Host a weatherization work party at your home to receive a grant for free materials and food by contacting MNOurPower [at] gmail [dot] com

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          © 2014 Corcoran News

            Dinkytown fans rally for historic preservation

            Tue, 2014-11-25 14:06
            The Minnesota Daily

            Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.

            As Vietnam War protests flared up at colleges across the country, the former student activist, who dropped out in 1967 to focus on activism full time, was at the front lines of the University of Minnesota’s movement. Around the same time, a fast food restaurant called Red Barn was proposed in place of five businesses in the area. Olson supported a protest of the establishment that would become one of the most famous in Dinkytown’s history.

            Read more TC Daily Planet coverage of Dinkytown.

            Olson was among more than 100 people with ties to the area who gathered Sunday in the Varsity Theater to share personal stories and to watch presentations about the district’s history. The gathering was put on partially in hopes of assisting the city of Minneapolis with its historical designation study of the area.

            If city leaders decide the district qualifies as historic, it could preserve about 30 buildings.

            Preserve Historic Dinkytown, an organization that resulted from the historical study’s announcement early last spring, held the “Dinkytown Reunion.” Though it wasn’t sponsored by the city, the event was held in part to help city planner Haila Maze gather physical and oral histories related to the area that she may not have had access to otherwise.

            “It doesn’t simplify things to bring an oral history,” Maze said, “but it does sort of [add] a richer, deeper definition to the discussion.”

            As short films and presentations played out on the theater’s stage, supporters of the area’s preservation reminisced at tables and couches.

            Yearbooks from 1950 and 1960 were laid out among a timeline, historical photos and maps from the University dating back to the 1930s.

            Nancy Smith was a student at the University from 1961 to 1966. Formerly a regular in Dinkytown’s various shops and its art scene, Smith attended Sunday’s event to support the area’s preservation.

            “I guess I have a soft spot for Dinkytown, and I want to see that its integrity is maintained,” she said.

            Later in life, Smith became friends with Laurie Savran, who also graduated from the University in 1966 and married Bill Savran — owner of Savran Bookstore, which had a location across the river in Cedar-Riverside.

            Laurie Savran remembers frequenting various coffee shops in Dinkytown, like the Ten O’Clock Scholar. While she helped her then-husband run his business, she said, she also made lifelong friends.

            The city’s study evaluates the four blocks some call “the heart of Dinkytown” from 1899 to 1971.

            The first time period — the early 1900s — was selected because Dinkytown was part of the city’s early streetcar system and saw much development during that time, Maze said.

            The second era — the 1950s through the 1970s — was a time of social change that Dinkytown exemplified at the time, she said.

            Qdoba Mexican Grill owner and Dinkytown Business Alliance Vice President Randal Gast said he sees value in preserving some aspects of Dinkytown. But because he’s a newcomer compared to others in attendance Sunday, he doesn’t have the same personal connection to the district.

            “This is important to a lot of people. They grew up here, and this is their history,” Gast said. “[But] everybody’s got a different opinion, you know. I didn’t get my first kiss here. Sometimes you have to let things go.”

            Ward 3 Councilman Jacob Frey, who represents the district, spoke at the event about his goal to merge the city’s plans to increase Minneapolis’ population density while still maintaining its character.

            “There are ways to hold onto the history and the beautiful architecture that we already have created while continuing to move forward,” Frey said. “You can have both.”

            Maze said the event provided a few leads that could help with her study. She said there was a healthy balance between stories and artifacts that were useful and those that were simply interesting.

            As she continues her study, Maze said she will be mindful of her objectivity and says she welcomes anyone who wants to share their thoughts on Dinkytown’s status.

            Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.

            As Vietnam War protests flared up at colleges across the country, the former student activist, who dropped out in 1967 to focus on activism full time, was at the front lines of the University of Minnesota’s movement. Around the same time, a fast food restaurant called Red Barn was proposed in place of five businesses in the area. Olson supported a protest of the establishment that would become one of the most famous in Dinkytown’s history.

            Read more TC Daily Planet coverage of Dinkytown.

            Olson was among more than 100 people with ties to the area who gathered Sunday in the Varsity Theater to share personal stories and to watch presentations about the district’s history. The gathering was put on partially in hopes of assisting the city of Minneapolis with its historical designation study of the area.

            If city leaders decide the district qualifies as historic, it could preserve about 30 buildings.

            Preserve Historic Dinkytown, an organization that resulted from the historical study’s announcement early last spring, held the “Dinkytown Reunion.” Though it wasn’t sponsored by the city, the event was held in part to help city planner Haila Maze gather physical and oral histories related to the area that she may not have had access to otherwise.

            “It doesn’t simplify things to bring an oral history,” Maze said, “but it does sort of [add] a richer, deeper definition to the discussion.”

            As short films and presentations played out on the theater’s stage, supporters of the area’s preservation reminisced at tables and couches.

            Yearbooks from 1950 and 1960 were laid out among a timeline, historical photos and maps from the University dating back to the 1930s.

            Nancy Smith was a student at the University from 1961 to 1966. Formerly a regular in Dinkytown’s various shops and its art scene, Smith attended Sunday’s event to support the area’s preservation.

            “I guess I have a soft spot for Dinkytown, and I want to see that its integrity is maintained,” she said.

            Later in life, Smith became friends with Laurie Savran, who also graduated from the University in 1966 and married Bill Savran — owner of Savran Bookstore, which had a location across the river in Cedar-Riverside.

            Laurie Savran remembers frequenting various coffee shops in Dinkytown, like the Ten O’Clock Scholar. While she helped her then-husband run his business, she said, she also made lifelong friends.

            The city’s study evaluates the four blocks some call “the heart of Dinkytown” from 1899 to 1971.

            The first time period — the early 1900s — was selected because Dinkytown was part of the city’s early streetcar system and saw much development during that time, Maze said.

            The second era — the 1950s through the 1970s — was a time of social change that Dinkytown exemplified at the time, she said.

            Qdoba Mexican Grill owner and Dinkytown Business Alliance Vice President Randal Gast said he sees value in preserving some aspects of Dinkytown. But because he’s a newcomer compared to others in attendance Sunday, he doesn’t have the same personal connection to the district.

            “This is important to a lot of people. They grew up here, and this is their history,” Gast said. “[But] everybody’s got a different opinion, you know. I didn’t get my first kiss here. Sometimes you have to let things go.”

            Ward 3 Councilman Jacob Frey, who represents the district, spoke at the event about his goal to merge the city’s plans to increase Minneapolis’ population density while still maintaining its character.

            “There are ways to hold onto the history and the beautiful architecture that we already have created while continuing to move forward,” Frey said. “You can have both.”

            Maze said the event provided a few leads that could help with her study. She said there was a healthy balance between stories and artifacts that were useful and those that were simply interesting.

            As she continues her study, Maze said she will be mindful of her objectivity and says she welcomes anyone who wants to share their thoughts on Dinkytown’s status.

            © 2014 The Minnesota Daily

            Dinkytown fans rally for historic preservation

            Tue, 2014-11-25 14:06
            The Minnesota Daily

            Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.

            As Vietnam War protests flared up at colleges across the country, the former student activist, who dropped out in 1967 to focus on activism full time, was at the front lines of the University of Minnesota’s movement. Around the same time, a fast food restaurant called Red Barn was proposed in place of five businesses in the area. Olson supported a protest of the establishment that would become one of the most famous in Dinkytown’s history.

            Read more TC Daily Planet coverage of Dinkytown.

            Olson was among more than 100 people with ties to the area who gathered Sunday in the Varsity Theater to share personal stories and to watch presentations about the district’s history. The gathering was put on partially in hopes of assisting the city of Minneapolis with its historical designation study of the area.

            If city leaders decide the district qualifies as historic, it could preserve about 30 buildings.

            Preserve Historic Dinkytown, an organization that resulted from the historical study’s announcement early last spring, held the “Dinkytown Reunion.” Though it wasn’t sponsored by the city, the event was held in part to help city planner Haila Maze gather physical and oral histories related to the area that she may not have had access to otherwise.

            “It doesn’t simplify things to bring an oral history,” Maze said, “but it does sort of [add] a richer, deeper definition to the discussion.”

            As short films and presentations played out on the theater’s stage, supporters of the area’s preservation reminisced at tables and couches.

            Yearbooks from 1950 and 1960 were laid out among a timeline, historical photos and maps from the University dating back to the 1930s.

            Nancy Smith was a student at the University from 1961 to 1966. Formerly a regular in Dinkytown’s various shops and its art scene, Smith attended Sunday’s event to support the area’s preservation.

            “I guess I have a soft spot for Dinkytown, and I want to see that its integrity is maintained,” she said.

            Later in life, Smith became friends with Laurie Savran, who also graduated from the University in 1966 and married Bill Savran — owner of Savran Bookstore, which had a location across the river in Cedar-Riverside.

            Laurie Savran remembers frequenting various coffee shops in Dinkytown, like the Ten O’Clock Scholar. While she helped her then-husband run his business, she said, she also made lifelong friends.

            The city’s study evaluates the four blocks some call “the heart of Dinkytown” from 1899 to 1971.

            The first time period — the early 1900s — was selected because Dinkytown was part of the city’s early streetcar system and saw much development during that time, Maze said.

            The second era — the 1950s through the 1970s — was a time of social change that Dinkytown exemplified at the time, she said.

            Qdoba Mexican Grill owner and Dinkytown Business Alliance Vice President Randal Gast said he sees value in preserving some aspects of Dinkytown. But because he’s a newcomer compared to others in attendance Sunday, he doesn’t have the same personal connection to the district.

            “This is important to a lot of people. They grew up here, and this is their history,” Gast said. “[But] everybody’s got a different opinion, you know. I didn’t get my first kiss here. Sometimes you have to let things go.”

            Ward 3 Councilman Jacob Frey, who represents the district, spoke at the event about his goal to merge the city’s plans to increase Minneapolis’ population density while still maintaining its character.

            “There are ways to hold onto the history and the beautiful architecture that we already have created while continuing to move forward,” Frey said. “You can have both.”

            Maze said the event provided a few leads that could help with her study. She said there was a healthy balance between stories and artifacts that were useful and those that were simply interesting.

            As she continues her study, Maze said she will be mindful of her objectivity and says she welcomes anyone who wants to share their thoughts on Dinkytown’s status.

            Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.

            As Vietnam War protests flared up at colleges across the country, the former student activist, who dropped out in 1967 to focus on activism full time, was at the front lines of the University of Minnesota’s movement. Around the same time, a fast food restaurant called Red Barn was proposed in place of five businesses in the area. Olson supported a protest of the establishment that would become one of the most famous in Dinkytown’s history.

            Read more TC Daily Planet coverage of Dinkytown.

            Olson was among more than 100 people with ties to the area who gathered Sunday in the Varsity Theater to share personal stories and to watch presentations about the district’s history. The gathering was put on partially in hopes of assisting the city of Minneapolis with its historical designation study of the area.

            If city leaders decide the district qualifies as historic, it could preserve about 30 buildings.

            Preserve Historic Dinkytown, an organization that resulted from the historical study’s announcement early last spring, held the “Dinkytown Reunion.” Though it wasn’t sponsored by the city, the event was held in part to help city planner Haila Maze gather physical and oral histories related to the area that she may not have had access to otherwise.

            “It doesn’t simplify things to bring an oral history,” Maze said, “but it does sort of [add] a richer, deeper definition to the discussion.”

            As short films and presentations played out on the theater’s stage, supporters of the area’s preservation reminisced at tables and couches.

            Yearbooks from 1950 and 1960 were laid out among a timeline, historical photos and maps from the University dating back to the 1930s.

            Nancy Smith was a student at the University from 1961 to 1966. Formerly a regular in Dinkytown’s various shops and its art scene, Smith attended Sunday’s event to support the area’s preservation.

            “I guess I have a soft spot for Dinkytown, and I want to see that its integrity is maintained,” she said.

            Later in life, Smith became friends with Laurie Savran, who also graduated from the University in 1966 and married Bill Savran — owner of Savran Bookstore, which had a location across the river in Cedar-Riverside.

            Laurie Savran remembers frequenting various coffee shops in Dinkytown, like the Ten O’Clock Scholar. While she helped her then-husband run his business, she said, she also made lifelong friends.

            The city’s study evaluates the four blocks some call “the heart of Dinkytown” from 1899 to 1971.

            The first time period — the early 1900s — was selected because Dinkytown was part of the city’s early streetcar system and saw much development during that time, Maze said.

            The second era — the 1950s through the 1970s — was a time of social change that Dinkytown exemplified at the time, she said.

            Qdoba Mexican Grill owner and Dinkytown Business Alliance Vice President Randal Gast said he sees value in preserving some aspects of Dinkytown. But because he’s a newcomer compared to others in attendance Sunday, he doesn’t have the same personal connection to the district.

            “This is important to a lot of people. They grew up here, and this is their history,” Gast said. “[But] everybody’s got a different opinion, you know. I didn’t get my first kiss here. Sometimes you have to let things go.”

            Ward 3 Councilman Jacob Frey, who represents the district, spoke at the event about his goal to merge the city’s plans to increase Minneapolis’ population density while still maintaining its character.

            “There are ways to hold onto the history and the beautiful architecture that we already have created while continuing to move forward,” Frey said. “You can have both.”

            Maze said the event provided a few leads that could help with her study. She said there was a healthy balance between stories and artifacts that were useful and those that were simply interesting.

            As she continues her study, Maze said she will be mindful of her objectivity and says she welcomes anyone who wants to share their thoughts on Dinkytown’s status.

            © 2014 The Minnesota Daily

            OPINION | What to do with Penn Avenue?

            Tue, 2014-11-25 14:00
            Margo Ashmore North News

            Seems like soon as I arrive at one of these open houses for community transit planning, there’s a particular biking enthusiast who pounces and bends my ear for a few minutes. The Nov. 13 open house for Penn Avenue planning held at the Harrison community center was no exception.

            Among the issues on the table: Bike lanes on Penn Avenue North. Detailed charts on big boards showed the pros and cons of moving bikes off of Penn to either Queen or Oliver, and City of Minneapolis officials have apparently concluded that neither one is feasible because of the parks and schools that are in the path, so bikes have to be accommodated on Penn.

            The planning process was driven by Hennepin County’s intent to put enhanced bus service on Penn Avenue, and the desire to see it drive economic and housing development in the neighborhood – solve all sorts of problems, create opportunities while they’re at it. The city is partnering in the process with Hennepin County; it’s my impression Hennepin County is neutral on bike accommodations but city officials are pushing.

            There are three options being floated to put bike lanes on Penn and to make that thoroughfare more pedestrian-friendly. Some parking is lost in any of the scenarios, and traffic is down to one lane each way.

            It’s common wisdom in traffic planning that if traffic can move smoothly, rather than in stops and starts and weaving in and out, drivers will use a route even if it appears to move slowly, and that is ultimately safer. I agree, “four lanes on a freeway are only as good as the jerks at the front of the pack,” I’ve often said.

            Those who attended the open houses could see examples of increased-density commercial development at the nodes: 44th, Lowry, Broadway, Plymouth, Glenwood. And there were scenarios for adding high-density housing at the new light rail station area at Olson Highway.

            In the middle photo at right, a group of Hmong students who got experience riding the Blue Line Hiawatha light rail as a way of helping decide what they think about the Southwest Light Rail, talked about their experience with Kelsey Dawson Walton, representing Hennepin County.

            A prominent disclaimer posted: “Concepts do not represent actual development proposals and are for discussion purposes only. They do not imply that development is or will be supported by property owners, the community, or government leaders.”

            I’m betting most property owners will privately say “sure, just buy me out for a decent price,” or “help me finance my expansion/new building.”

            The open house format lets people pop in and out, talking to planners about the areas closest to their home or business. They are, after all, the on-the-ground experts in how things work or don’t work now. One can only hope they are really listened to, along with the “experts” on big picture things.

            Some come toward the end to see what comments others have written, and add their own. At this particular session, people were given stickers to place on aerial views, that indicated ideas of what should go on vacant land, or in place of current buildings.

            For example, in the picture above there were three stickers for “retail” along Broadway on the Capri block, and one for dining, one office, and one for townhome along 23rd. One sticky-note writer asked for a plaza on the southwest corner of Plymouth and Penn, with dimmable lights for showing movies.

            Others asked for transit bus shelters on Glenwood, and “fix the Route 9 reliability.” Someone else said, “Near North needs a gas station.”

            There is a survey app posted online, along with all sorts of information on the planning process, at: www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/penn-avenue-community-works. Contact Kelly Hoffman at pacw [at] hennepin [dot] us, phone 612-348-8276.

            Seems like soon as I arrive at one of these open houses for community transit planning, there’s a particular biking enthusiast who pounces and bends my ear for a few minutes. The Nov. 13 open house for Penn Avenue planning held at the Harrison community center was no exception.

            Among the issues on the table: Bike lanes on Penn Avenue North. Detailed charts on big boards showed the pros and cons of moving bikes off of Penn to either Queen or Oliver, and City of Minneapolis officials have apparently concluded that neither one is feasible because of the parks and schools that are in the path, so bikes have to be accommodated on Penn.

            The planning process was driven by Hennepin County’s intent to put enhanced bus service on Penn Avenue, and the desire to see it drive economic and housing development in the neighborhood – solve all sorts of problems, create opportunities while they’re at it. The city is partnering in the process with Hennepin County; it’s my impression Hennepin County is neutral on bike accommodations but city officials are pushing.

            There are three options being floated to put bike lanes on Penn and to make that thoroughfare more pedestrian-friendly. Some parking is lost in any of the scenarios, and traffic is down to one lane each way.

            It’s common wisdom in traffic planning that if traffic can move smoothly, rather than in stops and starts and weaving in and out, drivers will use a route even if it appears to move slowly, and that is ultimately safer. I agree, “four lanes on a freeway are only as good as the jerks at the front of the pack,” I’ve often said.

            Those who attended the open houses could see examples of increased-density commercial development at the nodes: 44th, Lowry, Broadway, Plymouth, Glenwood. And there were scenarios for adding high-density housing at the new light rail station area at Olson Highway.

            In the middle photo at right, a group of Hmong students who got experience riding the Blue Line Hiawatha light rail as a way of helping decide what they think about the Southwest Light Rail, talked about their experience with Kelsey Dawson Walton, representing Hennepin County.

            A prominent disclaimer posted: “Concepts do not represent actual development proposals and are for discussion purposes only. They do not imply that development is or will be supported by property owners, the community, or government leaders.”

            I’m betting most property owners will privately say “sure, just buy me out for a decent price,” or “help me finance my expansion/new building.”

            The open house format lets people pop in and out, talking to planners about the areas closest to their home or business. They are, after all, the on-the-ground experts in how things work or don’t work now. One can only hope they are really listened to, along with the “experts” on big picture things.

            Some come toward the end to see what comments others have written, and add their own. At this particular session, people were given stickers to place on aerial views, that indicated ideas of what should go on vacant land, or in place of current buildings.

            For example, in the picture above there were three stickers for “retail” along Broadway on the Capri block, and one for dining, one office, and one for townhome along 23rd. One sticky-note writer asked for a plaza on the southwest corner of Plymouth and Penn, with dimmable lights for showing movies.

            Others asked for transit bus shelters on Glenwood, and “fix the Route 9 reliability.” Someone else said, “Near North needs a gas station.”

            There is a survey app posted online, along with all sorts of information on the planning process, at: www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/penn-avenue-community-works. Contact Kelly Hoffman at pacw [at] hennepin [dot] us, phone 612-348-8276.

            © 2014 North News

            OPINION | What to do with Penn Avenue?

            Tue, 2014-11-25 14:00
            Margo Ashmore North News

            Seems like soon as I arrive at one of these open houses for community transit planning, there’s a particular biking enthusiast who pounces and bends my ear for a few minutes. The Nov. 13 open house for Penn Avenue planning held at the Harrison community center was no exception.

            Among the issues on the table: Bike lanes on Penn Avenue North. Detailed charts on big boards showed the pros and cons of moving bikes off of Penn to either Queen or Oliver, and City of Minneapolis officials have apparently concluded that neither one is feasible because of the parks and schools that are in the path, so bikes have to be accommodated on Penn.

            The planning process was driven by Hennepin County’s intent to put enhanced bus service on Penn Avenue, and the desire to see it drive economic and housing development in the neighborhood – solve all sorts of problems, create opportunities while they’re at it. The city is partnering in the process with Hennepin County; it’s my impression Hennepin County is neutral on bike accommodations but city officials are pushing.

            There are three options being floated to put bike lanes on Penn and to make that thoroughfare more pedestrian-friendly. Some parking is lost in any of the scenarios, and traffic is down to one lane each way.

            It’s common wisdom in traffic planning that if traffic can move smoothly, rather than in stops and starts and weaving in and out, drivers will use a route even if it appears to move slowly, and that is ultimately safer. I agree, “four lanes on a freeway are only as good as the jerks at the front of the pack,” I’ve often said.

            Those who attended the open houses could see examples of increased-density commercial development at the nodes: 44th, Lowry, Broadway, Plymouth, Glenwood. And there were scenarios for adding high-density housing at the new light rail station area at Olson Highway.

            In the middle photo at right, a group of Hmong students who got experience riding the Blue Line Hiawatha light rail as a way of helping decide what they think about the Southwest Light Rail, talked about their experience with Kelsey Dawson Walton, representing Hennepin County.

            A prominent disclaimer posted: “Concepts do not represent actual development proposals and are for discussion purposes only. They do not imply that development is or will be supported by property owners, the community, or government leaders.”

            I’m betting most property owners will privately say “sure, just buy me out for a decent price,” or “help me finance my expansion/new building.”

            The open house format lets people pop in and out, talking to planners about the areas closest to their home or business. They are, after all, the on-the-ground experts in how things work or don’t work now. One can only hope they are really listened to, along with the “experts” on big picture things.

            Some come toward the end to see what comments others have written, and add their own. At this particular session, people were given stickers to place on aerial views, that indicated ideas of what should go on vacant land, or in place of current buildings.

            For example, in the picture above there were three stickers for “retail” along Broadway on the Capri block, and one for dining, one office, and one for townhome along 23rd. One sticky-note writer asked for a plaza on the southwest corner of Plymouth and Penn, with dimmable lights for showing movies.

            Others asked for transit bus shelters on Glenwood, and “fix the Route 9 reliability.” Someone else said, “Near North needs a gas station.”

            There is a survey app posted online, along with all sorts of information on the planning process, at: www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/penn-avenue-community-works. Contact Kelly Hoffman at pacw [at] hennepin [dot] us, phone 612-348-8276.

            Seems like soon as I arrive at one of these open houses for community transit planning, there’s a particular biking enthusiast who pounces and bends my ear for a few minutes. The Nov. 13 open house for Penn Avenue planning held at the Harrison community center was no exception.

            Among the issues on the table: Bike lanes on Penn Avenue North. Detailed charts on big boards showed the pros and cons of moving bikes off of Penn to either Queen or Oliver, and City of Minneapolis officials have apparently concluded that neither one is feasible because of the parks and schools that are in the path, so bikes have to be accommodated on Penn.

            The planning process was driven by Hennepin County’s intent to put enhanced bus service on Penn Avenue, and the desire to see it drive economic and housing development in the neighborhood – solve all sorts of problems, create opportunities while they’re at it. The city is partnering in the process with Hennepin County; it’s my impression Hennepin County is neutral on bike accommodations but city officials are pushing.

            There are three options being floated to put bike lanes on Penn and to make that thoroughfare more pedestrian-friendly. Some parking is lost in any of the scenarios, and traffic is down to one lane each way.

            It’s common wisdom in traffic planning that if traffic can move smoothly, rather than in stops and starts and weaving in and out, drivers will use a route even if it appears to move slowly, and that is ultimately safer. I agree, “four lanes on a freeway are only as good as the jerks at the front of the pack,” I’ve often said.

            Those who attended the open houses could see examples of increased-density commercial development at the nodes: 44th, Lowry, Broadway, Plymouth, Glenwood. And there were scenarios for adding high-density housing at the new light rail station area at Olson Highway.

            In the middle photo at right, a group of Hmong students who got experience riding the Blue Line Hiawatha light rail as a way of helping decide what they think about the Southwest Light Rail, talked about their experience with Kelsey Dawson Walton, representing Hennepin County.

            A prominent disclaimer posted: “Concepts do not represent actual development proposals and are for discussion purposes only. They do not imply that development is or will be supported by property owners, the community, or government leaders.”

            I’m betting most property owners will privately say “sure, just buy me out for a decent price,” or “help me finance my expansion/new building.”

            The open house format lets people pop in and out, talking to planners about the areas closest to their home or business. They are, after all, the on-the-ground experts in how things work or don’t work now. One can only hope they are really listened to, along with the “experts” on big picture things.

            Some come toward the end to see what comments others have written, and add their own. At this particular session, people were given stickers to place on aerial views, that indicated ideas of what should go on vacant land, or in place of current buildings.

            For example, in the picture above there were three stickers for “retail” along Broadway on the Capri block, and one for dining, one office, and one for townhome along 23rd. One sticky-note writer asked for a plaza on the southwest corner of Plymouth and Penn, with dimmable lights for showing movies.

            Others asked for transit bus shelters on Glenwood, and “fix the Route 9 reliability.” Someone else said, “Near North needs a gas station.”

            There is a survey app posted online, along with all sorts of information on the planning process, at: www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/penn-avenue-community-works. Contact Kelly Hoffman at pacw [at] hennepin [dot] us, phone 612-348-8276.

            © 2014 North News

              South Minneapolis historic home owner Pearl Lindstrom dies at 92

              Wed, 2014-11-19 15:32
              Paige Elliott TC Daily Planet

              Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

              Lindstrom lived in the little house on the corner of 4600 Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis for over 50 years. She was thrust into the spotlight last summer because of renewed interest in the story of the Lee Family, the home's previous owners.

              In 1931, Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee were met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood. As we previously reported, renewed interest in the Lees’ story begain to gain traction, according to the Star Tribune, after a 2001 publication of research by law Professor Ann Juergens.

              Arthur Lee, a World War I veteran and a postal worker, found solace and protection for his family from other veterans and co-workers, many of whom were white. After two years of turmoil, the Lees moved from the home, but today their story serves as a poignant reminder of a turbulent period in Minnesota race relations. In 2011, an Arthur Lee monument was unveiled in Lindstrom's front yard with a big community celebration and commemorative ceremony; Lindstrom served as a gracious host.

              The house gained national attention when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 2014. We spoke with Lindstrom in July about the historic recognition and what the honor meant to her. "It just reminds me that there are many, many people that are nice, both black and white" said Lindstrom. "Love people the way you're supposed to, the way the Bible tells us...we're supposed to love others as we love ourselves. So that's what I try to do!"

              Watch a video of Lindstrom talking about her historic house below:

              See: House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

              Related stories:

              Updated 11/22/2014 11:55 a.m.

              Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

              Lindstrom lived in the little house on the corner of 4600 Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis for over 50 years. She was thrust into the spotlight last summer because of renewed interest in the story of the Lee Family, the home's previous owners.

              In 1931, Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee were met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood. As we previously reported, renewed interest in the Lees’ story begain to gain traction, according to the Star Tribune, after a 2001 publication of research by law Professor Ann Juergens.

              Arthur Lee, a World War I veteran and a postal worker, found solace and protection for his family from other veterans and co-workers, many of whom were white. After two years of turmoil, the Lees moved from the home, but today their story serves as a poignant reminder of a turbulent period in Minnesota race relations. In 2011, an Arthur Lee monument was unveiled in Lindstrom's front yard with a big community celebration and commemorative ceremony; Lindstrom served as a gracious host.

              The house gained national attention when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 2014. We spoke with Lindstrom in July about the historic recognition and what the honor meant to her. "It just reminds me that there are many, many people that are nice, both black and white" said Lindstrom. "Love people the way you're supposed to, the way the Bible tells us...we're supposed to love others as we love ourselves. So that's what I try to do!"

              Watch a video of Lindstrom talking about her historic house below:

              See: House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

              Related stories:

              Updated 11/22/2014 11:55 a.m.

              © 2014 Paige Elliott

              South Minneapolis historic home owner Pearl Lindstrom dies at 92

              Wed, 2014-11-19 15:32
              Paige Elliott TC Daily Planet

              Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

              Lindstrom lived in the little house on the corner of 4600 Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis for over 50 years. She was thrust into the spotlight last summer because of renewed interest in the story of the Lee Family, the home's previous owners.

              In 1931, Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s were met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood. As we previously reported, renewed interest in the Lees’ story begain to gain traction, according to the Star Tribune, after a 2001 publication of research by law Professor Ann Juergens.

              Arthur Lee, a World War I veteran and a postal worker, found solace and protection for his family from other veterans and co-workers, many of whom were white. After two years of turmoil, the Lees moved from the home, but today their story serves as a poignant reminder of a turbulent period in Minnesota race relations. In 2011, an Arthur Lee monument was unveiled in Lindstrom's front yard with a big community celebration and commemorative ceremony; Lindstrom served as a gracious host.

              The house gained national attention this summer when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 2014. We spoke with Lindstrom in July about the historic recognition and what the honor meant to her. "It just reminds me that there are many, many people that are nice, both black and white" said Lindstrom. "Love people the way you're supposed to, the way the Bible says...we are to love people like we do ourselves. So that's what I try to do!"

              See: House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

              See a video of Lindstrom talking about her historic house below:

              Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

              Lindstrom lived in the little house on the corner of 4600 Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis for over 50 years. She was thrust into the spotlight last summer because of renewed interest in the story of the Lee Family, the home's previous owners.

              In 1931, Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s were met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood. As we previously reported, renewed interest in the Lees’ story begain to gain traction, according to the Star Tribune, after a 2001 publication of research by law Professor Ann Juergens.

              Arthur Lee, a World War I veteran and a postal worker, found solace and protection for his family from other veterans and co-workers, many of whom were white. After two years of turmoil, the Lees moved from the home, but today their story serves as a poignant reminder of a turbulent period in Minnesota race relations. In 2011, an Arthur Lee monument was unveiled in Lindstrom's front yard with a big community celebration and commemorative ceremony; Lindstrom served as a gracious host.

              The house gained national attention this summer when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 2014. We spoke with Lindstrom in July about the historic recognition and what the honor meant to her. "It just reminds me that there are many, many people that are nice, both black and white" said Lindstrom. "Love people the way you're supposed to, the way the Bible says...we are to love people like we do ourselves. So that's what I try to do!"

              See: House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

              See a video of Lindstrom talking about her historic house below:

              © 2014 Paige Elliott

              Suggestions for a safer Jefferson Bicycle Boulevard

              Wed, 2014-11-19 13:28
              Mike Sonn

              Here is my open letter to Saint Paul Public Works and Mayor Coleman.

              As a new resident to Saint Paul, I wasn’t present for the leg work and public meetings that went into creating the bicycle boulevards. I have, however, been using them extensively over the last 9 months since moving here. I’m a daily bicycle commuter on Jefferson Avenue, and we chose our house partially due to its close proximity to this bike infrastructure.

              This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Streets.MN. Check out the links below for other recent Streets.MN stories:

              As a Portland State Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design Guidebook states:

              Bicycle boulevards [create] an attractive, convenient, and comfortable cycling environment that is welcoming to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. [Bicycle boulevards] allow through movements for cyclists while discouraging similar through trips by nonlocal motorized traffic.

              However, the Jefferson Avenue bicycle boulevard leaves very much to be desired. I am routinely harassed, buzzed, yelled at, swerved at, stopped short in front of, etc. while biking on Jefferson by drivers. I’m an experienced bicyclist and assert myself into the lane when necessary and ride as far to the right as practicable.

              I believe this constant harassment is because, east of Snelling, east-bound Jefferson functions essentially as an on-ramp for 35E. Randolph Heights elementary is located here and excessive speeding through a school zone is problematic and unsafe. Drivers can easily access 35E from either St Clair or Randolph and the city should fully prioritize Jefferson for safety over driver convenience. I’ve attached Jefferson’s ADT to show the marked drop-off in traffic east of Victoria/35E on-ramp.

              Jefferson’s ADT drops significantly to the east of Victoria and the 35E on-ramp.

              Again, I realize that Jefferson has a long history and that most city officials and employees want to raise design issues again. But I believe that with a few low cost improvements, we could see non-local traffic discouraged from Jefferson allowing it to serve as a calm safe road for all users, from 8-80 years old.

              First example,here is a picture of a more extreme traffic diversion in Berkeley, CA near a busy transit station in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood. This actual bike boulevard has bollards to divert thru-traffic, along with huge painted sharrows that clearly mark the street as bike priority (along with great way-finding signage).

              Bollards allow cyclists and pedestrians to continue through while diverting private automobile traffic.

              While I know this may not sit well with emergency services, it will be the most effective way of diverting traffic off of Jefferson. I’d suggest using Brimhall, Saratoga, or Warwick because the block configuration won’t allow drivers to simply go to the next east/west street and quickly get back to Jefferson. Also, I acknowledge that residents on whichever street is chosen will most likely object to the increase in traffic. I’d argue, however, that once this diversion is known, drivers will adjust by using St Clair or Randolph, as they already should be doing.

              The second example is turning block-long stretches into one-ways, which would be much easier to implement, requiring only a few signs. It is also a very local example seen all over the Summit Hill neighborhood. This would leave the roadway clear for emergency vehicles but also accomplish the goal of reducing thru-traffic. As for cycling, it would remain two-way using a contra-flow design similar to 5th Street SE in Minneapolis, that would allow cyclists to continue safely in the opposite direction from traffic. Since the biggest issue, in my opinion, is eastbound AM traffic headed to 35E, the one-way could only allow west-bound traffic and could be placed on any block between Brimhall and Pascal. The one-way signs could include language “except bikes, buses, emergency vehicles”.

              Linwood at Milton in Saint Paul’s Summit Hill neighborhood.

              Local contra-flow example on 5th Ave SE in Minneapolis.

               

               

               

               

              Contra-flow signage example seen in Bloomington, IN.

              My third example of a design solution for Jefferson would be to reduce the speed on Jefferson. 30 mph is completely unacceptable for a bike boulebard. In a AAA study, the risk of severe injury decreases from nearly 50% at 30 mph to below 25% at 20 mph.

              Reducing speeds greatly reduces risk of severe injury or death.

              I understand this may be a state law, but urban areas need to lead the push to change residential streets from 30 mph down to a much more palatable 20 mph. In the meantime, the city should apply for an exception from MNDOT. We could also add speed bumps, as is common in the Union Park area.

              Fourth, another area of concern is the stretch where Jefferson becomes Edgcumbe Rd for a block. The planted median is beautiful and adds a lot of character, but keeping the parking along this same stretch greatly limits the space available. I often need to take the full lane in order to not be buzzed or pushed into the parked cars by drivers looking to pass me unsafely. The light at Lexington is extremely long, but drivers still feel the need to speed up this stretch to get into the queue. (This is more of an issue eastbound because there is a slight uphill. Westbound is slightly downhill so I can usually get up to a reasonable speed and merge into traffic around the parked cars. However, when traveling westbound, there is a pinch point where the curb narrows just west of Edgcumbe’s southbound lane.) I have to assert myself into the lane to not get pinched into the curb. Bicycle boulevards, designed for riders of all ages and experience levels, should not require bicyclists to have to assert their rights to the road.

              Finally, with $400,000 available for bike lane painting and re-striping from the 8-80 funds, I’d like to see the stretch on Jefferson as it passes over Ayd Mill and under 35E re-striped. There is a large “median” painted and that ROW space could be dedicated to a buffer zone for the bike lanes on both sides. On that note, I’d like to express my gratitude for the green paint on the lanes as they cross the Ayd Mill onramps. If I could, I’d really like to see green paint where the southbound Ayd Mill off-ramp intersects with Jefferson. Drivers often don’t fully stop at that stop sign and roll out into the bike lane.

              ROW space that should be used to buffer the bike lanes.

              I think the idea of Jefferson is great, we did buy our home very near to it for a reason. But I also think we are so close to making it a true bicycle boulevard, and we should finish what we started. I fully understand that this has been a long hard process, let’s not let it be in vain.

              Streets.MN

              Suggestions for a safer Jefferson Bicycle Boulevard

              Wed, 2014-11-19 13:28
              Mike Sonn

              Here is my open letter to Saint Paul Public Works and Mayor Coleman.

              As a new resident to Saint Paul, I wasn’t present for the leg work and public meetings that went into creating the bicycle boulevards. I have, however, been using them extensively over the last 9 months since moving here. I’m a daily bicycle commuter on Jefferson Avenue, and we chose our house partially due to its close proximity to this bike infrastructure.

              This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Streets.MN. Check out the links below for other recent Streets.MN stories:

              As a Portland State Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design Guidebook states:

              Bicycle boulevards [create] an attractive, convenient, and comfortable cycling environment that is welcoming to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. [Bicycle boulevards] allow through movements for cyclists while discouraging similar through trips by nonlocal motorized traffic.

              However, the Jefferson Avenue bicycle boulevard leaves very much to be desired. I am routinely harassed, buzzed, yelled at, swerved at, stopped short in front of, etc. while biking on Jefferson by drivers. I’m an experienced bicyclist and assert myself into the lane when necessary and ride as far to the right as practicable.

              I believe this constant harassment is because, east of Snelling, east-bound Jefferson functions essentially as an on-ramp for 35E. Randolph Heights elementary is located here and excessive speeding through a school zone is problematic and unsafe. Drivers can easily access 35E from either St Clair or Randolph and the city should fully prioritize Jefferson for safety over driver convenience. I’ve attached Jefferson’s ADT to show the marked drop-off in traffic east of Victoria/35E on-ramp.

              Jefferson’s ADT drops significantly to the east of Victoria and the 35E on-ramp.

              Again, I realize that Jefferson has a long history and that most city officials and employees want to raise design issues again. But I believe that with a few low cost improvements, we could see non-local traffic discouraged from Jefferson allowing it to serve as a calm safe road for all users, from 8-80 years old.

              First example,here is a picture of a more extreme traffic diversion in Berkeley, CA near a busy transit station in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood. This actual bike boulevard has bollards to divert thru-traffic, along with huge painted sharrows that clearly mark the street as bike priority (along with great way-finding signage).

              Bollards allow cyclists and pedestrians to continue through while diverting private automobile traffic.

              While I know this may not sit well with emergency services, it will be the most effective way of diverting traffic off of Jefferson. I’d suggest using Brimhall, Saratoga, or Warwick because the block configuration won’t allow drivers to simply go to the next east/west street and quickly get back to Jefferson. Also, I acknowledge that residents on whichever street is chosen will most likely object to the increase in traffic. I’d argue, however, that once this diversion is known, drivers will adjust by using St Clair or Randolph, as they already should be doing.

              The second example is turning block-long stretches into one-ways, which would be much easier to implement, requiring only a few signs. It is also a very local example seen all over the Summit Hill neighborhood. This would leave the roadway clear for emergency vehicles but also accomplish the goal of reducing thru-traffic. As for cycling, it would remain two-way using a contra-flow design similar to 5th Street SE in Minneapolis, that would allow cyclists to continue safely in the opposite direction from traffic. Since the biggest issue, in my opinion, is eastbound AM traffic headed to 35E, the one-way could only allow west-bound traffic and could be placed on any block between Brimhall and Pascal. The one-way signs could include language “except bikes, buses, emergency vehicles”.

              Linwood at Milton in Saint Paul’s Summit Hill neighborhood.

              Local contra-flow example on 5th Ave SE in Minneapolis.

               

               

               

               

              Contra-flow signage example seen in Bloomington, IN.

              My third example of a design solution for Jefferson would be to reduce the speed on Jefferson. 30 mph is completely unacceptable for a bike boulebard. In a AAA study, the risk of severe injury decreases from nearly 50% at 30 mph to below 25% at 20 mph.

              Reducing speeds greatly reduces risk of severe injury or death.

              I understand this may be a state law, but urban areas need to lead the push to change residential streets from 30 mph down to a much more palatable 20 mph. In the meantime, the city should apply for an exception from MNDOT. We could also add speed bumps, as is common in the Union Park area.

              Fourth, another area of concern is the stretch where Jefferson becomes Edgcumbe Rd for a block. The planted median is beautiful and adds a lot of character, but keeping the parking along this same stretch greatly limits the space available. I often need to take the full lane in order to not be buzzed or pushed into the parked cars by drivers looking to pass me unsafely. The light at Lexington is extremely long, but drivers still feel the need to speed up this stretch to get into the queue. (This is more of an issue eastbound because there is a slight uphill. Westbound is slightly downhill so I can usually get up to a reasonable speed and merge into traffic around the parked cars. However, when traveling westbound, there is a pinch point where the curb narrows just west of Edgcumbe’s southbound lane.) I have to assert myself into the lane to not get pinched into the curb. Bicycle boulevards, designed for riders of all ages and experience levels, should not require bicyclists to have to assert their rights to the road.

              Finally, with $400,000 available for bike lane painting and re-striping from the 8-80 funds, I’d like to see the stretch on Jefferson as it passes over Ayd Mill and under 35E re-striped. There is a large “median” painted and that ROW space could be dedicated to a buffer zone for the bike lanes on both sides. On that note, I’d like to express my gratitude for the green paint on the lanes as they cross the Ayd Mill onramps. If I could, I’d really like to see green paint where the southbound Ayd Mill off-ramp intersects with Jefferson. Drivers often don’t fully stop at that stop sign and roll out into the bike lane.

              ROW space that should be used to buffer the bike lanes.

              I think the idea of Jefferson is great, we did buy our home very near to it for a reason. But I also think we are so close to making it a true bicycle boulevard, and we should finish what we started. I fully understand that this has been a long hard process, let’s not let it be in vain.

              Streets.MN

                Hampden Park Co-op sounds call to action

                Tue, 2014-11-18 14:59
                Kristal Leebrick

                Last summer, Hampden Park Co-op put out a call to action to its members to increase sales at the Raymond Avenue food cooperative. General manager Greg Junge says that call appears to have been heeded.

                As of Nov. 1, the co-op’s sales were 6.5 percent above what they were a year ago, Junge said. Still, the store needs to see a 9 percent increase in sales and earnings by September 2015 to secure an alternative loan to pay back the $641,750 loan the co-op took out in 2008 to purchase the building at 928 Raymond Ave.

                The board’s 365-Day Campaign Call to Action listed two pages of strategies aimed at bolstering the financial health of the store. First on the list was to hire a new general manager. Junge stepped into that role on Aug. 4.

                Other steps include asking members to donate their discount. Each year, the co-op gives back nearly $170,000 to its members in the form of a discount. The goal is to reach $10,000 in donated discounts, Junge says. Members can donate the discount by simply telling the cashier at the time they make their purchase.

                This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Park Bugle. Check out the links below for other recent Park Bugle stories:

                The board is also considering decreasing the 15 percent senior citizen discount, as that discount amounted to nearly $45,000 last year.

                Board members were in the store each week in October to talk about the co-op’s status with shoppers. Next up: Canvassing the neighborhood to raise awareness of the co-op. Junge wants members to get the word out to friends and neighbors that the co-op needs their business and wants the community to come to Hampden Park to shop for the holidays. The store sells gifts and personal care items, as well as fresh produce and a complete line of grocery items.

                Hampden Park Co-op was founded in 1972 as St. Anthony Park Foods, a nonprofit grocery near the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, riding a national wave of co-op grocery formations serving a growing market for natural foods. In 1979, SAP Foods acquired the Green Grass Grocery, in the co-op’s current location, and renamed it SAP Too. Green Grass rented space from the Odd Fellows fraternal organization, which had owned the building since its construction in 1903.

                In the early 1990s, corporate reorganization established Hampden Park Co-op as a cooperative rather than a nonprofit. This means its primary objective is to provide services to members, and it distributes an annual “patronage refund” if income has exceeded expenses. It is governed by a member-elected board. Each member (individual or household) purchases a share for $30 in order to join the co-op.

                Just before the global financial crisis of 2008, Hampden Park Co-op purchased 928 Raymond Ave. from the Odd Fellows. A recession, light-rail construction on University Avenue and the closing of Raymond Avenue for traffic-calming reconstruction in 2013 contributed to the economic downturn at the store.

                Last summer, Hampden Park Co-op put out a call to action to its members to increase sales at the Raymond Avenue food cooperative. General manager Greg Junge says that call appears to have been heeded.

                As of Nov. 1, the co-op’s sales were 6.5 percent above what they were a year ago, Junge said. Still, the store needs to see a 9 percent increase in sales and earnings by September 2015 to secure an alternative loan to pay back the $641,750 loan the co-op took out in 2008 to purchase the building at 928 Raymond Ave.

                The board’s 365-Day Campaign Call to Action listed two pages of strategies aimed at bolstering the financial health of the store. First on the list was to hire a new general manager. Junge stepped into that role on Aug. 4.

                Other steps include asking members to donate their discount. Each year, the co-op gives back nearly $170,000 to its members in the form of a discount. The goal is to reach $10,000 in donated discounts, Junge says. Members can donate the discount by simply telling the cashier at the time they make their purchase.

                This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Park Bugle. Check out the links below for other recent Park Bugle stories:

                The board is also considering decreasing the 15 percent senior citizen discount, as that discount amounted to nearly $45,000 last year.

                Board members were in the store each week in October to talk about the co-op’s status with shoppers. Next up: Canvassing the neighborhood to raise awareness of the co-op. Junge wants members to get the word out to friends and neighbors that the co-op needs their business and wants the community to come to Hampden Park to shop for the holidays. The store sells gifts and personal care items, as well as fresh produce and a complete line of grocery items.

                Hampden Park Co-op was founded in 1972 as St. Anthony Park Foods, a nonprofit grocery near the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, riding a national wave of co-op grocery formations serving a growing market for natural foods. In 1979, SAP Foods acquired the Green Grass Grocery, in the co-op’s current location, and renamed it SAP Too. Green Grass rented space from the Odd Fellows fraternal organization, which had owned the building since its construction in 1903.

                In the early 1990s, corporate reorganization established Hampden Park Co-op as a cooperative rather than a nonprofit. This means its primary objective is to provide services to members, and it distributes an annual “patronage refund” if income has exceeded expenses. It is governed by a member-elected board. Each member (individual or household) purchases a share for $30 in order to join the co-op.

                Just before the global financial crisis of 2008, Hampden Park Co-op purchased 928 Raymond Ave. from the Odd Fellows. A recession, light-rail construction on University Avenue and the closing of Raymond Avenue for traffic-calming reconstruction in 2013 contributed to the economic downturn at the store.

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                Hampden Park Co-op sounds call to action

                Tue, 2014-11-18 14:59
                Kristal Leebrick

                Last summer, Hampden Park Co-op put out a call to action to its members to increase sales at the Raymond Avenue food cooperative. General manager Greg Junge says that call appears to have been heeded.

                As of Nov. 1, the co-op’s sales were 6.5 percent above what they were a year ago, Junge said. Still, the store needs to see a 9 percent increase in sales and earnings by September 2015 to secure an alternative loan to pay back the $641,750 loan the co-op took out in 2008 to purchase the building at 928 Raymond Ave.

                The board’s 365-Day Campaign Call to Action listed two pages of strategies aimed at bolstering the financial health of the store. First on the list was to hire a new general manager. Junge stepped into that role on Aug. 4.

                Other steps include asking members to donate their discount. Each year, the co-op gives back nearly $170,000 to its members in the form of a discount. The goal is to reach $10,000 in donated discounts, Junge says. Members can donate the discount by simply telling the cashier at the time they make their purchase.

                This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Park Bugle. Check out the links below for other recent Park Bugle stories:

                The board is also considering decreasing the 15 percent senior citizen discount, as that discount amounted to nearly $45,000 last year.

                Board members were in the store each week in October to talk about the co-op’s status with shoppers. Next up: Canvassing the neighborhood to raise awareness of the co-op. Junge wants members to get the word out to friends and neighbors that the co-op needs their business and wants the community to come to Hampden Park to shop for the holidays. The store sells gifts and personal care items, as well as fresh produce and a complete line of grocery items.

                Hampden Park Co-op was founded in 1972 as St. Anthony Park Foods, a nonprofit grocery near the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, riding a national wave of co-op grocery formations serving a growing market for natural foods. In 1979, SAP Foods acquired the Green Grass Grocery, in the co-op’s current location, and renamed it SAP Too. Green Grass rented space from the Odd Fellows fraternal organization, which had owned the building since its construction in 1903.

                In the early 1990s, corporate reorganization established Hampden Park Co-op as a cooperative rather than a nonprofit. This means its primary objective is to provide services to members, and it distributes an annual “patronage refund” if income has exceeded expenses. It is governed by a member-elected board. Each member (individual or household) purchases a share for $30 in order to join the co-op.

                Just before the global financial crisis of 2008, Hampden Park Co-op purchased 928 Raymond Ave. from the Odd Fellows. A recession, light-rail construction on University Avenue and the closing of Raymond Avenue for traffic-calming reconstruction in 2013 contributed to the economic downturn at the store.

                Last summer, Hampden Park Co-op put out a call to action to its members to increase sales at the Raymond Avenue food cooperative. General manager Greg Junge says that call appears to have been heeded.

                As of Nov. 1, the co-op’s sales were 6.5 percent above what they were a year ago, Junge said. Still, the store needs to see a 9 percent increase in sales and earnings by September 2015 to secure an alternative loan to pay back the $641,750 loan the co-op took out in 2008 to purchase the building at 928 Raymond Ave.

                The board’s 365-Day Campaign Call to Action listed two pages of strategies aimed at bolstering the financial health of the store. First on the list was to hire a new general manager. Junge stepped into that role on Aug. 4.

                Other steps include asking members to donate their discount. Each year, the co-op gives back nearly $170,000 to its members in the form of a discount. The goal is to reach $10,000 in donated discounts, Junge says. Members can donate the discount by simply telling the cashier at the time they make their purchase.

                This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Park Bugle. Check out the links below for other recent Park Bugle stories:

                The board is also considering decreasing the 15 percent senior citizen discount, as that discount amounted to nearly $45,000 last year.

                Board members were in the store each week in October to talk about the co-op’s status with shoppers. Next up: Canvassing the neighborhood to raise awareness of the co-op. Junge wants members to get the word out to friends and neighbors that the co-op needs their business and wants the community to come to Hampden Park to shop for the holidays. The store sells gifts and personal care items, as well as fresh produce and a complete line of grocery items.

                Hampden Park Co-op was founded in 1972 as St. Anthony Park Foods, a nonprofit grocery near the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, riding a national wave of co-op grocery formations serving a growing market for natural foods. In 1979, SAP Foods acquired the Green Grass Grocery, in the co-op’s current location, and renamed it SAP Too. Green Grass rented space from the Odd Fellows fraternal organization, which had owned the building since its construction in 1903.

                In the early 1990s, corporate reorganization established Hampden Park Co-op as a cooperative rather than a nonprofit. This means its primary objective is to provide services to members, and it distributes an annual “patronage refund” if income has exceeded expenses. It is governed by a member-elected board. Each member (individual or household) purchases a share for $30 in order to join the co-op.

                Just before the global financial crisis of 2008, Hampden Park Co-op purchased 928 Raymond Ave. from the Odd Fellows. A recession, light-rail construction on University Avenue and the closing of Raymond Avenue for traffic-calming reconstruction in 2013 contributed to the economic downturn at the store.

                © 2014 Park Bugle

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