If you bike, walk or drive on Franklin, Minnehaha or Cedar Ave. near the intersection of all 3 streets you may have notice what a mess this intersection is. After years of discussion it looks like there will finally be big changes to that area, Minnehaha Ave. north of Franklin and just in front of Taco Bell is going to be closed to traffic.
Our job now is to figure out what to do with all the new plaza space that will be created. Do you want to get involved? Various groups and people in the neighborhood, including SNG, Redesign, SPOKES (Cycles for Change) have been working for years to get improvements to the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha intersection to make it safer for people who drive, people who walk and people who bike. Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Works have come up with a plan for improvements. It isn’t perfect but it is better than now. (and it fits in the very limited budget available in the two public works departments). The plan is for construciton late this summer. We’ve already talked with Metro Transit, the Fire Department Taco Bell, the new owners of the Blue Nile site.
Check out this blog post on the intersection.
There are three public meetings coming up about the plans:
Tuesday, January 26, 3 to 5 PM
General overview, Discussion about the new plaza that will be created.
Cycles for Change Minneapolis (Formerly SPOKES)
1915 E 22nd Street, Minneapolis
(1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue on 22nd Street)
Hosted by Cycles for Change and Seward Neighborhood Group
Wednesday, January 27, 5 to 6:30 PM
General overview and Bicycle and Pedestrian plans discussion with the County Engineers
Precision Grind Coffee, 2223 East Franklin, Minneapolis
Hosted by Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM
Discussion and Neighborhood Approval Decision
Seward Neighborhood Group Community Development Meeting
Matthews Center, 2318 28th Avenue S, Minneapolis
Come to the Winter Frolic Kick-Off at The Playwright’s Center! The Winter Frolic is Seward’s very own art crawl that takes place in homes and businesses the first weekend in December. Start it off right at the kick-off!
Enjoy Seward’s writers and performance artists, and experience great food and wine from Seward businesses. The talented lineup includes Seward writers Patricia Cumbie, Rachel Moritz and Madelon Sprengnether, and dance performances by Dans Askina and speed painting by JAO.
Friday, December 4th
$15 per person
$25 per couple
All proceeds go to Seward Neighborhood Group
Join us for this year’s Seward Garden Tour and Tea Party! The Tour will run from 6-8pm on June 25th, rain or shine. There will be an after party at 8pm with door prizes, snacks and drinks!
Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 day-of. You can purchase yours at Mother Earth Gardens, Welna II Hardware, or at the SNG office. All proceeds benefit the Seward Neighborhood Group.
A raingarden is a shallow depression that is designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground within a 24-48 hour period. SNG Environment Committee welcomes you to attend a workshop about planning and installing your own raingarden! This FREE workshop by Metro Blooms is scheduled for Monday, June 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at Matthews Center. More than 7,000 people have attended Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops, come and see what all the hype is about!
Tips to prevent vehicle-related theft:
For questions, contact:
Don Greeley, Crime Prevention Specialist, Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct, (612) 673-3482 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Baumann, Crime Prevention Specialist, Midtown Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave. S., (612) 825-6138 email@example.com
Does your home look occupied?
Do you practice yard security?
Do you practice overall security?
For further crime prevention resources, please visit here.
Do you plan on going for some springtime bike rides?
Keep in mind that thousands of bikes are stolen in Minneapolis every year. Though many are recovered, most lack identification and are never returned to their owners.
Find out how to register your bike and help ensure that if yours if ever lost or stolen, it can be returned to you here.
Photo by Kerry Cashman.