Open Streets Franklin Ave: August 25, 2019

photo by Liza Davitch

Back again for 2019, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Franklin!

Open Streets is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close parts of Franklin Ave to car traffic, opening it up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

More than a street festival, Open Streets Minneapolis brings together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play, enjoy art and live performances, and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

Open Streets offers fun, family-friendly programming put on by local businesses and event partners. From group yoga and exercise in the streets to live music and kids’ play zones; there’s something for everyone at Open Streets!

What will YOU create on your street at Open Streets?

Open Streets Franklin
Sunday, August 25th, 2019
11 AM – 5 PM

Visit for more information, to volunteer, or to sign up for a spot on the street.

Community Building Committee Meeting September 4

The next scheduled Community Building Committee meeting is September 4, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Matthews Center. 2318 29th Ave. S.

August 8 Seward History Walk

August 8

Discover hidden shops among the small Seward businesses along the railroad tracks What do these businesses along 26th and 27th streets create and sell? This walk will be your chance to discover businesses that make accessories for drumming, glass art, creative fantasy, cycling products and bike posts, and unusual and one-of-a-kind objects. This walk of discovery will begin at 2600 31st Av. at Andrew Shea’s glass studio at 7 PM. A list of the companies will be available at the beginning of the walk. The companies will share their knowledge and expertise.


Seward Towers NNO Seeking Volunteers

Seward Towers East and West are having their National Night Out celebrations
on August 14th (West) and August 16th (East). We could use volunteers to
serve food, work the recycling station and help clean up. This is a great
way to meet more neighbors and make connections.

You can sign up to volunteer here:

August 14 Seward West:​/go​/10c0d49aeab29a7f49​-seward

August 16 Seward East:​/go​/10c0d49aeab29a7f49​-seward1

Seward History Walk for Wed. 8/1/18

August 1—Tour the historic Ivy Building for the Arts – and the story of it’s connection to Flour City Ornamental Iron. Rick Musser will lead a discussion on the history of the factory, what they made, unionizing and riots of the 1930’s. There will be slides and photos. Tour of the building follows. Meet at 2637 27th Avenue at 7 p.m. 

Two Opportunities to Join the Minneapolis 2040 Conversation

Our Streets Minneapolis is actively working to support and improve the Comprehensive Plan, Minneapolis 2040. They are hosting two learn and comment parties where you can discuss your ideas, eat snacks, and comment on the plan. 

2040 Comprehensive Plan Comment Party: Eastside Co-op
Wednesday, July 18th | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
RSVP on Facebook

2040 Comprehensive Plan Comment Party: Moon Palace Books
Sunday, July 22nd | 4:30 – 6:15 PM
3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
RSVP on Facebook

Can’t make it to either party? This guide walks you through how to comment from anywhere.

If you are able, bring an internet connecting device like a laptop, tablet, or phone. We will have a few to lend out to folks, too.

All are welcome! Please invite your friends so we can make as many voices heard as possible. Both events are accessible for folks using mobility devices. Gender neutral restrooms are available.

Want to learn more about Minneapolis 2040? Check out our blog post outlining what the plan is & why it’s important here.

Interested in why Minneapolis 2040 is important to Our Streets Minneapolis? Read about why they care on our blog.

Want to learn Our Streets Minneapolis’ priorities for commenting on the plan? Check out their top five on their website.  

RESCHEDULED! 7/18 History Walk Postponed to August 29

Seward Walk Rescheduled

Bob Roscoe’s History Walk program “How to Read a Building” has been rescheduled
from this Wednesday to August 29. The walk coordinators will convene at
Matthews Center for the crime and safety meeting scheduled by SNG for 6 to 7:30
p.m on Wed. 7/18 in place of the History Walk. Since the Seward Walks had their origin in crime and safety concerns, it might be a good idea to join the conversation with Shun Tillman, the Seward Crime Prevention Specialist. If there is interest, we will gather for a walk at the close of the crime and safety session this Wednesday.

On August 29 Seward Neighborhood’s author Bob Roscoe will join us at the Birchwood Cafe at 7p.m. for the architectural program.

Seward History Walk Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 18  How to read a building– All of us can read a book’s story and add to our knowledge. But how many people can read a building? All of us can learn this visual literacy, given the opportunity. Learning is easy. Seward Neighborhood’s author Bob Roscoe will help. Wherever you live in this South Minneapolis community, a building or landscapes’s history is waiting for you to discover it. Meet at the Birchwood Cafe at 7 p.m.


Community Development Committee Meeting August 14

The next scheduled Community Development Committee meeting will be August 14, 7:00 pm  at Matthews Center. 2318 29thAve. S. FFI, contact Doug Wise at

Crime and Safety Meeting July 18 6PM – 7:30PM

Seward Neighborhood Group logo. Letters SNG in a red circle.

We have all been reading about or living with more issues of livability in Seward.  Whether it be drug dealing on the street, possible prostitution, a house break-in or a cement thrown through a plate glass window, it is all unacceptable.  We need to work together to figure out how to turn the tables on this action and make sure all of Seward is safe and a place where we feel safe sending our children out to play.

Please join SNG at Matthews Park on Wednesday, July 18 from 6 – 7:30 PM to discuss the issues our neighbors are facing and brainstorm ways to prevent further criminal activity.

Shun Tillman, the Seward Crime Prevention Specialist, will be attending and we have invited both Cam and Abdi and their staff to attend the meeting also.