MnDOT is currently determining plans for it’s Rethinking I-94 project, which seeks to reconstruct I-94 from 35W in Minneapolis to 35E in St. Paul. The outcome of this project will have major implications for air quality, mobility and livability in Seward and other neighborhoods along the corridor.
Want to learn more about the project and how to get involved? The Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Healthy Communities campaign is inviting community members along the corridor to join us for community information calls on from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on Thursday, February 4 and March 11.Whatever your engagement or familiarity with the project, we invite you to join a conversation around what has happened to date and what is possible when community comes together!
Here is a link to RSVP to the online events: Registration Form.
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Tenant Organizing webinar – Call Your Rep: How to engage public officials on policy and renter’s rights
Free webinar by HOME Line on Thursday, February 4th at 6pm
Please join the SNG History Committee Meeting this Thursday, February 4th at 7pm!
Zoom meeting details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84769640241
7:00 Welcome and Intros
7:10 Brief History of the Committee
7:25 Sales Tax 2019 & 2020
7:35 Discussion of future events/projects
8:20 Review and confirm action items/assigned tasks
Join the Neighborhood Engagement Committee (formerly the Community Building Committee) at 7pm on Tuesday, February 2nd for a virtual meeting!
Zoom details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/434566880
7:00 Welcome and Intros
7:20 Proposal and Discussion of New Programs/Activities
8:00 2021 Events and Discussion
8:20 Review and confirm action items
Review materials in the public google drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AqBKBTVrjGCG7Qd-cXOd9mQIEG8A0IFa?usp=sharing
From CURA: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
CURA’s Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists of color and Native artists working in neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that artists and the arts play in the work of fostering neighborhood wellbeing, and are intended to support the leadership of artists in these efforts. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build a more equitable Twin Cities.
View full message with more details from CURA HERE.
Review the meeting materials HERE.
Join the meeting HERE.
6:30 Welcome and Intros
6:40 Agenda and Minutes Approval
7:00 Seward Towers Community Facilitator: Faisal Aideed
7:05 Seward Towers Corporation: Diann Anders
7:10 NCR Steven Gallagher Q&A
7:20 Committees (motions/actions)
7:55 Financial Review
8:15 Discussion of meeting facilitation and conduct
8:25 Upcoming Meetings and Events
Approved by SNG April 24, 2019
Updated January, 2021
Green=Already planned or completed
Red= Already requested by SNG
Orange=Reconnecting Neighborhoods recommendations (also approved by SNG)
Blue= Other priorities
This version of this document includes the recommendations contained in the Reconnecting Neighborhoods report that was coordinated by Redesign, Inc and included committee members form Redesign, Seward Neighborhood Group, Seward Civic and Commerce Association, Seward Towers Corporation, West Bank Business Association, West Bank Community Development Corporation, Augsburg University, and Fairview Health Services, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County Public Works and Minneapolis Public Works. The process for writing the report included a variety of community involvements activities, many specifically aimed at the immigrant community in Seward and Cedar Riverside. The full report and details of the participation can be found at https://redesigninc.org/current-initiatives/reconnecting-neighborhoods/
Why a walking and Bicycling plan for Seward?
Seward Neighborhood is blessed with a lot of great infrastructure for biking and walking. But there are still places where it is not safe to bike or walk. There are streets where people drive cars too fast and drivers don’t yield to pedestrians; there are intersections with so many distractions that people driving cars don’t notice the people walking; there are way too many crashes that injure or kill people who are walking and people who are on bikes.
The mission of Seward Neighborhood Group is to make Seward a better place to live, work, and play. Making Seward a safe place to bike and walk is critical to that mission.
Why a plan by Seward Neighborhood Group?
The City of Minneapolis is now working on a Transportation Plan that will include biking and walking; It has committed to “Vision Zero” to eliminate traffic related deaths and serious injuries; It has a “Complete Streets” policy that city streets are to be designed for people who walk, people who bike, people who use transit, people who drive cars, and the delivery of goods. With all of that, why a separate effort in Seward? Because we believe that the residents of Seward know a lot about where problems are in Seward and what some solutions may be.
How have Seward residents been involved?
This effort started when an immigrant from Ethiopia who was riding his bike was killed in a crash on 22nd Street and 26th Avenue. We have solicited ideas from residents in a number of ways:
What about the design professions who know about designing safe streets?
This is the first draft—it includes what Seward Neighborhood Groups believes are ideas that need to be explored. The next step will be to meet with the design professionals and leaders of the Minneapolis and Hennepin County Public Works departments, MnDOT design people, and our elected officials to refine our ideas. For the suggestions that are part of the Re-connecting neighborhoods project, representatives of MnDOT,
Hennepin County Public Works and Minneapolis Public Works are members of the committee doing much of the work.
When will all of this happen?
We don’t know. We do know that it won’t happen unless we raise the issues. Some of it may happen quickly, some of it may have to wait for a good opportunity (for example the bike lanes on 26th Avenue had been proposed by the neighborhood long before they happened. We took advantage of a Hennepin County road project on 26th Avenue to get them painted.
There were a few guiding ideas that came out of the process of putting this together:
Motor vehicle speed makes a difference.
(From Minneapolis Vision Zero-Citation: Graphic: Denver Vision Zero Action Plan Data source: Brian C. Tefft)
Our ideas range from joining the lobbying effort to allow Minneapolis to reduce the speed limits on its streets to 25 miles per hour to changing the design of streets to encourage drivers to drive slower.
Make people walking and people on bikes more visible
In many cases, people driving will say the “just didn’t see the person walking or the person on a bike.” We’ve proposed a number of changes to help solve this problem—from eliminating distractions at some intersections to improving visibility by making physical changes to intersections. The next guiding idea is also important in this effort—making sure drivers know that it is their responsibility to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and to share the road with people on bicycles. Finally, helping people who are walking and people on bikes understand that there are ways they can improve their visibility to drivers is important.
Get people to obey Minnesota laws about yielding to people walking and about sharing the road with people on bicycles
Minnesota law requires:
Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver must remain stopped until the pedestrian has passed the lane in which the vehicle is stopped.
every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicycle or pedestrian upon any roadway…
(2018 Minnesota Statutes, section 169.2)
We have proposed a number of ideas to remind people of these laws.
Improved facilities for people walking and people on bicycles.
Over the years, some great bicycle and pedestrian improvements have been made in Seward. The Midtown Greenway, the Bike Boulevards on 29th Avenue and 24th Street, the protected bike lanes on Franklin east of 29th Avenue (especially the improvements to the Franklin Avenue Mississippi River bridge), the Milwaukee Avenue Pedestrian mall have all been great improvements. A number of other improvements, while not in the “great” category have been improved safety for people walking and people biking–the bike lanes on Franklin and 26th Avenues, Some curb bump-outs on 27th Avenue, the changes to the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha intersections. We have proposed a number of additional improvements:
Key: (RCN) = recommended by Redesign’s I-94 Reconnecting Neighborhoods project; (Planned) = already planned by Mpls or Henn Cty; (Previous)= Previously requested by SNG
Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha & Franklin
20th Ave to 23rd Avenue & Franklin
24th Avenue & Franklin
26th Avenue & Franklin
27th Avenue & Franklin
29th and Riverside Avenues & Franklin
Sebury & Franklin
Hiawatha LRT Trail
I-94 (All included in Redesign I-94 Reconnecting Neighborhoods)
22nd Street from Hiawatha LRT trail to 23rd Avenue
22nd Street and Minnehaha Avenue 2
21st, 22nd and 23rd Avenues at 22nd Street
22nd Street between 21st Ave and Hiawatha LRT trail
25th/26th Avenue “S” curve.
22nd Street and 26th Avenue
24nd Street and 26th Avenue
25th and 26th Streets at 26th Avenue
22nd Street and 27th Avenue
24nd Street and 27th Avenue
26th Street at 29th Avenue
31st Avenue at 25th Street
West River Parkway
26th Avenue at Greenway
27th Avenue at Greenway
30th Avenue at Greenway
Minnesotans 65 and older can schedule appointments for COVID-19 community vaccine clinics starting today at noon.
Educators and child care workers will be notified if they receive an appointment. At 12 p.m. today, some Minnesotans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to sign up for appointments at one of the state’s nine community vaccination pilot clinics through a new website and call center launched today by the State of Minnesota. The clinics will initially serve adults age 65 and older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, staff, and child care workers. (See Who’s Getting Vaccinated?)
Because this is a limited pilot program, vaccine demand is certain to outpace available doses at this time, and there will be a limited number of appointments available. Minnesotans are encouraged to remain patient as the state waits for more vaccine doses from the federal government. These initial clinics will set the state on a path for a more extensive network of vaccination clinics in Minnesota communities as the federal government increases vaccine supply.
“Every shot in the arm is another step toward ending this pandemic and these clinics will help us meet the goal of getting millions of Minnesotans vaccinated as quickly and as safely as possible,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said. “To be clear, we do not have enough vaccine for everyone who wants one. Appointment slots will fill very quickly, and most Minnesotans will need to be patient as we wait for more vaccine to arrive in the state. But we are working hard to build a community vaccination system so we are ready along with pharmacies and clinics and others to get Minnesotans immunized once the federal government provides those doses.”
In addition to the pilot clinics, Minnesota health care systems are providing limited vaccine doses to patients 65 years of age and older. Health care providers are developing systems to let their existing patients know when they can make an appointment for a vaccine. Providers will contact patients with this information – Minnesotans should not contact their health care providers directly right now.
Minnesotans age 65 and older can make appointments by visiting mn.gov/vaccine or by calling 612-426-7230 or toll free, 1-833-431-2053. Minnesotans should attempt to make an appointment online before dialing the call center. Minnesotans who cannot immediately make an appointment may be able to sign up for a waitlist.
Available appointments will refresh every Tuesday at noon. Minnesotans will have the opportunity to schedule appointments for both their first and second doses of vaccine.
Educators and child care providers, with few exceptions, will work directly with their employer to receive instructions on how to secure a vaccination appointment and should not try to schedule an appointment unless their employer has contacted them with information about their appointment.
Appointments are required to receive a shot. Minnesotans without an appointment should not visit a community vaccination pilot site. No walk-ins will be accepted, and anyone with the intention of walking in for an appointment will be asked to leave and given information on how to sign up for an appointment. Those on the waitlist will be notified if they should visit a vaccination pilot site for their shot. Minnesotans who are waitlisted but do not receive their vaccine one week will need to sign up again the following week.
No matter how Minnesotans make an appointment, they will be asked to provide the following information:
Date of birth
Health information, including underlying conditions, current illnesses, and allergies.
Minnesotans who make an appointment should arrive at their assigned pilot site no earlier than 15 minutes before their appointment to ensure social distancing. Educators will need to show an employee ID or a paystub to prove employment.
More information on scheduling can be found at Find My Vaccine.
Because this a pilot program, there is a limited amount of vaccine and appointment slots available for eligible Minnesotans right now. Access will increase as the federal government provides more doses of vaccine to Minnesota in the weeks ahead.
The pilot clinics are located in Andover, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Mountain Iron, Thief River Falls, St. Cloud, North Mankato, Rochester and Marshall.
“This pilot program is designed to help us how to best serve Minnesotans through our community vaccination strategy,” Commissioner Malcolm said. “What we learn now will help us ensure a smooth process when more doses arrive from the federal government and we can open more community vaccination clinics all across Minnesota. Please be patient. There is not enough vaccine for everyone who wants it. If you cannot make an appointment now, you will be able to soon.”
More information is available at COVID-19 Vaccinations.