Welcome to Ward 10
Our ward includes the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of East Harriet, East Calhoun, Lowry Hill East, CARAG and Whittier. Ward 10 neighborhoods are an eclectic mix of renters, who make up 70% of the Ward's population, and homeowners.
People are drawn to the area's mix of housing choices and our high quality of life. Ward 10 is home to beautiful lakes and trails, well-loved neighborhood parks, thriving local businesses, a vibrant arts scene, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In addition to new apartment developments, a growing number of office spaces, including the CoCo co-working space, are adding job destinations to Ward 10.
Council Member Lisa Bender was elected to serve Ward 10 on November 5, 2013. Her first term priorities are:
- Reopen Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street
- Implement the Nicollet-Central Streetcar line
- Build a network of protected bikeways, starting with the adoption of a network plan
- Citywide composting with curbside organics pickup
Our Plans for 2015
After a busy and successful first year in office, we are so excited to get to work on our priorities for 2015. If you see something you are passionate about that is missing, let us know! Some of the great work we did last year came directly from contact from constituents and we love hearing your ideas.
This year, we are continuing our work to expand transportation choices and make our streets safe, inviting and accessible for all users. Our goals are to:
- Finalize a design and construction timeline for the 29th Street Shared Street
- Move forward with the Reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street
- Develop and adopt a complete streets policy for the city that prioritizes walking, bicycling and transit users
- Adopt the protected bikeways plan with our priority network for implementation
- Support the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association in developing a traffic calming strategy for the neighborhood
- Make it easier for neighbors to host block parties and other temporary street closures
- Provide an application for parklets to businesses that want to install their own mini-park, building off of last year’s pilot program
- Continue to support engineering work and funding strategies for Nicollet-Central streetcar
This year, we will also continue our work to provide more housing options by working to:
- Update our zoning regulations for homeless shelters to decouple them from religious institutions
- Revisit our off-street parking regulations near transit lines which drive up the cost of housing
- Support last year’s staff direction to assess our existing housing stock and identify policies and programs that retain and expand housing options and stabilize neighborhoods across the city
- Nominate and support the historic designation of the Lowry Hill East Historic District
- Continue work with the City Planning Commission to improve the quality of development (including building materials and greening)
Last, but not least, we will continue to work hard to support policies that protect our health and the environment, including:
- Supporting the success of the Clean Energy Partnership, our first-in-the-nation agreement to reach our Greenhouse Gas Emissions and other climate change goals
- Update our regulations to allow composting businesses in the city of Minneapolis along with the rollout of our city-collected organics composting for 1-4 unit buildings
- Adopt the Youth Council’s goal of <prohibiting candy-flavored tobacco products
- Support the health department’s work to promote and support breastfeeding for infant and maternal health
And, as always, we will continue to support and welcome the opening of new businesses to our ward as well as provide excellent service to our constituents. Please get in touch anytime.
Ward 10 Council Member
Last updated Feb 4, 2015