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 Work Ahead
After two jam-packed years in office we are excited and ready for 2016. Thank you to all of you who have been involved in our community, the creativity and passion you bring to our work together and all that you do to enhance our neighborhoods through your businesses and homes. We appreciate every call and email, all of the hours you spend volunteering on neighborhood boards and city boards and commissions and at the many nonprofit organizations in the 10th ward. Matthew, Ben and I are looking forward to working with each of you in the coming year and beyond.
I wanted to give an update on the major policy changes, infrastructure and neighborhood projects that we’ve been working on and plan to take on in 2016. We also love hearing from you about your ideas and priorities.
This year, I will continue to spearhead citywide changes that support affordable housing options to ensure that as our city’s population grows again people aren’t priced out of their communities. With record-setting investment and development, I will also continue to work along with staff and my fellow City Planning Commissioners on project-by-project improvements as well as policy changes that demand the best from new development. We will continue our work to expand transportation choices and especially make it safer and easier to walk, bicycle and take transit. I will also continue to support policies that protect public and environmental health and advocate for racial and economic justice including workplace protections that reflect our changing economic realities. This year, staff will begin work on the Comprehensive Plan and, as Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee, I will work with the Mayor’s office, and Transportation and Public Works Chair Kevin Reich to lead this important work which will outline a plan for public and private investment in our city over the next 30 years.
What this doesn’t capture is all of the day-to-day work we do together with all of you. Please keep your emails and calls coming; your ideas inspire us and direct our work. We are always here to help with any question or challenge that we can help solve. It is such an honor to serve and work with you.
Here are just a few of the things we've already accomplished in 2014 and 2015, and I will continue to work on in 2016.
Expanding Housing Options and Improving Development Quality:
- Legalized accessory dwelling units, or "granny flats" citywide to provide more housing options across the city (2014).
- Directed staff to assess Minneapolis' existing housing stock on an ongoing basis and identify policies and programs that will retain and expand housing options and stabilize neighborhoods across the city (2014).
- Updated our zoning regulations for homeless shelters to decouple them from religious institutions (2015).
- Revised off-street parking regulations for new multifamily housing near transit (2015).
- Completed the historic designation of the Lowry Hill East Historic District (2015).
- Continue work with the City Planning Commission to improve the quality of development (ongoing).
- Supporting mixed-income housing through proposed inclusionary zoning policy to be adopted in 2016 (underway).
Improving Streets for Walking, Biking, and Transit and Increasing Transportation Choice:
- Added protected bike lanes, pedestrian space, and additional greening at the Hennepin-Lyndale bottleneck (2014).
- Built the City's first two-way protected bikeway along 36th Street to Lake Calhoun and creating a pedestrian space on the south side of 36th Street along the cemetery for the first time (2014).
- Established the Parklet pilot program and process for businesses to install parklets (2014).
- Supported restructuring of transportation planning in Public Works to deliver projects that better reflect community needs (2014).
- Made it easier for neighbors to host block parties and other events on their streets (2014).
- Adopted the protected bikeways plan with our priority network for implementation (2015).
- Finalized design and construction timeline for the 29th Street Shared Street (2015).
- Directed staff to develop an ordinance governing car sharing services to ensure access across the city (2015).
- Added standalone, ongoing funding for additional protected bikeways, sidewalk ice and snow removal at corners and at bus stops (2015).
- Moving forward with the Reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street (ongoing).
- Continuing support for engineering work and funding strategies for Nicollet-Central streetcar (ongoing).
- Developing a complete streets policy for the city that prioritizes walking, bicycling and transit users for adoption in 2016 (underway).
Advancing Racial and Economic Justice:
- Supported repealing outdated spitting and lurking ordinances that disproportionately criminalized people of color (2015).
- Supported a study to determine the effects of a local or regional minimum wage increase (2015, study report due in 2016).
- Authoring legislation that would guarantee the right to earn paid sick leave for all workers (underway).
Protecting our Health and the Environment:
- Worked with Hennepin County to roll back a proposal for expanded garbage burning at the HERC (2014).
- Supported local agriculture and environmental sustainability by making it easier to keep honeybees in the city (2014).
- Helped create a first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership with CenterPoint and Xcel Energy to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals (2014).
- Supported expansion of farm stands, strengthened requirements for healthy foods at corner stores, and added e-cigarettes to Minneapolis' Clean Indoor Air Act (2014).
- Declared October to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Minneapolis for the first time and declared October 13 to be Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (2014).
- Secured funding for curbside composting service for all of Minneapolis (2015).
- Updated our zoning regulations to allow for people to store their own composting bins in between pick up days (2015).
- Advanced the work of the Minneapolis Youth Congress to ban flavored tobacco in convenience stores and gas stations (2015).
- Supporting the health department's work to promote and support breastfeeding for infant and maternal health (ongoing).
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Last updated Feb 9, 2016