Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.
Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.
Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.
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The Second Ward occupies the Eastern-Central part of Minneapolis and straddles the East and West banks of the iconic Mississippi River gorge. It includes a diverse mix of residential, institutional, industrial and commercial land uses with some of the highest density housing outside of downtown, flourishing low density residential neighborhoods, thriving and underutilized industrial areas and major commercial corridors like University Ave and East Lake Street. It is also home to several significant institutions including the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. For more information about the people and places of Ward 2, see our Ward 2 Planning Department Profile and our Regulatory Services 2016 Report.
Glendale Townhomes Historic Designation
Glendale Townhomes Historic Designation nomination will be before the Heritage Preservation Commission on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30pm in Room 317 of Minneapolis City Hall. You can find the completed nomination application at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@council/documents/report/wcmsp-216312.pdf. Built in 1952, the townhomes are the oldest property the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) owns. I am convinced that the district is worthy of a nomination study because it potentially meets criteria 1, 3 and 5 for local designation as outlined in our Historic Preservation Regulations: 1) The property is associated with significant events or with periods that exemplify broad patterns of cultural, political, economic or social history; 3) the property contains or is associated with distinctive elements of city or neighborhood identity; and 5) The property exemplifies a landscape design or development pattern distinguished by innovation, rarity, uniqueness or quality of design or detail. Glendale is significant not only because it was the first public housing project undertaken by the Minneapolis Housing Redevelopment Authority (now the MPHA), but also because it provided a blueprint for family-oriented living that the authority replicated. The design of Glendale—its green spaces, the orientation and style of the structures, and its relationship to the surrounding community—fostered a sense of community and helped catalyze the various programs that emerged out of Glendale over the decades. Glendale retains the integrity of this design and continues to communicate the pioneering and family- and community-focused vision for public housing. Planning staff have determined that they will not be making any recommendation, either for approval or for denial. The nomination and study are being opposed by MPHA. Given the strong potential that this area qualifies to become designated an historic district, it seems wise and responsible to allow the nomination and study to go forward. If the nomination is approved, a study will be completed within 18 months, and the matter would return to the commission for final consideration as a locally designated historic district. Any HPC action could be appealed to the City Council. The meeting agenda and staff report is available at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/hpc/WCMSP-217994.
Ward 2 Neighborhoods
Ward 2 Neighborhoods
Last updated May 3, 2019