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October 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Crime & Safet
Halloween In Uptown
Events Calenar
Volume 8, Number 10
< A Lighter Strider Rider 
A helium powered participant in the East CalhounLabor Day Parade.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Your Community-Supported News Source
Ci h Uptown AreA
and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
When Push Comes To Loe
 Remodel keeps the faith at Uptown Theatre
Goowll Huntng
Thrift Retailer looking at Lyn-Lake
 By Bruce Cochran
At a September CARAG Zoning Committee meeting, representa-tives from Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota conducted a presenta-tion for a new three story building to replace the existing H Designbuilding that currently sits at 3034 Lyndale Avenue and the adjacenthome property at 3020. The concept is still in a very rough proposalstage and the organization is in the process of acquiring feedbackfrom the neighborhood.
Wne Tastng Cancelle
The Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting (tentativelyscheduled for Wednesday, October 24) has been postponed untilSpring 2013. Uptown Neighborhood News will announce exactdate and location, as soon as these details are made available.
 By Bruce Cochran
You’ve been in your seat for 90minutes–sucking down localtaps, Twizzlers and that coffeeyou thought you might need toget through this foreign film inthe newly renovated UptownTheatre. The film is good–sogood you actually forgot aboutthat boss review on Monday.This is it, the film is coming toa climax, but all you can thinkabout is how full your bladderis, your bladder hasn’t been thisfull since...well, that time you gotstuck in Twins traffic–after thegame.But then you remember, youwon’t miss the storyline becauseyou can still hear the movie in therestroom. Yes! You’ll find sweetrelief and not miss a moment of the action.You have complete faith in yourplan because this is one of themost modern movie housesaround: a larger screen, 4K digi-tal projection, luxurious seating,reserved seating, plush balconysofas, a lounge with gourmetconcessions and tons of alcoholicoptions. So of course there’s aspeaker in the bathroom...duh!But you run to the door, punchit open and...no speakers. Afteran extensive Hollywood-styleremodel with the latest bells andwhistles, they failed to ask aver-age Joe about features for therestrooms. The Uptown Theatrehas no restroom speakers for themovie audio. So you spend therest of the show piecing togetherwhat you remember from whatyou didn’t see or hear and badgeryour friends for the rest after themovie is over.I spent the previous weekend atone of the last showings at theCottage Grove Drive-In, so of course I’m a little nostalgic. Theplace has so much soul that youthink it’s even low-fi cool thatthere are signs in the bathroom
 An Uptown Theatre employee prepares the marquee on September 14 for the debut of Ira Glass’s “Sleepwalk WithMe”.
Uptown Theatre’s opening weekend included Q&A’s with Glass following some of the weekend’s showings.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
CARAG Annual Meetng
Fest, Super Sale, a garden tour,and neighborhood kickballgame, along with initiating fund-raising efforts, like Dining Outfor CARAG and an Uptown ArtFair Pop Booth. The Neighbor-hood Revitalization Program(NRP) sponsored 25 new bikeloops and initiated planning for aWest 36th Street bike track, sup-
 By Melissa Slachetka
Bryant Square Park was filledwith laughter and discussion asCARAG Neighborhood held itsannual meeting on September 18.Attendees enjoyed a dinner fromChiang Mai Thai, held boardelections, heard about the historyof Uptown by guest speaker andauthor, Thatcher Imboden, andchuckled along with the spiritedimprove of Theater of PublicPolicy, hailing from Huge The-ater. This annual meeting wasless of a meeting and more of achance to talk with friends inthe community and get excitedabout past accomplishments andfuture goals.CARAG had quite a few accom-plishments in 2012. Their GreenTeam promoted new City recy-cling rules, investigated waysto extend organics recycling,and supported efforts to makeCARAG events “zero-waste”.True to this mission, the annualdinner boasted multiple binsfor recycling and compost-ing. CARAG’s Livability andEngagement Committee orga-nized events like Chilly Chili
Brad Benyas of Segway Evolve inSt. Louis Park.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
 An elevation sketch of the proposed three story Goodwill building at 3034Lyndale Avenue.Thatcher Imboden gave a presentation at the CARAG Annual meeting.
He isthe co-author of “Uptown, Minneapolis” and “Lyn-Lake, Minneapolis”.
(Photo by Melissa Slachetka)
 Win Dinner for2 at Chipotle
(see details on page 12)
 Afrad of the Ktchen?
 By Bruce Cochran
Picture yourself cruising alongthe Greenway, taking in the col-ors and muted smells of a cool fallday when you come across a longline of motorized Segways mak-ing their way along what youthought was your last safe havenfor non-motorized vehicles.Soren Jensen, Executive Direc-tor of the Midtown GreenwayCoalition is well aware of thesesightings over the summer. TheCoalition has received mostlysurprised and occasional angrycalls from cyclists who call toreport their presence. Postedsigns at trail entrances clearly say“No Motorized Vehicles”. ButJensen knows details of state lawCHAPTER 285-H.F. No. 2882,passed in 2002 that legalizes Seg-ways on all Minnesota trails.The 5.5 mile length MidtownGreenway boundaries are Chow-en Avenue in the west, to WestRiver Parkway in the east. It’sstill a state trail and by law thatmeans bikers, walkers, runners,inline skaters and Segways areall allowed.Business co-owner Brad Benyasof Segway Evolve in St. LouisPark, sells and allows test drivesfor most of his shop vehicles.None of which are gas powered.He said that when potential cus-tomers want to test ride somewill travel as far east as LakeCalhoun.In response to Segway use on theMidtown Greenway he said, “It’sa recreational trail–our tax dol-lars go to pay for it.” He added
Segwa To Greenwa
 But is it legal?
Uptown neighborhood news
Uptown Neghborhoo News wants to hear rom the communt
News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of themonth to uptownnews@yahoo.com or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409.All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the rightto decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address,phone number, e-mail and neighborhood.UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization(ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, betweenLake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publica-tion and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents.UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are heldat St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings areopen to the public. Contact uptownnews@yahoo.com to confirm and/or request time on the agenda.
Copyright © 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News
 Melissa Slachetka (ECCO)
Art Direction and Production
Bruce Cochran (CARAG)
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Harry Savage (CARAG) 612.799.1523
Managing Board
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 President (ECCO)
Elizabeth Walke,
Treasurer (CARAG)
Linda Todd, Secretary
Samantha Strong
Nancy Riestenberg
Contributing Photographers
 Bruce Cochran, Bethany Heemeyer,Melissa Slachetka, Sarah Sponheim
Contributing Writers
 Carol Bouska, Bruce Cochran,Harry Savage, Wendy Schadewald,Melissa Slachetka, Monica Smith,Phyllis Stenerson, Meg Tuthill,Nicole Valentine
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Letter from The Etor
Thatcher Imboden, co-authorof two books exploring Uptown,recently spoke at the annualCARAG neighborhood meeting.He gave an architectural slideshow presentation, which includ-ed some very cool old black andwhite photos and aerial maps,highlighting the changes thatswept through Uptown since thelate 1800’s all the way up untilpresent. Change was the key ideaImboden was energized aboutand those listening shared in hisexcitement and reminisced aboutthe neighborhood.Uptown started as a very ruralarea, developed to a very industri-al area, and has now transitionedinto a very urban area. Some of the buildings we still know todayhave weathered many years andsome are brand new construc-tion. Imboden’s books and someof the photos shown are avail-able online and also at Magers& Quinn (which incidentally, Ibelieve he mentioned used to bea car dealership). This juxtaposi-tion of old and new got me think-ing. What do we keep when theworld is changing so much thatyou almost need to buy a newcell phone every year or it justwon’t function? How do we bal-ance priorities when it seems as if you don’t update your status onFacebook or Twitter in a coupledays, people may start puttingout missing persons notices?Technology has made us walk afine line that didn’t exist in thepast. The steady stream of infor-mation on the web makes usmore globally aware and closerwith distant friends and rela-tives. What it doesn’t do (or real-ly shouldn’t do, unless you havea deeper issue) is keep us behindclosed doors. Twitter, Facebook,and other social media are valu-able assets to expand the com-munity already developed by atactile experience. In my case,fixing and customizing my 1975Honda motorcycle is a blend of both worlds. The organic natureof welding rusty spots on thetailpipe or tracing and hand-cut-ting new gaskets after an engineswap is what makes a personfeel connected with the historyof the object and the processbehind making it whole. There’sthat same sense of connection insharing pictures online, joininga forum, or sharing emails withsomeone who has questions onhow to do the same thing.Technology doesn’t change theway people love to be out run-ning around the lake, but it canhelp organize a running groupor share the current weatherwith others. Seeing a movie atthe new Uptown Theatre or theLagoon is a great night out andsharing what you thought aboutthe movie is just an extensionof talking about it with yourfriends. Picking up a local paperat the neighborhood coffee shopgives a bigger story than a quickglimpse online, yet sometimesyou want a little of both, which iswhy Twitter is great for creatinga buzz. Technology may changethe way we look at life, stillchange doesn’t always have to bea bad thing. Just as the boundar-ies changed to expand the cityof Minneapolis into the once-rural Uptown, change is the everadvancing part of our lives.
(Photo by Melissa Slachetka)
Ths Electon is About Core values
 by Phyllis Stenerson
Once every four years, the Amer-ican people vote to elect a Presi-dent to be their leader. Ideallythis person will reflect, articu-late and seek to advance the bestvalues at the core of America’sexperiment in democracy.The founders were abundantlyclear that democracy meantopportunity and justice for all – arevolutionary ideal never beforewritten into a nation’s govern-ing principles. Embedded in theDeclaration of Independenceand the Constitution are majordeclarations of this belief that arerepeated in many ways through-out our history.
Sometimes people call me an idealist.Well, that is the way I know I am an American… America is the only idealistic nation in the world.Woodrow Wilson
We now have multiple crisesso serious that democracy itself is genuinely threatened. Themedia is focusing on one of the major issues – jobs and theeconomy. Poverty is almost nevermentioned. We have the biggestgap between the extremely richand the rest of us since the GreatRecession of the 1930’s. Some sayits worse. Record numbers of poor are living in poverty whilethe rich get richer.This mess didn’t just happen.Republicans made it happen,Democrats let it happen and wecitizens watched it happen, ornot.When searching for causes,money tops the list. Corpora-tions can now legally contributean unlimited amount of moneyto influence elections. Althoughboth of the major political partiesare at the receiving end, there isno doubt that much more moneygoes to Republicans.
 America’s corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they’re privatizing democracy. All the benefits – the tax cuts, policies, benefits – flow in one direction: up. Bill Moyers
Continuing the quest for causeand effect, religion is high on thelist. Freedom of, and freedomfrom, religion traditionally guid-ed our experiment in democracyand was staunchly defended byboth parties until recently.
 I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.Thomas JeffersonWe establish no religionin this country.We command no worship.We mandate no belief, nor will we ever.Church and state are and must remain separate. Ronald Reagan
Now religion is being used selec-tively to sanctify or vilify publicpolicies. The primary election
Uptowners rocked the vote on September 9.
Bryant Lake Bowl hosted aRock the Vote block party with food, drinks and musical entertainment.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
No Stone Unturned
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Minneapolis Information
Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn 
612.230.6443 ext. 6 bbourn@minneapolisparks.org 
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Mpls. Public Schools
612.668.0000 answers@mpls.k12.mn.us 
City Councilperson (10)Meg Tuthill
612.673.2210 meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.
Mayor R.T. Rybak
612.673.2100 rt@minneapolis.org 
State Representative (60A)Marion Greene
State Representative (60B)Frank Hornstein
State Senator (60)D. Scott Dibble
Governor Mark Dayton
651.201.3400 mark.dayton@state.mn.us 
U.S. Congressman (5th)Keith Ellison
612.522.1212 www.ellison.house.gov 
U.S. SenatorAl Franken
U.S. SenatorAmy Klobuchar
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PresidentBarack Obama
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 The Hennepin County Library, Walker Branch at 2880 Hennepin Avenue cele-brated it’s last day on Saturday, September 22.
Hennepin County Commis-sioner Gail Dorfman presented a special “Family Storytime” to celebratethe forthcoming new library.
The new library is estimated to be completedby mid-2014.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
To Be Continued...
Takng it To The Polls
don’t Get Towe
 Fall street sweeping set to begin
Fall is here, and that means Minneapolis street sweeping crews arepreparing to sweep streets across the city. Drivers will need to parkoff the selected streets and out of the crew’s way so they can do a thor-ough job cleaning our roadways.Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curbsweeping and leaf collection on Tuesday, October 23. During thefour weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will cleanup about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers cando the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be postedon selected streets at least 24 hours in advance to insure streets willbe clear of cars when they’re swept. Please Note: The first signs willbe posted Monday, October 22, and sweeping will begin the nextday. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweepparking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.
followng the parkng rules
“No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7am to 4:30 pm on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signswill be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completelyswept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliancewith “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minne-apolis Impound Lot.
Message Mea
The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweep-ing updates and information.
To become a fan of the City of Minneapolis Facebook page, go towww.facebook.com/cityofminneapolis.
To follow the City’s Twitter account, go to www.twitter.com/ CityMinneapolis.
In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the daybefore sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 auto-mated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street willbe swept the next day.
There’s no guarantee that the calls will reacheveryone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watchfor signs.
 By: Melissa Slachetka
You probably all have yourcalendar’s marked for Tuesday,November 6th and that littlegreen card with your pollingplace tacked up on the fridge, sit-ting on your desk, or stacked inyour basket of mail. Maybe youalready know who you are goingto vote for, but if you need moreinformation or it’s your first timevoting, October is a great monthstart investigating your options.
votng 101:Some normaton to helpou ote n Noember
Be sure to check the green cardfor your polling location, as thisis something that can change andyou don’t want to be waiting inline at the wrong place or show-ing up at an empty building.Yes, you can leave work to vote.Employees are allowed to taketime (which is to be consideredpaid leave) to vote during themorning on Election Day.
Mnnesota ConsttutonalAmenments that wll be onthe Ballot:
 Recognition of Marriage Sole-ly Between One Man and OneWoman (Vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’)
“Shall the Minnesota Constitu-tion be amended to provide thatonly a union of one man and onewoman shall be valid or recog-nized as a marriage in Minne-sota?”
 Photo Identification Required forVoting (Vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’)
“Shall the Minnesota Constitu-tion be amended to require allvoters to present valid photoidentification to vote and torequire the state to provide freeidentification to eligible voters,effective July 1, 2013?”You can find plenty of informa-tion online to help you makedecision and find polling spots.www.vote411.org and www.onyourballot.vote411.org evenhave a complete ballot to lookat, customized to your location,which includes websites andinformation on the candidates.
process, including the party plat-form, for the Republican Partyin 2012 was dominated by con-servative extremists with a verynarrow definition of religion.Presidential candidates adheredto this rigid ideology to survivethe selection process. Republicansare traditionally associated withconservatism which has meantadhering to the tried and trueand holding back radical change.That has been flipped on its headwith party positions radicallyat odds with tradition, includ-ing that America is a Christiannation and the wall of separa-tion between church and state iswrong. However, this seems toapply more to social issues likewomen’s health and reproduc-tive rights and marriage equalitythan it does to economic justice.
 If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesuswas just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needywithout condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.Stephen ColbertYou are either on the side of the oppressed or on the side of the oppressor.You can’t be neutral. Archbishop Desmond Tutu
It has taken a long time to fullyaccept this sorry situation as real-ity and to express it publicly. I’mfervently hoping that Ameri-cans will reject this extremistconservatism in the Novemberelections. It will most likely bedifficult for many who havecherished recollections of mod-erate conservatism, and perhapsnegative feelings about the otherparty. I also plead with voters todevote hearts, minds and energyto restoring balance in the com-ing years.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous HuxleyThose who have the privilege to know have the duty to act. Albert Einstein Righteousness exalts a nation. Hate just makes people miserable. Fannie Lou Hamer Phyllis Stenerson is the previous Editor of the Uptown Neighbor- hood News. Information providing context can be found at www.Pro- gressiveValues.org. Comments can be sent to Phyllis@progressiveval-uess.org.

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