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December 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Crime & Safety
Film Reviews
Events Calendar
Volume 8, Number 12
< Lanterns in Red
Ceiling lanterns in Chino Latino’s private party room
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Your Community-Supported News Source
Cvi h Uptown AreA
and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
 Win Dinner for2 at Chipotle
(see details on page 11)
 By Gary Farland
Joyce United Methodist Church (also called Table 31) will have itslast services Sunday, December 16. Presiding will be Methodist PastorLarry Nielsen, who will preside over the services and the transitions.Pastor John Darlington presided over his last services at Simpson andJoyce churches November 11 and has retired due to medical prob-lems. Pastor Nielsen is a retired minister who is filling in.
 By Melissa Slachetka
SarahCura is excited to be backin Uptown. After spending thelast five years with a Dinkytownstorefront, the founder/owner of this whimsical shop, Sarah (whoprefers not to use a surname orto simply be called by the appel-lation of her store), has broughther specialty shop back to its oldstomping grounds in CalhounSquare. This is where SaraCurawas first established seven yearsago and though there have beenmany changes in this Uptown
SaraCura Holiday Store in Calhoun Square.
(Photo by Melissa Slachetka)
 A Christmas Tale
 By Jeff Forester
Christmas used to be a dilemma for one Uptown family; what is bet-ter, a fake tree or a real tree?Luckily for them, they own some land adjacent to the BWCAW.The father, Jeff Forester, wrote a book, Forests For the Trees: HowHumans Shaped the North Woods, Minnesota Historical SocietyPress, that looks at the ecological history of that area. Part of his planto protect and restore the old growth Red and White Pines on theirland is to remove the balsam fir. A few years ago Christina Cassano,owner of Amelia’s Flower and Garden Shoppe, began to sell theselovely balsam fir as Christmas Trees. The idea has, ahh snowballed.Today, other stores, including Mother Earth Gardens, Hunt andGather, Cockadoodledoo Gifts, Uncommon Gardens and WholeFoods at Calhoun Commons in Minneapolis will offer this cool new
SrCur Comes HomeFor The Hoids
Free Rne TreesInde Utown
Joce ChurchCoses Its Doors
 By Bruce Cochran
“A drop in the homeownershiprate may create a large set of resi-dents who are less invested in thelong-run outlook for their homesand communities—an outcomethat could lead to lower levels of home maintenance and civic par-ticipation, as well as more short-sighted decisions in local affairs.”- Andrew Haughwout, RichardPeach, and Joseph Tracy, page 8www.newyorkfed.org/research/ current_issues/ci16-5.pdf. “TheHomeownershipGap,” Current Issues
BrdeJoins 10thWrd Rce
 Field includesGriggs, Killian andincumbent Tuthill
Ken Bradley is an energy andenvironmental organizer, anadvocate for providing financialassistance for students in need, afather and a husband. He prom-ises to provide fair, open and pro-gressive leadership if elected asthe next Minneapolis 10th WardCity Council Member.“For more than ten years, I haveworked to engage others in help-ing to solve our planet’s mostcritical problem: global warmingpollution. I am running becauseI believe I can create the part-nerships necessary to ensure ourcity is a world leader at reducingglobal warming pollution whilecreating new jobs and support-ing emerging businesses,” saidBradley.Since 2009, Bradley has been thedirector of Environment Min-nesota. This organization is “astatewide, citizen-based environ-mental advocacy organizationthat believes there’s somethingspecial about Minnesota — some-thing worth protecting and pre-serving for future generations.”His campaign will be focusedaround these priorities to “moveMinneapolis forward”:
• Ensure development reflects thecharacter of our neighborhoods.Support entrepreneurs, new tech-nologies and emerging businesses.Build inclusive governmentthrough partnerships and com-munity collaboration.• Promote alternative transporta-tion that is pedestrian and bicyclefriendly.• Reduce dependency on pollutingenergy by supporting energy effi-ciency and local renewables.
Bradley plans to support poli-cies that “treat everyone fairlyand oppose discrimination.” Hebelieves diversity makes this citya stronger, more vibrant place tolive.
Rues Of Enement
 Does rental trend put community participation at risk?
in Economics and Finance, Fed-eral Reserve Bank of New York(FRBNY)The economic downturn since2008 and the resulting housingcrisis have caused many to recon-sider homeownership. For some,not only is it now harder to get aloan, but descending home valuesmay have many potential home-owners second guessing the longheld belief that owning a homeis a good investment. This hasinitiated interest in the academicfield about the driving factors of 
Daughters Daisy and Billie stacking trees to be burned later.Joyce United Methodist Church at 1219 31st St.
(Photo by Gary Farland)
Uptown neighborhood news
december 2012 
Utown Neihborhood News wnts to her from the communit
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)
 Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780
Harry Savage (CARAG) 612.799.1523
Managing Board
Ralph Knox,
 President (ECCO)
Elizabeth Walke,
Treasurer (CARAG)
Linda Todd, Secretary
Samantha Strong
Nancy Riestenberg
Contributing Photographers
 Bruce Cochran, Gary Farland,Eileen Sabes, Melissa Slachetka,Nicole Valentine, Stuart Wainstock
Contributing Writers
 Carol Bouska, Ruth Cain,Bruce Cochran, Gary Farland,John Farrell, Jeff Forester,Wendy Schadewald, Mary Ann Schoenberger,Judy Shields, Melissa Slachetka,Monica Smith, Sarah Sponheim,Meg Tuthill, Nicole Valentine
Newspaper Circulation
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UNN Editorial
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Ener Otions
Guest Editorial by John Farrell
The election is over, and Minnesotans had many choices from the topof the ballot to the bottom, but as we head indoors during the cold-est and darkest season, we won’t have any choice about who deliversenergy to our homes and businesses in Minneapolis. Collectively, wespend $450 million a year for mostly fossil-fueled gas and electricity,and most of that money heads out of town to our two investor-ownedutilities and their shareholders.Fortunately, the next year may bring a once in a generation chance tohave a choice about energy sources, costs and use.That’s the goal of Minneapolis Energy Options, a grassroots cam-paign to let us take charge of our energy future. The campaign goalis to put a city-run municipal utility on the ballot in 2013, asking thecity to prove it can offer affordable, reliable energy service that canbe more efficient, cleaner, and keep our energy dollars local. Withoutit, there’s little chance the utilities will offer much in the upcomingcontract negotiations.The two utilities that send us the bills, Xcel Energy and CenterpointEnergy, have government-granted monopolies to serve Minneapolis,and get a state regulated and guaranteed profit, too. They also have acontract with the city of Minneapolis that governs how they use pub-lic property to bring that power to us. After 20 years, that contract isup for renewal in 2014 and 2015, respectively, for Xcel and Center-point, and it’s a great opportunity to ask if we are getting our money’sworth.We know a lot of residents and businesses are interested in generat-ing local energy and reducing energy use. Big utility programs havefailed to deliver. Less than one percent of the energy delivered to Min-neapolis customers comes from renewable energy sources within thecity. Rather than help, Xcel Energy recently tried to cancel its solarincentive program and was only stopped by overwhelming publicresponse. It’s not been easy to conserve energy, either. With a bottomline boosted by energy sales, it’s no surprise that neither utility hasmade cutting energy consump-tion a high priority.We know we can do better. Themunicipal utility in Austin, TX,is on target to deliver 35 percentof its electricity from renewablesources by 2020, much of it local.The Sacramento public utility inCalifornia has over 100 mega-‘Tis the Season! Lights arestrewn on boulevard trees, storewindows are filled with colorfuldisplays, the weather is shiftingto colder, which means hot choc-olate, ice-skating and carriagerides to some and ice-fishing andsnowmobiling to others.The holidays are here and they’refilled with a lot of stress, to-dolists and technology overload.It’s hard to just stop and take alook at the people around you,the clouds in the sky or reallylisten to that song that playing ining, and managed to get my caruncovered and moved in thenick of time. That night I wasexhausted, but thankful that thehardware store stocked shovels,thankful the tow trucks didn’tpick my street first, and thank-ful I didn’t have to wait in line toget my car out a tow lot. Moral of the story – keep a shovel handyfor those snowy days.Be thankful for all those littlethings. For me, it’s that lastminute trip to Chicago to seemy sister, a friend who burnedspecial CD’s for our road-trip,and the neighbors I’ve gotten toknow throughout the past yearin Uptown. Winter is a time forwatching the snowflakes fall,and being grateful for an unex-pectedly beautiful 55 degreeThanksgiving Day morningwhich means one more ride onthe motorcycle before officiallyputting it in storage.the background, even if it’s just aChristmas melody you’ve hearda thousand times before.I remember about seven yearsago when I first was living inthe Uptown area we got hit witha huge snowstorm and a plowwent by and covered my car,which was parked on the streetoutside my apartment building. Icouldn’t even see the wheels and Ihad to move it before they startedtowing, because of course I wason the wrong side of the street,so I threw on my winter bootsand started walking. I stopped inseveral different stores, includingthe old pharmacy building andseveral gas stations along Hen-nepin Avenue, before I finallyfound a tiny shovel in the hard-ware store. I walked back andstarted shoveling…and shovel-I especially want to be thankfulfor the wonderful people on theCARAG board and the ECCOboard for caring so much aboutthe Uptown community and thisnewspaper. Happy Holidays!
(Photo by Melissa Slachetka)
letter From The Editor
poitic powerIn Minnesot
Guest Editorial by Ruth Cain, former Associate Chair, Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party
Political parties should function to allow ordinary citizens who sharea set of values to join together to support candidates and issues. Toooften, people fail to use the political party or allow it to be overrunby self-seekers. When movements “occupy” a party, they infuse newaltruistic participants, who often end up on school boards, city coun-cils, legislatures, and Congress. The flood of anti-war activists intothe DFL in 1968 resulted in the 1972 election of a DFL legislature forthe first time in Minnesota history.When “pro-life” forces attempted to take over the Minnesota Demo-cratic Farmer Labor party in the 70’s, participation was already sohigh, that they were never able to take more than about 30 percent- their share of the general population of the state. They turned to therelatively low-populated GOP party and took it over. Unfortunately,their undue domination of the GOP plus their third of the DFL givesthem undue influence in the Minnesota state legislature.Money cannot buy power where there is no indigenous support inthe precinct caucus system. When Lyndon Johnson used paid call-ers to try to counter the anti-war support for Sen. Eugene McCarthy,MORE people came out for McCarthy.People who might cast a protest vote for someone they don’t reallysupport (like George Wallace) in a primary election think twice aboutstanding up before their neighbors in a caucus. Incumbents in safedistricts can be challenged mosteffectively via precinct caucusorganizing in their own partiesNew proposals to replace thecaucuses with primary electionsshould be resisted. In Europe,after large “Occupy” demonstra-tions, activists turned to holdingneighborhood meetings to devel-
Citizen  ACtio
CARAG Neighborhood
612.823.2520 carag@carag.org 
East Isles Neighborhood
ECCO Neighborhood
Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood
612.377.5023 lhena@thewedge.org 
Minneapolis Information
Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn 
612.230.6443 ext. 6 bbourn@minneapolisparks.org 
Anita Tabb 
612.230.6400 ext. 4 atabb@minneapolisparks.org 
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
202.224.3244 www.klobuchar.senate.gov 
PresidentBarack Obama
december 2012 
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Just days before the November 6 election this
“Vote No!” graffiti appearedon the billboard just north of the Uptown Transit Center.
In an area oftenplagued with tagging graffiti (a form of self-advertisement), political art is morerare in recent years.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Extrinsic Exhortation
Bradley has nearly twenty yearsof experience working as anorganizer on various issues andpolitical campaigns that havehad an impact on both city andstate policy. He has lived in Min-neapolis for almost 30 years andhe and his spouse, Crystal, cur-rently live in the CARAG neigh-borhood.More information at www.ken-forten.org.
Nte gris
Griggs currently lives and worksin Afghanistan. His platformincludes; closing the “achieve-ment gap” in Minneapolis publicschools, and linking capital tostart-up ventures. More informa-tion at www.facebook.com/Nat-eGriggsMPLSCityCouncil.
Kend Kiin
Kendal Killian is running forCity Council in Ward 10 Min-neapolis. He has spent ten yearsworking for various progressivecampaigns and causes. He cur-rently serves as the Public AffairsCoordinator for MAPE - a Min-nesota labor union.In addition, Kendal helpedfound Young Progressive Major-ity Minnesota, which aids theelection of progressive candi-dates. In 2012 all four YPM can-didates won, helping lead theDFL back to the majority in StPaul. He is the former Presidentof the Minnesota Young DFLand has served two terms on thestatewide DFL Executive Com-mittee. In addition, Kendal is onthe Board of Directors of Out-front Minnesota and the Advi-sory Board for Health Care forAll Minnesota.Kendal and his wife Kelly Bea-dle live on Bryant Ave in theEast Harriet neighborhood.Learn more about him at www.votekillian.org.community involvement.Assistant Sociology ProfessorBrian McCabe, GeorgetownCollege just completed twopapers: “Are Homeowners Bet-ter Citizens? Homeownershipand Community Participation inthe United States,” and “Hom-eownership and Social Trust inNeighbors.” After working forthe City of New York in publichousing he developed a thesisto test in the field. He set out toshed some light on an alreadycrowded field of research on thebenefits of homeownership inAmerica.McCabe was motivated to studythe long held belief that hom-eownership directly causes localengagement in the communityand protection of home assets.Although a lot of past researchis not entirely conclusive, mostof it supports that idea. Believ-ing that there is more at work inthe homeowner’s decision mak-ing process, he wanted to clarifyexactly what that is with morespecifics.McCabe’s research focused onfinding a third variable. Forinstance, there is the famousexample of a dubious ice creamconsumption and crime causa-tion link. It goes like this. Sea-sonally as ice cream consumptionrises there is also a rise in crime.But on closer inspection thereis a third variable which is thatoutdoor temperature influencesboth.McCabe elaborates on that pointby asking us to consider what weare investing and also the mort-gage interest deduction, the thirdhighest tax deduction in the U.S.“It’s an enormous sum of moneythat the government forgoestrying to promote homeowner-ship.”Since the early 1900s, homeown-ership has been sold by adminis-trations of both stripes nationallyand locally. The same FRBNHYpaper on the homeownershipgap states, “Ownership promotes‘economically efficient’ actions—actions that produce the greatestreturn for the resources invested.Because owners have a financialinterest in their property, theyhave incentives to take measuresthat will maintain or increase thevalue of that property.”Does homeownership directlycause community involvementor is there something else causingboth? McCabe thinks we need toextract more detail to be smarterabout how we promote it. Forinstance, one of the conclusionsof his research found that localvoting participation is a factor of what he calls “residential stabil-ity,” (residing at one address foran extended period). He foundthat residents are more likelyto vote in local elections if theyexperience long term residencehistory–regardless of whetherthey rent or own.
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If rental increases aren’t chal-lenging enough, there may beanother factor that puts pres-sure on community involvement:negative equity.The FRBNY paper on the hom-eownership gap asserts thathomeowners who owe more ontheir mortgage than their homeis worth will become disinclinedto make any upgrades to theirhome or investment in theircommunity. Given their finan-cial predicament they may viewsocial or monetary investing asfutile.Further, the FRBNY paperargues that the true measureof homeownership in the U.S.should not include anyone withnegative equity. They believethat the Census numbers onhomeownership are skewedbecause they include these nega-tive equity homeowners.
loc eders ndre numbers
According to the City of Min-neapolis 2000 Census, the hom-eowner rates are already low inUptown: CARAG has 21 per-cent, East Calhoun is the highestwith 38 percent, East Isles has34 percent and Lowry Hill Easthas just 15 percent. In spite of thechallenges, local neighborhoodleaders do boast some success.CARAG resident Diana Boege-mann describes her experienceworking with volunteers as Pres-ident of the CARAG Neighbor-hood Association.“When the economy is good orstable and many more peoplehave jobs, or when the oppositeis true, I have found volunteer-ism/neighborhood participationto be challenging, but for differ-ent reasons. Either folks are off spending time and money (trav-el, cabins, eating out) or have[neither] time nor money andtake on more part time work.Either way, volunteerism takes aback seat to other driving issues.”She adds, “Over the years I havenoticed that if a controversialissue gets peoples attention, turnout at a meeting will be heavy, nomatter what the economic condi-tions.”The East Calhoun Neighbor-hood has had a different expe-rience. ECCO President SarahSponheim attests, “I can’t saythat the economic downturn hasnegatively impacted the amountof volunteers in East Calhoun ornot. I don’t get the sense that ithas made much difference. Peo-ple either step up to help or theydon’t, and excuses for not help-ing have never focused on theeconomy in particular.”In the Lowry Hill East Neigh-borhood with the lowest hom-eownership rates, Linda McHaleof the LHENA Board describestheir ongoing challenges.“Most renters are transientand not invested in the com-munity. And then some peopledon’t know how to get involvedeither.”
Ntionwide strteies
Tige Watts is Board President of Neighborhoods USA (NUSA),a national non-profit organiza-tion committed to building andstrengthening neighborhoodorganizations. The organizationis coming to Minneapolis in Mayto host the NUSA 2013 Neigh-borhoods Conference.He recognizes the droppinghomeownership rates in citiesacross the country and offerssome strategies.“We need to pay more attentionto the things that unite us thanthe things that divide us. Thetraditional target groups havebeen the older established hom-eowner.” He emphasizes thatneighborhood organizers needto cast a wider net. “Emphasizethat we’re all in this together andyou don’t have to be a homeown-er to contribute to the neighbor-hood. For example, workingtogether to lower the crime ratebenefits owners and rentersalike. Acknowledge that rentershave different backgrounds andto take a diversified approachto recruiting. Your Board of Directors should look like [your]neighborhood.”
The future?
Professor McCabe, believes thereis still faith. “It’s not that peopledon’t want to ever own a home.They’re just putting it off.” In hispolling he found 80% of potentialhomeowners aspire to eventuallyown. Despite the crisis most stillhave a deep commitment in theAmerican institution of hom-eownership.
 Bruce Cochran is Art Director andin charge of Production for theUptown Neighborhood News andlives in CARAG.

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