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Start cleaning out your clos-ets, attics, and garages. Te10
Annual Wedge Neighbor-hood Garage Sale is comingup on
Saturday, June 1, rom 9am until 3 pm.
Previous years’sales have had more than 50homes participating.For a registration ee o $10,participating sales will belisted on the ocial WedgeNeighborhood Garage Salemap, which we will distributeto each sale and at businessesthroughout the neighborhood.We will advertise the sale in
newspaper and website, and onCraigslist and Facebook. Signswill also be posted along Hen-nepin and Lyndale Avenues.Registration begins May 1. TeWedge Neighborhood GarageSale is sponsored by the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Asso-ciation (LHENA). For details, visit www.thewedge.org. Findus on Facebook atwww.ace-book.com/heWedgeNeigh-borhood. Follow us on witter:@TeWedgeNhood.
Neighborhood Swap, June 8-9
LHENA’s Second AnnualNeighborhood Swap will betaking place on June 8, rom 10am to 4 pm, and June 9, romnoon to 3 pm, both days inMueller Park. All are welcome;whether you want to get rid o items you no longer use or takehome items to treasure as yourown. It’s completely ree, all arewelcome, and in act, no mon-etary transactions will
. (But do check out thelist o acceptable itemsbeoreyou start hauling your wholeliving room to the park, to bepublished prior to sale.)
Have you ever been on a col-lege campus around move-outtime? It’s a dumpster diver’swildest dream, and an anti-materialist’s most horrendousnightmare. Te Neighbor-hood Swap will be an opportu-nity or residents to get rid o their stu sustainably, whethermoving or doing spring-clean-ing projects. And or those o us not moving, it’ll be a greatopportunity to share and nduseul new possessions. Well,“new,” in the used sense.
Waste is an environmental andsocial justice issue. While weall know that materials ester
LOWRY hILL EAST
is a monthly publicationo the Lowry Hill East NeighborhoodAssociation (LHENA). Distributionis ree to residents and businesses o the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood.Mailed subscriptions are $20 per year.
newspaper exists to addressneighborhood events, issues, andcauses, while providing a public forumfor the community to share informationand ideas and to voice individualopinions and concerns within theLowry Hill East neighborhood.
Stories, opinions, letters, photographs,and drawings are always welcome.Emailweg612@hotmail.comorassignments or to share your ideas. Tedeadline or submitting items is the17th o the month prior to publication.Te display ad deadline is the 15th o the month prior to publication.
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Vanessa Moore Ardolino, CarolineGriepentrog, Tatcher Imboden,Kathy Kullberg, Beth MarshTe contents o this publication do notnecessarily refect the views o LHENAor its board members.
reserves the right to exercise discretionin publishing any material submittedand urther reserves the right to reuseany advertisement. Questions about
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1200 West 26th St.Minneapolis, MN 55405,612.377.5023
Lowry Hill Eas NeighborhoodAssociaion Board o Direcors
Ryan Bender ...................612.669.3042Susan Bode .....................612.872.4077Will Bornstein ................952.913.6887Bill Casey ........................612.803.9246Burt Con......................612.310.7707im Dray ........................612.209.6790Bryan Friess ....................612.886.2545Daniel Haley ...................612.871.7339Kyle Kilbourn ........................................Linda McHale.................612.823.1270Shae Walker ....................612.730.7013
Neighborhood RevializaionProgra Seering Coiee
John Bode .......................612.872.4077David Greene ........................................Daniel Haley ...................612.871.7339Blake Hanson .................651.485.3635Sara Romanishan ..................................Georgia Rubenstein .......651.261.9684Paul Ryan ...............................................Adam omczik ......................................
ables/ chairs (wood, plastic,other non-upholstered)Bookshelves, storage shelvesand cabinetsDesks and oce chairsBed rames/ headboardsSmall dressersContainersLampsFuton rames (no utonsallowed)Bicycles & usable bicycle parts/toolsShovels, yard/garden/mechanical toolsPaintingsMirrorsKnick-knacks in goodcondition,Dishes, plates, silverware, andother kitchen itemsBooks, CDs, DVDs – asapproved by volunteersSmall electronic appliancesin working condition (e.g.microwaves, can openers,toaster ovens, etc...)Clean clothing in goodconditionOther small household itemsOther reusable items/materialsapproved by swap volunteers.
NO items over 200lbsNO couchesUpholstered chairs, pillowsMattresses, box springs,beddingChild seats, cribs, stuedanimals, etcGarbageHousehold hazardous waste(tires, paint, batteries,chemicals, ertilizer, etc).Broken appliancesLarge appliances (washer/dryers/rerigerators).Broken lights/light bulbs/ CFL’s.Rusted, unusable, or destroyedbicycle parts, rames, tools orrusted household items.Broken mirrors/ glass,Rotten/other oul-smellingitems.Please Note:
Computers and other electronics will NOT beaccepted
June 8 & 9
By Lyndel Owens
Te tragedies o oreclosuresor the amily involved areno mystery. Yet, the burdenoreclosure also rests squarely,and silently, on the shoulderso local and state taxpayers.Minnesota municipalities ex-pend nearly $20,000 per va-cant property each year ormaintenance costs, and hous-es within an eighth o a mileo a oreclosed home loosealmost $2,000 in equity sim-ply because o proximity. odiscontinuethe trendo Minne-sota havingthree timesas many oreclosedhomes in“post-cri-sis” 2012comparedto 2005, or20,000 ore-closures peryear or thesixth year ina row, I support enacting theHomeowner’s Bill o Rights,currently in the legislature.Te bill enacts common senselaws to give basic rights toamilies who ace oreclosure.
Critics may object, stating thatthe crisis has passed and regu-lation stunts development, butthe acts stand that regulatingbanks’ oreclosure will saeguardthe state’s economic recovery.For example, a Caliornian bill iscredited with lowering oreclo-sure levels by 39.5% rom De-cember 2012 to January 2013,when the bill took eect. I sucha bill had been made law in Min-nesota in 2008, at the peak o thecrisis, approximately 140,000more Minnesota amilies wouldbe in homes, and an estimated94,000 Minnesota school chil-dren would have remained instable living situations.
Te Homeowner’s Bill o Rights is needed to protectamilies and the larger com-munity. Tis bill guaranteesthat people going throughthe oreclosure process have asingle point o contact withintheir banking institution whenthey are seeking loan modi-cation or acing oreclosure.It also bans dual tracking, adeceptive procedure in whichbanks continue to oreclose ona house despite the homeown-er having a petition or loanmodication under review.(In some circumstances bankssuch as Wells Fargo and Bank o America asked borrowersto purposeully miss paymentsso that they could qualiy or amodied loan, only to be ore-closed on instead). Basically,this bill codies the oreclo-sure process and guaranteesclarity and due process orboth banks and homeowners.Consider the impact o one vacant home. On average, amunicipality pays $19,227 tomaintain the utilities, re sup-pression, inspections, etc. o a vacant oreclosure. I thishome is in the 10th ward,where 363 homes have beenoreclosed on since 2008, thatamounts to $6,979,401 o pub-lic money being spent. Obvi-ously that money would bebetter spent elsewhere, andobviously it’d be better to havea amily in the home thereby reducing the risk o neighbor-hood blight caused by multiple vacant properties in an area.
Negative equity is also a prob-lem as surrounding homes loosean average value o $1,971 sim-ply by being within an eightho a mile o a oreclosed home.Tat means $715,473 o losthome value in the 10th wardsince 2008, a circumstance thatmakes it more dicult or ami-lies to use their homes as equity to und everything rom retire-ment to tuition.
Te Homeowners Bill o Rightsensures that the oreclosureprocess is air, transparent, andclear or both the bank andhomeowner. For maximum e-ectiveness, the Homeowner’sBill o Rights should includethese our points:1.
Single poin o conac
- Ashomeowners navigate thesystem and try to keep theirhomes, they are guaranteedto work with a single pointo contact who knows theacts o their case.2.
Ban on dual racking
-Te banking institution isorbidden rom advanc-ing a oreclosure while thehomeowner is working on aloan modication or whilea loan modication is underreview.3.
Opion or ediaion
-Tis allows the homeownera ace to ace meeting with abank representative to dis-cuss alternatives to oreclo-sures such as a loan modi-cation or renancing.4.
- Homeown-ers have a right to take thebank to court i the abovethree guidelines are not met.Te version o the Homeown-ers Bill o Rights currently be-ore the legislature containsthe rst two points. However,the secondtwo points,which havebeen provento be themost eec-tive, are notyet includedin the bill.
axpayers…Community members…School chil-dren… Weare all ad- versely im-pacted by the allout o ore-closures in our communities,so we should all have a voice inxing the problem. In act, a billsimilar to the Homeowners Billo Rights passed the Minnesotalegislature in 2009. At that timebank lobbyists rom outsideo our state few in to trim thebill and ultimately deeat it. Itworked; their voices trumpedthe voice o the citizen, Gov-ernor Pawlenty vetoed the bill,and the adverse economic im-pact continues to be borne by those within the state. Current-ly, oreclosures levels are threetimes higher than they werebeore the subprime mortgagebubble burst in 2008.
Tis is why I support theHomeowner’s Bill o Rightsas a set o laws or both banksand homeowners that providetransparency and clarity to theprocess. Ultimately it protectsour communities against aulty lending practices that imperilall o us. By enacting this billand including the mediationand right to action measures,Minnesota can clearly outlinethe process o oreclosure,thereby giving peace o mindand due process to all involved.
Lyndel Owens, an elementary school teacher in north Min-neapolis, is an active supporter o air housing and banking practices in the win Cities.Lyndel Owens has lived in Low-ry Hill East and now lives inCARAG. She can be reached at email@example.com.
It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!
Wedge Neighborhood Garage Sale, June 1
Wedge NeighborhoodSaturday, June 1st From 9am - 3pm
Homeowner’s Bill of Rights is Needed Now
“In act, a bill similar to the Homeowners Bill o Rights passed the Minnesotalegislature in 2009. At that time banklobbyists rom outside o our state few into trim the bill and ultimately deeat it.
Neighborhood Swap Deails
Please note that LHENA Board and committee meetings are held at Jeerson Community School,1200 26th Street, in the MediaCenter, Room 204, unless other-wise indicated.
We., May 1, 7pm
LHENA Neighborhood Revitalization Committee
Te Neighborhood Revitaliza-tion Committee meets the rstWednesday o every month at7 pm. Tis committee ocuseson implementing the LHENANeighborhood RevitalizationProgram Phase II Action Planand other revitalization strate-gies. Te plan is divided intosections: housing; inrastruc-ture; crime & saety; and youth,arts & commerce. Membersserve on a volunteer basis andare elected to one-year terms atthe annual meeting in April.
We., May 8, 6:30pm
LHENA Zoning and Planning(Z&P) Committee.
Te Z&P Committee meets thesecond Wednesday o every month at 6:30 pm. Tis com-mittee reviews any project, de- velopment, or zoning requestin the neighborhood–good orthose interested in city plan-ning, architecture, and trans-portation.
Turs., May 9, 6:30pm
LHENA Branding Committee
Te Branding Committeemeets the second Tursday o each month and is tasked withredesigning LHENA’s logo andbrand.
Wed., May 15, 6-8pm
LHENA Board o Directors
Te LHENA Board o Direc-tors meets the third Wednes-day o every month at 6:30 pm.LHENA’s mission is to repre-sent the interests and valueso Lowry Hill East residents,property and business own-ers to the larger community and government. Te LHENABoard makes neighborhoodbuilding and land use rec-ommendations to the City,maintains nancial oversighto the organization, publishesTe Wedge newspaper, or-ganizes neighborhood socialevents, and serves as a orumor neighborhood concerns.Members serve on a volunteerbasis and are elected to two-year terms at the annual meet-ing in April.
Tues., May 28, 7pm
Te Environmental Commit-tee meets the ourth uesday o each month and ocuses onactivities related to sustain-ability. Te committee alsocollaborates with surround-ing neighborhood associationsto reduce waste in Uptown.For more inormation pleasecontact Molly Maass firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upwards o 50 neighborhoodresidents and stakeholdersgathered or the LHENA An-nual Meeting, held on April17 in the Jeerson Commu-nity School caeteria.New members were elected tothe LHENA Board o Direc-tors and the LHENA Neigh-borhood Revitalization (NR)Committee. We look orwardto getting to know them andworking together to make theneighborhood a better place.
Ryan BenderSue Bode (Re-elected)Will BornsteinBill Casey (Re-elected)Burt Con (Re-elected)im Dray Bryan Friess (Re-elected)Daniel Haley (Re-elected)Kyle KilbournLinda McHaleShae Walker (Re-elected)
John Bode (Re-elected)David Greene (Re-elected)Daniel Haley (Re-elected)Blake Hanson (Re-elected)Sara RomanishanGeorgia Rubenstein(Re-elected)Paul Ryan
Adam omczik Te new NR Committee willocially take eect at theirMay 1 meeting; the new Board at their May 15 meet-ing. Many thanks to outgoingNR members Jen Beckhamand Fiona Grant Pradhan ortheir service and dedicationto the neighborhood.
And nallly, LHENA wouldlike to thank our antasticneighborhood businesses orproviding ood and reresh-ments at the event:
domino’s PizzaOl CicaoRainbow FoosToppers PizzaTe Wee Co-op
Tanks to all for a great evening!
LHENA Annual Meeting
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5th Precinct Open House
Tuesday, May 14, 5-7pm
Inspector ony Diaz and the 5th Precinct sta invite everyone to theannual Minneapolis Police 5th Precinct Open House. Tis open houseis an opportunity to learn about the Police Department. It’s un, ree,and amily-riendly. Rereshments will be available. Inormation, dis-plays and demonstrations include: MPD Bomb Squad, MPD K-9, MPDSWA, 311, MPLS Police Band, MPD Horse Patrol, Police ActivitiesLeague (PAL), Park Police and MPLS Police Reserves. Parking is avail-able in the visitor’s parking lot on 1st Ave., just south o 31st St. Bikeracks are available and the Precinct is on Nicollet Ave., a major bus route.