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Wedge Neighborhood News May 2013

Wedge Neighborhood News May 2013

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Minneapolis Neighborhood Newspaper, serving the area between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue, and between Lyndale and Hennepin Avenue. Uptown Minneapolis.

Free and delivered to neighborhood homes, apartments, and businesses. A service of Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association
Minneapolis Neighborhood Newspaper, serving the area between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue, and between Lyndale and Hennepin Avenue. Uptown Minneapolis.

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Vol. 44, No. 5 FREE May 2013
Lowry HiLL East NEigHborHood associatioN NEwspapEr
“Where every story has three sides” 
Report on HPC  Appeal 
By rilby Busch
At the April 16 meeting o theMinneapolis Heritage Preser- vation Commission (HPC),Anders Christensen and othermembers o the Healy Projectpresented evidence support-ing their appeal to stop the de-molition o the Edward OrthHouse at 2320 Colax Avenue,designed and built by masterbuilder Teron Potter Healy in1893. Te HPC received over200 e-mails regarding the ap-peal, urging the HPC to declarethe house an historic resource;all but one, the owner’s, sup-ported the appeal. Te HPC voted 8-2 to grant the appeal.Members o the Healy Proj-ect used their Facebook page,“.P. Healy: King o the QueenAnne,” to muster support. Inaddition, the campaign to savethe house garnered national at-tention when Nicole Curtis o the cable V show, “Te RehabAddict” requestedthat her ollowerswrite the HPC insupport o the ap-peal.At the HPC hear-ing, John Jepsen o Jepsen, Inc., a housemover, testied thatit would be possibleto move the house.According to his cal-culations, the houseweighs 180 tons,excluding the oun-dation. I the housewere demolished, those materi-als would wind up in a landll.Marian Biehn o the WhittierAlliance suggested that one op-tion to save the house would beto move it to a vacant lot on Ste- vens Avenue in the Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District.Jepsen says that i they were tomove the house, he would getassistance rom house moversin Pennsylvania who specializein moving large structures upand down hills. Tis company,in order to move AlexanderHamilton’s house, actually li-ed it 40 eet to get past a churchwhich blocked the only route tothe new site. (see photo)Developer Michael Landerproposes demolishing the Ed-ward Orth House to build aour-story apartment buildingon the site. Te owner o thehouse, Michael Crow, now hasthe opportunity to appeal theruling now that the house is anhistoric resource to the Zoningand Planning Committee o theMinneapolis City Council.
2320 Colfax Granted Historic Resource
Photo courtesy o www.wolehousebuildingmovers.com 
alexne Hmln’ “cun Hue,”ul 1802,  le  e mve un huh n Ne yk c (2008).
Lagoon and Hennepin
Beginning April 29, a utility contractor will be doing work or the Walker Library con-struction in the southboundlanes o Hennepin Avenue be-tween the Uptown ransit Sta-tion and Lagoon Avenue. wosouthbound trac lanes andone northbound trac lanewill be maintained on Hen-nepin while the utility work isbeing done. On the east sideo Hennepin, meters will behooded and the taxi zone willbe temporarily removed. Tewest sidewalk along Hennepinbetween the Uptown ransitStation and Lagoon will alsobe closed or a ew days dur-ing the week. Te southboundlanes are expected to be closeduntil the end o the week.
Traffic Alerts
Traffic Alerts
South end o LakeCalhoun
On April 25, sewer work be-gan on westbound Lake StW between Tomas Avenueand E. Calhoun Parkway. Tework will cause each o thethree lanes along this road tobe closed, one at a time. wolanes o trac will remainopen at all times. Work hasbegun in the southern mostlane on the westbound side.I possible, all lanes will beopen or morning rush hour.However, once a lane is closedto line the sewer pipe, the lanecannot be opened until thelining work is completed, usu-ally about 24 hours.
Killian sacrifcescampaign or changein leadership
By Bruce Cochran
Kendal Killian, in what ap-peared to be a sacrice or achange in leadership, concededhis campaign to endorse LisaBender, aer the h ballot.Te day-long DFL Conven-tion on April 27 included LisaPeterson Bender, Ken Bradley,Kendal Killian and incumbentMeg uthill. Killian’s endorse-ment put Bender support overthe 60 percent needed to winthe DFL endorsement. Othernon-DFL candidates may en-ter the race beore November5, but as the 10th Ward has astrong DFL voting represen-tation at the polls, winningwill be an uphill battle. Andas i the contentious race wasnot dramatic enough, andseemed to play out the arc o a movie coming to an end, theaudience was le wondering,“Would there be a sequel?” Al-though other challengers con-ceded their campaigns, uthillwas not clear about bowing outo the race aer losing the en-dorsement.Stay connected as develop-ments unold.
Bender Wins 10th Ward DFL Endorsement
Photo by StuartWainstock.com
From 10th Ward City Council Member Meg uthill 
Uptown residents are advised to take alternate routes during the following construction detours.
Stay Connected to the Wedge
 The Wedge newspaper staf would like to thank the community or their support. We would also like to remind youthat as the uture o the Wedge newspaper lies in uncertain territory, please continue to stay in touch with us online at
or continuing developments.
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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 ocial WedgeNeighborhood Garage Salemap, which we will distributeto each sale and at businessesthroughout the neighborhood.We will advertise the sale in
Te Wedge
, the
Star ribune
 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
even be
. (But do check out thelist o acceptable itemsbeoreyou start hauling your wholeliving room to the park, to bepublished prior to sale.)
Wy Swap?
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 nduseul new possessions. Well,“new,” in the used sense.
Waste is an environmental andsocial justice issue. While weall know that materials ester
Te Wedge
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.
Te Wedge
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.comorassignments 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.
Bruce Cochranweg612@hotmail.com
Oce Adinisraor
Caroline Griepentrog
Adverising Represenaives
 Susan Hagler: 612.825.7780susanhagler13@gmail.com
Wedge Coiee Chair
Linda McHale: 612.823.1270denimdogs@comcast.net
Layou & Illusraion
Kelly Newcomerkelly@kellynewcomer.com
Regular Conribuors:
Vanessa Moore Ardolino, CarolineGriepentrog, Tatcher Imboden,Kathy Kullberg, Beth MarshTe contents o this publication do notnecessarily refect the views o LHENAor its board members.
Te Wedge
reserves the right to exercise discretionin publishing any material submittedand urther reserves the right to reuseany advertisement. Questions about
Te Wedge
may be directed to theeditor or to
Te Wedge
committee chair.
©2013 LHENA, all rights reserved.
1200 West 26th St.Minneapolis, MN 55405,612.377.5023
Lowry Hill Eas NeighborhoodAssociaion Board o Direcors
Ryan Bender ...................612.669.3042Susan Bode .....................612.872.4077Will Bornstein ................952.913.6887Bill Casey ........................612.803.9246Burt Con......................612.310.7707im Dray ........................612.209.6790Bryan Friess ....................612.886.2545Daniel Haley ...................612.871.7339Kyle Kilbourn ........................................Linda McHale.................612.823.1270Shae Walker ....................612.730.7013
Neighborhood RevializaionProgra Seering Coiee
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 oce 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, stuedanimals, etcGarbageHousehold hazardous waste(tires, paint, batteries,chemicals, ertilizer, etc).Broken appliancesLarge appliances (washer/dryers/rerigerators).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 
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June 8 & 9
By Lyndel Owens
Te tragedies o oreclosuresor the amily involved areno mystery. Yet, the burdenoreclosure 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 toamilies who ace oreclosure.
Critics may object, stating thatthe crisis has passed and regu-lation stunts development, butthe acts stand that regulatingbanks’ oreclosure will saeguardthe state’s economic recovery.For example, a Caliornian bill iscredited with lowering oreclo-sure levels by 39.5% rom De-cember 2012 to January 2013,when the bill took eect. 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 protectamilies 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 loanmodication under review.(In some circumstances bankssuch as Wells Fargo and Bank o America asked borrowersto purposeully miss paymentsso that they could qualiy or amodied loan, only to be ore-closed on instead). Basically,this bill codies 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 beenoreclosed 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 dicult 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 conac
- Ashomeowners navigate thesystem and try to keep theirhomes, they are guaranteedto work with a single pointo contact who knows theacts o their case.2.
Ban on dual racking 
-Te banking institution isorbidden rom advanc-ing a oreclosure while thehomeowner is working on aloan modication or whilea loan modication is underreview.3.
Opion or ediaion
-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 renancing.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 eec-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 inxing 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 deeat 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 werebeore 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 lyndelowens@gmail.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 deeat it.
Lyndel Owens
Neighborhood Swap Deails
Please note that LHENA Board and committee meetings are held at Jeerson 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; inrastruc-ture; crime & saety; 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.
Turs., 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 orumor 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
Environmental Committee
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 inormation pleasecontact Molly Maass atmolly.maass@gmail.com.
Upwards o 50 neighborhoodresidents and stakeholdersgathered or the LHENA An-nual Meeting, held on April17 in the Jeerson Commu-nity School caeteria.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.
2013-2014LhENA Boar
Ryan BenderSue Bode (Re-elected)Will BornsteinBill Casey (Re-elected)Burt Con (Re-elected)im Dray Bryan Friess (Re-elected)Daniel Haley (Re-elected)Kyle KilbournLinda McHaleShae Walker (Re-elected)
2013-2014NR Committee
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 willocially take eect 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 reresh-ments at the event:
domino’s PizzaOl CicaoRainbow FoosToppers PizzaTe Wee Co-op
Tanks to all for a great evening! 
LHENA Annual Meeting
 April 17 
LHENA Calendar
Photoby BruceCochran
LHENa b Meme rn bene hnk clne geen he mn e  eve  Nehh cn he L Hll E Nehh an.
5th Precinct Open House
Tuesday, May 14, 5-7pm
Minneapolis Police 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave., 612.673.5705www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police
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. Rereshments will be available. Inormation, 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.
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By Harvey Ettinger 
In April 2011, the Citizens JointReview Committee or the Lakeo the Isles Renovation Project,(2001-2009), submitted a com-prehensive report to the Min-neapolis Parks and RecreationBoard reviewing this projectincluding specic recommen-dations to address needed re-medial work and maintenanceconcerns. With the continuingdeterioration at Lake o the Islesduring the ensuing period, theCommittee approached Park Board Commissioner, Anitaabb, or assistance in obtain-ing support rom Park Boardsta. Last all, Commissionerabb met directly with LisaBeck, Director o Park BoardOperations and made a site visit to the lake to review thesituation. Following additionaldiscussion with Commissionerabb and MPRB sta, Ms. Beck involved Marcia Holmberg,Natural Resources Coordina-tor, to investigate the Commit-tee’s concerns and dra a longterm vegetation maintenanceplan that would ocus primar-ily on:(a) Poor quality o parklandtur (b) all shoreline plantings ob-scuring open views to thelake (including extensiveovergrowth o cottonwoodsalong the south shore o Lake o the Isles and Ke-nilworth Lagoon)(c) Maintenance o ornamentalshrub beds around the lakeTe Committee met withCommissioner abb and MsHolmberg on March 11, 2013at which time a comprehen-sive plan was presented to ad-dress the issues discuss above.Committee members were im-pressed with Ms. Holmberg’sextensive knowledge and ex-perience with park vegetationand her proposal which woulddirect crews to initiate sub-stantial cutting o tall shorelineplantings around the entirelake, including extreme over-growth on the south shore, tobegin sometime in April. Un-like the mechanized rotary cut-ter that has been used in recentyears which resulted in theshredding o shoreline plantsand tur, Civilian Conserva-tion Corp crews will perormthis work using both hand andsmall electric cutters. Becauseo the scale and complexity o this process, work will likely not be completed until the Fall.As part o their review o prob-lems with parkland tur, theCommittee reerred Ms Hol-mgren to Sam Bauer, Univer-sity o Minnesota HorticulturalDepartment o Soil Services inAndover, who expressed seri-ous interest in working with theMPRB as a “Joint” partner todevelop an eective, long rangetur renovation plan using stu-dent and U. o M. sta. Ms Hol-mgren indicated that she hadrecently spoken with Mr. Bauerregarding such a possibility.Regarding the status o the or-namental shrub beds, Ms. Hol-mgren conrmed to the Com-mittee that an inventory hasbeen taken o all o the plant-ings in each bed and an ongo-ing maintenance plan will beput in place this Spring. How-ever, due to costly maintenancerequirements, sta is consid-ering possible elimination o several beds which would allow them to maintain remainingplantings at a higher level. TeMPRB would like community input to determine whether thenumber o beds should be ed-ited or whether the community was interested in developingan ongoing volunteer group toassist in the shrub bed mainte-nance.In conclusion, the Committeerequested that Ms. Holmgrenorward a more detailed sum-mary o her plan or publica-tion in upcoming neighbor-hood newspapers.
Please direct comments/ques-tions to Harvey Ettinger at hgetting@aol.com. Te ull Committee report and Ms Hol-mgren’s specifc shoreline reno-vation plans can be viewed at www.eastisles.org .
Harvey Ettinger lives in the East Isles neighborhood.
By Daniel Haley 
ony Ruggiero, owner o LaSociété du Té, has an en-during long-term love aairwith tea. It started during hisyouth in Boston, a city whereAmerican tea-drinking tradi-tions hold strong. Later in lie,a visit to France “reactivated”Ruggiero’s connection withthe hot, soothing drink. Teseexperiences ultimately led himto establish the original Min-neapolis Salon du Té on 25thStreet and Lyndale Avenuesome seventeen years ago. woyears later, he moved the busi-ness to 2708 Lyndale, romwhere he has become a majorpurveyor o ne teas or cus-tomers both locally and acrossthe Midwest.La Société du Té is not only asupplier, but also a boutique, acaé, and a destination in itsel.Customers can sip samples, or-der tea by cups or the pot, andperuse and purchase loose lea teas. Tere is a dazzling array o choices.During my visit, Ruggiero ex-plained the main tea “amilies,”which include black, green,white, and herbal (or, as theFrench say, tisanes). While wetalked, I was treated to a deli-cious cup o their house spe-cialty tea, a robust and reresh-ing blend o Indian Assam andChinese Yunnan.But that is not all. With anadvance reservation (partieso six or more) Ruggiero andco-manager Bozena Dimantswill also provide a traditionalChinese tea service, Dong Fu,which allows customers toenjoy a sampling o dierentChinese teas. Ruggiero andDimants are eager to educatecustomers about the back-ground o each and every teain the store (normally singly sourced). Tey also sell a rangeo tea accoutrements includingcups, pots, lters and sieves.Te shop’s beautiully carvedChinese, Japanese, and Euro-pean walls, doors and screenscomplement the themes o the teas themselves. Ruggierohas combined these elementsto create “a universal appeal”and to refect his philosophy that tea consumption shouldbe a social and uniying expe-rience. La Société du Té’s en-during popularity and broadcustomer base would suggestthat this is certainly the case.
Daniel Haley serves on theLHENA Z&P Committee,LHENA Board and lives inLowry Hill East.
1902 was a busy year or hous-ing construction throughoutMinneapolis. Te years ol-lowing the great recession andbanking disaster o 1893 saw arebound in real estate specula-tion and a building boom o major signicance. Architectsand local builders were in highdemand. Money was again be-ing spent or ne residences.Businesses were booming aswell. In 1894 two ormer em-ployees o Goodellows Dry Goods joined their dreamsinto a new venture and conceptin merchandising. Fred Youngand Elizabeth Quinlan oresaw a new era in marketing ready made clothing to the moderntwentieth century woman whowas entering the larger work-orce, had money to spend,and was more socially awareo world events. Ready madeclothing reed her rom mak-ing clothing at home or em-ploying a seamstress.
o shop at a store ocusedspecically on women, tobuy the latest ashion trendso Paris and Florence, andto immediately wear cloth-ing that could be bought o a hanger, was a win-win con-cept or both city residentsand the store owners. Initial-ly, in 1894, the small exclu-sive shop was called Fred D.Young & Company and occu-pied one room at the rear o the Vrooman Glove Shop onNicollet Avenue. Middle classmatrons mixed with cash car-rying “Main Street madams”much to the owners dismay that rst eventul day as re-counted later by Ms. Quinlan.But by the end o the day, theshop was cleared o most o its stock causing Fred Youngto telegraph rantically or re-plenishment.
Fred D. Young & Company was so unique a concept or itsday that is was only the secondstore in the United States sellingready-to-wear goods and oer-ing more than just clothing. Intime, it even shared prots withemployees. Young & Company became a shopping destination,putting Minneapolis on the re-tail ashion map.
Realizing his dreams o suc-cess, in 1902 Fred Young hiredlocal builder Charles J. Westonto build a substantial residencein the upscale Lowry Hill Eastneighborhood. Weston was al-ready well known or severalcivic buildings downtown andne residences including the1899 residence o Henry Hahnat 2421 Bryant, and 2016 Girardor A.E. Madison. C. J. Westonwas also building homes nearLake o the Isles, on Pillsbury Avenue, and at 1823 Fremont.
Weston had been born in 1864and raised in Lake City, Min-nesota. He was mostly knownas a pioneer in building homesrom stock or architects plansand selling them on monthly time payments. Tis was aparticularly successul strate-gy aer the 1893 bank ailures.But by 1904 Weston had ledbankruptcy, traded his SmithPremier typewriter or a urlined coat, horse and wagon,and headed to the wilds o Miles City, Montana. Tere,he again established himsel as a prolic builder o publicbuildings including the Greek style Masonic emple, YMCA,hotels, and hospitals, many still standing.
Meanwhile, Fred Young andbrother Burt, the credit man-ager or the boutique store,shared the new home on Col-ax Avenue with several do-mestic servants. Neither manever married. Although thedwelling bears very little evi-dence o its original construc-tion, having survived severalres, and being subdividedinto a rooming house or men,a eeling or its original statureis evident in the other Westonhomes nearby.Te three story scale o both theHahn home and 1823 Fremont,with their grand ront porches,dormers, and side bay windowsprovide a glimpse o what 2316Colax most likely looked like.Te roo line o Colax hadbeen gravely reconstructed a-ter a major re in recent yearsdestroyed much o the upperfoors and attic space.Based on the success o hisunique retail shop and fare orcurrent ashion, it would not beinconceivable that Fred Youngwas also well aware o cur-rent interior design trends. Hemore than likely knew fam-boyant Minneapolis interiordesigner John Scott Bradstreet.Although we cannot be surewithout photos, we can assumethe interior o the Colax housebore some semblance to theperiod Weston interiors o theHenry Hahn home which arewell documented on the Min-nesota History Society website.Unortunately or the Youngbrothers, their enjoyment o their new home was shortlived. Teir mother who wasliving on Bryant Avenue diedin 1903 a year aer the Colaxhouse was built. Brother Bur-ton, age 37, died in December,1906 and Fred himsel died in1911 at the age o 49, willing anestate o over $140,000 to vari-ous relatives and employees.Te contents o the home weregiven to their long time house-keeper, Jenny Snyder. Eliza-beth Quinlan bought out theYoungs’ share o the businessand went on to grow it into oneo the most successul retail ventures in the Midwest.
Te Colax home was sold in1912 to Alred F. Pray, wieand twin daughters. He wasthe owner o a milling supply company and oundry and theamily entertained local soci-ety regularly. By 1923, how-ever, the Prays had convertedit into a duplex and Alred wasselling re insurance or West-ern Adjustment and Inspec-tion Company. In 1934, A. F.Pray was the secretary/trea-surer o Bevier-HarringtonMotor company, a HennepinAvenue dealership which inthe 1920s was noted or sellingthe Hupmobile.
Alred Pray, the son o Otis APray, an early Minnesota pio-neer, was born in St. Cloud,Minnesota in 1863. Althoughhe graduated rom the Penn-sylvania Academy in Phila-delphia, he returned to Min-neapolis and was active in themilling industry. As a membero the masonic lodges o Min-neapolis, he moved up throughthe ‘degrees’ and by 1926 wasthe Grand Master. During hisyear as Grand Master o Lodge19, he laid the cornerstones o many institutions including theMinnesota Masonic Home in1927. He died in May o 1944.
Although some appear re-modeled, are missing originalacades, and bear stock vinylwindows, our historic homescomprise the solid oundationor our community. Tey an-chor not only the core but alsothe outlines o our neighbor-hood. Tey hold the stories o our past. Tey connect us tothe present. Tough it wouldbe grand i every one o themcould nd a loving caretaker torestore them back to the way they were, this may not alwaysbe possible. However, LHENAdoes oer low cost loans andmatching grants to help home-owners and landlords maxi-mize potential. Layers o stuc-co and asbestos siding can bepeeled back. Porches can be re-built. Period style windows canbe added. It just takes lookingbeneath the onion skin layersadded over the years to revealthe nely constructed beauty beneath. 2316 Colax, thoughlooking old and tired can bebrought back to lie. Both 2320and 2316 Colax can once againhold pride o place at 24th andColax.
Kathy Kullberg lives in Lowry Hill East.
I your walls could talk . . .
Tales of Two Neighbors
Part 2: Young–Pray Home: 2316 Colfax Avenue
By Kathy Kullberg, Lowry Hill East Historian
PhotoKathy Kullberg
2421 bn avenue
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La Société du Thé
Lake of the Isles Update
Harvey Ettinger is Chair o both the East Isles Zoning and land Use Committee and the Citizens Joint Review Committee or the Lake o the Isles Renovation Project, consisting o appointed representatives rom the our neighborhoods around the Lake. The Committee was ormed to address serious problems which continued to persist ollowing the eight year, $9 millionRenovation Project, completed in 2009.The Committee spent two years ormulating a comprehensive report discussing these problems,including recommendations and presented it to the Park Board in April 2011. Ater two years,the Park Board has developed some preliminary plans to begin to address some o the primary issues identifed in the Committee Report.
What follows is an update to that report drafted by Ettinger as some of the renovation hasalready begun at Lake of the Isles.
Photoby DanielHaley 
 tn rue hel  ume  L séé u thé.
in the landlls, there are sig-nicant components to wastethat ew o us experience inour daily lives. In the materi-als economy, everything fowsthrough the big picture system,which we mostly don’t see atall. A
that you throw outisn’t just a
going to thelandll. According to “Te Sto-ry o Stu,” or every one trashbin o stu that we throw out,there are seventy 
trash bins o stu that were created in theextensive mining, processing,packaging and shipping that gowith it upstream beore it getsto you as the consumer.
Waste isn’t just what we expe-rience – it’s a gargantuan issuethat is masked by manuactur-ing and distribution systems,and because it’s invisible, wedon’t conceptualize the ull ex-tent o the problem. It impactssocieties and parts o the worldthat are ar removed rom theconsumer, who oen aren’tbenetting rom the item tobegin with. Check out the on-line project “Story o Stu”i you want to delve into thisconcept more. Te landll andincineration components o waste are important, but it iscritical to look at the processby which it gets there, too.
One-stop Swap
Lowry Hill East wants you tohelp impact this system. Bringyour stu to Mueller Park onJune 8 and 9 and come on by or a ree one-stop Swap. It willbe a un weekend in the park.Or, bring a picnic and keepyour eye on what’s out there.
(Swap background inormationcourtesy o ormer LHENA Envi-ronmental Coordinator, RebeccaHarnik.)
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