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August 2005 Uptown Neighborhood News

August 2005 Uptown Neighborhood News

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A New Paper for CARAG and ECCO, Two Major Uptown Projects Moving Forward, and Art Car Parade
A New Paper for CARAG and ECCO, Two Major Uptown Projects Moving Forward, and Art Car Parade

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Un
Neighborhood News
Auu 2005
We are excited to be presentingthis inaugural issue of the
Uptown Neighborhood News
.It has been a labor of love,stamina and hope for a groupof volunteers who have spentthe past 10 months trying toorganize and publish a localneighborhood newspaper.The former local paper, The
 East Calhoun News
, servedthis community for 30-plusyears, but was forced to closedown last October. Manyresidents and businesses in thiscommunity have expressedan interest in having a localpaper, and many have missedthe monthly paper left ontheir doorsteps. So, a group of volunteers from the CARAGand ECCO neighborhoodsgathered last fall to organizea new paper. This first issueis the result of that work. It isproposed that CARAG ownthe paper, and run it jointlywith ECCO through a JointManaging Board. At pub-lication time, CARAG is stillconsidering the proposal.We have high hopes for this tobe a true community newspaper– we want the people who liveand work here to contribute,to read, and to discuss. Weencourage involvement by allmembers of the community.It is our hope to publishinformation that interestsyou. Our mission is to providethoughtful coverage of localnews, combined with fun andengaging stories about thepeople, businesses and issues of these two neighborhoods.The purpose of the newspaper isto inform the community aboutlocal and city issues, perhapsin more detail than you mightfind from other citywide newschannels. We discuss activitiesand proposals of the variouscivic, political, commercial andgovernmental bodies that affectour neighborhoods.We provide a forum fordiscussion, as you will see inour new Opinion Page. Pleasewrite to us with a letter or anessay. We will include all thatwe can fit.We cover the business of thetwo neighborhood groups,ECCO and CARAG. We covertheir meetings and events. Besure to lkeep us informed aboutissues and events you wouldlike to see in the newspaper.We promote the businessesof the area. We offer a placefor businesses to advertise tothe residents. We support ourmerchants and services that areso important to our way of lifehere. And we encourage you topatronize our advertisers.We cover environmental issues,and discuss the ways that manypeople are working hard tosustain our neighborhoods.We cover the arts community.See our Events Calendar, andsend us information aboutevents happening around thearea.You will see many moreexciting things in the months tocome. Get involved if you haveideas. Give us feedback.An enthusiastic group of volunteers has worked veryhard to source story ideas,write stories and columns,take pictures, and manage thedetails of ad sales and printingand bookkeeping. This firstissue has been accomplishedprimarily with volunteer effort.We are seeking help to continuethis momentum. If you have atalent or an interest, join us.We are looking for volunteersto work as reporters, eventscalendar editors, photographers,illustrators and poets. Wewelcome writers for occasional orregular columns, on wine, history,gardening, health, home repair,cooking, interesting people,musings – no idea is too weird.If you collect salt and peppershakers, or make animals outof old phone books, we wantto know about it, and yourneighbors want to read aboutit! Contact us at unneditor@earthlink.net if you havesomething to say.We look forward to hearingfrom you, and you will behearing great things from us.Enjoy this first issue.
– Liza Lawrence 
A New PAPer for CArAG ANd eCCo
Covering the Neighborhoodsof CARAG and ECCO in theUptown AreaInaugural Issue August 2005Volume 1, Number 1
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by Aaron Rubenstein
Planning and developmentissues are heating up inUptown. The Lagoon mixed-use project is proceeding witha modified plan. CalhounSquare is preparing to submitplans to the City for significantrenovation and expansion, andseveral planning initiativesare underway. Enforcementof the city’s 60/40 liquor rulefor restaurants and a mid-riseresidential complex for thenorth side of Lake Calhounwill be addressed in the nextissue of the UNN. It all addsup to a significantly changedface of Uptown.
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The Minneapolis City Councilvoted July 1st to approve plansfor a mixed-use developmentbehind the Lagoon Cinema.The site is currently occupiedby a surface parking lot.The project, proposed bythe Ackerberg Group andFinancial Freedom Realty,consists of a condominiumbuilding, a 6-story officebuilding, an expanded LagoonCinema (nearly doubled insize to 1,550 seats), severalrestaurants, a public plaza,a ped/bike bridge over andconnection to the MidtownGreenway, and 760 parkingspaces, mostly underground.The City Council voted 9-4 toapprove the project but reducedthe height of the condominiumbuilding from 13 to 10 stories(148 feet to 112 feet).It is expected the developerswill revise the approved planto increase its density, inorder to recover lost revenue.The approved 112 feet heightreduces the profit they wouldhave generated from the mostdesired top three stories of the condo building. Possiblerevisions include addingresidential units to the 6-storyoffice building, modifying thelocation of the movie theaters,and adding more commercialspace. Any modifications tothe plan already approvedby the City Council willrequire review and approvalby the Planning Commissionfollowing a public hearing.CARAG voted 16-8 in Aprilto oppose the Lagoon project,primarily due to its height.ECCO also voted to oppose theproject. Area residents in favorof the project said they like thehundreds of jobs that wouldbe brought to Uptown as wellas the numerous amenitiesincluding a public plaza and abridge over, and connection to,the Greenway. Those opposedto the project expressedconcerns about building height,traffic, and air quality.
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two mAJor uPtowN
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PlANNiNG ANd develoPmeNt News
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With the Metris Uptown ArtFair entering its 42nd year, it isan inspiration to consider howfar the event has come. TheFair started as a sidewalk salefor local artists and a visionfor community growth andhas developed into a nationallyacclaimed event, drawingnearly 400,000 art lovers. TheUptown Art Fair is rated 9thin the nation by the Art FairSourcebook out of over 700fairs, and this accomplishmentwas no easy feat. Art Fairsare judged in terms of city,sales, and friendliness of theneighbors, knowledge of volunteers, staff, understandingof fine arts, and other qualities.From budget constraintsto low quality artwork, theUptown Art Fair was at onetime in danger of ending theshow. Fortunately, this neverhappened, and now the Fair hasdeveloped into an outstandinglysuccessful show, proving to beprofitable for the artists, localvendors and community.The Uptown Associationis a community-drivenorganization that producesthe Art Fair. Proceeds fromthe Fair go right back into thecommunity. The generatedrevenue pays for Uptownprojects, extra security officers,sidewalk cleaning, streetlighting, print material for theUptown area, and funding forseasonal events, just to name afew.A sample list of events andactivities this year include MetrisCreates Digital Effects, whichis a gallery of children’s digitalphotography located in CalhounSquare. Imagination Station, alsolocated in Calhoun Square, willhave a Cottonelle Family Sing-A-Long stage, as well as the VolvoPerforming Arts Stage located inthe Old Chicago parking lot. Anexciting element of the fair thisyear is that parking no longerhas to be a concern! Target isproviding the Target Art Hop.It is free transportation withMetro Transit buses between theMetris Uptown Art Fair, LoringPark Art Festival, PowderhornArt Fair, and the Midtown LakeStreet Transit Stop.The Uptown Association andits sponsors are very excitedabout this year’s fair, and weanticipate a successful show.For more information aboutthis year’s Metris UptownArt Fair, please visit www.uptownminneapolis.com or call612-823-4581.
Tanya Longen
Editor’s note: Streets will beclosed from 28th to 31st Streeton Hennepin, and Humboldt toGirard on Lake Street. Metersfrom Humboldt to Girard willbe reserved for handicappedparking, with hoods coveringthe meters.Metro Transit is offering freerides for those who work inthe area during the Art Fair.Transit passes are available. Forinformation call 823-4581.The Art Fair runs from FridayAugust 5th through SundayAugust 7th.Parking restrictions will beginThursday afternoon. Variouscrews will begin setting upequipment, artists, foodvendors and sponsor boothson Thursday from 8:00AMthrough 9:00PM, and thenFriday from 6:00AM (!) untilnoon, when the Fair officiallybegins.
Joyc Unid Mhodis Church
31s and Frmon • Phon 612 823-0537www.JoycChurch.org
The Joyce Food Shelf • The Joyce Nursery School Worship Handicapped Accessible
SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:30 a.m.
Supporting the Neighborhood – Glad for the paper.
Opn Hars Opn Minds Opn Doors
metris uPtowN Art fAir
Karen BernthalRandi BirkB.J. ChristoffersonKyle FokkenBarry HendricksonJudith KinghornDuke KlassenBrita KukichT LeeKangsheng LiuDiane MarshallKelly MarshallErnest MillerSteve NowatzkiKyle OsvogPatrick ParsonsJames RoettgerErik SaulitisAndrew SheaSmith-O'MaraSheryl TuorilaKirsten WalsteadHui Zhang
the followiNG Artists Are from miNNeAPolis
Uptown neighborhood news
Uptown Neighborhood News is a monthly publication produced by volunteers of the ECCO andCARAG neighborhoods. Uptown Neighborhood News covers the news of households withinthe area bounded by Lyndale Ave. S. and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th St W.Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area, along Lake Street, and Lyndale andHennepin Aves. Circulation is 5,100, with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication anddistribution is near the last weekend of every month. The publication is free.Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents.Articles, letters to the editor and stories ideas are welcomed and encouraged. The editor reservesthe right to edit for length, clarity, relevance to the neighborhood, or other reasons. The deadlinefor articles, ads and events listing is the 17th of the month. Editorial and advertising guidelinesare available. Please contact the editor:
emAil:
Unneditor@earthlink.net
editor:
Liza Lawrenceunneditor@earthlink.net
letters
 unneditor@earthlink.net
AdvertisiNG
Mary Ann Knox(612) 822-8533maryannknox@visi.comAds are due by the 17th of each month.
GrAPhiC desiGN & ProduCioN
Kelly Verbrick, Liz Malherekpicturebook(612) 823-3023www.picturebookonline.com
NewsPAPer CirCulAtioN
CARAG: Lewis PetersonECCO Circulation: Bill Boudreau(612) 825-0979
uNN mANAGiNG BoArd
Gary Farland824-6733gfarland@ties2.netKay Nygaard Graham(612) 825-3637kaynygaardgraham@yahoo.comRalph Knox(612) 822-2537rdk@mac.comAnna MatthesAmatthes@citilink.com
miNNeAPolis City CouNCil
Tenth WardDan Niziolek(612) 673-2210Dan.Niziolek@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
Crime PreveNtioN sPeCiAlist:
Tom Thompson(612) 673-2823
5th PreCiNCt sAfe uNit, seCtor 2
3101 Nicollet AveMinneapolis MN 55408
CoNtriButiNG PhotoGrAPhers
Jeff FarnumKay Nygaard GrahamDave PetersonJulie Sandin
CoNtriButiNG writers
Bill BoudreauDan Van EijlThatcher ImbodenTonya LongenJane MillerLara Norkus-CramptonNorman RigerJ Aaron Rubenstein
CArtooN
 Kelly Newcomer
5th PreCiNCt CommuNity AttorNey:
Lisa Godon(612) 673.2005
Uptown Neighborhood News reserves the right to refuse publication of articles or advertisement as it sees fit. But we will see fit to publish mostthings, don’t worry.Copyright © 2005. Uptown Neighborhood News.
AUgUst 2005pAge 2UptowN Neighborhood News
The Calhoun Area ResidentsAction Group (CARAG) meetsthe 3rd Tuesday of each month7PM at Bryant Square Park31st and Bryant.East Calhoun CedarOrganization (ECCO) meetsthe first Thursday of eachmonth 7PM at St. Mary’sChurch, 34th & Irving.
CArAG/eCCo meetiNGs
 
By Thatcher Imboden
Uptown has madeheadlines in the last coupleof months over proposedbuildings in the area. Someneighborhood residentscriticized The AckerbergGroup’s project at theLagoon Theater, specificallybecause of its proposed 13-story tower. Critics said thatUptown needs a plan forits future before approvingprojects that are significantlydifferent than what currentzoning allows. The currentprocess, while not perfect,does allow for intelligentdiscussion and review on aparticular project. Uptowndoes need a plan, however,so that new development canevolve within a frameworkwhich focuses on goals andrewards sound design whileprotecting neighbors.
empasizig gals
Planning should focus ongoals so innovative designis not stymied by a rigidsystem. For example, anUptown Plan could actas an evaluation tool forthe content and impact of development projects.Critical aspects such as jobcreation and urban designwould be considered asimportant as issues of height or traffic. If youvisit Uptown during aweekday morning, you cansee that the few businessesopen at those earlier hoursare struggling to fill emptyseats and aisles. This is asreal a threat to the characterof our neighborhood asa few stories of height orthe location of a door on amovie theatre.
Big pactiv, t activ
If we, as communitymembers, want a seatat the table, we need tomake sure we are going toparticipate in such a waythat demands attention andrespect. Negative attitudesand adversarial behaviorwill limit our credibility inachieving neighborhoodgoals. We need to leave roomfor innovation, and rewarddesigns for developmentsthat consider our suggestionsand concerns important.Just as important, our Planshould not be viewed as
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prescription. Greatideas can come from thosewho are not involved withour Plan— includingdevelopers, architects, cityplanners, other professionals,and informed citizens.While Uptown needs a Plan,development proposals thatchallenge the zoning codecan and should be consideredfor approval. The city’scurrent system allows forvariances and conditionaluse permits so that goodprojects can proceed evenwhen they don't complyfully with "one size fits all"zoning policies. We chooseto live in Uptown because of its vibrancy, its offerings, itslocation, and much more. Agood Uptown Plan will beable to adapt to marketplaceconditions so that progresscan be made on our goals.What good is a plan if thegoals cannot be obtained,or if the "rules" focus onsingle issues? We need to beprogressive, not regressive,and our planning shouldserve the entire community--not just those who want topreserve the status quo.
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By Lara Norkus-Crampton
When I first read about theLagoon project proposal for theparking lot behind the existingLagoon Theater in UptownI, along with many others,thought that the 13-story condopart of the project was tooradical, and would never pass.The success of the surroundingcommunities has been builton a delicate balance of ahuman scaled commercialcore surrounded by reasonablydense neighborhoods, withthe Chain of Lakes onlyblocks away. Uptown is in aPedestrian Overlay Districtlimiting building height to 4stories. Why would anyone incity hall want to mess with thiswinning combination? Eventhe Minneapolis Plan states thatnew developments should fit inwith the existing character of the area.The East Calhoun and CARAG(Calhoun Area ResidentsAction Group) neighborhoodboards voted to oppose theproject as proposed. TheLHENA (Lowry Hill EastNeighborhood Association)board voted to supportthe project with pages of reservations and conditions,and East Isles voted to "supportLHENA." This certainly didnot appear to be a ringingendorsement of this project!In the meantime our ownCouncil Member Dan Niziolekworked tirelessly to push thisproject through, regardless of the controversy the proposalraised among the citizens in hisward.The City Planning Commission(an appointed body), disregardingthe existing zoning, scale, and thecity planning staff’s recommendationthat the height should go no higherthan 6-8 stories, passed the 13 storyproposal. I was one of the peoplewho appealed that decision to theCity Council. We supported thestaff recommendation, but stressedthat 6 stories would obviouslyfit in better with the existingscale.We filed our appeal with theCity Council’s Zoning andPlanning Committee and theydid vote to uphold our appeal,saying that the project was justtoo tall and out of character forUptown. CM Niziolek was theonly member of the committeeto vote against us.The Greenway Coalition (aprivate organization) testifiedseveral times in support of theproject height, which includeda pedestrian bridge over theGreenway, connecting theLHENA neighborhood to thedevelopment, and a platformfor a future light rail/trolley.These are great amenities toenhance the Greenway, butthey weren’t enough to makea 13-story building moreappropriate for Uptown.In the end, the full CityCouncil approved a numericalcompromise of 10 stories for thecondo, setting a new precedentfor what is acceptable inUptown. There were manythoughtful remarks fromCouncil Members opposing thisbreak with existing zoning andcharacter. Council PresidentOstrow stated that zoning wasa compact with the citizens andshould set clear standards. CMGoodman stated that this was aclear case of development anda developer driving planning.Mayor Rybak stated Uptownis not downtown and thisdifference should be respected.CM Zerby suggested they justvote it down and ask for a moreappropriate proposal.Growth and density canand should happen withoutchanging the scale andcharacter of Uptown. CMNiziolek and other supportersspoke eloquently of thebenefits of increasing densityin Uptown. It is ironic that thisparticular project, as approved,is now 250% of the zoning forheight and only 70% of theallowable density. There have beenmany questions raised regardingthe existing infrastructure,especially transportation. Theseupgrades are needed to supportnot only this project, but forfuture development in the area,ensuring that the livability weall value is not degraded. Thisis what zoning and planning issupposed to sort out, but failedto do. To address this, we needa Master Plan for Uptown.Most importantly, we neednew, accountable, leadershipfor our ward.
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