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March 2013

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 6-8:30pm at Jefferson
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Lowry HiLL East NEigHborHood associatioN NEwspapEr

“Where every story has three sides”


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Candidate Forums Ahead
French takes time out from managing verses.
First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue

Tuesday, March 12, 7-8pm

All Issue Forum

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Rhyme Sayer
Wedge Resident hosts World Championship Poety Slam, March 6-9
Cynthia French is a writer and spoken word artist living in Lowry Hill East.  She has been involved with the poetry slam community for 15 years as a performer, organizer and teacher. This spring marks the 12th year that Cynthia will be hosting an annual poetry slam at the College of St. Benedict’s (April 11) and the 7th year she’s worked with the School of Environmental Studies and Caponi Art Park for the annual Poets in the Park Teen Poetry Slam (May 5).  She has taught writing, poetry and performance residencies in local schools as an independent artist as well as with area arts organizations such as ArtiCulture and Intermedia Arts.   “My career as a spoken word artist began because of SlamMN!,” says French, who attended her first poetry slam at Kieran’s Irish Pub back in 1998, at the encouragement of a friend. French returned the following month with her own

This event is co-sponsored by the the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis and the Southwest Journal. The Forum will include incumbent City Council member Meg Tuthill, Lisa Bender, Ken Bradley, Kendal Killian. Nate Griggs will not attend due to military duty in Afghanistan.

Thursday, March 28, 7-8:30pm
Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Avenue

Forum on Environment

The forum will be moderated by the Minneapolis League of Women Voters, and co-sponsored by the CARAG and East Calhoun neighborhood Green Teams, East Harriet neighborhood Parks, Environment & Schools Committee, LHENA Environment Committee and the Whittier Alliance. Participating 10th Ward candidates in this forum will be Lisa Bender, Ken Bradley, Nate Griggs (who will be home on leave from military service), Kendal Killian, and current 10th Ward Council Member Meg Tuthill. Candidates will respond to questions regarding environmental issues and climate change in Minneapolis, submitted by the co-sponsors and members of the audience.

Print Profs at Highpoint 7


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Profiles in Leadership
Seeking your vote in the 10th Ward
(See page 5 for our second installment)

LHENA Board Waits for Density
Board votes down French Meadow lot rezoning

Photo by Bruce Cochran

French Meadow is interested in using this vacant lot (at left), on the southeast corner of 26th st. and Lyndale ave., as a temporary parking lot for three years.

French Meadow, 2610 Lyndale Avenue, has proposed a 36-space interim parking lot on the former Rex Hardware site, 2601-07 Lyndale.

French Meadow is seeking additional parking because they would like to open an event “room” in the building next door to the CC Club

which was formerly part of their commercial bakery, but is now unused. It would have a 30-50 person capacity, which requires 12-15 park-

ing spaces (per City requirement). They originally proposed a larger capacity event space which would have required 35 parking spaces, but decided not to pursue it because they would not have had sufficient parking during the transition/construction on the Rex site from an interim parking lot to future new development.  With the smaller capacity and parking requirement, they can use valet parking during the transition time. They are not


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Nightingale (Come for the food... stay for the... food) 9

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City Should Allow Self Managed Special Service Districts
By Thatcher Imboden When it snows, the sidewalks throughout many business districts in Minneapolis are cleared of snow. Those trash cans on the sidewalks in Uptown are dumped out regularly. The trees get adorned with holiday lights and sometimes there may be baskets with flowers hanging from the light poles. Who do you have to thank for that? In Uptown, the Lowry Hill District, and Lyn-Lake, you can thank their respective Special Service Districts (SSDs). These districts (similar but different to Business Improvement Districts) are geographic areas that requested that the City add additional tax assessments on the commercial properties within the district to pay for extra quasi-public services, like snow clearance and removal, trash receptacle pick up, holiday decorations, streetscape improvements, sidewalk scrubbing, extra security, or other “clean and safe” services. Currently, there is an advisory board that recommends a budget to the City, the City adopts the budget and collects the funds, and procures and manages contracts to provide the services. The only exception to this is the Downtown Improvement District (DID), which self manages the procurement and management of the services (the City holds a contract with the DID).


Neighborhood Association Newspaper
The Wedge is a monthly publication of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA). Distribution is free to residents and businesses of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood. Mailed subscriptions are $20 per year. The Wedge newspaper exists to address neighborhood events, issues, and causes, while providing a public forum for the community to share information and ideas and to voice individual opinions and concerns within the Lowry Hill East neighborhood.

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

LHENA Calendar
hood. A good fit for anyone interested in city planning, architecture, and transportation. Please note that LHENA Board and committee meetings are held at Jefferson Community School, 1200 26th Street, in the Media Center, Room 204, unless otherwise indicated.

Thurs., Mar. 14, 6:30pm

LHENA Branding Committee The Branding Committee meets the second Thursday of each month and is tasked with redesigning LHENA’s logo and brand.

Save the Date! LHENA Annual Meeting

Mon., Mar. 6, 7pm

Photo by Thatcher Imboden

The Problem
Minneapolis business districts struggle to provide cost-effective, responsive district services, like snow removal from

Electrical conduit breaks as Uptown’s infrastructure ages. could a local management organization better keep tabs, fund, and advocate for infrastructure in Uptown versus the city managing it?

sidewalks, holiday lighting, graffiti removal and more.

The Solution
The City should allow business districts to have the option to self-manage the services provided to the City for three primary reasons: 1. Local management can be more responsive than the current city managed system 2. Local management can be more cost effective 3. Local management can provide better financial transparency and budgeting

and managing a district with a budget of $100,000 give or take (0.01% of the City’s budget) is not going to be as nimble as the locals would like. Others see the opportunity of self-management as a way to find more cost effective ways to deliver the services. Currently, the City requires all contractors completing the work to pay a prevailing wage. That is a high cost in the eyes of many district members. They’d like to be able to hire a college student to scrub the graffiti off of the traffic light. Some businesses would like the opportunity to hire other local businesses and not businesses from other cities or from outside of the district. One complaint about the current city managed system is that it isn’t easy to know when the actual costs are exceeding the budget and that variance often isn’t absorbed for two years due to the city’s financial reporting system. An example: • August 2011: Uptown SSD sets 2012 budget • 2012: Actual expenses incurred • August 2012: Uptown SSD sets 2013 budget • March 2013: Uptown SSD receives 2012 accounting data • August 2013: Uptown SSD sets 2014 budget and includes any overages that need to be paid back to City from 2012 overages.

Stories, opinions, letters, photographs, and drawings are always welcome. Email weg612@hotmail.com for assignments or to share your ideas. The deadline for submitting items is the 17th of the month prior to publication. The display ad deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. Editor Bruce Cochran weg612@hotmail.com Office Administrator Caroline Griepentrog lhena@thewedge.org Advertising Representatives Susan Hagler: 612.825.7780 susanhagler13@gmail.com Harry Savage: 612.799.1523 HarrySavageSpeaks@gmail.com Kelly Newcomer: 612.804.7302 kellydeenewcomer@gmail.com Wedge Committee Chair Linda McHale: 612.823.1270 denimdogs@comcast.net Layout & Illustration Kelly Newcomer kelly@kellynewcomer.com Regular Contributors: Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Caroline Griepentrog, Thatcher Imboden, Kathy Kullberg, Beth Marsh The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of LHENA or its board members. The Wedge reserves the right to exercise discretion in publishing any material submitted and further reserves the right to refuse any advertisement. Questions about The Wedge may be directed to the editor or to The Wedge committee chair. ©2013 LHENA, all rights reserved. LHENA 1200 West 26th St. Minneapolis, MN 55405, 612.377.5023 lhena@thewedge.org

LHENA Neighborhood Revitalization Committee The Neighborhood Revitalization Committee regularly meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. This committee focuses on implementing the LHENA Neighborhood Revitalization Program Phase II Action Plan and other revitalization strategies. The plan is divided into sections: housing; infrastructure; crime & safety; and youth, arts & commerce. Members serve on a volunteer basis and are elected to one-year terms at the annual meeting in April.

Wed., Mar. 20, 6:30pm

LHENA Board of Directors The LHENA Board of Directors regularly meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. LHENA’s mission is to represent the interests and values of Lowry Hill East residents, property and business owners to the larger community and government. The LHENA Board makes neighborhood building and land use recommendations to the City, maintains financial oversight of the organization, publishes the Wedge newspaper, organizes neighborhood social events, and serves as a forum for neighborhood concerns. Members serve on a volunteer basis and are elected to twoyear terms at the annual meeting in April.

Wed., April 17, 6-8:30pm
gather with neighbors for music and food, run for and elect members to the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood association (LHENa) board of directors and Nrp committee, learn about fun volunteer opportunities, neighborhood activities, and more. refreshments provided by local restaurants. the annual meeting is held at Jefferson community school, 1200 west 26th street, Minneapolis in the lower level cafeteria. Visit www.thewedge.org for more details or find us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/thewedgeNeighborhood.

Advertising in the Wedge
Wedge residents respect and support businesses who support the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association
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Susan Hagler susanhagler13@gmail.com Email(612) 825-7780 Contact and ad to: Harry Savage Susan Hagler harrysavagespeaks@gmail.com (612) 799-1523 (612) 825-7780 susanhagler@earthlink.net Kelly Newcomer kellydeenewcomer@gmail.com (612) 804-7302

Wed., Mar. 13, 6:30pm

LHENA Zoning and Planning (Z&P) Committee The Z&P Committee regularly meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. This committee reviews any project, development, or zoning request in the neighbor-

Wed., Mar. 27, 7pm

Environmental Committee The Environmental Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month and focuses on activities related to sustainability.  The committee also collaborates with surrounding neighborhood associations to reduce waste in Uptown.

The Background
Until a little over a year ago, over 20 special service districts in Minneapolis were managed by a bridge engineer in the City’s Public Works division. With what amounted to a part-time staff person managing a large amount of districts, some districts felt that they were not receiving the level of service that they would have liked. This frustration along with other factors combined to have a new full-time staff person come in and manage all of the districts. But still, with multiple districts varying in geographic and financial size, some require more attention than others. In some cases, there are districts that just want the local control and don’t want the City to manage it because the City is a billion dollar enterprise

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Profiles In Leadership

Seeking your vote in the 10th Ward

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The Wedge has launched a candidate series for 10th Ward candidates. Every month candidates will have the opportunity to provide you with their argument for support in the November election. Our second month’s submissions come from Lisa Bender and Ken Bradley. Other candidates will follow in alphabetical order.


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his April, neighbors from across our community will gather at the DFL convention to endorse a candidate for the Ward 10 City Council seat. I’m running for City Council because I love our community and I can’t stop thinking about how to make it an even a better place. Too often I’ve seen progress halted by our current leadership saying no to good ideas, from stopping a new plaza outside a neighborhood business, to restricting market gardens, to resisting the Open Streets events that so many people enjoyed. Often these initial “no” reactions can be overcome with strong community organizing, but we shouldn’t have to fight so hard for things that so many people want. Instead, with more open-minded leadership, we could spend our energy working together to support positive, progressive change.


am running for the 10th Ward City Council seat because I believe I can create the partnerships necessary to ensure Minneapolis is a leader at reducing global warming pollution while growing an economy that is clean, unique, sustainable, and rich with opportunities for all our residents. I’m a father, a husband, an energy and environmental organizer by trade, and an advocate for providing financial assistance for low-income college students. I will provide fair, open, progressive leadership by listening to the concerns and expertise of the people in our diverse neighborhoods, ensuring transparency in the decision-making process, and being a voice for the under-represented.

Lisa bender

Ken bradley

Our community could be even healthier. As a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed when I was just 32 years old and 12 weeks pregnant with our daughter, this issue is deeply personal. I have become a strong advocate for preventative health, research and access to health care. I will work for our community to be the healthiest place to live in the country by making healthy choices easy. This means making it safe and fun to walk and bicycle and supporting policies that make it easier to access fresh and healthy foods.

Global warming is our biggest debt
There is no bigger single government debt being left to our generation’s children than global warming. Our dependence on fossil fuels affects every part of our daily lives here at home, and it will only be solved with the combined efforts of individuals, businesses, and federal, state, and local governments. Twelve of the past fifteen years have been the hottest on record. We already feel the impact of expanding droughts across the Midwest. Our response to this crisis has been too slow and our policies too timid. The change we are seeking has to come from within our community, because global IS local when it comes to the well-being of our residents.

I ask for your support because I will provide the kind of innovative and collaborative leadership we need in Ward 10. As a city planner and advocate for safer streets I’ve worked for over a decade to make cities more sustainable, equitable and healthy. I look forward to drawing on this experience and passion for community service to serve Ward 10. We live in a special place. That’s why my husband, Ryan, and I bought our home in Lowry Hill East when we were ready to start a family. We can’t think of a better place to raise our daughter Alice, who turns two this month. We love living in a vibrant and diverse community where we can walk to the grocery store, bicycle to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or Lake Calhoun, and eat and shop at local businesses. The neighborhoods of the new Ward 10 are growing and changing, and we have a critical opportunity to make things even better than they are today. We need to do a better job of actively pursuing improvements in our community, instead of just reacting to change. With the kind of forward-looking, collaborative and positive leadership I will provide, I invite you to imagine what is possible.

tiful city is to take cues from the same generic and inefficient development mindset that did such a disservice to many of our suburbs. Our quirkiness and our local, sustainable focus are what make Minneapolis a city worth protecting. That’s why I will ensure that development reflects the character of our neighborhoods. I will • champion the protection of our historic buildings. • create a more transparent and proactive approach to development. This starts with ensuring projects provide the greatest community benefits by encouraging feedback and participation from all stakeholders. • advocate for the highest energy efficiency standards in our buildings.

Our community could better support our schools. Like many parents of young children, I chose to live in a diverse urban neighborhood and I want to send my daughter to a thriving neighborhood school. I will work closely in partnership with the Minneapolis School Board to make this a reality, ensure we provide a great education to our kids and close the achievement gap.

Reducing our dependence on polluting energy
Minneapolis spends hundreds of millions of dollars importing dirty energy every year. I will be a champion for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by supporting energy efficiency and local renewables. • I strongly support the Minneapolis Energy Options’ campaign to give our city the power to directly negotiate for clean, local, affordable energy. • Minneapolis needs to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Whatever small financial gains we might reap from oil and coal now will be repaid many times over in the future.

Supporting Entrepreneurs & New Technologies
As chair of the Solar Works for Minnesota Coalition I understand the importance of supporting entrepreneurs, new technologies and emerging businesses. I will work with others to develop a proactive approach for recruiting new industries that will shape our city for generations to come, by • creating Minneapolis’ Innovators and Entrepreneurs Contest. • developing Entrepreneur Centers to help trailblazers bring new products to the marketplace. • making Minneapolis a hub for developing the clean energy technologies of the future.

Economic Opportunity
A connected, healthy and educated population welcomes economic opportunity. I will turn that opportunity into smart economic growth by working in partnership with businesses to cut red tape and attract new jobs right here, close to where people live.

Our community should be better connected. We’re adding thousands of new residents and we should be improving our transportation system to reduce congestion and keep people moving. We need to improve transit access to downtown, reopen Nicollet Avenue, and connect people to the new Southwest Light Rail line. We should build upon the Midtown Greenway and develop a network of accessible sidewalks and protected bikeways for everyone. I know from experience this won’t happen without political leadership and that is what I will provide.

I’ve seen the need for stronger political leadership firsthand during my thousands of hours of volunteer work to make our streets safer for bicycling. Several years ago, I helped start the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and together we have advocated for numerous safety improvements and policy changes to open up bicycling to people of all ages and abilities. This work isn’t just about transportation. Cities across the country are recogniz-

Preserving our neighborhoods
As a child in the 1970s I remember my father driving us down Nicollet Ave toward Lake Street and grumbling, “Who would ruin a perfectly good road by building a store in the middle of it? Someone should drive a bulldozer through that thing.” My father’s feelings then about what is now the Kmart building remain the sentiment of this community today. The worst thing we can do to this beau-

Partnering with Schools
Through my work serving on Minneapolis Community & Technical College’s Foundation Board I have seen firsthand how inequality in housing, jobs, and transportation puts a terrible burden on children that weighs them down socially and academically. This contributes to an educational

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See BRADLEY page 10

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POET from page 1
poems, and, as she puts it, “completely tanked,” getting one of the lowest scores at the event. “I tried to write poems that I thought would win,” French says, “but I didn’t give up. I came back the next month with new poems in my own voice and made it all the way to the last round of the slam. Then I was hooked.”

For the first time, the Women of the World Poetry Slam will hold its annual championship tournament in Minneapolis. In the largest gathering of women slam poets, 80 world-class competitors will vie for three nights (March 6-8) and the top 12 will advance to the final round (March 9).

Women of the World Championship Poetry Slam March 6-9
Kieran’s Irish Pub, 601 N. First Ave. Institute of Production and Recording,300 N. First Ave. Aria at Jeune Lune, 105 N. First St. Tickets are $5 to $25 (Festival passes $40-50). Preliminary tickets available at the door; Finals and festival passes available online at www.wow.poetryslam.com.

‘Those Who Teach, Do’ in Print Profs at Highpoint

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SooVAC Examines Time and White Space
By Vanessa Ardolino
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Wedge Arts Reviewer The two shows currently up at Soo Visual Arts Center (SooVAC) approach art from two different standpoints. “Fluctuating Capacity,” offers it up almost as a byproduct of scientific research into the nature of time. The other exhibit, “Enough,” places the intentional precision of art at the forefront. I found it helpful to wander back and forth between the two exhibits, enjoying how one’s use of patterns helped reveal further layers of passion in the other. The artist behind “Fluctuating Capacity,” the neo-Victorian salon/work-space that covers the floor, walls and ceiling of the front gallery, is Adam Hamilton. He is a MFA student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His talents extend beyond a single realm of artistic creativity, as demonstrated in the multiple installations crowded into the room. Upon entering SooVAC, most

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March Calendar of Events
1 No School 1 Conferences 8:30am4:30pm 4 PTO morning coffee 9:45-10:45, Room 118 4 Site Council 5pm, Media Center 4 CPEO 6-8:30pm, Jefferson 8 Plant Sale Orders Due

“slag and bloom” by stephanie Hunder, sara downing and Elizabeth Jacobson.

By Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Wedge Arts Reviewer High school students interested in pursuing the arts at college may find particular value in the current show at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, “Print Profs: Recent Work by MN Faculty.” The center invited 17 printmaking faculty members from 14 Minnesota colleges to present their work. Prospective students can take note of the artists whose works seem to resonate with them and maybe it will help them decide where to send their college applications. From “traditional” screenprints of tree branches to lipstick kisses on paper, the range of creativity expressed by the artists is as individual as the schools they work for. Lynn Bollman, of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, submitted “HAZ MAT” to the show. It is a large

box, covered in shrink wrap and plastered with text that appears to be shipping requirements and “hazard” symbols. Concordia College’s Stephanie Hunder joined forces with Sara Downing and Elizabeth Jacobson, to create the fivepanel, “Slag and Bloom.” On similar backgrounds of tan and brown, the screenprints seem to be drifting just under the surface of a puddle. I could see bone-like tracings and messy viscera as well as the outlines of acoustic guitars and vines that looked like tire tracks. “Passage” by Fred Hagstrom of Carleton College provided a haunting look at the ordeals of slavery – the crowded ships, the blood, the shackles. Macalester College’s Ruthann Godollei’s screenprint, “Self-Absorbed” provided a breath of humor to the exhibit. A used and rumpled teabag floats on a black background

with the word “Dregs.” Its tag says “None for You.” That sentiment certainly should not be applied to the whole show. With so many different perspectives on display, there is definitely a style or voice for everyone. Students, take out your pencils and take notes. “Print Profs” runs through April 6. Highpoint is located at 912 Lake Street. For more information visit www.highpointprintmaking.org or call 612.871.1326.

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will be drawn to the large contraption to the left of the door. Set on wooden beams, a meditation mat and pillow sit before an altar with a singing bowl. It faces a circle painted on the wall with a cord attached to its center. This cord is strung up with a bird cage and bell hanging from the other end. These are suspended over a hand grenade. Everywhere you turn, there are more things to look at. Gray-toned paintings hang on the walls as well, along with an

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Come to shop and dine at Calhoun Square! Starting at 5 pm, receive shopping discounts and access to personal shoppers at your favorite stores. Indulge in restaurant specials and get reduced parking at the Calhoun Square Parking Ramp! Visit our website or Facebook page for this month’s participants and sponsors. At the corner of life and style, we are Uptown.

UpZone Nutrition is now open at across from La Fitness. owner and fitness coach bryan Foss, pictured above can offer customers a variety of healthy daily breakfast shakes, as well as personalized nutrition plans for weight loss/gain, digestive health, energy and fitness. the wellness coaching includes free public Fit clubs which involve a workout with a group of individuals who are looking to have fun and surround themselves with like minded people to get healthy. For more info call 763.242.0847 or see www.goherbalife.com/bryan24fit.

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Fringe Fest’s ‘Best Drama’ returns to Wedge’s Theatre Garage
Actors Catherine Johnson Justice and Steve Sweere return to their roles of Carol and T. Eugene (Cotton) Thompson in this expanded retelling of Carol’s brutal murder, which took place in her Highland Park home, March 6, 1963. Performances are at 7:30 pm, on February 28, March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and at 1 pm, on Sundays, March 3 and 10. Suggested donation is $15. Minneapolis Theatre Garage is located at 711 Franklin Avenue. For more information call 612.870.0723.

Getting You Moving
Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis Update
By David Greene, LHENA Community Advisory Committee representative Hello neighbors. My name is David Greene and I have been appointed to the Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis study Community Advisory Committee to represent the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood. I will be contributing regular articles to the Wedge to keep all of us up-to-date on transit-related happenings in the Midtown Corridor. The Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis is an initiative led by Metro Transit that will examine improved transit options on either Lake Street or in the Midtown Greenway trench from the future Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) West Lake station on the west end to the Lake Street/Midtown Hiawatha LRT station on the east end. Metro Transit identified the corridor as a priority for transit service improvement as part of a larger regional effort to greatly improve our metro area transit system. The corridor will be an important connector between two significant regional transit investments: the existing Hiawatha LRT (now renamed the Blue Line) and the proposed Southwest LRT, an extension of the Central Corridor/Green Line LRT from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. This is an important feature of the project as it will provide improved connections for those living near the corridor to get to jobs in the suburban employment centers of Bloomington and the southwest suburbs. In addition, the Midtown Corridor will continue to provide service within the corridor itself, supporting access to businesses and services up and down Lake Street. It will also provide better service for visitors to the Uptown area, potentially reducing traffic and parking congestion. The alternatives analysis is one of the early steps to creating improved transit service. This study will look at two possible alignments for the improved service: Lake Street or the Midtown Greenway trench. It will look at four possible modes: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in a dedicated right-of-way, “arterial” BRT in mixed traffic with signal priority and other enhancements to provide improved travel times, Light Rail Transit (LRT) and a modern streetcar. Each of these alignments and modes has advantages and disadvantages and it is the responsibility of Metro Transit staff to sift through these tradeoffs. Metro Transit will take input from the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and other advisory committees to come to a decision on mode and alignment. Typically the CAC and similar advisory committees continue meeting after the alternatives analysis is completed to help guide design and implementation of the project. While the CAC is not itself a decision-making body, it provides important information and feedback to staff and elected officials to aid in their decision-making. It is our gateway into the process for this project. We held our first meeting on Tuesday, February 19. Representatives from most of the neighborhoods along the corridor were there along with representatives from various businesses and non-profits. I was very encouraged by the wide variety of participants and the unique experiences each one brings to the table. Members have some specific goals they would like the project to achieve but are very open to seeing what the studies will tell us about how best to accomplish those goals. In response to a question about the Greenway, project staff emphasized that none of the proposed options will disrupt the existing biking and walking path in the Greenway trench. Everyone at the meeting shared the goal of providing an integrated service that will enhance the existing bike/ walk infrastructure already in place. Some other key goals identified by committee members are: • Get communities of color, immigrants and other traditionally underrepresented groups deeply involved in the process • Ensure smooth interfacing to other transit service to get people to and from areas outside the corridor • Provide good connections to Lake Street businesses (this will be particularly important if a Greenway alignment is chosen) • Ensure accessibility to those with physical challenges The LHENA board and I want to engage all neighborhood residents as much as possible

Nightingale Restaurant


2551 Lyndale Avenue nightingalempls.com 612.354.7060


Photo and story by Beth Marsh, Wedge Restaurant Reviewer booths, and a small bar. The background music was a pleasantly eclectic mix of artists such as Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder and Billie Holiday. The décor and music reminded me of restaurants I patronized in the 70s. As we viewed the limited food menu, we began the meal with a snack of ultra-crispy onion rings served with slyly spicy house-made ancho ketchup. From the plate menu, I ordered the tender smoked pork, which sat atop a creamy rectangle-shaped grit cake and was decorated with a smattering of sweet red peppers. If only my own home-cooked pork roast or pulled pork could achieve the moistness of Nightingale’s smoked pork, which was without a hint of greasiness. My companion’s selection of calamari with salsa verde and cherry tomatoes was also tasty, but the calamari was a little too rubbery. Three deserts are offered on the Sweets menu, and we ended our meal by sharing the seasalt-lined, fudgy Pot de Crème and the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. The pot de crème was run-of-the-mill, but the panna cotta was outstandingly cheesy and cool, refreshingly topped with chopped pink grapefruit, and layered over citrusy gelatin. The menu features several seafood dishes, including scallops and oysters. Although few vegetarian dishes are on the menu, the server assured us that most of the dishes could be made vegetarian on request. Food is locally sourced, when possible. The drink menu lists a wide array of beers, including some


Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota “Crime of the Century” that inspired the play, “Carol and Cotton” is back on stage after winning praise

from audiences over the summer. This show, written and directed by James Vculek, won “Best Drama” in the 2012 Fringe Festival.

y companion and I entered Nightingale on a Friday evening to find that only a few patrons were sitting at the bar. Although the tables and generously-sized booths were empty, the server asked whether we had a reservation and then had to consult a reservation list to see whether we could be seated at one of the tables. The rather cold and impersonal server emphasized the importance of calling ahead to make a reservation, but after a brief wait, although there were few patrons, we were seated at a comfortable table.

Tuesday-Sunday: 4pm-2am


Plates: $5-$12 Sweets: $6.50 Cocktails: $8 Beer on tap: $3-$7 Bottled beer: $5-$18 Beer in can: $3-$6 Wines and Bubblies: glass - $7$10; bottle - $28-$75

Free on Lyndale Avenue South

Happy Hour


Snacks: $5-$12 Bruschetta: $6-$7.50

(4pm–6pm and 11pm-1am) Several $3 rail drinks, several $2.50-$3 beers, several $5/glass and $20/bottle wines, and several $4-$10 snacks

Minnesota-brewed favorites. Most of the wines available are imported, and the tempting cocktails include some interesting flavor combinations. Service was prompt and efficient, but totally lacking enthusiasm or warmth. Although the service needs improvement, the food and ambiance are worth the visit. Make plans and reservations for a pleasant evening meal, or drop in for drinks and snacks during Happy Hour. Either way, Nightingale provides

a sweet “melody” of flavors and thoughtfully prepared cuisine for its guests. Beth Marsh is a longtime resident and fan of South Minneapolis. During off-hours from her proofreading and copy-editing day job for an advertising agency, she enjoys movies and creative writing, and she is in the process of illustrating her children’s book.

Red’s Reviews in a Nutshell
By Wendy Schadewald Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)

Nightingale opened in October 2012, and the owner’s aim was to make it a neighborhood food and cocktail lounge. The walls are brick, the floors are wood, and ample seating is provided by tables, large banquette-type

PARKING LOT from page 1
planning to use valet parking right now because they can only secure agreements for shared parking (at the SOO gallery and a nearby veterinarian’s office) in the evening, and they would like to offer the event space during the day for meetings, etc.  The parking lot sites will need to be rezoned to C4, due to parallel zoning regulations requiring the zoning classification of parking lot to match that of the business using the lot. Some Wedge residents have had some concern over the various uses allowed within a C4 district, and question as to whether rezoning the lot rewards the current property owner by adding value to land they have neglected over the past few years. The lot may only operate as interim parking for a maximum of five years per City code, and French Meadow has agreed to limit it to three years as requested by the Whittier Alliance. The application was approved by the Whittier Alliance Community Issues Committee with a 10-8 vote in favor, with the conditions that permeable pavers be used, landscape increased, and the three year limit imposed. The application still needs to go through the Whittier Alliance Board,

“Jack the Giant Slayer” (PG-13) (3)
[Intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images, and brief language.] — After a farmer (Nicholas Hoult) is given a pouch of magic beans by a monk (Simon Lowe) to safeguard with a warning not to get them wet and one of the beans accidentally grows into a giant bean stalk in the middle of his uncle’s (Christopher Fairbank) house with the beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) trapped inside in this entertaining, family-friendly, action-packed, star-dotted (Bill Nighy and Warwick Davis), 3D fantasy film based on the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” the knife-wielding, smitten farmer volunteers to join the princess’ power-hungry fiancé (Stanley Tucci) and a military leader (Ewan McGregor) with a few soldiers to rescue the daughter of the king (Ian McShane) when she is captured by a land of revengeful giants (Eddie Marsan, Andrew Brooke, Cornell John, Ben Daniels, Angus Barnett, Philip Philmar, et al.) high in the sky.

“West of Memphis” (R) (3)
[Disturbing violent content and some language.] [Opens March 8] — An informative, fascinating, thought-provoking, in-depth, 147-minute documentary that chronicles the arrest in June 1993 and subsequent trial and conviction of Arkansas

teenagers Jessie Lloyd Misskelley, Damien Wayne Echols, and Jason Baldwin in the alleged satanic murders of three 8-yearold boys Stevie Hobbs, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore, who were hogtied and sexually mutilated; the controversial appeal, overturned conviction, and release of the prisoners 16 years later on Aug. 31, 2011; and consists of brief film clips from HBO documentaries “Paradise Lost,” “Paradise Lost 2: Revelation,” and “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” and interviews with former juvenile corrections officer Terry Driver, former prosecutors Brent Davies and John N. Fogleman, defense attorney Dennis Riordan, “Devil’s Knot” author Mara Leveritt and researcher Martin Hill, WM3 prisoner supports (such as Johnny Depp, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Henry Rollins, and Peter Jackson), private investigator Rachel Geiser, therapist Robert Heath Meeks, attorneys (such as Scott Ellington, Steven Braga, Dan Stidham, Laura Nirider, and Philip Wells), FBI profiler John Douglas, journalist Erin Moriarty, law professor Steve Drizin, trial judge David Burnett, juror Sharon French, forensic pathologist Vincent Di Maio, assistant attorney general David Raupp, Damien Echol’s wife Lorri Davis, and witnesses Stephanie Dollar, Vicki Hutcheson, and Dennis Carter.

which met February 28 as the Wedge went to press.  At the Whittier Community Issues meeting, it was suggested that French Meadow withdraw the parking lot proposal and instead request a variance for the 12-15 parking spaces needed.  But, the LHENA Z & P Committee voted to oppose a parking variance; the motion passed with a vote of 4 yes-1 no-1 abstention.  The Committee was not in favor of this idea, given the already tight parking situation and that French Meadow was just granted a separate parking variance in May, 2012. The LHENA Z & P Committee then voted 4 yes-2 no in favor of the interim surface lot, given that the three-year term is in place, and after which a new six-story residential or mixed-use development may possibly be built.  Then on February 20, the LHENA Board of Directors voted not to rezone the lot.


March Film Schedule
(Listed in order of release date and subject to change)
For more info see www.landmarktheatres.com for final dates and times.

Lagoon Cinema & Uptown Theatre

1320 Lagoon Avenue 612.823.3020

3/8 West of Memphis 3/15 Stoker* 3/16 Like Someone in Love 3/22 On the Road* Upside Down* The Waiting Room Ginger and Rosa Spring Breakers 3/29 The Silence Genius on Hold

A drawing of a proposed 36-car parking lot for the old Rex Hardware site.

agreement with the spirit of the Lyn Lake Small Area Plan or neighborhood desires; and Whereas, The proposed surface parking lot provides only a temporary solution to a longterm problem; therefore, be it Resolved, That the LHENA Board of Directors does not support the request by French Meadow for an interim surface parking lot at 2601-2607 Lyndale Avenue South. Approved unanimously, 8-0-0.

Ownership background
French Meadow does not currently own the Rex Hardware site, but they did at one point. They sold it to the Norlings (current owners), who demolished the Rex building with the intent to develop, before the economy crashed. The Norlings still owe French Meadow $150K from the sale which is held in the form of a lien against the property.  French Meadow owns the two houses directly to the south of the

LHENA Board vote
Whereas, The LHENA Board of Directors is not supportive of rezoning 2601-07 Lyndale Avenue South from C1 to C4 due to the intensity of uses this zoning classification would allow; and Whereas, Constructing a new surface parking lot on a major commercial corridor is not in

2906 Hennepin Avenue 612.392.0402

3/1 A Place at the Table 3/8 No John Dies at the End 3/29 From Up on Poppy Hill *(Movie will either open at Uptown or Lagoon)

Schadewald. The preceding films were reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who has been a Twin Cities film critic since 1986. To see more of her film reviews, log on to www.

©1986 through 2013 by Wendy

site on Lyndale.  The Norlings would like to sell the site to developers. French Meadow would like to exchange the two houses and the $150K lien for dedicated parking spaces within the future new development for their business. For the proposed interim site, French Meadow would lease the land and pay for all improvements to the site.  The Norlings would be able to sell the site at any time within the three years it’s allowed to operate as a parking lot.

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BENDER from page 5
ing that walking and bicycling supports health and drives economic growth – saving health care costs and attracting and retaining innovative businesses and the workers they employ. This is the same kind of innovative leadership I’ve provided throughout my career in nonprofit and government service and the same kind of leadership I will bring to the Minneapolis City Council. The next City Council member from Ward 10 is going to need to be able to bring people together, actively support good ideas, and make sure government is working well for our community. I am the right person to lead our Ward through this next phase of growth and change by bringing people together around a shared vision that supports connections, health, education and economic opportunity. That is why I ask for your support, and that is how I will earn your support, as the next City Council member from Ward 10. I encourage you to come out and get involved in the DFL endorsing process this year. This is a critical step in choosing the next City Council member from our Ward, and your voice should be heard. Please come support me at your precinct caucus on Tuesday, April 16 and become a delegate for me to the Ward 10 convention on Saturday, April 27. You can find out more about the caucus and convention process or get in touch to join our grassroots campaign by visiting VoteLisaBender.com.

BRADLEY from page 5
• support modern street cars on Nicollet, enhanced bus on Hennepin, and am open to enhanced bus, modern street cars, or LRT along • listen to the teachers on the the Midtown Greenway. front lines of Minneapolis public schools and partner • advocate for 40 additional miles of safe, dedicated bike with them to ensure safe, lanes in our city by 2023. good-quality schools. • encourage the promotion of Minneapolis as a vacation • work to alleviate the indestination for bicycle enequalities in our city that thusiasts to attract tourists contribute to students’ from around the world. academic struggles. environment that is ineffective and unsustainable for students and teachers alike. I will • support energy efficiency and “solar on schools” programs that help schools reduce operating expenses and put more dollars back to work in the classroom. My goal is not to get into the education business but to ease social and economic inequalities so that teachers aren’t confronted with solving these problems in the classroom. Supporting alternative transportation I have been a card carrying bus rider for most of my life and if I am honored with the 10th Ward seat, I promise to bus, bike, or walk to work each day. When bussing, I will tweet my route, and I look forward to impromptu meetings with constituents while riding Metro Transit. I will promote alternative transportation and infrastructure that is pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. I will We want a city that embraces the creativity of entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and dreamers, a city that listens to and provides opportunities for all residents, empowering those who have been left behind by politics as usual. As a community organizer I know that inclusive, informed engagement can solve any problem, from bringing community gardens to underserved communities to dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. I can only do this with your support! Please check out my website at www.kenforten. org, and email or call me (612.367.6715) to talk to me about any issue that concerns you. Then commit to be a delegate for Ken Bradley at the April 16 caucus and April 27 ward convention. All of this is within our reach. Let’s make the right decisions together.

IMBODEN from page 2
This means that not only has the budget based its assumptions on incredibly old data, but that the City is cash flowing the overages unnecessarily long. It also means that poor management wouldn’t get caught until well after the fact. We should strive for transparency and a local management group that would be closer to the expenses, managing a smaller budget than the City’s accounting department, and be in a direct position to take action to adapt to changing conditions. Of course, this would require a very transparent management organization with safe guards to protect the City and the tax payer.

Self-Managed Special Service Districts would likely take place like this, though some of the details may be slightly different in reality: 1. A majority of property owners in an area would ask the City to establish a SSD for enhancement public services delivered through a third party who would manage the district. 2. A business plan would be developed with a budget. 3. The city would deliberate and potentially approve the establishment of the district and authorize a contract with the proposed nonprofit. 4. The city would ensure that special assessments were collected with the property taxes for the year and then provide a monthly payment to the non-profit to manage the service delivery. 5. The non-profit would procure services from a variety of sub-contractors. They may even perform other tasks and collect other income from related but different services, such as promotions or events. 6. The non-profit would likely have to provide an annual report and financial documentation to the City and make it public for the property owners. The City would play a role in financial transparency but it is unclear what, if any district, would be required to have annual automatic audits.

Public Safety
Smart Phone Thefts in Fifth Precinct
Recently, the Fifth Precinct has seen an uptick in smart phones taken in thefts and robberies. Several have occurred while the owner is using it or the phone is in plain sight. Smart phones are valuable commodities, often reaching $200 or more on the black market. Not only can the phone be stolen, but personal and financial information can be taken from the phone as well. • Enable the passcode option on the phone to assist in keeping your personal information secure. • Do not leave your phone or charger in your vehicle. • Wipe the phone clean of any personal information before trading, selling or recycling of it. • Consider enabling the GPS location service for your phone. Keep in mind, for safety concerns when posting media online, you might want to remove GPS from attaching to photographs. • Consider downloading a reputable app for tracking or security.
• Call 911 regarding any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity.

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood

Crimes by Location
January 29 February 18
“Burglary Residential” includes garages, attached or unattached.

The Self-Managed Solution
The good news is that the City’s Public Works department has proposed a policy outlining what the City should allow and require for any self-managed special service district. This policy came out February 22 and addressed a variety of issues ranging from organizational governance, procurement, transparency, etc. Public Works held a meeting on January 31, 2013 to gather input from business district leaders on these issues. As someone who attended the meeting, I heard attendees state that they wanted transparency with these management organizations, that prevailing wage would hurt their district but Living Wage was acceptable, and that there needs to be nimbleness for the management team on procurement, amongst other things.

Smart phone use
• Don’t talk or text while walking or driving. Pay attention to your surroundings. • Put your phone away when it’s not in use. • Do not leave your phone unattended in public places such as a restaurant table or bar.

SOOVAC from page 7
intriguing type-written letter that imparts a unifying story for the exhibit, explaining, for example, that the work being pursued by this “researcher” had personal repercussions. Cables and computer chips, letters and numbers, pop up alongside bird bones and black, red and gray “rubber duckies.” It is difficult to put an age on the “artifacts” when new tech is soldered onto old tech. One could spend days trying to decipher the minutia Hamilton included in his exhibit. I know it is only March, but I think this may be one of my favorite exhibits all year. After the chaos of the Hamilton’s laboratory, “Enough,” has the feel of a science “clean room.” In this relatively pristine environment, artists Joseph Rizzo, Joe Sinness, and Joel Starkey, have neatly placed their carefully crafted, white-background paintings, collages and sketches on the walls. “Enough” is aptly named. Each artist provides enough sustenance to feed an art-hungry soul. However, they expect the viewers to be eager to devour more. Rizzo’s pieces balance the wavering lines of hand-drawn with the sharp edges of cut-up pa-

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The Conclusion
Self-managed districts is nothing new. While the Downtown Improvement District is almost five years old in Minneapolis, other districts across the country have been operating similar to what is outlined above for over 25 years. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel in Minneapolis and self-management can provide substantial benefits to the economic vitality of our business districts. We should expect transparency, accountability, and professionalism of any self-managed district and the City should clearly articulate its expectations in this new policy. But let’s open the door to local management! Thatcher Imboden is an Uptown/Lyn-Lake historian, works in urban real estate development, was past President of the Uptown Association, grew up in Uptown, and was on an Uptown neighborhood association board. He authors for his website OurUptown.com.

per. I was particularly drawn to the island pieces, such as “Forgotland.” An inked island rises from the water, his lines enclosing cut-out images of pine trees in snow. Sinness’s colored-pencil stilllifes could almost be mistaken for oil paintings, they are so rich in color. In “Dolly, Dolly, Dolly!” the smooth leaves of the rubber plant, as well as draped cloth below it, are executed with the utmost skill. While Starkey’s four offerings in this exhibit contain the loosest lines and may seem to not fit the orderliness presented by the two other artists, his pieces play the role of unpredictable nature within the structured confines of a Japanese tea house. Indeed, his work, “Structure,” is meant to be reminiscent of works by 18th century Japanese artists: a brown, craggy mountain looms out of gray drops of rain. The right bottom corner, however, is dominated by a geometric construction inked in red. “Fluctuating Capacity” and “Enough” will be on display until March 23. SooVAC is located at 2638 Lyndale Avenue South. For more information visit www. soovac.org or call 612.871.2263.

City Hall Updates
From the Office of Council Member Meg Tuthill, 10th Ward
$25 Trees available early to 10th Ward Neighborhoods
The 10th ward is one of four wards with historically low participation in the City’s $25 tree program. Ordering opens for Wards 3, 5, 6 and 10 Monday, March 18. Ordering opens citywide Monday, March 25. A total of 1,000 trees in nine different varieties will be offered for sale. Trees are available for Minneapolis homeowners, businesses and nonprofits and must be planted on private property. Trees can be picked up on May 18-20 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot. The City partners with Tree Trust on this program. Tree Trust will hold two free workshops on proper tree planting and tree care. For more information, and a link to the order form, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/ citytrees. Our tree canopy is very important. Not only does it improve our air and water quality, but it reduces our heating and cooling costs. I hope you take advantage of this offer. sure Prevention Counseling at City Hall on the first and third Thursday of each month from now until the end of 2013. Counseling will be held in Conference Room 333, just outside the Mayor’s office, from 10 am to Noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. No appointment is needed. The morning of the first Thursday, Spanish speaking counselors will be available and the morning of the third Thursday, Hmong speaking counselors will be available. As always, homeowners or tenants facing foreclosure may call Minneapolis 311 to be connected to the HomeOwnership Center counseling network.

Meg Tuthill Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9am-5pm Contact: 612.673.2210 www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ council/ward10 Email: meg.tuthill@ ci.minneapolis.mn.us Attention: If you want help translating this information into a language other than Hmong, Spanish or Somali, please call 311. Hmong: Ceeb toom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais cov xov no rau koj dawb, hu 612.673.2800. Spanish: Atención. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta información, llama 612.673.2700. Somali: Ogow. Haddii aad dooneyso in lagaa kaalmeeyo tarjamadda macluumaadkani oo lacag la’ aan wac 612.673.3500.

FOR SALE/LEASE OFFICE OR RETAIL BLDG 2611 1st Av So. 2-level, 6000 SF bldg. Lease as low as 2048 SF. High ceilings, skylights, creative space, parking provided. Close to Eat Street. Call Anna at 612-598-1962 or Arnie at 763-478-6400 at Results Real Estate

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling at City Hall
The HomeOwnership Center will be providing Foreclo-

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TRANSIT from page 8
in this process. We would like to host at least two neighborhood update meetings this year. Metro Transit pledged to make staff available at neighborhood functions to do presentations and answer ques-

tions. Please do not hesitate to contact me about this project. I can provide what information I have and if I do not have it I will ask about it at the next CAC meeting. If you have ideas or comments on the project I will be happy to bring them to the CAC. You can reach me at

612.747.1982 or by e-mail at greened@obbligato.org. For more information you may consult the project web site at http://metrotransit.org/ midtown-corridor. The current schedule for the

CAC has us meeting every other month. Our next meeting is April 23, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Cristo Rey Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Avenue S. The public is invited to attend all CAC meetings and there is a public comment time built into the end of each meeting.

The Midtown Corridor project is an exciting opportunity for our neighborhood. I hope that you will help make it the best project it can possibly be. David Greene lives in Lowry Hill East.

Table courtesy of Metro Transit

this table describes what modes of transit will be studied in the Midtown corridor alternatives analysis.

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