Uptown

Neighborhood News
We are excited to be presenting this inaugural issue of the Uptown Neighborhood News. It has been a labor of love, stamina and hope for a group of volunteers who have spent the past 10 months trying to organize and publish a local neighborhood newspaper. The former local paper, The East Calhoun News, served this community for 30-plus years, but was forced to close down last October. Many residents and businesses in this community have expressed an interest in having a local paper, and many have missed the monthly paper left on their doorsteps. So, a group of volunteers from the CARAG and ECCO neighborhoods gathered last fall to organize a new paper. This first issue is the result of that work. It is proposed that CARAG own the paper, and run it jointly with ECCO through a Joint Managing Board. At publication time, CARAG is still considering the proposal. We have high hopes for this to be a true community newspaper – we want the people who live and work here to contribute, to read, and to discuss. We encourage involvement by all members of the community. It is our hope to publish information that interests you. Our mission is to provide thoughtful coverage of local news, combined with fun and engaging stories about the people, businesses and issues of these two neighborhoods. The purpose of the newspaper is to inform the community about local and city issues, perhaps in more detail than you might find from other citywide news channels. We discuss activities and proposals of the various civic, political, commercial and governmental bodies that affect our neighborhoods. We provide a forum for discussion, as you will see in our new Opinion Page. Please write to us with a letter or an essay. We will include all that we can fit. We cover the business of the two neighborhood groups, ECCO and CARAG. We cover their meetings and events. Be sure to lkeep us informed about issues and events you would like to see in the newspaper. We promote the businesses of the area. We offer a place for businesses to advertise to the residents. We support our merchants and services that are so important to our way of life here. And we encourage you to patronize our advertisers. We cover environmental issues, and discuss the ways that many

August 2005
Covering the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO in the Uptown Area Inaugural Issue August 2005 Volume 1, Number 1

A New PAPer for CArAG ANd eCCo
people are working hard to sustain our neighborhoods. We cover the arts community. See our Events Calendar, and send us information about events happening around the area. You will see many more exciting things in the months to come. Get involved if you have ideas. Give us feedback. An enthusiastic group of volunteers has worked very hard to source story ideas, write stories and columns, take pictures, and manage the details of ad sales and printing and bookkeeping. This first issue has been accomplished primarily with volunteer effort. We are seeking help to continue this momentum. If you have a talent or an interest, join us. We are looking for volunteers to work as reporters, events calendar editors, photographers, illustrators and poets. We welcome writers for occasional or regular columns, on wine, history, gardening, health, home repair, cooking, interesting people, musings – no idea is too weird. If you collect salt and pepper shakers, or make animals out of old phone books, we want to know about it, and your neighbors want to read about it! Contact us at unneditor@ earthlink.net if you have something to say. We look forward to hearing from you, and you will be hearing great things from us. Enjoy this first issue. – Liza Lawrence

ProJeCts moviNG forwArd
PlANNiNG ANd develoPmeNt News
by Aaron Rubenstein Planning and development issues are heating up in Uptown. The Lagoon mixeduse project is proceeding with a modified plan. Calhoun Square is preparing to submit plans to the City for significant renovation and expansion, and several planning initiatives are underway. Enforcement of the city’s 60/40 liquor rule for restaurants and a mid-rise residential complex for the north side of Lake Calhoun will be addressed in the next issue of the UNN. It all adds up to a significantly changed face of Uptown. Lagoon Project The Minneapolis City Council voted July 1st to approve plans for a mixed-use development behind the Lagoon Cinema. The site is currently occupied by a surface parking lot. The project, proposed by the Ackerberg Group and Financial Freedom Realty, consists of a condominium building, a 6-story office building, an expanded Lagoon Cinema (nearly doubled in size to 1,550 seats), several restaurants, a public plaza, a ped/bike bridge over and connection to the Midtown Greenway, and 760 parking spaces, mostly underground. The City Council voted 9-4 to approve the project but reduced the height of the condominium building from 13 to 10 stories (148 feet to 112 feet). It is expected the developers will revise the approved plan to increase its density, in order to recover lost revenue. The approved 112 feet height reduces the profit they would have generated from the most desired top three stories of the condo building. Possible revisions include adding residential units to the 6-story

two mAJor uPtowN
office building, modifying the location of the movie theaters, and adding more commercial space. Any modifications to the plan already approved by the City Council will require review and approval by the Planning Commission following a public hearing. CARAG voted 16-8 in April to oppose the Lagoon project, primarily due to its height. ECCO also voted to oppose the project. Area residents in favor of the project said they like the hundreds of jobs that would be brought to Uptown as well as the numerous amenities including a public plaza and a bridge over, and connection to, the Greenway. Those opposed to the project expressed concerns about building height, traffic, and air quality. Calhoun Square uPToWn ProjeCT continued on page 11

Art CAr PArAde
the eveNt wAs July 23, sAturdAy. ArtCArPArAde.Com

This car – artists Dave and Irene Major entitled "The Aero Car" from Benton, Kansas

This car – artist Scott Moses entitled "The Multi Porpoise Vehicle" from Wichita, Kansas. (You know the car, made in the 1960's in Germany, called the Amphicar able to move on land or water.)

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metris uPtowN Art fAir
With the Metris Uptown Art Fair entering its 42nd year, it is an inspiration to consider how far the event has come. The Fair started as a sidewalk sale for local artists and a vision for community growth and has developed into a nationally acclaimed event, drawing nearly 400,000 art lovers. The Uptown Art Fair is rated 9th in the nation by the Art Fair Sourcebook out of over 700 fairs, and this accomplishment was no easy feat. Art Fairs are judged in terms of city, sales, and friendliness of the neighbors, knowledge of volunteers, staff, understanding of fine arts, and other qualities. From budget constraints to low quality artwork, the Uptown Art Fair was at one time in danger of ending the show. Fortunately, this never happened, and now the Fair has developed into an outstandingly successful show, proving to be profitable for the artists, local vendors and community. The Uptown Association is a community-driven organization that produces the Art Fair. Proceeds from the Fair go right back into the community. The generated revenue pays for Uptown projects, extra security officers, sidewalk cleaning, street lighting, print material for the Uptown area, and funding for seasonal events, just to name a few. A sample list of events and activities this year include Metris Creates Digital Effects, which is a gallery of children’s digital photography located in Calhoun Square. Imagination Station, also located in Calhoun Square, will have a Cottonelle Family Sing-ALong stage, as well as the Volvo Performing Arts Stage located in the Old Chicago parking lot. An exciting element of the fair this year is that parking no longer has to be a concern! Target is providing the Target Art Hop. It is free transportation with Metro Transit buses between the Metris Uptown Art Fair, Loring Park Art Festival, Powderhorn Art Fair, and the Midtown Lake Street Transit Stop. The Uptown Association and its sponsors are very excited about this year’s fair, and we anticipate a successful show. For more information about this year’s Metris Uptown A r t Fair, please visit www. uptownminneapolis.com or call 612-823-4581. Tanya Longen Editor’s note: Streets will be closed from 28th to 31st Street on Hennepin, and Humboldt to Girard on Lake Street. Meters from Humboldt to Girard will be reserved for handicapped parking, with hoods covering the meters. Metro Transit is offering free rides for those who work in the area during the Art Fair. Transit passes are available. For information call 823-4581. The Art Fair runs from Friday August 5th through Sunday August 7th. Parking restrictions will begin Thursday afternoon. Various crews will begin setting up equipment, artists, food vendors and sponsor booths on Thursday from 8:00AM through 9:00PM, and then Friday from 6:00AM (!) until noon, when the Fair officially begins.

the followiNG Artists Are from miNNeAPolis
Karen Bernthal Randi Birk B.J. Christofferson Kyle Fokken Barry Hendrickson Judith Kinghorn Duke Klassen Brita Kukich T Lee Kangsheng Liu Diane Marshall Kelly Marshall Ernest Miller Steve Nowatzki Kyle Osvog Patrick Parsons James Roettger Erik Saulitis Andrew Shea Smith-O'Mara Sheryl Tuorila Kirsten Walstead Hui Zhang

CArAG/eCCo meetiNGs
The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month 7PM at Bryant Square Park 31st and Bryant. East Calhoun Cedar Organization (ECCO) meets the first Thursday of each month 7PM at St. Mary’s Church, 34th & Irving.

Uptown neighborhood news
Uptown Neighborhood News is a monthly publication produced by volunteers of the ECCO and CARAG neighborhoods. Uptown Neighborhood News covers the news of households within the 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 and Hennepin Aves. Circulation is 5,100, with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribution 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 reserves the right to edit for length, clarity, relevance to the neighborhood, or other reasons. The deadline for articles, ads and events listing is the 17th of the month. Editorial and advertising guidelines are available. Please contact the editor:
emAil: Unneditor@earthlink.net editor: Liza Lawrence unneditor@earthlink.net miNNeAPolis City CouNCil Tenth Ward Dan Niziolek (612) 673-2210 Dan.Niziolek@ci.minneapolis.mn.us Crime PreveNtioN sPeCiAlist: Tom Thompson (612) 673-2823 5th PreCiNCt sAfe uNit, seCtor 2 3101 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis MN 55408 CoNtriButiNG PhotoGrAPhers Jeff Farnum Kay Nygaard Graham Dave Peterson Julie Sandin CoNtriButiNG writers Bill Boudreau Dan Van Eijl Thatcher Imboden Tonya Longen Jane Miller Lara Norkus-Crampton Norman Riger J 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 most things, don’t worry. Copyright © 2005. Uptown Neighborhood News.

Joyce United Methodist Church
31st and Fremont • Phone 612 823-0537 www.JoyceChurch.org The Joyce Food Shelf • The Joyce Nursery School Worship Handicapped Accessible

letters unneditor@earthlink.net AdvertisiNG Mary Ann Knox (612) 822-8533 maryannknox@visi.com Ads are due by the 17th of each month. GrAPhiC desiGN & ProduCioN Kelly Verbrick, Liz Malherek picturebook (612) 823-3023 www.picturebookonline.com NewsPAPer CirCulAtioN CARAG: Lewis Peterson ECCO Circulation: Bill Boudreau (612) 825-0979

SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:30 a.m.

Supporting the Neighborhood – Glad for the paper.

uNN mANAGiNG BoArd Gary Farland 824-6733 gfarland@ties2.net Kay Nygaard Graham (612) 825-3637 kaynygaardgraham@yahoo.com Ralph Knox (612) 822-2537 rdk@mac.com

Open Hearts

Open Minds

Open Doors

Anna Matthes Amatthes@citilink.com

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opinions
By Lara Norkus-Crampton When I first read about the Lagoon project proposal for the parking lot behind the existing Lagoon Theater in Uptown I, along with many others, thought that the 13-story condo part of the project was too radical, and would never pass. The success of the surrounding communities has been built on a delicate balance of a human scaled commercial core surrounded by reasonably dense neighborhoods, with the Chain of Lakes only blocks away. Uptown is in a Pedestrian Overlay District limiting building height to 4 stories. Why would anyone in city hall want to mess with this winning combination? Even the Minneapolis Plan states that new developments should fit in with the existing character of the area. The East Calhoun and CARAG (Calhoun Area Residents Action Group) neighborhood boards voted to oppose the project as proposed. The LHENA (Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association) board voted to support the project with pages of reservations and conditions, and East Isles voted to "support LHENA." This certainly did not appear to be a ringing endorsement of this project! In the meantime our own Council Member Dan Niziolek worked tirelessly to push this project through, regardless of the controversy the proposal raised among the citizens in his ward. The City Planning Commission (an appointed body), disregarding the existing zoning, scale, and the city planning staff’s recommendation that the height should go no higher than 6-8 stories, passed the 13 story proposal. I was one of the people who appealed that decision to the City Council. We supported the staff recommendation, but stressed that 6 stories would obviously fit in better with the existing scale. We filed our appeal with the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee and they did vote to uphold our appeal, saying that the project was just too tall and out of character for Uptown. CM Niziolek was the only member of the committee to vote against us. The Greenway Coalition (a private organization) testified several times in support of the project height, which included a pedestrian bridge over the Greenway, connecting the LHENA neighborhood to the

Your rants and raves go here. please express your opinions by sending in lots of letters. we’ll print as many as space allows.

the differeNCe BetweeN uPtowN ANd dowNtowN —ZoNiNG
development, and a platform for a future light rail/trolley. These are great amenities to enhance the Greenway, but they weren’t enough to make a 13-story building more appropriate for Uptown. In the end, the full City Council approved a numerical compromise of 10 stories for the condo, setting a new precedent for what is acceptable in Uptown. There were many thoughtful remarks from Council Members opposing this break with existing zoning and character. Council President Ostrow stated that zoning was a compact with the citizens and should set clear standards. CM Goodman stated that this was a clear case of development and a developer driving planning. Mayor Rybak stated Uptown is not downtown and this difference should be respected. CM Zerby suggested they just vote it down and ask for a more appropriate proposal. Growth and density can and should happen without changing the scale and character of Uptown. CM Niziolek and other supporters spoke eloquently of the benefits of increasing density in Uptown. It is ironic that this particular project, as approved, is now 250% of the zoning for height and only 70% of the allowable density. There have been many questions raised regarding the existing infrastructure, especially transportation. These upgrades are needed to support not only this project, but for future development in the area, ensuring that the livability we all value is not degraded. This is what zoning and planning is supposed to sort out, but failed to do. To address this, we need a Master Plan for Uptown. Most importantly, we need new, accountable, leadership for our ward.

uPtowN PlAN should foCus oN GoAls
By Thatcher Imboden Uptown has made headlines in the last couple of months over proposed buildings in the area. Some neighborhood residents criticized The Ackerberg Group’s project at the Lagoon Theater, specifically because of its proposed 13story tower. Critics said that Uptown needs a plan for its future before approving projects that are significantly different than what current zoning allows. The current process, while not perfect, does allow for intelligent discussion and review on a particular project. Uptown does need a plan, however, so that new development can evolve within a framework which focuses on goals and rewards sound design while protecting neighbors. emphasizing goals Planning should focus on goals so innovative design is not stymied by a rigid system. For example, an Uptown Plan could act as an evaluation tool for the content and impact of development projects. Critical aspects such as job creation and urban design would be considered as important as issues of height or traffic. If you visit Uptown during a weekday morning, you can see that the few businesses open at those earlier hours are struggling to fill empty seats and aisles. This is as real a threat to the character of our neighborhood as a few stories of height or the location of a door on a movie theatre. Being proactive, not reactive If we, as community members, want a seat at the table, we need to make sure we are going to participate in such a way that demands attention and respect. Negative attitudes and adversarial behavior will limit our credibility in achieving neighborhood goals. We need to leave room for innovation, and reward designs for developments that consider our suggestions and concerns important. Just as important, our Plan should not be viewed as the prescription. Great ideas can come from those who are not involved with our Plan— including developers, architects, city planners, other professionals, and informed citizens. While Uptown needs a Plan, development proposals that challenge the zoning code can and should be considered for approval. The city’s current system allows for variances and conditional use permits so that good projects can proceed even when they don't comply fully with "one size fits all" zoning policies. We choose to live in Uptown because of its vibrancy, its offerings, its location, and much more. A good Uptown Plan will be able to adapt to marketplace conditions so that progress can be made on our goals. What good is a plan if the goals cannot be obtained, or if the "rules" focus on single issues? We need to be progressive, not regressive, and our planning should serve the entire community-not just those who want to preserve the status quo.

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musiCAl Notes.... tidbits – use small news you might
By Dan Van Eijl Mission Statement: When asked to review music in some form for this paper, I instantly hoped I could somehow share my love of jazz music with my community. Powerful art of the soul, expression of life, both good and bad. However, I don’t want to critique the music, or attempt to explain it mathematically. (That’s what the back of jazz records are for). Rather, to express the feelings and emotions that the players stir in me, and how it affects me. Most music is over promoted without merit. Jazz is under promoted and misunderstood. I wish to give a little credit that’s long overdue for some of our country’s greatest innovators and orators. The voices of men and women desperate to be free here in the 20th century. An accurate account, of an empire in flux, dealing with itself. The toiling of generations of jazz folks constitutes a testament of biblical proportion. I hope to help a few people find music they will enjoy a lifetime. Thanks, Dan Sonn’is Crib I am honored to be given this opportunity, to share with you thoughts and ideas about jazz; the thing is where to start? What place and time? The album that has moved me the most the last few months is Sonny Clark, Sonn’is Crib, from 1957. This is not a legendary album per se, but it does include a future legend. This is not easy listening jazz. These are hard swinging, young cats that create an energy that seems to combust into your speaker. This was a politically charged time, and civil rights protests were boiling in the streets. These are the voices of angry young men! While not the racially inspired music of Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler, (that would come later) this is still the voice of rebellion, and evolving social position. The album features blistering playing by the horn of Don Byrd on trumpet, and Curtis Fuller on trombone. However, it is a young John Coltrane who makes this album a "must have". Far from his spiritual crusade of the 60’s, this is a man removed from his peace, and the journey there will be through his vehicle, called the tenor sax. As an MC raps or a poet writes, a horn player talks thru his instrument, and his soul can express what even words cannot, via the language of jazz. A young Coltrane was restless, and searching. Defiantly playing every chord combination he could discover, hoping that the truth would appear around that next corner, he promised to share it with all of us. Sonny Clark himself was a great session player, from the unparalleled Blue Note label of the late 50’s. He was born in Pittsburgh in 1931, and began studying the piano at four. He has played in the West Coast and in Europe. From the Thelonious Monk/ Bud Powell school of playing, he rounds out these sessions with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Hear these conversations, dig their vibes, feel their moods. The actual songs are only vehicles, allowing them to arrive at an emotional destination, a release from the pressure of civil rights, poverty, drugs and love! This is jazz, and why it exists. Check it out. (Editor’s Note: We will run small Tidbits every month; if you have bits of information that others in the neighborhood might find interesting, forward them to us, and we’ll try to include them. We are looking for a variety of information about the neighborhood, businesses, people, history, and fun facts to know. (unneditor@earthlink.net) CALhoun SquAre MeeTInG There will be a special meeting of Developers of Calhoun Square and CArAG for discussion and feedback on the revised site plan for the redevelopment project. The date is August 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 at joyce Church on 31st and Fremont Ave. CArAG August Board meeting will be held in the Chalice room at First universalist Church on 34th And Bryant Ave. Free WooD ChIPS AT LAKe CALhoun. The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board's Forestry Section makes woodchips available to anyone who can use them; there are occasions when a site will be empty. The woodchips are in the parking lot on the SE corner of Lake Calhoun. The entrance is just north of the intersection of Lake Calhoun Parkway, Wm. Berry Parkway and Richfield Road. SAFeTY CAMP. Offered to those entering 3rd and 4th grades for this fall. The Camp will be held at Theodore Wirth Park. The cost is $35. For more information, call: (612) 230-6475. reVoLVInG reSTAurAnTS. Many new restaurants have opened in the area in the past few months. Check them out if you have not been out and about. Three Muses closed, but has been replaced by Emma’s Restaurant & Lounge, 2817 Lyndale Ave. S… Tonic closed, to be replaced with Stella’s Fish Café, 1400 W. Lake St. …... Bilimbi Bay has become Drink at 1440 Lagoon Av.… and the Wild Noodles space has been reborn as Tum Rup Thai, 1221 W. Lake St… We were sad to see the classic Nora’s close, but her son has opened his own place in a new building on the same spot, called Tryg’s, 3118 W. Lake St…… El Meson owners have opened Café Limon in the Bobalicious Tea spot, 611 W. Lake St. Art Gallery. Lyn-Lake is the new site for 30-year old Flanders Contemporary Art, which moved from downtown Minneapolis last winter. They remodeled what was the former Art Materials building years ago, and more recently a used clothing store. Check out the beautiful space, and interesting shows. Bryant Square Park will be closed for two weeks, from Aug. 16 to 29. ouTDoor noShInG AnD SIPPInG. Soon after the city of Minneapolis passed an ordinance banning smoking in bars and restaurants, there was a rush for licenses to operate patios and sidewalk dining. Since Minnesotans love to be outside for that tiny span of summer warm weather, these places are filling up. There are at least 24 nearby opportunities to have dinner, coffee or a cocktail outside while enjoying the summer breezes. Check them out! Big Mike’s Super Subs, Bryant Lake Bowl, Passage To India, Lucia’s, Williams Pub, Machu Picchu, La Bodega, Urban Bean, Falafel King, Gigi’s Café, Rotisseria, Café Barbette, Zeno, Figlio, Caffrey’s Deli, Dunn Bros.,Tum Rup Thai, Coldstone Creamery, Amore Victoria, Herkimer Pub, 101 Blu, Suburban World Theater, Butter, Bakery on Grand. reTAIL STore. Moving to Uptown from the damaged building in the Wedge is Paper Source. After a van crashed into the building, the store was homeless for a few months. It has landed at 31st and Hennepin. (See article pg 11) hISTorIC SuBurBAn WorLD TheATer. Don Driggs has bought the too-long empty Sub World, 3022 Hennepin Ave., and is offering it as a special events venue. Known for this month as "Fringeville", it is the headquarters for the Fringe Festival. In its non-Fringe life, the theater offers private parties and public events with food and liquor, movies, or live entertainment. The stars and clouds are still there on the ceiling!

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lAo AmeriCA
CARAG resident Catherine Geisen-Kisch quit her job to travel with her husband John. They rafted on the Zambezi River, went on safari in Zambia and Tanzania, explored the Ugandan jungle, and hiked in Cameroon. From the African continent they arrived in Nepal, traveled through Myanmar, Camobodia, Thailand, and the beautiful country of Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic). The people, culture and environment of Lao PDR captured their hearts. Catherine and John visited an historic site, made their way through the Karst Mountains, and visited remote villages where most people continue to wear their traditional clothing. While in Lao PDR, Catherine submitted her resume to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and was accepted as an intern to live in Vientiane. Catherine and John stayed there for four months before returning to Uptown Minneapolis. Catherine will be holding a photography exhibit entitled ‘Rouging’ It Around-theWorld. Affordable framed and matted prints and gift card sets will be for sale. All proceeds from the sale of Catherine’s work will be donated to Lao America, a non-profit organization located on West Broadway in Minneapolis. The exhibit will be held rain or shine coinciding with the Uptown Art Fair. That schedule is Friday August 5th, noon to 7:30, Saturday the 6th 10:00 to 7:30 and Sunday the 7th, 10:00 to 6:00. World famous Lao Coffee and refreshments will be available. The event will be held at 3201 Fremont Ave. S.– Liza Lawrence

CAN my CAr Be your AdvertisiNG vehiCle?
by Bill Boudreau As you approach your car, late as usual, you notice someone has already been there and left a message, several in fact. One suggests you can make $75,000 a year working part-time. Another offers a painless, no exercise, method for weightreduction. Still another – a “scientific” religion – offers unlimited personal power. All these treasures are within reach, courtesy of a recently expanding type of advertising that threatens to come right through your window! Windshield advertising, the dreaded auto inyourfaces, is rapidly becoming another water quality nemesis. Windshield solicitations, flattened under the wipers or screwed into the mirror, are an unflattering addition to an already befouled torrent of stormwater. Cast onto the street as litter, this perennial gutter dweller bleeds poisonous inks and nutrient-laden pulp into streets that just happen to be our lake's delicate upland veins. The whole idea of such aggressive sales techniques makes you so mad you just want to pick up the whole gaggle of gratuitous greed and pitch it into the... Oh, oh, bad move, pal. A passing police car saw you dump that stuff and now he's writing you a ticket for littering. $100! What?! It's the fruitcake who put this junk on my windshield, that's the litterer! You want to make a federal case out of it, buddy? Better listen to the officer — as the situation now stands, the advertiser is not responsible for the disposal problems of the message, you are. The 'litterer' is the recipient who fails to properly recycle the unwanted message. Topsy-turvy, or what? Some will tell you it’s a firstamendment thing — ‘There’s nothing we can do; it’s freespeech.’ However, our sources claim that if a suit were brought to stop windshield advertising on environmental grounds, i.e., because the inevitable result is increased pollutant loads in violation of federal standards, then the courts might well restrict the abominable practice. It’s worth a try.

From top left and going clockwise: Coach ray Aponte, Lenny Dominguez, Danny Kernan, jeffery Dominguez, henry herrera, Simon Smedberg, harvey Murphy, Coach Denny Kernan, Marcus Aponte, Coach Barry Murphy, Coach joe Booher, Coach elpidio herrera, Bodo Christensen, Tyus King, julian Booher, Andrew Persing, Sam Klinger, Mohammed Ahmed.

CArAG/eCCo July Crime mAP

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CArAG (CAlhouN AreA resideNts ACtioN GrouP) miNutes of moNthly NeiGhBorhood meetiNG for July 19, 2005
Special note to all: Calhoun Square developers and CArAG are holding a special meeting for community discussion and feedback on the revised site plan. The meeting is August 3rd from 6:308:30pm at joyce church (31st St and Fremont Avenue). The plans could go before the City Planning Commission as early as September. Board Members in Attendance: Diana Boegemann, Jill Bode, Howard Verson, Kay Nygaard-Graham, Bill Morton, Pam Price, Cindy Christian, and Alex Woehrlin. Welcome: Diana welcomed all. The Board is made up of volunteers who also volunteer time on other neighborhood committees and organizations. Scott Engel, the CARAG staff person, can be reached at 8232520. CARAG is a democratic organization; membership and voting privileges are open to residents, property owners, and business owners. Approve Consent Agenda: A motion was passed to approve the agenda, June meeting minutes, and the treasurer’s report. Treasurer’s report: CARAG has $7,615.90 in the bank account and $6,919.56 in asset accounts. Total balance as of 7-18-05 was $14,535.46. The register report showed actual expenses of $122.28 for the period of 6-21-05 through 7-18-05. Bryant Square Park: The baseball team (age 12 years old and younger) won the city championship this summer. Register for programs online at www.minneapolisparks.org . Crime report: Tom Thompson, Community Crime Prevention Specialist, reminded block club leaders to register their National Night Out events by calling 673-3568. National Night out is August 2nd. Burglaries are up and a significant number of them are occurring in occupied dwellings (someone is home). There was a recent case of stranger rape and a suspect has been arrested. To set-up a neighborhood watch group call Tom at 612-673-2823. Lisa Godon introduced herself as the community attorney stationed in the fifth precinct. She prosecutes gross and petty misdemeanors, among other things, and helps to create new laws, such as the Aggressive Solicitation Ordinance. Pizza Luce: JJ Haywood Palmer, of Pizza Luce announced the third annual block party to be held on August 13th. There will be live bands, kids activities, and food and beer on 32nd Street between Lyndale and Aldrich. They will have security and a trash sweep to clean up the area afterward. The event is from noon until 10pm. newspaper: Anna Matthes, Treasurer of the new neighborhood newspaper’s Managing Board, was cut short before she could begin her presentation of the Managing Board’s operating procedures and seek approval from CARAG. A motion to table this agenda item was passed (9 yes votes to 8 no votes). Zoning: Aaron Rubenstein, chair of the CARAG Zoning Committee, reported on a presentation by developers who are proposing construction of a four-story condominium at 3517-3525 Hennepin Avenue. The plan calls for removal of current structures. Email questions about the project to Al Olme at aolme@scc.net . A motion was passed to recommend approval of variance requests for the garage

at 3454 Fremont Avenue. The variance request is for an increase in garage floor area to 816 square feet (676 allowed currently), an increase in wall height from 10' to 13'6", and an increase in roof height from 16' to 17'9". Council Member’s report: Dan Niziolek said that violent crime in Minneapolis has increased this year. We should have some new police officers by August 1st. The Independent, a business in Calhoun Square, is still not meeting the city’s 60/40 requirement (at least 60% of sales must be food and no more than 40% of sales can be alcohol). Drink, another Uptown business, is in violation of several conditions of their license, in that some of their operations are more like a bar than a restaurant. Dan Niziolek is in favor of a moratorium on development of industrial zoned property. He sees a need to retain some of these parcels as industrial to maintain a healthy balance of uses for the city. The Midtown Greenway Coalition is spearheading a study of land use surrounding the Greenway. nrP report: The SPACE Committee recommended using $225 donated to CARAG

(by the Janovich family) to buy educational software with a focus on literature for the Bryant Square Park computer lab. Motion passed. NRP money from the administrative budget was used to pay for the facilitator (Linda Alton) of the Calhoun Square community meetings. The SPACE Committee is holding a contest to create a design for a new neighborhood ID sign. There is a cash prize of $100. The deadline for entries is August 31st. For contest specifics contact CARAG at 823-2520. CARAG will select one design option from among three that will be presented at the September annual Board meeting (See box below). new Business: CARAG needs volunteers to staff a fundraiser pop booth at the Art Fair. The CARAG Board elections are in September, with many current members not planning to run again. Nominations for new Board members are being sought. The August Board meeting will be held in the Chalice Room at First Universalist Church on 34th and Dupont.

NAtioNAl NiGht out – AuGust 2, 2005
Most likely you will be reading this after Aug. 2nd. We hope you enjoyed the evening with your neighbors. First, we’ll history. explore some Baumann at the Minneapolis Police Department. We were also recognized in this #1 position in 2002, 2001, 1998 and 1990. Thus Minneapolis has received a national award 5 times in the past 21 years; We take great pride in our city and its outstanding community involvement. The mission of this campaign is to “build community, generate support for anti-crime programs and strengthen police/community relations.” Held each year on the first Tuesday of August, this night recognizes the year-long effort of neighborhoods, block and apartment clubs, and a variety of other activities focused on addressing neighborhood problems. This is a night to celebrate past accomplishments. We address today’s challenges and re-dedicate a collaborative effort with neighbors, police, businesses and other citizens to improve the quality of life for everyone in our city. Check out facts and quotes from event goers. Peruse the community calendar of events, and more on National Night Out. Learn what you and your neighbors can do now to lower crime and elevate safety in your neighborhood. All this and more when you log onto the Minneapolis Police Department web page, and note National Night Out in the search box. http://www.ci.minneapolis. mn.us/police/ Jane Miller janemillermn@yahoo.com

CArAG siGN CoNtest
The thirty-year-old CARAG sign of the goose will soon be retired. CARAG is holding a contest for a new creation. Entries are to be in the CARAG office by the last day of August. That address is: 711 W. Lake St., #303, Mpls. 55408. It is suggested by CARAG that the sign represent a simple image that evokes the character of the neighborhood. The signs will be posted on 6-foot poles around the boundaries of CARAG, to be seen from a distance by passing motorists and pedestrians. The words “welcome”, “CARAG”, and “neighborhood” must be part of the concept. For information concerning the size, format, and colors of the sign, call 823-2520, or email carag@carag.org. Only one design per person will be accepted. The contestant need not be a resident of CARAG. The winner will be awarded $100. What a great way to contribute to the neighborhood.

Minneapolis received the “National Night Out 2004 Award” from the National Association of Town Watch. We were selected as the “topranked Category #1 National Night Out 2004 Area” according to a letter written by Matt Peskin the National Project Coordinator to John

nATIonAL nIGhT ouT is the biggest crime prevention program in the world. More than 34 million people in the 50 states, US territories, military bases, and part of Canada participated in National Night Out in 2004. Locally, National Night Out is coordinated by Minneapolis Community Crime Prevention/ SAFE (CCP/SAFE) of the Minneapolis Police Department. (information from National Night Out and City of Minneapolis web sites)

neighborhoods “Don't buy the house, buy the neighborhood.” Russian Proverb “We will invest in our people, quality education, job opportunity, family, neighborhood, and yes, a thing we call America.” Dan Quayle quotes (American 44th US Vice President under George Bush (1989-93) “Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.” Rudyard Kipling

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eCCo (eAst CAlhouN CommuNity orGANiZAtioN) miNutes of moNthly NeiGhBorhood meetiNG July 7, 2005
(To get on our list, email to amrsurvey@ aol.com) hIGhLIGhTS: 1. Consulting team studying land uses along the Midtown Greenway. 2. If you can count…please volunteer for the parking study in ECCO. 3. If you can’t…please help with the ECCO Labor picnic and kids bike parade. 4. "Landscaping" at old Blue Ribbon cleaners site so far is mud. 5. Power failures at Tin Fish create havoc for owners. Greek church helps out. Park Board seen as rushing projects through (two of them), not involving the neighborhoods. 10. Park Board plans to sell river shore park property to developer. More condos! 11 Proposed Park Board event center seen as unneeded – would compete with an area private event center and a nearby church event business. 12. Sydney’s and Burch Pharmacy sites are in play for development. Meeting held: Thursday, July 7, 2005, 7:00 P.M. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church (Board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, open to public) Board Members Present: Kay Anderson (Secretary), Tanya Cornelius, Bruce Grimm (President), Anne G. Chase, Ralph Knox (Vice President), Don MacPherson (Treasurer), Ted Ringsred, Matt Carter, Keith Ruddick, others Present: Ellen Meyer (CARAG), Anne Geske (SW Journal), Al Anderson (resident), Allan Bernard, (candidate for city

council), John Hartwig (Resident), Harry Savage (candidate for city council). WeLCoMe: President, Bruce Grimm, called the meeting to order, welcomed board members and others, and initiated introductions.

APProVAL oF MInuTeS & AGenDA: The June minutes were approved, as was the proposed meeting agenda. For more detail go to WWW. ECCOINFO.ORG Also use that site to sign up for the entire minutes e-mailed directly to you every month.

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7. "Uptown Neighborhood News" coming out with August issue. 8. Your opinions on the "Hennepin Avenue Plan" are requested.

9. ECCO Secretary reads "Don’t build on Calhoun lakeshore" resolution at Park Board meeting. Keep it natural!

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Monday, September 5th • from 2:45 pm to 6:00 pm.
✪ Starts at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church on Irving at 35th St. Parade goes east on 35th St., north on Holmes Ave, west on 32nd St., south on Irving Ave. back to the church.

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Decorate your pet, stroller, bike or trike March in the parade with the Southwest High School Marching Band cake walk, face painting, refreshments

☞ 4:15- 5:00 Dinner provided. Bring ☞ 5:00-6:00 Bingo and prizes for
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☞ 3:30-4:00 Play: animal balloons,


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Thanks to all the following residents and businesses for the fabulous bingo prizes donated last year:
Glass Menagerie On Your Toes School of Dance Shoe Zoo Bobby Bead Cinnabon Joseph & Terry Schmidt John Sorenson Fresco Juice Co. Davanni's Brueggers Sara Cura The TIn Fish Intelligent Nutrients Wild Noodles Uptown Theater Great Clips Old Chicago Zeno Beezwax Taj of India Chipotle Isles Bun & Coffee Cafe Barbette Accent Art Tom Schmidt Uptown Traders


TONIC Chino Latino Bar Abilene Schmidty's Eye Deals Dairy Queen Dunn Bros Chevy's

Brides of France Magers & Quinn Books

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A neighborhood newspaper is a wonderful thing. It bears the burden of providing information to its readers, it creates a platform for the expression of personal and political views, and it’s the media that allows merchants and service providers to communicate with potential local patrons. A neighborhood newspaper binds together a geographic area and makes it a neighborhood. I’m proud to have worked with the group that has brought out this first edition of the Uptown Neighborhood News. If you feel that a neighborhood newspaper is a good and worthwhile project, please contact your CARAG or ECCO Association Board and ask them to work to support the Uptown Neighborhood News. Ask them to look into ways to facilitate the newspaper and ask them to seek out innovative solutions to obstacles in their procedures so that the Uptown Neighborhood News can thrive!

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AN essAy oN CommuNity
By Dan Van Eijl In these troubled times of chaos and uncertainty, I have learned to find solace in community. The world is uneasy, and we seem more divided than ever. Physically we are dying, spiritually we are lost, and emotionally we are at a point of breaking. We teeter between an apex of anxiety, and the pitfalls of depression. The cloak of expectation has become too great to bear. In all of this, I find comfort in South Minneapolis. I have lived or worked here for over ten years now, and I can remember when she was somewhat seedier, and a lot more colorful. But blemishes aside, I love her. We embrace it all here; the edges of humanity intermingle here, leading to a certain understanding. Forced to coop, in her streets, shops, and lakes, we learn that in spite of our differences, we have a lot more in common. Our shared interests diminish our differences. Our unified political voice, in spite of our varied hobbies and pasttimes, exemplifies democratic consensus. Without trying, those of us who live here have become “America”. The kind of America that Thomas Jefferson would recognize, and be proud of! With our varied nationalities, spiritualities and sexualities, we somehow have become one. An informed, globally minded, pocket of resistance to the blandness of every day life. This is Rome, with her baths, and massage, her wine and cuisine, her waters of diversity, washing the palate daily with a new voice of consciousness. An expanded horizon of limitless social reform. A small microcosm of planet Earth, here in my lap every day. Yet somehow a beautiful summer day, on the south side reminds me of a small town. There is more sense of community among all this diversity, than any cul de sac neighborhood I’ve ever stayed in. People here know your name, and recognize your face. They stop and talk to you at the Henn/Lake Liquors. They invite you to a barbecue while in line at the sandwich shop at Lunds, they smile while grabbing a coffee at Caribou. We are citizens of a great community, one I am proud to be part of, with her war protests, her pride marches, her immigrants, and Art Fairs. We are inundated with suburban shoppers and tourists, attracted like moths to a flame. Apparently we still don’t sell what it is they come to find. ...That’s the cool.... the freedom.....the truth. Openminded people who freely communicate outside the lines so neatly established by corporate media. They can tell something is up, they just cannot grasp it. When you are a visitor you can only catch a glimpse of what is really going on, but when you live here, you feel attached to a larger Earth scale reality. I can remember, fondly, the unity I felt in these streets leading up to the last election, all the Kerry supporters, the signs, the rallies, the bumper stickers, and car horns. The energy of motivated youth, and the hopes of a new generation of adults, confident that their truth would be America’s truth. After all, they buy our music, and art, and theater. Political reform seemed an obvious next step. Then it burst election night, and a quiet melancholy slipped down these streets. Because we knew then that the visitors, who come here looking for what it is we got, obviously never found it. They leave without grasping the truth of our community, and the hard fought truths we have learned. Perhaps the wicker chair was all they had room for! It was then we knew that the country had let us down. All our singing and marching, writing and tagging, was all in vain. They never got the message, just the T-shirt. As I have recently moved back to these streets, I can cherish and quantify what these places mean, and how wonderful a place this is. Her food tastes better, her beer seems bigger, her woman more beautiful, her music sweeter. She embraces me, as she will you, if you come and find her! She will ask you your name, because she wants to know. She will ask of you nothing you cannot give, and eventually you will want to give her more in return. It is hard to appreciate a moment, when you are inside of it. However I am convinced that some day most of you will cherish your time here, and to realize this within the moment is to believe in magic, as I now do! Thank you south side, for making a believer out of me.

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By Nelson Inz What’s there to do in the dog days of summer if you live in the city and don’t have a cabin to run off to every weekend? Suppose you don’t want to walk around Hennepin Avenue in the blazing sun looking at overpriced art at a fair that has long since past its prime? Not interested in any one of a number of multimillion dollar Hollywood remakes this year, (are there any original films coming out of Hollywood)? Who’s that knocking at your door? Is it R.T.? I have an idea. Tell him you are running off to see a show at the Fringe Festival. Between August 4th and the 14th, one hundred and sixty-eight shows will be performed as part of this years Minnesota Fringe Festival. The headquarters of the Festival is our own Suburban World Theater. Twenty-nine local venues will host performances including Bryant Lake Bowl, Jungle Theatre, Loring Playhouse, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Brave New Workshop, and others in and around Uptown and throughout the city. I believe some of the venues are air-conditioned. Even Via’s Vintage Wear will be hosting a show called “The Virgin Diaries.” (Not the prequel or sequel of “The Virgin Suicides”.)

The shows themselves are a mixed bag. Eighty-three are family friendly (no adult language, nudity or violence). Twenty-two productions have GLBT content. There are twenty-six musicals. Twentynine shows feature dance performances. Nine shows are for kids twelve and under. Of the eleven shows that have nudity warnings, nine have adult content warnings as well. Which makes you wonder about the two shows with child appropriate nudity. A $3 button is required to attend any show plus a $12 per show admission fee. Students, seniors, and MPR members pay $10 for each show, and five bucks for kids twelve and under. (Kids get a free button). That adds up to fifteen dollars for the first show you see, twelve dollars thereafter. Fortunately I still carry my grad school ID from ten years ago for occasions such as this, so I’ll be paying $10. (Ed. Note: the UNN does not recommend or endorse this behavior) If there is something you really have to see, and want to reserve a ticket, use Uptown Tix at (651) 209-6799 or www. uptowntix.com. The ticket price for reserved seating goes up to $14.50. ($12.50 students, seniors and Public Radio Members). If you’re some kind of crazy theater junky then you can get an Ultra Pass, which gives you unlimited access to all shows, for $130. Hurry though, only 250 are sold. Many Fringe veterans suggest waiting until the early reviews are in before deciding which shows to see. Most of the productions continue throughout the festival, so there are usually a few chances to catch the hot shows. The City Pages always publishes a detailed guide. Also, check out the very detailed website www.fringefestival.org which includes some great blogs, and an excellent tool to search for shows. I just found one show at Intermedia Arts called, “Chicks in Space,” which boasts, “A valiant womenoid space team blasts off in search of brave new worlds. Inflatable astronauts! Gold lamé boots!” I might have to go.

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The mystery of the new tenant in the former storefront of Morris & Christie’s has been resolved. Paper Source has arrived in Uptown. It is the premier purveyor of all things paper, promoting creativity, artistic expression, and general cutand-past play. The store is a fantastic collection of fabulous handmade papers, rubber stamps, photo albums and photo mounting accessories, ribbons, journals, envelopes and cards, bookbinding, invitations, decorations, books, kits, stickers, calligraphy pens, and gift-wrap. The store is three times the size of the old store. Joni Wheeler is the manager and has worked with Paper Source for seven years. Remember the building on 24th and Hennepin whose corner fell down in March? The Paper Source store was pretty much unfazed by the collapse because it wasn’t right on the corner. Here’s how the falling down building drama unfolded for Joni. She got a call from the landlord at 7:30 on the morning of the crash. Not knowing what to expect, she went to see for herself and the store inventory fairly intact. Joni watched as crews arrived to clean up the debris. While waiting for the City’s decision concerning the condemnation of the building, the water main froze, broke, and a torrent of water was let loose. The store lost 70% of its inventory. Paper, of course, absorbs water. The stock that didn’t get drenched grew mold instead. When the heat was turned back on, the mold growth exploded. Joni and her co-workers lifted, hauled and threw out the whole mess in two days. For the next couple of months, everyone was kept on salary. The staff volunteered with the Volunteers of America and made greeting cards to go with fruit baskets for seniors and disabled adults. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts made space available for the work and Paper Source provided the paper. Joni and her crew completed their volunteer work by helping to deliver the baskets. While driving around looking for a location, they heard about the space on the corner of Hennepin and 31st. The store opened to a rush of business on Saturday July 23rd. It is a great addition to the businesses and for the residents in the area. Joni Wheeler, manager, works with Bridget Harren, assistant manager, Jen Van Burn, Janet Dowsett, Megan Jenkins, Megan Haines, Laura Thayer, and the newest employee, Janell. The Paper Source credo: do something creative every day. The store hours are: 10 to 7 Monday through Saturday, and 11 – 6 on Sunday.

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uPToWn ProjeCT continued from page 1 Solomon Real Estate Group, the developer for Calhoun Square, is preparing plans to submit to the City for review and approval of the mall’s renovation and expansion. Solomon’s most recent plans include renovating the existing mall; adding two levels to the parking ramp; constructing 6-story buildings along Hennepin from the existing Starbucks store south to 31st St. and along 31 St. to Girard; and constructing a 2-story building along Lake St. east of Figlio to Girard. This new construction around Calhoun Square includes plans for an exterior courtyard near 31st and Hennepin surrounded by the new buildings. Further development possibilities include a new 6-story building on the south side of Lake St. between Girard and Fremont, currently the site of Music Go Round. The 6-story building would have commercial and office space on the lower floors, condominiums on the upper floors, and underground parking. There also is the possibility of a 2-story Best Buy store. CARAG will host a community meeting on Wednesday, August 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Joyce Church (31st & Fremont) to review and discuss Calhoun Square’s plans. Representatives from Calhoun Square will respond to the community input from CARAG’s Calhoun Square workshops held in June, and may present some revised plans. All are welcome and

encouraged to attend. CARAG sponsored two community workshops, led by a facilitator, on June 11 and 14 to gather community input on Calhoun Square’s plan. The workshops, attended by approximately 60 people, were successful in gathering input

from residents of CARAG and surrounding neighborhoods. The groups’ concerns included the topics of height and scale; design; traffic and parking; environment; and the proposed plaza.

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enjoy the beauty of Lake Harriet. You'll find lakeside refreshments, picnic grounds, ducks to feed, band concerts of all kinds, boats and canoes for rent, a playground, the Roberts Bird Sanctuary, the Rose and Rock Gardens, and a series of bicycle and walking trails. GeT InVoLVeD VounTeer AT The YWCA. Contact Anita Patel, Volunteer Coordinator at 612-215-4120 or at apatel@ywcampls.org Be More than a Member. The Y is far more than a health and fitness facility. For over 111 years they have worked to empower women and girls and eliminate racism. YOU CAN HELP! uPToWn neIGhBorhooD neWS Unneditor@earthlink.net Help out by writing stories and articles – interview your interesting neighbor – review a local restaurant, arts event, meeting, garden – write an opinion piece – write about history, the environment or politics. Suggest ideas for stories. Leave tips for others to write about. Help with management of the paper: do you know accounting or bookkeeping? Can you design ads? Proofread? Shoot photos? Draw illustrations? Write poetry? Want to be the editor of this calendar? Volunteer with your local paper and find fun, frivolity, and great fame. LIBrArY BooK hoMe DeLIVerY Minneapois Public Library. 612-630-6170 Minneapolis residents with limited mobility can have books delivered to them by a volunteer. Request this service, or become a book delivery volunteer. ADoPT-A-GreenWAY Midtown Greenway Coalition. 612-278-7170 www.midtowngreenway.org “Adopt” or sponsor a portion of the Greenway. Your sponsorship dollars and your volunteer activities go toward construction and maintenance of the greenway. Pick up litter. Install plants or artwork. Hold special events along the Greenway. Advertise your business while promoting the Greenway. ADVerTISe Your BuSIneSS In The uPToWn neIGhBorhooD neWS Maryannknox@visi.com. 612-822-8533 Support your local paper with your ad dollars. The paper exists to serve the readers and the business community. We appreciate the support of our local businesses. And our readers appreciate information about your sales and specials. Be seen in the UNN! PeACe ProjeCT AT LYnDALe PArK PeACe GArDen Peace Garden Project Committee. 612-313-7726 mlerman@minneapolisparks.org. On October 1, 2003, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board gave approval for the Peace Garden Project Committee to begin raising funds for a “Spirit of Peace” sculpture and replacement of the peace bridge at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden. This volunteer citizens committee hopes to accomplish these goals by August 2005 to observe the 50th anniversary of the death of Sadako Sasaki and the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The Peace Garden Project Committee’s goal is to raise $100,000 to cover the costs of the sculpture and bridge project. Individuals and groups are invited to participate in this effort and the committee is especially interested in encouraging youth involvement in this endeavor. LABor DAY 2005 Volunteer for this year’s festivities (See ad pg. 8) Contact Robyn Cook birdcook2@cs.com 612-824-9145 Tanya Cornelius corneliustanya@yahoo.com 612-824-6474

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(Editor’s Note: We will run community event listings every month on this page. Submit information about your event, music, theater, art show, volunteer opportunity, class or workshop, community meeting, etc. We will include as much as we can if it is about this neighborhood. We are seeking a volunteer to assemble and edit this column each month. Contact unneditor@earthlink. net for more information, or to submit your event information for September. Listing information must be submitted by the 17th of each month to be included in the next issue.) TheATer, PerForMAnCe junGLe TheATre 2951 Lyndale Ave.S. 612-822-7063 www. jungletheater.com Entertaining Mr. Sloane, by Joe Orton, ends Aug. 6. Bone Dry aka The Copy Editor Murders, by Paula Cizmar, opens Sept 9. BrYAnT LAKe BoWL CABAreT TheATer 810 W. Lake St. 612-825-3737 www. bryantlakebowl.com Minnesota Fringe Festival, Aug 4-8. CoMeDYSPorTZ 3001 Hennepin Av. S. 612-870-1230 www.comedysportztc.com ComedySportz is competitive team improvisational comedy, played just like a sport. Shows every Thur, 8 pm $10; Fri and Sat, 8 pm $ 12. Fri & Sat, 10:30 pm $10. Children, $8 any show.

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SouThWeST SenIor CenTer 3612 Bryant Ave. S. 612-822-3194 Golf Tournament. Mon, Sept 12. 7th annual fundraising golf tournament will be held at the Legends Club in Prior Lake. It’s a terrific event with prizes and good food. Sponsorship levels are available to fit every company’s needs. Please contact Pam Hoepner at 763-225-4039 or phoepner@voamn.org for more information.

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LIBrArY BoArD CAnDIDATe ForuM Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Av. S. 612-630-6650 Sat, Aug 20 – 2 pm. Be informed on Election Day. Ask candidates for the Library Board about issues facing the Minneapolis Public Library. Moderated by the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library. MAYorAL ForuM Sponsor; Whittier Alliance. 612-871-7756 Aug 24, 7 – 9 pm. (Refreshments at 6 p.m.) A forum of Minneapolis Mayoral candidates Hakeem, Rybak and McLaughlin will be held at the Women’s Club of Mpls., 410 Oak Grove St. Moderated by the League of Women Voters.

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FLAnDerS GALLerY 3102 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-344-1700 www. flanders-art.com. Gallery hours: Tues - Sat 10 – 5, Sun 12 – 5. Current exhibitions: River paintings by German conceptual artist Mario Reis. Recent large abstract paintings by local artist Edward Lentsch, and prints by Robert Rauschenberg. Through Aug. 20. oPenInG nIGhT FrAMInG SerVICeS & GALLerY 2836 Lyndale Av. S. 612-872-2325 www. onframe-art.com. Artists in heat: A Summer Salon, through Aug. 31 Soo VISuAL ArTS CenTer 2640 Lyndale Ave S. 612-871-2263 www. soovac.org hours: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 12–6, Sat and Sun 12-4. untitled IV (July 22 – Aug 28) Soo VAC’s fourth annual un-themed juried show. An open call will solicit artists working in diverse media, and particular effort will be dedicated to ensuring that there is a broad applicant base, representing as varied a cross-section of our community as possible. hIGhPoInT CenTer For PrInTMAKInG 2638 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-871-1326 www.highpointprintmaking.org. Kids Class: Culture Camp – A Summer Tradition! Mon – Fri, Aug 8 – 12. Donovan Durham Gallery opening reception: Fri, Aug 5, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. In partnership with Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts. On view through Sept 9. InTerMeDIA ArTS 2822 Lyndale Ave, S. 612-871-4444 www. intermediaarts.org CAFe eXhIBITIon Freestyle: A Black Book Exhibit. Through August 13. Free. 10th AnnuAL neIGhBorhooD ArT eXhIBITIon. Minneapolis 55408 Annual interactive community celebration of our neighborhoods’ artists and their diverse art forms.Through August 13; $2 suggested donation

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PIZZA LuCe BLoCK PArTY 3200 Lyndale Ave. S. Corey Sax, 612-334-9576 www.pizzaluce. com. Sat., Aug. 13, noon – 10 pm. Family friendly activities noon – 3 pm. Free. Live music will include Har Mar Superstar, Heiruspecs, The Midnight Evils, Ouijia Radio, Die Electric!, Traditional Methods, Melismatics, 100 flowers, Mike Gunther and his Restless Souls, Lili’s Burlesque, Tony Paul, and Rass Kwame & Ananse. uPToWn BAr 3018 Henn. Ave. S. 612-823-4719 Countach, Sat, Aug 20, 9 pm – 1 am. Cover Charge: $5.00. Ages: 21 and Up. With Spittin’ Cobras and Tonnage. LAKe hArrIeT BAnDSheLL North side of Lake Harriet. Free concerts. Daytime concerts 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Evening concerts, 7:30 p.m. Aug 1 – Sophie Reed. Aug 2 – U of M Alumni Band. Aug 3 – The Radio Band. Aug 4 – Brian Kinney Band. Aug 5 – Defending Farm Animals. Aug 6 – Peace Concert. Aug 7, 2 p.m. – Encore Wind Ensemble. Aug 7, 5:30 p.m. – Sue Redden. Aug 8 – Zuhrah Concert Band. Aug 9 – Pergatory Creek. Aug 10 – Signe Hensel Quartet. Aug 11 – Stan O’Daffer. Aug 12 – Brothers Frantzich. Aug 13 – Michael Monroe. Aug 14, 2 p.m. – Talluqua. Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m. – Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. Aug 15 – Mn. Mandolin Orchestra. Aug 16 – Mark Kreitzer. Aug 17 – Wayne Hamilton. Aug 18 – Bavarian Musik Meisters. Aug 19 – Will Hale & The Tadpole Parade. Aug 20 – Neal & Leandra. Aug 21, 2 p.m. – Paul Renz Jazz Ensemble. Aug 21, 5:30 – Honeywell Concert Band. Aug 22 – Classic Brass. Aug 23 – Sweet Adelines TC Show Chorus. Aug 24 – Quartet Gumbo. Aug 25 – Amy Angeline. Aug 26 – Helgeson Schulte Bissonnette. Aug 27 – Fabulous Canterburys. Aug 28, 2 p.m. – 3 Car Garage. Aug 28, 5:30 p.m. – Stephanie Verone. Aug 29 – Sweet Adelines City of Lakes Chorus. Aug 30 – The Middle Spunk Creek Boys. Aug 31 – Bobb Fantauzzo. Sept 1 – South Washington County Comm. Band. Sept 2 – Charlie Maguire & Ballet MN. Sept 3 – Dock Stock – Folk Showcase. Sept 4. – Spruce Top Review. Sept. 5 – The Abdomen.

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BAKKen MuSeuM 3537 Zenith Avenue South. 612-926-3878 www.thebakken.org Hours: Tues - Sat 10 - 5, Thurs 10 –8. Kids Invent! Interact with Bakken student inventions and learn how you too can become an inventor. Through Sept.30. Family Science Saturdays, every Sat, 10-4. Build a skeet ball, a fan, a fire fly. CIrCuS MAnDuhAI Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Av. S. 612-630-6650 Tues, Aug 2 – 10:30 am. Free. Children and other audience members witness various circus acts including acrobatics, juggling, unicycle, foot juggling, handstand balancing hula hoops, and jump rope. ASTronoMY PreSenTATIon & TeLeSCoPe DeMonSTrATIon Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Av. S. 612-630-6650 Wed, Aug 3 – 6:30 pm. Free. Learn about our galaxy and beyond from the University of Minnesota Department of Astronomy. Includes an exciting slide show, Q & A session, telescope demo, and sky viewing! KIDS CLuB SuMMer ProGrAM Uptown YMCA of Minneapolis, 2808 Hennepin Ave. S. 612-215-4204. Session III: Arts. Aug 8-26. $450. Teen BooK CLuB Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Av. S. 612-630-6650 Wed, Aug 10 – 4 – 5 pm. Teens (12 to 18 yrs old) are invited to read and talk about the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Registration is free, but limited to twelve. To reserve your spot, please visit or call the Walker Library Reference Desk, 612-630-6650. PreSChooL STorYTIMe Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Av. S. 612-630-6650 Thur, Aug 11 and 25, 10:30 am. CoMo-hArrIeT STreeTCAr LIne http://www.trolleyride.org Because of the track reconstruction project, the line has not been operating this summer. It is expected to resume around August 1. Meanwhile, you can visit the Linden Hills Station, which will remain open from 12:30 to 8:00 p.m. on weekends and 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on weeknights. This is more than just a streetcar ride. After your trip back in time,

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WALKer LIBrArY BooK CLuB Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Av. S. 612-630-6650 Mon, Aug 8 – 6:30 pm. Jackson’s Dilemma by Iris Murdoch. Newcomers always welcome.

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UptowN Neighborhood News Minneapolis elections this fall will decide who will be our new Mayor, as well as representatives to the City Council, Park and Recreation Board, Library Board, and the Board of Estimation and Taxation. The Primary election will be Tuesday, Sept. 13th. The top two vote getters from the Primary (two per seat) plus write-in space(s) will appear on the General Election Ballot. The General election will be Nov. 8. Following are the names of all those who have filed to run for these offices. The Ward 10 City Council candidates are profiled here. Next month we will profile other local races. PArK AnD reCreATIon BoArD Three at-large representatives will be elected citywide. Six representatives will be elected by District – District 4 and 6 represent ECCO and CARAG At-large Everyone will vote for three from this list of candidates Rochelle Berry Graves Meg Forney Daniel J. Froehlich Jordan Garner Paula Gilbertson John Lilly Mary Merrill Anderson Tom Nordyke Clement Shimizu Annie Young District 4 (eCCo) Christine Hansen Tracy Nordstrom Jennifer Salita District 6 (CArAG) Jim Bernstein Bob Fine BoArD oF eSTIMATIon AnD TAXATIon Vote for 2 at-large members Carol Becker Geno Bassett Matthew Jones Gordon Nelson Jill Schwimmer

pAge 13 LIBrArAY BoArD TruSTeeS noTe: Ask candidates for the Library Board about issues facing the Minneapolis Public Library. Moderated by the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library. 2:00 p.m. Sat, Aug. 20, 2005 Vote for 6 at-large members Jae Bryson Timothy A. Davis, Sr. Thomas P. Deyo Anita Duckor Mark "Sparky" Elko Victor Grambsch Eric Hinsdale Virginia Holte Alan Hooker Julie Iverson Rod Krueger Lisa Kjellander Travis Lee Sheldon Mains Laurie Savran Samantha Smart Ian Stade Gary Thaden Laura Waterman Wittstock MAYor noTe: A Mayoral Forum with hakeem, rybak and McLaughlin will be held August 24 at the Women’s Club of Mpls., 410 oak Grove St., 7-9 pm (refreshments at 6pm). Moderated by League of Women Voters. Info Whittier Alliance 612.871.7756. David A. Alvarado Gregory A. "Ernie" Brown Dick Franson Gregory Groettum Farheen Hakeem Marcus Harcus Don Johnson Mark Koscielski Peter McLaughlin Tim Nolan R.T. Rybak Gerald James Savage CITY CounCIL – WArD 10 Incumbent Dan niziolek is not running for re-election Allan Bernard Tom Moore Gay Noble Scott Persons Ralph Remington Harry Savage

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1. What are the top three environmental problems/ challenges facing the city and how would you solve or address them? 2. Currently, the Shoreland Overlay District zoning limits a building’s height to 2-1/2 stories or 35’. A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is often used to increase this height without limits. Would you support changing this CUP process to protect shorelines adjacent to our lakes and rivers? How would you do this? 3. What circumstances or compelling reasons would there be for allowing a building’s height to be greater than the Zoning Code limitations, which is typically no greater than 4 stories or 56’ in the 10th Ward? 4. How would you address the increase of crime in our neighborhoods, the need for more police protection and responsiveness, as well as distribution of timely crime alert information? 5. It is said that the city’s core services such as infrastructure, police, and fire, are under funded. How would you provide for these services?

implemented. 2. Protecting our Shoreland areas is vital to preserving one of the things that makes our city so unique—our urban waterways. The current CUP process is being used to circumvent the intention of the Shoreland Overlay District (SOD). I would support changing that process. Requiring a variance for exceeding height limits, that is making the property owner demonstrate a hardship instead of just meeting conditions for a CUP, would be an improvement. Exceptions to the SOD should be exceedingly rare, and only in the case where the community gains much from, and truly supports, the project. 3. Exceeding zoning height should require significant community amenities from the development. An example being if zoning says 56’ and a proposed project wants to exceed it by 25%, there would be certain requirements that the community would expect for increased height. Exceeding zoning by 250% is excessive. If we continue to exceed zoning, zoning itself becomes meaningless. Currently, exceptions to height are through conditional use permits (CUPs) which, compared to variances, are not difficult to obtain. There is no actual height cap using this process. It is perfectly legal and well within the rights of property owners to ask for as much as they do. It’s up to the city to show why not. This is a very confusing and frustrating situation for both developers and neighborhoods. 4. It’s not necessarily the number of police in relation to criminals, but the means in which the police are deployed. Our police force is stretched thin so there is not much time for community policing (building relationships within communities, education). They’ve had to be reactive

instead of proactive. I think that Project STOP is a creative way to deal with heavy crime in a fluid manner. But in all honesty, the jury is still out on this. I remain optimistic. We have to address the root causes of crime: lack of economic opportunities, lack of hope. Timely distribution of crime alerts is necessary, and there are many different methods to pursue. 5. Providing quality basic services is paramount. We have to look at ways to increase city revenues in a progressive manner. Our property taxes are already high (and are regressive). I would work with my colleagues and the legislature for Minneapolis’ fair share of the money we pay into the state. We must also look for ways to bring in revenue from those who benefit from our city services, but do not currently contribute towards them. A possible option is a "commuter fee" -- a very small percentage of an employee’s wages above a certain income level on those who work in Minneapolis but do not live here. Another way would be to add a small amount on to parking rates in city ramps downtown. ralphremington.com 612-821-3819 rembuz@aol. com Party Affiliation: DFL

rALPh reMInGTon 1. runoff Pollution Runoff picks up and carries away natural and humanmade pollutants, depositing them into our lakes, rivers, and creeks. Runoff diversion is essential to superior water quality—in addition to trying to prevent runoff pollution in the first place I will address this through: zoning and planning, ensuring sustainable development; providing incentives for incorporating rain gardens, permeable/pervious paving, true green roof technology, etc. Transit Increasing traffic congestion is degrading our air quality, and overall livability of the city. I would be a tireless advocate for a true LRT system throughout the Twin Cities, augmenting the system with streetcars where appropriate. I agree with CM Goodman—we need to combine our City Planning and Transit Departments in order to have good urban planning and promote pedestrian friendly, transitoriented development. Dutch issues elm/urban Forest

the quality of our water, protect and grow our urban forest and improve our transportation system. We need to protect and clean up our waterways. I would support the establishment of a department of water management. This department’s mission would be to enhance water quality by encouraging the implementation of alternative storm water infiltration practices such as rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable/ pervious paving, green roofs, etc.

The devastating effects of Dutch Elm need to addressed now. We can’t afford to lose any more of our urban forest. Prevention, education, and dealing quickly with diseased trees will help. An aggressive reforestation plan must be

Minneapolis is known for its tree-lined streets, but Dutch Elm disease has decimated our urban forest. I would work to treat trees before they are infected, remove diseased trees quickly to prevent the spread of the disease and not only replace removed trees, but also plant more. Transportation is part of the issue of growth. As more people travel to or within Minneapolis, our streets become more congested. Transit is a matter of integrating ALLAn BernArD continued on page 14

ALLAn BernArD Questions for Candidates for City Council of the 10th Ward 1. I would work to improve

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ALLAn BernArD continued from page 13 all modes of transportation into a comprehensive system. A multimodal system would reduce the traffic congestion in the 10th Ward and alleviate one of the concerns about growth. As a Council Member, I would work to bring about this kind of transportation system. 2. Yes, I would support changing the Shoreland Overlay District. I would remove the CUP process from the ordinance. This would limit heights of buildings to 35 feet within the district. Our lakes and rivers are the jewels of Minneapolis and we must ensure they remain that way. 3. The neighborhoods, business associations, developer, city

staff and Council Member should together review each proposed project. Increased height is appropriate along commercial corridors if the buildings are designed to add to the character and vitality of our neighborhoods and would be a benefit to the neighborhood and City. 4. I would work with the police department to make sure that our neighborhoods get the best protection possible. CODEFOR enables our police to direct their efforts where they are most needed. We as neighbors need to stay involved in our block clubs and report suspicious activity to 911 to make sure the police department knows about issues in our neighborhoods and provides service where it is needed. I will work to develop a comprehensive multi-modal transportation plan that focuses on moving people in and through the City. I will also continue to work on innovative solutions like hOur car, the Uptown area car-sharing program I helped initiate. The lakes are one of the City’s treasured recreation resources. We must adamantly preserve these public places. Currently, the Shoreline Overlay District is not clear in its intent to protect views of the lake and should be thoroughly overhauled to more clearly define that intent. With a rewrite of the Shoreline Overlay District, I would propose looking at other zoning tools to address any variance in building height. 3. When sense of place comes head-to-head with development interests, tensions often arise. The fact that the city does NOT have a comprehensive plan for development within neighbor-hoods, just adds to the challenge. For example, why is the city allowing variances for building heights up to 12 stories, to build density, while at the same time not building density on major transit corridors like the one story Chipotle’s at 26th and Hennepin and the new one story gas station at 28th and Lyndale? It just doesn’t make sense and it’s not efficient. That’s why I am proposing a three point plan to: a) Establish new zoning districts using a "form based" zoning model that relies on citizen participation to set minimum and maximum building heights. b) Integrate current neighborhood plans into the City’s comprehensive plan.

Community Crime Prevention/ Safe already uses email to distribute crime alert information. I would also publish these alerts on my website and encourage the distribution of information as quickly as possible. 5. I would provide for these services in two ways: increase the efficiency with which we deliver all services in the City and raise additional money to pay for core services. While improving the efficiency with which we provide service is the best way to save money, we are quickly reaching the limit to how much we can save this way. That is why we need to raise more money to provide core services. I do not support property tax increases except as a last resort as they are c) And develop a multi-modal transportation plan with a focus on moving people. These matters are critical to building and maintaining public trust. 4. Immediately, I plan to work to re-establish the CCP SAFE teams. These teams work with the community, to establish block clubs and work on neighborhood and local business initiatives. Preventative and pro-active, they address livability crimes that, if left unchecked become more serious problems. Timely crime alert information is ultimately connected to strengthening our SAFE teams, who, in the past, have been the direct link to neighborhoods and block clubs. 5. I plan to provide revenues to fully fund an accredited Fire Department and to also fully fund the CCP Safe teams, returning them to the level of two years ago. The council has viable choices regarding funding allocation for infrastructure, police and fire. In 2005, thanks to City departments creating five (5) year business plans, the City had over a four million dollar roll over. The question was where to apply that savings. If, to this surplus, one adds the one million dollars paid from the City’s general fund each year for the Target Center, there’s a pool of over five million dollars of additional revenues that could go directly to funding Minneapolis’ core services. www.votegaynoble.com 612-308-9592 Party Affiliation: DFL

regressive and many residents already feel pinched by their ever-increasing tax bills. Sales tax increases may be a slightly better alternative, but they are also regressive and the State Legislature would be likely to reduce LGA to Minneapolis by an amount equal to that raised from the sales tax. We need to grow our tax base in order to raise additional funds. That is why I believe that we need to encourage development and increase density in Minneapolis, but only in ways that benefit our neighborhoods. There is no point in encouraging new development if these projects decrease the value of surrounding property and make Minneapolis a less desirable place to live. We also need to look at other

ways we can increase revenues including using fees for zoning applications, license fees and so on to capture the actual costs of providing these services, flattening the structure of departments so that we have no more layers of management than are necessary and raising the fees at municipal parking lots to match those charged by private lots. If you would like more information or have additional questions, please contact me at 612-824-2038 allanbernard2005@yahoo.com or www.allanbernard.com Party Affiliation: DFL

of Minneapolis. Yet we must maintain the image of our city. I would protect our parks from development keeping them open for all the public. And I would propose sensible development in Uptown. There are a lot of dilapidated buildings which, if landlords are not held accountable, could become slums and havens for felons, thugs and criminal gangs seeking to over run our city. However we must be cautious that we do not let Uptown lose its college and young professional types that can't, as of yet afford a condo. That being said, a condo is a good way to encourage first time home ownership. 4. I would address crime by imposing a Giuliani-style crackdown on major and minor crime. What Giuliani did for New York is a model that all seeking local office should be proud to copy. 5. I would cut taxes and cut the pork barrel spending on social programs. Thus freeing up money for police and fire, again making our city safe and affordable. Thank you for your time, and on September 13th run with the Harry Savage. runwithsavage.blogspot.com 612-799-1523 sava0066@excite.com Party Affiliation: DFL

GAY noBLe 1. Increasingly, air and water quality are key environmental issues for Minneapolis. Both greatly impact the 10th Ward, which is fortunate to have two of the lakes in the Chain of Lakes. A recent bacteria alert shut down a Lake Calhoun beach. Additionally, the Uptown area is one of the City’s most congested. With the rise in regional air quality alerts Uptown might have even more unsafe air than we’re aware of, due to the current lack of adequate monitoring. Enhancing our Urban Forest is an immediate solution. Trees do more than beautify. They filter pollution directly from the air. Their canopies over asphalt greatly reduce the heat island effect, which creates much of the ground level pollution. They play a vital role in filtering water contaminants, including salt. As a policy aide I worked with Paul Ostrow’s office, City Public Works and Forestry staff, citizens and urban planners to create the Urban Forestry policy, adopted in February 2004. I currently am an alternate on the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Committee, which seeks to improve Minneapolis’ urban canopy. Of course, the most significant negative impact to air quality is the automobile.

hArrY SAVAGe Dear Uptown News: The top three environmental issues facing uptown are cars, buses and cigarettes on the street due to the smoking ban. Cars are a problem so I would lobby for tougher emission standards. As for buses, I would work for better cleaner transit options. The last environmental issue is smoke butts on the street. I would, in my first 90 days as a councilman, propose an end to the smoking ban, which would put more revenue back into the economy thus more revenue back into the city budget. 2. & 3. Uptown is a very popular place and we walk a fine line between development and not development. When one thinks of a city, one thinks of big buildings, dense living, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. One must not let suburbia take such a gem from the city

minneapolis elections this fall will decide who will be our new mayor, as well as representatives to the City Council, Park and recreation Board, library Board, and the Board of estimation and taxation.

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SCoTT PerSonS 1. Our continued overdependence on the automobile hurts our physical environment, air quality and our city’s ability to be economically competitive. One of the main reasons I am running is because of the opportunities we have to expand transit in Minneapolis due to the success of Hiawatha LRT. I am the only candidate with regional relationships to work on transit issues and it will be a top priority for me if elected to promote a Midtown Greenway Streetcar, Bus Rapid Transit on 35W and a future Southwest LRT corridor that includes Uptown. We also need to do more to enhance our bike lanes to encourage bike commuting and calm traffic As our city continues to grow and change it is

critically important that we preserve our green and open spaces and create green connections between our parks, neighborhoods and business nodes. We must also promote green roof technology and green space in new construction throughout the city to manage stormwater runoff that pollutes our lakes and rivers. I will work with partners like the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Green Institute and Urban Land Institute to plan for vital and diverse city that is greener than when we began. Our urban tree canopy we enjoy in Minneapolis is one of the most dense in North America and it must be preserved and enhanced. In Lyndale neighborhood, our environment committee has formed a partnership with a private donor and tree treatment company to treat dozens of elms in our neighborhood. I believe the key to growing our urban canopy of trees is to continue to form public-private partnerships for more tree planting initiatives in the years to come. 2. Protecting the integrity of our shoreland areas is crucial to leaving the lakes area a natural resource for all future generations to enjoy. I believe

the CUP process should be changed as it applies to our Shoreland Overlay District. The ability to apply for a CUP for height should be removed entirely for Parkway and residential addresses within the Shoreland Overlay District. We can amend the zoning code to remove this option with a council vote. We need to ensure our lakes are not surrounded by highrise structures, this zoning change would ensure that doesn’t ever happen. We also must be vigilant in opposing the over-commercialization of parkland. I oppose the Calhoun Sailing Village. 3. We must exercise great care and caution when considering all the impacts of development projects, including height. First and foremost, no new construction or addition should ever exceed 35’ if it is located in a residential area. I support down-zoning or height overlay districts in residential areas to mitigate this concern. On our major arterial streets such Hennepin, Nicollet and Lake structures that seek to be taller than 56’ must exemplify great public benefit in order to even be considered (such as jobs, connection to transit, real public spaces and public amenities and art). Any potential taller structures

must incorporate strong urban design principles, be set back from the pedestrian edge, incorporate stormwater run-off management systems and incorporate green space, a pedestrian friendly environment and easy connections to transit. 4. The true test of vitality in any city is whether a woman feels safe walking home alone at night. I am not satisfied that we are meeting that test today. Resources are needed for public safety, the good news is that the City is receiving more money from the state the next two years which can help put more officers on the street but we must do more to bolster investigations and prosecutions so offenders aren’t back on the street three hours after arrest. As a city, we should establish a standard of coverage and response times for our police department and commit to fund that standard as a minimum for public safety every year. We are currently adopting a standard of coverage for the fire department and I will support fully funding that standard once established. Our neighborhood associations should work directly with our CCP SAFE officers to enhance crime alert notification. In the Lyndale neighborhood where I live we have been doing this

with great results this past year. 5. The primary mission of a great city is to deliver services to all of our residents. Public safety and infrastructure are the core services of our city and must be our greatest priority. I would also add planning resources as a critical need for our growing, vital corridors and business nodes. New funds from state local government aid increases must be directed to these priorities first. I am very reluctant to further burden homeowners, renters and small business owners with further regressive property tax increases. If we need more money for our public safety, infrastructure and planning we must be prepared to make real sacrifices in other areas rather than tax our most vulnerable residents out of their homes and force small businesses to leave the city. scottpersons.com 612-822-0089 scott@ scottpersons.org Party Affiliation: DFL

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The Ice Cream Social was held Wednesday, July 13th from 68p.m. Some of the activities included a moonwalk, dunk tank, carnival games, face painting, live music pizza and ice cream. The ice cream was purchased at cost from Sonny’s and the pizza was donated by Pizza Luce, Learning Tower, Uptown Pizza, Pizza Hut, Golooney’s and Davanni’s. CARAG also donated money for the entertainment.

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