Urban agriculture transformation planned in East Phillips neighborhood, 2021
Hennepin County is working with the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) to transform two vacant lots owned by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) near the Midtown Greenway into an urban farm and community gathering place.
NACDI will operate the Four Sisters Farm on the site to provide access to fresh healthy foods and serve as a learning environment for indigenous farming, medicine, and lifeways.
The project site is located along East 29th Street between 16th and 18th avenues south near the Midtown Greenway in the East Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Construction and implementation are to take place in spring and summer of 2021. Improvements will include tree plantings, water installation, walkways, raised beds, and hardscape upgrades for better site circulation, and public art.
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The project team gathered community input at an initial project kick-off event October 12, 2020, at the project site, with social distancing and masks required. Additionally, community members provided feedback in an online survey, available in English, Spanish and Somali. Community members expressed overwhelming support for, and interest in, the project.
Community members are invited to share ideas and participate. For more information, to get involved, or to share feedback, please contact Crystal Myslajek at email@example.com.
Learn more about the project (PDF).
Celebración de la cultura y construcción de la comunidad a través de la agricultura urbana en East Philips (PDF).
Beerta Afarta Gabdhood ee Walaalaha ah (PDF)
ADA accessible connections project at Harriet and Garfield
This project will construct a new ADA accessible ramp to the Midtown Greenway between Garfield and Harriet avenues to ensure community members of all abilities will be able to enjoy the Midtown Greenway, while retaining and supporting the integrity of the Soo Line Garden. The project is entering the preliminary design phase which includes engaging community members in the design. The new ramp will be constructed in 2023.
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The Greenway runs for 6 miles in a historic railroad trench beneath bridged streets in south Minneapolis, which makes biking or walking along it a distinctive experience. The Sensible Land Use Coalition named the Midtown Greenway a Great Place in 2014, and USA Today called it a Top Urban Bike Path in 2013. It is also key part of the regional transportation and bikeway network, linking Uptown, the Midtown Global Market and an array of other retail and cultural destinations between the Mississippi River and the Chain of Lakes. Annually, more than 1.5 million people take advantage of this flat, easy, mostly car-free east-west route across the city.
The Midtown Corridor was constructed in the 1910's as a freight rail corridor. With the decline of rail service, however, by the mid-1990's the corridor had become a neglected place that was attracting crime and contributing to lower land values, disinvestment, and blight in nearby neighborhoods. In 1995, Hennepin County identified the Midtown corridor as a priority area for its new community works initiative. After an extensive planning effort, the Greenway was constructed in three phases between 1999 and 2006. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, and in 2007, the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge opened, linking the Greenway over Hiawatha Avenue.
Visit the Midtown Greenway Coalition website for more information.
Midtown Greenway inducted into national Rail-to-Trail Hall of Fame
In September 2015, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announced that the Midtown Greenway had joined a select group of trails on the national Rail-to-Trail Hall of Fame. Trails are honored on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution. Read more about the award and the greenway in the October 16 TrailBlog.