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Minneapolis Community Connections Conference

The Community Connections Conference is a city-wide event hosted annually by the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. Join community members, non-profits, City departments and elected officials to share ideas and develop strategies to create and impact change as a community. Register online.

This year’s conference theme is Aspire. Collaborate. Transform.

Aspire: Creating outcomes through capturing your ideas, ambitions and visions of what the city can become.

Collaborate: Coming together to develop strategies to achieve these outcomes.

Transform: Creating and impacting change as a community.

The overall goal of the conference is to build diversity and capacity of neighborhood organizations and community organizations by providing new and innovative ideas through collaboration and participation. The conference includes:

Engaging speakers

Interactive workshops

Complimentary lunch

Community exhibitors

The schedule for the day:

7:30 – Early registration opens

8:45 – Welcome

9:15-10:15 – Opening Plenary Panel

10:30-11:45 – Workshop Session #1

Noon-1:00 – Lunch

1:15-2:30 – Workshop Session #2

2:45-3:30 – Closing Forum

Accessibility and Inclusion

Your participation in the Community Connections Conference is greatly encouraged. The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is committed to providing a rich, accessible and inclusionary experience. On-site captioning and interpreters for American Sign, Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Oromo are available throughout the day.

The Minneapolis Convention Center offers information on locations of accessible entrances, restrooms and transportation. Learn more at Minneapolis Convention Center and Accessibility.

For further reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-554-1959 or ncr@minneapolismn.gov. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157. Please submit your request by January 31.

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Still Lots to Learn from Minneapolis’ Great Gateway Mistake

I’m as obsessed with Minneapolis’ lost Gateway District as anyone who hasn’t written a book on the topic, so I read with some relish the peerless local historian Larry Millett’s recent Star Tribune opinion piece: Minneapolis’ notorious Gateway District was razed almost 60 years ago. It’s time to stop mourning its loss. I came away disappointed. […]

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Call for Proposals: Inaugural Bike + Walk Minnesota Conference

Good news, y’all: For the first time ever, this year the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is adding an explicit pedestrian focus to its 2018 conference, the appropriately titled Bike + Walk Minnesota Conference (formerly the PedalMN Conference) which will be held April 29 – May 1 in Rochester. As one of the conference organizers, I’m writing […]

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Billboard Proposal is “Rash That Won’t Go Away”

The mysteriously persistent proposal to allow more billboards in downtown Minneapolis has Planning Commissioner John Slack feeling as if he’d like to pour a bottle of antibiotics all over it: For me this is like the rash that won’t go away. I don’t see how this supports any of the comprehensive plan goals, I don’t […]

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Downtown East: Not Just a Stadium

Bank, bridge, book arts, bordello, and brewpub. Hotels and high-tech. Lofts and linseed oil. Mill ruins, museum, and medical clinics. Shelter, supportive housing, and sculptures. Theater and threshers. Downtown East has it all, from the 19th century to the 21st. And yes, one big indoor football stadium that has gotten a lot of attention surrounding […]

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What Would You Say to the Mayor Elect (Round Three)

Hopefully everyone has been following this series over the past few days.  It’s time for the third and final letter from the Urban Currents series “Dear Mayor-Elect … Congratulation, Now The Work Begins” Urban Currents series event. The author, Eleonore Wesserle, is Director of Narrative Strategy with Line Break Media, where she helps build the capacity for organizations and individuals […]

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What Would You Say to the Mayor Elect (Round Two)

It’s day two in this post-election series!  Today’s letter was also presented at Cuningham Group’s “Dear Mayor-Elect … Congratulation, Now The Work Begins” Urban Currents series event. The author, Alissa Luepke Pier, is a resident of North Minneapolis and a national award-winning architect. She received her Master of Architecture degree with a thesis entitled “Architecture and Game […]

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Northstar Train Mpls-Big-Lake-StP Holiday Ride

Exciting group ride on the Northstar train. Here’s the agenda:

We’ll be meeting at the upper level of the Target Field Northstar station at 11:10 AM. This will ensure plenty of time for people to buy tickets as needed and comfortably board for the 11:30 AM departure (flip to northbound trips.) If one of the suburban stations is more convenient, feel free to join anywhere along the route.

Once we arrive at Big Lake at 12:22 PM, we’ll walk down to Lupulin Brewing for lunch and refreshments, making sure to get back in time for the 2:45 PM departure from Big Lake to St. Paul Union Depot (a special run that Northstar has not done before!)

Come and chat commuter rail, railroad history, exurbs, intra-city versus inter-city transit, and rare St Paul SPUD routes!

Meet at the Target Field station, 12/9, before 11:30!

 

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A New Corner on Nicollet

Another day, another thought on Nicollet Ave S, I’m open to suggestions on what topics to cover, I have a dozen but I also like crowd sourced thoughts. To be honest, writing and photographing Nicollet Ave could be a forever project for me. It has been at least a self project for a while as […]

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Can the West Loop Still Happen?

If you asked one of the thousands of new Minneapolis residents who moved in since 2010 “What are the borders of North Loop?”, you may find they consider the western border to be the 4th Street freeway viaduct. Despite the neighborhood continuing on west up to I-94, the viaduct walls off a landscape of low […]

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