Whether for you or a special someone, original art makes a great holiday gift! One of the things that makes Logan Park so special is the talented artists that live and work here. Many of which have studios in the following buildings and will be open for business through Wednesday.
Logan Park Neighborhood Association hosts an annual lighting contest. As the days get shorter and colder, extra neighborhood lighting brings warmth and brightness to our community.
Lights of Logan Lighting Contest 2020 Sunday December 13th, 5pm
Have you house/yard lights on by 5pm to be considered for judging. Top 3 homes will receive a $50 gift card! Winners will be announced in the January newsletter. Sponsored by Logan Park Neighborhood Association.
Give to the Max for Logan Park! Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) is a 501c3, serving the Logan Park neighborhood, in the heart of the NE Minneapolis Arts Disctrict. We advocate for our community and connect people to resources. We host monthly community meetings that bring people together, spark ideas, and lead to actions that improve our neighborhood. Some of our recent work includes pedestrian alley signs, rain gardens, a forgivable loan program, wading pool enhancements, neighborhood clean ups, monthly newsletters, and a podcast series. We also have active committees including the Priorities Planning committee, Street Safety committee, a Development committee, and a newly established Shelter work-group.
As part of our Shelter work group, we would like to create a planning document that includes action items for the neighborhood and our government and non profit partners.
Are you looking for ways to record community memories in these changing times? Are you considering an oral history or community storytelling project?
Join the Hennepin County Library Special Collections archivist for a free, virtual class—Gathering Community Stories —to learn tips and tools for recording, preserving, and making accessible community stories. The class will be held Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 – 8pm. Register on the library’s website and the Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to you before class. www.hclib.org
Wednesday October 21st · LPNA General Meeting · 7pm Meeting Link or dial in +1312-626-6799, Meeting ID 865 8733 0550
Agenda: Follow up to September’s Housing Discussion, Confirmed Guests: Sue Watlov Philips (MICHAH), Representatives from Envision, Elim Church pastors.
Invited: Junail Anderson Freeman (Freedom from the Streets, Logan Encampment permit holder), CM Kevin Reich, Rep. Jordan, Senator Dziedzic, Park Commissioner French and Meyer, Commissioner Fernando, 2nd Precinct Representatives.
We interview Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director – Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) on the current affordable housing crisis and the growing number of people experiencing homelessness. Sue brings decades of housing advocacy experience to the conversation and shares reasons why people experience homelessness.
Discussion on long term housing and shelter , introduction by Sue Watlov Phillips – Executive Director for Metropolitan Interfaith Coalition for Affordable Housing – featuring guests Senator Kari Dziedzic, Representative Sydney Jordan, Council Member Kevin Reich, Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando, & Elim Church pastors
NOTE: The public is welcome at all LPNA meetings. All meetings are accessible and requests for special accommodations at LPNA meetings may be made by contacting us no less than one week prior to the event. Please contact LPNA with specific requests.
As a board, we commit to engaging with our city, county, and state representatives to advocate that resources and services are provided to the encampment to ensure the safety of the sheltered and unsheltered residents of Logan Park. With homelessness becoming increasingly visible in Minneapolis, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association Board supports the operation of the Logan Park encampment, as permitted by the Minneapolis Park Board and administered by Junail Anderson. During the course of the encampment’s administration, we commit to engagement with local police, city, county, state, and park officials to ensure that the encampment remains safe and well organized.
We do not believe that park encampments are suitable long-term solutions, and demand effective, pragmatic solutions from the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the state of Minnesota that will result in sheltering the encampment residents in safe transitional housing as well as long-term housing. We commit to engaging with Junail on a regular basis to maintain visibility into encampment needs, including supplies and specific advocacy actions needed to ensure they are able to operate effectively and peaceably.
-The LPNA Board of Directors 9.3.2020
Please continue to contact your elected officials to share your feedback and ask for permanent, long-term housing for our unsheltered neighbors in the encampment. You can find a template letter here. or download here.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback, if you would like to learn more, or get involved.
Sue Watlov Phillips is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), and before that she was the ED of Elim Transitional Housing based out of Elim church and involved with the NE Food Shelf. She has provided a very detailed report on the history of homelessness.
As COVID-19 continues to bring out the interconnectedness of people, health, and the systems of our society, Chowgirls Catering has been making the most of this tough situation, partnering with other organizations with similar values to implement positive changes. On March 17, 2020, with Second Harvest Heartland and Loaves & Fishes, Chowgirls launched Minnesota Central Kitchen to prepare emergency meals for people in need throughout the Twin Cities metro area. The collaboration has been ongoing since then with Chowgirls making 10,000-12,000 meals per week and kitchens at Surly, United Health, Appetite for Change, The Sioux Chef, and others using the same model. The meals are prepared with donated ingredients as well as ingredients from local farms.
Chowgirls Greenhouse Project, an innovative partnership with urban farmer David Gray of Bullthistle Gardens, is motivated by a spirit of collaboration. David, whom Chowgirls knows through long-time work with the Northeast Farmers Market, is no stranger to growing food with a higher humanitarian purpose. Ten years ago, he developed the disabled adults job program at eQuality Farms, where they grew all organic and heirloom vegetables in Buffalo, Minnesota. He then launched his own endeavor with Bullthistle Gardens, a family urban garden in South Mpls, to grow for farmers markets, local restaurants, and grocery stores.
David recognized Chowgirls work with Second Harvest Heartland as a “powerful mission” and offered to donate a 90’ x 30’ greenhouse for Minnesota Central Kitchen and Chowgirls. The first challenge to make this dream come true was finding a space. The parking lot at Chowgirls headquarters was not large enough. Thanks to the community spirit of Solar Arts Building landlord Duane Arens and neighbors at Indeed Brewing, the big empty lot behind the Solar Arts Building was just the ticket.
The frame was built in June, rich organic compost was laid out in rows, organic peppers and tomatoes seedlings were planted, beans, cucumbers, squash, and herbs were planted from seed. A greenhouse can yield 3 times the harvest of an outdoor farm by using vertical growing methods and season extension practices. The heat from the asphalt will help accelerate the growing process. Hopes are to run the greenhouse at least through the end of October, extending the season as long as weather conditions allow. David believes he can continue to harvest into early December.
As Chowgirls target at least 10% of each Minnesota Central Kitchen meal prepared to feature locally sourced ingredients, this project goes a long way to their goal to invest in Minnesota to feed Minnesota.
Chowgirls is grateful to David for sharing his growing knowledge and willingness to experiment. Growing on a parking lot poses new kinds of challenges that are worth the energy to resolve as a way to find a higher purpose for under-utilized urban space and to make fresh food accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford it.
We have received many questions and statements of support as well as concerns about the encampment. There is a shared concern that encampments in public parks are not a solution and that our elected officials need to deliver on better long term housing for our community members living in the encampment. We share these sentiments.
Per the MPRB, on 8/13/2020:
“We have set the date of Aug 17 as the deadline for an application at Logan Park. At this point, we have communicated a deadline of Aug 17 for applications directly to individuals at the encampment. If an application is not received, the encampment will be identified as an unpermitted encampment and be subject to removal per Resolution 2020-267.
We have approximately 40 parks with encampments at the moment that vary in size. We are prioritizing removal of encampments based health and safety issues and whether it is capable of a permit. Removal of larger encampments can take about 3 days if they go well. We have been working this week to address three sites. ”
We want to share what we know about the camp and want you to be aware that the LPNA board is not sponsoring the camp. We will not be applying for a permit, and we are not directly coordinating volunteers.
We aren’t experts, but here is the best information we could gather based on a variety of sources:
COVID-19 has reduced the space available in homeless shelters. Board members have spoken to folks at the encampment who are hesitant to go to shelters due to safety issues. Additionally Minneapolis, like all major cities in the US, has a drastic shortage of affordable housing units. These factors (and more) have led to a larger and more visible homeless population in our community than in the recent past.
The economic recession will likely not improve in the short term, and has made existing homelessness worse this year. Many people facing financial hardship now are projected to lose their housing when the state moratorium on evictions expires. Homelessness is a long term problem. (news articles on future predictions:NBC, New York Times, Fox).
Continuation of the Governor’s peacetime emergency order, originally declared on March 13, 2020, in response to COVID-19.
Highlights how the state’s homeless population is particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 health pandemic.
Calls for specific action from local governments to help unsheltered people stay safe during the health pandemic.
States that homeless encampments shall not be subject to law enforcement sweeps or disbandment unless there is a documented threat to the health, safety or security of residents. This is due to the potential to increase the spread of COVID-19. As of today (8/10/20), neither the city of Minneapolis nor the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) have found the Logan Park encampment to be this kind of threat to the community.
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)
Since June 12, MPRB has beenresponding to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness that are living in parks temporarily until dignified alternative spaces can be found.
MPRB is not a housing authority. They do not have the staff, expertise, or resources to house unsheltered people. They are providing what support they can to people who are camping in city parks while following the Governor’s executive order.
MPRB is working with state, county and city health and human service agencies to find short and long-term solutions.
Temporary Encampment Permits
Since July 15, MPRB staff have been working to get encampments temporarily permitted and to designate parks capable of accommodating encampments. Over time, the number of encampments in the park system will be reduced to no more than 20 park Refuge Sites, with a limit of 25 tents per site, including tents for storage or support.
From the MPRB website: “Getting sites permitted is a fluid situation while outreach continues,encampment permit applicationsare communicated and processed, and park spaces are delineated.” Park board staff evaluate all permit applications.
We are unsure if any permit application for Logan Park is in process. LPNA will share more information with the neighborhood as it becomes available on this topic.
As of today (8/12/20), encampment permits have been issued for four parks
Marshall Terrace Park
William Berry Park
Park staff have designated Logan Park, along with 11 other parks, as capable of accommodating an encampment. Logan Park is tagged “full”.
We do not know if any other encampments have been denied permits.
Logan Park Encampment
25 tents (including supply tents), in the southwest corner of the park
Port-a-potties, handwashing stations and additional trash bins supplied by Park Board
Junail is the lead volunteer and onsight each day and holds a 7 pm community meeting every evening. Logan Park residents are welcome to attend. LPNA board members have visited with Junail and other encampment residents and will continue to interact and monitor events during this time.
Volunteers are providing security. More volunteers are needed and welcome, especially at night.
Unsheltered people have slept in or near Logan Park well before the encampment formed in the park, and some unsheltered people are staying in or near the park that are not part of the encampment.
The size and visibility of the encampment draws additional traffic and visitors. Neighbors have shared concerns about this and some incidents that have taken place.
Logan Park Neighborhood Association
We encourage and support our neighbors to do the following:
Joshua Howe has submitted the following land use applications to allow the construction of a new six-story mixed-use building with 111 dwelling units, approximately 3,600 square feet of light industrial space, and approximately 1,700 square feet of retail space at 1200 Central Ave NE:
Conditional use permit to allow dwelling units in the Industrial Living Overlay District.
Conditional use permit to increase maximum height in the I1 Light Industrial District.
Site plan review.
The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799, CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501, or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv.
In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing. The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.
If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below. If you would like to submit comments, you may submit them via the link above or by emailing:
Andrew Frenz, Senior City Planner – 250 S 4th St Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/planning for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date).
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.
The LPNA Board of Directors, with the guidance from the LPNA Development Committee, have written a letter of support for the conditional use permits.
Join Hennepin County Library for a free, live, online class, Researching the History of Your Minneapolis Home, on Thursday, June 18, 7-8:30pm. Registration is required in order to receive the Microsoft Teams meeting link, which you can join via web or app.
Learn about the historical resources at the library and across the county that will help you piece together a history of your Minneapolis house, neighborhood or property. Staff from Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections will explain and demonstrate resources, emphasizing online resources that will allow you to jump-start your research from home – including permit records, maps, city directories, photos and more.
The link to the live online presentation (Microsoft Teams) will be emailed to registrants in advance.
The Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) supports the need for change that protesters, starting with our Black neighbors, are tirelessly working toward. Police brutality and the murder of George Floyd have no place in any community, we recognize a systemic problem that exists in specific communities and will work with and support our neighbors toward change. We stand in solidarity with those working for justice and healing in Minneapolis and beyond.
We request our council member and representatives pursue these concrete short terms steps:
Join the chorus of community members and organizations who are calling on Bob Kroll to resign.
Support Indeed Brewing and other local businesses who are requesting changes to the event permitting process – which currently requires they hire off duty officers
Show of support for the Minneapolis school board and Park Board who voted to end their relationship with the MPD
Enact the “8 can’t wait” policies from the Campaign Zero framework.
Support the call for new community-based services for public safety and outreach
We have heard Black organizers ask for direct donations and direct support.
The LPNA believes the trial might call on Darnella Frazier, the young woman that videotaped the killing of George Floyd and whose testimony and videotaped evidence will play a role in the trial of Mr. Floyd. Ms. Frazier’s efforts exposed a crime of humanity and a system that has permitted racial bias to perpetuate, we offer this support to Ms. Frazier as an involved member of her community and a show of support for the emotional trauma she may encounter. This is a self-determining fund that directly supports Darnella and her family. LPNA contribution: $1000
The LPNA also recognizes the need to support organizations that promote justice for all community members and specifically marginalized ones that encounter individuals hired to protect and serve without brutality or life threatening actions. We encourage and challenge every neighborhood group and resident of our city to align themselves with issues facing our city that have become systemic and no longer tenable as they currently exist. LPNA contribution to Black Visions Collective: $1000
These are merely first steps in pursuit of justice, change and policy. We recognize that anti-racism requires continuous action. LPNA should be a source of advocacy and community, and we recognize now is the time to act, invest and commit to action. LPNA is examining our role in deeply entrenched racism, and we commit ourselves to improving how we serve our community. We must work together to dismantle the systems that have allowed this violence and injustice to occur, and we join the voices calling for equity and justice in Minnesota.
The best way to protect your neighborhood is to invest in community building directly with neighbors. Community watches often recreate the violent police state we are attempting to uproot, especially if we don’t organize thoughtfully. Here are a few tips to build community and an effective community watch.
Doorknock your block and introduce yourself.
Go to every house. The goal is to be known to all of your neighbors, not just those who were invited to organize.
Provide your contact info and your house number.
Make sure your block is well connected. If giving out your contact info to known neighbors makes you nervous, please question why you want to do community watch. If neighbors of color don’t share back, don’t be suspicious. You haven’t earned their trust. Ask if they have folks nearby to connect with and trust their answer.
Be present and visible as a neighbor.
If you have a porch, a stoop, or a big street-facing window, try to be visible several times per hour. Keep your lights on. Bad actors are less likely to come into a neighborhood that is present and active. Keep eyes on houses that are unable to do this themselves.
Disarm folks by engaging them.
If you see someone you don’t recognize, say something simple like “Hey – you good?” Engage rather than attempting to scare, threaten, or make assumptions by reporting them. They might just be trying to get home.
Document what you observe, but only report when something actually happens.
The goal of community watch is to promote safety, not to recreate police surveillance and targeting. That first step is visibility and presence. The second is sharing information.
Only report when and what has actually happened that poses a credible threat. Try to only share information that you’ve witnessed, or name the source if it’s second-hand. Try not to create panic by making judgments of what “seems suspicious.”
Send direct, plain language updates in one message.
Provide only the factual information in a useful way: “Red Chevy truck, plates XXX-123, slowly headed south on Nicollet from 24th Street, 3 white men inside flashing automatic rifles. 12:31AM” That’s it. That’s the update.
If there were no automatic rifles in that update, is it still a threat? Interrogate why or why not.