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35W Remembrance Garden approved
Nice Ride hits 100,000 and is expanding
Comment on the Diversity Study
Revitalizing Riverside Plaza
Emergency Operations Center opens
Interview Peavey Plaza architects
Filling in the Mill District
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35W Remembrance Garden site approved
On November 3, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved a site on West River Parkway as the site for the 35W Remembrance Garden, which will commemorate those who were lost, those who survived and those who acted with heroism when the I-35W collapsed on August 1, 2007. Since that date, Mayor Rybak has worked closely with survivors and the families of those who died to envision and plan for a memorial, and together with them, Mayor Rybak unveiled a revised memorial design on September 9 directly across from Gold Medal Park, where the memorial was originally proposed to be sited. The revised memorial retains many of the features of the original design. Mayor Rybak is committed to completing the Remembrance Garden in time for a formal dedication on August 1, 2011.
Nice Ride hits 100,000 rides, and you can help it expand
Only five months ago, we launched Nice Ride Minnesota, America’s largest bike-share program, right here in Minneapolis — and as the first season ended last weekend, we surpassed 100,000 rides! (It’s no wonder Minneapolis has been named the #1 Bike City in America.) Three factors made this success possible: generous funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Transit for Livable Communities, as well as help from other sponsors, including the City of Minneapolis; dedicated staff and volunteers; and residents and visitors who checked out the electric-green bikes and kept coming back for more. Now, thanks in part to another pledge of support from Blue Cross, Nice Ride is expanding into more Minneapolis neighborhoods, along the University Avenue Central Corridor and into downtown Saint Paul. Attend an upcoming planning workshop to let us know how you think Nice Ride should grow, either on November 11 in Minneapolis (Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, 2834 10th Ave. S. on the Greenway) or on November 16 in Saint Paul (Laura Jeffrey Academy, 1550 Summit Ave.), from 6:30-8:00 p.m
Comment on the City’s Diversity Study
A long-awaited Diversity Study, designed to help the City of Minneapolis understand how successful women- and minority-owned businesses have been in competing for City contracts, is now complete. The City commissioned the study, the first since 1995, in order to examine whether evidence supported the continuation of Minneapolis’ Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) that sets participation goals for minority- and women-owned businesses in City contracts. The study confirms both that the SUBP is needed and that it has had a positive impact: it shows that in recent years, the number of eligible businesses winning City contracts has grown, but also that the City has fallen short on its goals. The City is accepting written comments on the study and recommendations through December 3; you may email yours to Cynthia Govan of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revitalizing Riverside Plaza
The City of Minneapolis has approved financing and assistance for the revitalization of Riverside Plaza on the West Bank. This help will allow the project to go forward, which will: preserve 1,300 units of affordable housing in the heart of the city that were designed by Minnesota modernist architect Ralph Rapson; create 250 construction jobs, of which 90 will be reserved for Riverside Plaza residents; make significant improvements to public safety; reduce energy consumption; and improve pedestrian and bicycle environments. Riverside Plaza revitalization is a critical piece in the transformation of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, which is home to residents of all incomes and backgrounds, in preparation for the Central Corridor light-rail line.
City opens state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Facility
The City of Minneapolis has made a significant investment in public safety by opening a new Emergency Operations Training Facility that will help first responders and other staff to better prepare for and respond to emergencies. This LEED Silver facility is a multi-purpose building that includes a strategic information center that will help police analyze data and map long-term trends, and an operations center that will be used during significant emergencies or disasters. One of the lessons of the 35W bridge collapse in 2007 was that the City’s old Emergency Operations Center in the basement of City Hall was too small for coping with large-scale emergencies. With more than 2,800 feet of floor space, this new center fixes that problem and provides first responders with state-of-the-art tools for keeping Minneapolis’ residents and visitors safe.