Neighborhood PRIDE Tours
Tour 1- Past Meets Future on St. Paul’s Eastside
The tour will highlight the role of Native Americans in defining the landscape; the role of the eastside as the entry point for newcomers to Saint Paul; efforts to preserve historic homes; the role of small area plans and resident activism in redevelopment of underused and/or abandoned properties; the loss of manufacturing jobs and the rebuilding of economies that support families; the partnerships between residents, community organizations, businesses and government; the new reality of public funding, community need, and generating new ideas.
Tour 2 - Then and Now, the Heart of Minneapolis – Minneapolis Riverfront
Participants will learn about the role the Mississippi central riverfront has played throughout history – from a milling district that could compete internationally to one of the most sought after residential area of Minneapolis. Participants will also learn about the plans for the upper Mississippi riverfront and the design competition that has helped put it on the map. Please note: Dinner will be at a local restaurant at a cost of approximately $20.
Tour 3 - Juxtaposition Arts
Participate in an experiential, youth involved, community based event with artists & local organizers who are transforming the visual, social, and economic landscape by challenging what art is and what it can do.
Tour 4 - Arts Building of the Northeast Arts District
The origins and current state of Northeast Minneapolis’ creative economy as exemplified in the buildings of the Northeast Arts District. Creative reuse and cooperation between commercial, nonprofit and neighborhood partners.
Tour 5 - Midtown Greenway Tour
Join us for a bike rodeo on the Midtown Greenway (www.midtowngreenway.org). Learn how a bike/pedestrian trail can bring economic development to a city. Ride on our City’s Nice Ride Bikes (www.niceridemn.org).
Tour 6 - Minneapolis/St. Paul Cooperative Movement
Overview of the cooperative movement, its history and its many permutations in the Twin Cities area. Highlight a variety of cooperatives, including grocery, economic development, housing, bicycle, and recreational cooperatives. Tour to end at the famous Ritz Theater for a meal and video presentation.
Tour 7 - American Indian Cultural Corridor
This tour will showcase the strength and vibrancy of the Minneapolis American Indian community. The Cultural Corridor (www.nacdi.org) is Minneapolis’ new destination for food, art, and culture. The Corridor has a unique collection of businesses, organizations, and cultural institutions, including Northland Visions, Woodland Indian Crafts, Franklin Street Bakery, Maria’s Café, Wolves Den Café, Roger Beck Florist, All My Relations Gallery, and many more. The Franklin Light Rail Transit station anchors the corridor on the east and provides easy connections to places throughout the region. May is also American Indian Month here in the State of Minnesota. You will also have an opportunity to celebrate and experience our culture through song and dance, ending with a community feast.
Tour 8 - Art and Eat Street
NUSA attendees will be exposed to what attracts people from all over the Metro area to the Whittier neighborhood—exciting, ethnic dining and art in both traditional and adaptive venues. NUSA guests will experience Whittier’s character. The history and evolution of “Eat Street,” ethnic restaurants and grocers will blend with a narrated walking tour of art exhibits that have activated vacant store fronts. A tour of the internationally acclaimed Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Mpls College of Art and Design’s Sculpture Garden.
Tour 9 - Lake Street: Commercial Corridor for 16 Neighborhoods
We will demonstrate the opportunities and challenges within our neighborhoods with focus on the commercial corridor, illustrating the connections between the health of our neighborhoods and the commercial corridor and the health of the commercial corridor to our neighborhoods. We believe there is much to be learned from our history and diversity, and impact of transportation, development, energy-use and other choices. We will meet and experience neighborhood organizers, small business owners (some of whom whose families have owned and operated businesses in our neighborhoods for 3 generations), local community theater actors and directors, farmers, new immigrants, community educators, and green development projects. The tour will also highlight unique expressions of Latino economic development and participants will learn about the influx of the Latino population into Minneapolis.
Tour 10 - Partnering for Positive Change in Phillips
We want to highlight the positive developments that have come out of public/private partnerships within the Phillips Community. We want other Community leaders to see how these partnerships have created jobs, stabilized housing, reduced crime and created vibrant commercial & cultural developments. We plan to do this through a bus tour that highlights key neighborhood sites and a tour of the American Swedish Institute, the Center for Changing Lives and the Midtown Exchange. Phillips is a unique place with historic buildings and institutions which has experienced new housing development and lower crime rates without resulting in gentrification.
Tour 11 - The Force Behind the Change
Experience Minneapolis and immerse yourself into the community through service and engagement. National Mad Dads and the Minneapolis Chapter will take you on a “real time” journey to support community residents and create change; reclaiming neighborhoods through intervention and prevention strategies that build strong neighborhoods one relationship at a time. This pride tour will take your from your seat RIGHT to the street.
Tour 12 – Central Corridor LRT Stops for Us Tour
Join community organizers from the Stops for Us campaign to hear the story of how they secured three additional stations on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line, an addition $16.5 million investment. Still under construction, the Central Corridor LRT is a $1 billion transit infrastructure investment that connects downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul.
These three additional stations serve the historic African American Rondo neighborhood and the Asian communities along East University Avenue in St. Paul. Included in this tour will be the 2 transit oriented development projects – Frogtown Square and the Old Home site. You will also hear about the current work of the Asian Economic Development Association to establish the cultural district called Little Mekong http://littlemekong.com with the final stop at Mai Village for food and refreshments.
The last time a major transportation project was built to connect Minneapolis and St. Paul, it destroyed a vibrant and diverse African-American neighborhood. The construction of Interstate 94 through the heart of the Rondo neighborhood has left lasting negative effects on that community. Currently under construction, the Central Corridor light rail transit line runs parallel to I-94 and was originally planned to NOT stop for this historic African American neighborhood and the Asian communities on East University Avenue. But thanks to the organizing work of the Stops for Us! Coalition members, the neighborhoods along the eastern end of University Avenue will have equitable access to the LRT and its catalytic economic benefits. This coalition, made up of neighborhood, advocacy, and social justice organizations united in a years-long organizing campaign with a single focus: to build stations at Hamline, Victoria, and Western to serve low-income communities and communities of color along the eastern end of the line.
Last updated Mar. 27, 2013