Friday, December 9, 2011
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Friday, November 18, 2011
A sculpture in the grassy area of the Carleton Lofts
A mural about reading for the Minnesota Literacy Council
An interactive artwork for the Avalon school students
A collaborative outdoor place for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits staff to sit
Planters, banners, yarn bombing? Who knows.
Gets you thinking doesn't it? Send me your ideas.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
So we know we have a good thing, how do we foster the creative businesses and arts groups in our area? And how do we spread the word about the great things happening here?
Catherine Reid Day and I met at the Edge Coffe Shop and had a great conversation about the creative enterprise zone plan that has been developed. www.SAPCC.org/cezplan I look forward to helping the many collaborators with sharing our vision for the neighborhood and working to make our cool creative neighborhood a great place to live, work and visit.
PS: Check out Edge Coffee at http://www.edgemsp.com/ SHOP LOCAL!!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Impact Group assists organizations that do great things in areas of health, human services, education, the arts and criminal justice. They help organizations define the real worth of what they do and enable them to communicate that value to others.
We are excited that they are moving into the neighborhood, where there are many possibilities for collaboration with many other groups here. http://www.theimprovegroup.com/ The Impact Group is moving their office from Mendota Heights. Welcome!!
Monday, October 10, 2011
As a family owned business, we are always pleased to see other family businesses succeed. Congratulations Barb!
For more information see the article in this month's Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. http://www.mspmag.com/
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I will keep fighting for local business interests.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
We're exciting to see another project in the University/Raymond neighborhood. The Chittenden & Eastman Building at 2402 University is being turned into 100 apartment units. Construction will begin around Labor Day with occupancy in fall 2012.
This brings an additional $ 19 million dollars of investment to the corner! University and Raymond is booming!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
1. The scope of the traffic calming has gone from changing a unsafe interscetions to re-paving the whole street. Now it's a plan spending over $ 1.5 million dollars.
2. It removes parking along Raymond. Haven't we been over this parking thing enough? LRT took away parking from the Raymond-University area. The City has not come up with any plans to replace it. Now the calming plan will remove over 40 spaces on Raymond. Seriously?
3. Businesses were not involved in the planning and people were not told that they would be assessed for part of the cost. Update will be assessed over $ 17,500!!
4. The timing of the plan is horrible. Raymond businesses are suffering from LRT construction this whole year - can they make it through another year of closed streets?
Traffic calming is an example of government spending where it's not needed. A giant remodel when a smaller fix could work. I'm working hard to change the plan, save the parking and reduce spending.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Four stations will include -
University and Snelling
University and Fairview
Raymond and Ellis
Westgate and Territorial
Check out the program at www.niceridemn.org
Friday, May 20, 2011
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Monday, January 17, 2011
This is great news in this challenging economy! We think it's a sign that the Midway area is a great location to do business.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
We are active supporters of the University Avenue Business Association, who is fighting for all small businesses along University. Update Company's buildings are well prepared for construction and the loss of parking. But many businesses along the Avenue will lose almost all of their parking. We feel that the City of St. Paul and the Met Council have not adequately addressed the parking issue and the harm that parking loss will cause. City reports tell us to share parking, and they promise to invest in licence plate recognition technology to ticket those who park illegally. It's my guess that most of those ticketed will be employees and customers of businesses that have no other parking options.
We are not against light rail - it's coming and we're ready for it. We're against the project being forced upon very small businesses that can least afford it, during a time when pocketbooks are already feeling the strain and with no recourse for hundreds of businesses who didn't ask for rail and can't afford the loss of parking that is coming.
The $ 1.5 million dollar small business loan fund set up to help - a woefully inadequate number - amounts to less than $ 1400 per business along the avenue. Businesses who already are dealing with increased property taxes and increased assessment fees. Officials need to step up to the plate and realize that we will lose many of the small businesses that give the Avenue it's unique flavor. If they are not saved, we will end up with only the companies who can afford to invest in parking.
Hello Starbucks Goodbye the Edge Coffee
Hello Panda Express Goodbye Ngon Bistro
Hello Pottery Barn Goodbye Ax Man