Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Central Corridor - Making Progress

Minnesota 2020, http://www.mn2020.org/  one of our tenants at Midtown Commons has put together a time lapse video of LRT progress on University Avenue from the  rooftop at 2324 University Avenue. This is pretty cool to watch.

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Public Art Coming to Creative Enterprise Zone! (Maybe)

So let's see...We are a thriving creative community, but it's been a while since we have celebrated that fact.  To celebrate the completion of light rail in our neighborhood, I think we should put together some creative artwork to showcase our thriving area and welcome the many new developments that have arrived.

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

What makes the Raymond-University Area Cool ?

Everyone who works in the Raymond/University area knows we have a good thing going..... cool renovated buildings, new business start-ups, nonprofit groups, and soon - an LRT station. Why is our neighborhood thriving even in this down economy? It is because we are a "Creative Enterprise Zone". Our success has been due to the many artists and creative businesses that have chosen to work in the Raymond/University area. We also have tireless supporters in the St. Anthony Park Community Council and the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation.

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!!