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Como takes on problem properties

December 11, 2013

A new initiative by the Southeast Como Improvement Association to identify absentee landlords in the neighborhood is yielding results, but residents and community leaders say the issue is still prevalent. SECIA...

Marcy-Holmes tries to boost involvement community participation

December 10, 2013

Marcy-Holmes is revamping its neighborhood association strategy to spur resident and student involvement, with changes that will take effect in early 2014. In an area heavily populated by students, involvement...

Prospect Park plans to build oven

December 5, 2013

Prospect Park residents may have something warm to look forward to after the winter is over. The neighborhood’s community organization is considering a proposal to construct a wood-fired oven that...

Campus braces for snow

December 4, 2013

The University of Minnesota braced for heavy snowfall and arctic temperatures as a winter storm approached the Twin Cities on Tuesday. The front began with light rain midday. Weather watchers said they...

Professor named to scientific society

December 4, 2013

A University of Minnesota psychology professor was named a fellow of one of the world’s largest scientific societies Tuesday. Eugene Borgida is one of 388 scientists from around the country elected...

Abdi Warsame poses for a portrait on Riverside Avenue in front of the Riverside Plaza. Warsame is now the first Somali-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, representing the Cedar-Riverside region.

New councilmen talk West Bank development

November 27, 2013

Two incoming Minneapolis City Council members say they are open to future development prompted by the light rail Green Line in Cedar-Riverside — but only if the needs of residents and local businesses...

Prospect Park to connect residents and developers

November 25, 2013

With some development already planned for the neighborhood and more on the horizon, Prospect Park is looking to connect developers, investors and residents in order to better coordinate the changes. The...

University area turns the volume down

November 21, 2013

The neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota have seen a drop in noisy parties, thanks to a collaboration between the University, police and city inspectors. The number of violations of Minneapolis’...

Minnesota State Representative Diane Loeffler speaks at the Southeast Como Improvement Associations annual meeting on Wednesday. The meeting focused on issues related to public safety and keeping neighbors informed about crimes.

After a turbulent month, Como looks to students

November 18, 2013

Southeast Como has been “blindsided” recently, but the community’s president said neighborhood officials are working to get more University of Minnesota students involved in the area...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it is recognizing Riverside Plaza with the 2013 HUD Secretarys Award for Excellence in Preservation.

Preserving Riverside Plaza

November 14, 2013

The federal government has recognized Riverside Plaza and its owners with an award for historic preservation following a recent renovation, but residents say some issues are still unresolved after the...

Southeast Como Improvement Association member and junior Cody Olson and volunteer junior Macall Biebel trace the route that the group will be touring in the Southeast Como neighborhood on Friday at Southeast Christian Church.

Como community unites after alleged assault

November 11, 2013

The crime rate is up this fall in Southeast Como, but residents and neighborhood leaders say they’re determined to reverse that trend. One crime in particular, an alleged sexual assault near Van...

Experts say light rail won’t bring crime

November 6, 2013

When the newest leg of Minneapolis’ light-rail system opens next year, Prospect Park residents and businesses may find things safer than they imagined. Some in the neighborhood have expressed concern...

Groups to divvy up $125K from Vikings

November 4, 2013

As the Minnesota Vikings prepare to play at TCF Bank Stadium next year, the team is bringing along funds for surrounding neighborhoods. The football team will contribute $90,000 in cash and $35,000 in...

U research-based startups honored

October 31, 2013

Two startup companies that rely on University of Minnesota research projects are being recognized for their innovative use of federal funding. The Science Coalition, a national nonprofit that advocates...

Neighborhood organizations to decide how they’ll spend Vikings’ money

October 31, 2013

The Minnesota Vikings are looking for high-visibility projects to fund in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Minnesota ahead of their arrival at TCF Bank Stadium next year. At a meeting Wednesday...

Neighborhoods embrace small area plans

October 30, 2013

When Ricardo McCurley first discussed drafting a small area plan for Southeast Como last year, some residents questioned whether the document would have significant power in shaping the community. “They...

West Bank fights apartments

October 24, 2013

The Cedar-Riverside community is resisting an apartment complex proposed for the neighborhood. Residents say the project, called Five15 on the Park, could increase parking issues. Minneapolis-based developer...

Pedestrians bike on the West River trails located under Washington Avenue bridge on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

Bike trails to get $1.8M face lift

October 22, 2013

Bicyclists and pedestrians on the West River and James I. Rice parkways asked for trail resurfacing, and the City of Minneapolis listened. The Park and Recreation Board received $1.8 million in federal...

Audience members listen to urban designer Andrew Dresdner explain the master plan for Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood at the Union Labor Center on Tuesday.

Marcy-Holmes residents warm to master plan

October 17, 2013

With the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood experiencing rapid change, residents made their final comments on the area’s master plan this week. About 60 residents approved of the plan overall during the last...

An audience member asks executive director of West Band Community Development Corporation Tim Mungavan a question about the citys new plans on Thursday.

Cedar-Riverside preps for light rail

October 14, 2013

Community groups in Cedar-Riverside are joining other University of Minnesota neighborhoods’ efforts to control the effects of development. At a joint meeting of the West Bank Community Coalition...

School of Nursing receives largest gift ever

October 10, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing received the largest gift in the program’s history Wednesday. The $10 million donation from the Bentson Foundation  will provide scholarships...