Please help us keep Marcy-Holmes the unique home of inspired urban living
Your contribution will help us fund projects, programs and events that continue our work toward important priorities in 2016, like helping create a safe and beautiful 5th Street SE pedestrian/bike bridge, and finding new ways to connect the diverse people living, working and playing here.
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We got a lot done in 2015!
Here are just some accomplishments made possible by your support.
Enhancing our Sense of Pride & Place
- History: advocated and achieved Historic Designation for the Dinkytown commercial district
- Creativity: collected historic and contemporary artworks inspired by our neighborhood for a new online gallery, courtesy of a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board
- Identity: contracted with the City of Minneapolis to replace worn out neighborhood street signs – to be installed soon! Engaged professionals to improve identity, logo and marketing
- Livability: designed and fabricated signage and information kiosks for the Dinkytown Greenway, with grants from University of MN Good Neighbor Fund and MN Vikings Partnership Fund
Working Together to Solve Problems
- Housing: hired a consultant to develop a Housing Diversity Strategy Plan
- Transportation: installed two traffic-calming circles along the 6th Avenue SE Bike Boulevard to improve safety for everyone
- Economy: oversaw creation of a new business association (Dinkytown Business Alliance), helped them create a new online presence and produce marketing, business recruitment and retention plans
- Student Life: assisted with the Pack & Give Back campaign to make University student Move In/Move Out more environmentally friendly and less intrusive on our sidewalks, boulevards, and streets
- Biking: in cooperation with Minneapolis Public Works, mounted 20 new bike parking meter hitches in critical areas in Dinkytown
- Protecting Green Space: worked with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, property managers, and concerned residents to install protective guards on baby trees, conveying the message that locking a bike to a baby tree is dangerous to its well-being
- Civic Pride: gave tutorials on how to use Minneapolis 311 smartphone app to report graffiti, parking and housing code violations
- Growth and Change: advocated for an ordinance change that would permit small boutique hotels in neighborhoods
- Representation: appointed representatives to University District Alliance, Stadium Area Advisory Group, SE Library Task Force, Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Citizen Advisory Committee, East Hennepin/First Ave NE Task Force, and the Dinkytown Business Alliance
- Inclusion: welcomed three UMN students as board members, along with appointments from SE churches, Dinkytown Business Alliance and Greek Alumni Council
- Safety and Aesthetics: testified at the legislature in support of funding for the 5th Street SE pedestrian/bike Bridge over I-35W, and generated a survey to inform design of the future this bridge - a more aesthetically pleasing, wider, safer and code-compliant connection between the 2 sides of our neighborhood (new bridge slated for 2018)
- Connections: led a Task Force to solidify plans for a section of the Granary Corridor, a green connection between the Stone Arch Bridge and Dinkytown along an under-utilized railroad trench
Beautifying our Public Places
- Cared for 14 corner flower gardens on 5th Street SE and the Community Garden at 8th Street SE and 10th Avenue SE, thanks to many volunteers
- Planted and cared for native flowers and grasses in the boulevards of the 6th Avenue SE Greenway, between University Avenue SE & 2nd Street SE
- Treated boulevard ash trees and launched Marcy-Holmes Tree Stewards for residents to care for ash trees and adopt baby trees
- Conducted our annual Earth Day River Clean-Up along the Mississippi River
Engaging the Community
- Widely advertised our Monthly Board meetings, Quarterly General Membership meetings, and Committee meetings, all free and open to the public
- Alerted the community of news, upcoming events, and exciting programs and programming in Items of Interest, our monthly newsletter distributed on the 1st Friday of each month
- Went door-to-door distributing Notice information to residents regarding upcoming meetings and projects that could positively or negatively affect them
- Participated in the first ever Open Streets event held along the outskirts of the University of Minnesota, sharing information and soliciting feedback
- Presented about our organization and its mission to a wide array of multi-family buildings and community classes
- Contributed to numerous articles in the Star Tribune, MinnPost, and the MN Daily
- Made MHNA membership easy and effortless through online registration, and added ways for residents to control their mail preferences
- Doubled our Facebook likes, tripled our Twitter followers, launched our neighborhood Instagram account, and moderated the Marcy-Holmes Nextdoor account, with more members than any other community in our corner of the city.
Welcoming New Neighbors
- Participated in the September UMN Student Meet & Greet, knocking on doors with representatives from the City of Minneapolis and University of Minnesota
- Threw a Welcome Party for the artists and their families who now call the Pillsbury A-Mill their home
- Distributed information in packets and via a smartphone app through the University’s Student & Community Relations department