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.

Donate today to the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association at GiveMN!


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