Over the past weeks, myself, Mayor Frey, Council President Bender, Council Vice President Jenkins, the City's engagement Staff, and the City's Public Works Staff have been meeting with hundreds of residents and various community groups and stakeholders to talk about our collective vision to address healing, justice, economic recovery, and safety at the intersection. Now, residents across the city are reaching out to their Council Members to find out more about the future of this site and how they can help, support, and participate in the public efforts to hold Mr. Floyd's legacy and carry forward a strong social justice vision that centers healing and equitable development.
We invite you to join these ongoing conversations by tuning in to this Thursday, August 20th's City Council meeting at 1:30 p.m. as we host a public presentation accessible to our entire community to hear updates on the vision, hopes, and various needs at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. You can tune in by visiting the City's website to find out how to watch the presentation live.
The City is deeply committed to continuing to advance our racial equity and racial justice work in these times. You can learn more about the actions steps the City has taken to double down on these values on the City's website and a few items relating to this are highlighted below:
- The City Council recently passed a resolution declaring racism a public health emergency and has committed to a series of action steps to dedicate more resources to racial equity work.
- The revised 2020 City budget includes $100,000 to support initial community engagement in the co-creation of a vision for a permanent memorial for Floyd and $150,000 for the Creative City Making program to hire a diverse team of artists and healers to create, implement, and lead community engagement processes to guide the City’s community healing and rebuild with racial equity efforts for areas most impacted by civil unrest.
- The City Council adopted an ordinance establishing 38th Street as one of seven Cultural Districts. As outlined in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the goal of Cultural Districts is to advance racial equity, prevent displacement, preserve cultural identity and fuel economic growth in areas with a rich sense of cultural and/or linguistic identity rooted in communities significantly populated by people of color, indigenous people and/or immigrants (POCII). The ordinance allows the City to prioritize these areas in the establishment of tools and the deployment of resources.
- A recommendation to rename Chicago Avenue between 37th Street East and 39th Street East to honor Floyd is also moving through the City-approval process.
- The City will accelerate funding to reconstruct the street and intersection to build the community vision and in conjunction with the Metro D-Line bus-rapid transit project.
I hope you can join the online, livestream presentation about 38th Street and Chicago this Thursday at our Policy and Government Oversight Committee at 1:30 p.m. Visit the City's website to find out how to tune in online.