Council Member Alondra Cano meets with Rob, a neighbor who is leading the organizing efforts in the Ninth Ward to raise the wage to $15 per hour.
Dear Neighbors,
I hope you are staying cozy as the seasons change and the light recedes.
What does your Minneapolis look like in ten years? In twenty years? As you may have heard, the City is undergoing a full update of our Comprehensive Plan, a requirement by the MetCouncil every ten years. This policy document will guide physical and economic development in our City for the next 20 years. With a goal of adding population while maintaining the character of our communities and ensuring that current residents are not displaced, it is so important for all residents to have their voices heard in this process. 
As we move forward, our City will certainly change: we will have a growing number of young people and elders, people of color will become the majority, more residents will be opening businesses and buying homes to build wealth for their families. How we react to these shifting realities in the context of climate change will determine whether we are able to achieve the just and equitable City that we are working hard to build. I hope you will consider bringing your unique and valuable insight into this important process.
There will be many ways to provide input into this plan over the coming months. Please consider participating in some of the following ways:
  • Attend a community Open House! Family friendly and interactive sessions provide a chance to share your thoughts and priorities with City planners and artist or engagement specialists. Free refreshments from local vendors will be available. More info.
Tuesday, October 25
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 27
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
North Commons Park
  • Sign up for email updates to stay up on the latest news and opportunities to provide input
  • Follow @Mpls2040 on twitter to participate in 'tweet with a planner' events
  • Host your own discussion about the future of our City using the Meeting in a Box tool
  • And of course continue to keep your eye on this space as we will be publicizing future opportunities to shape the MPLS 2040 plan here and on social media
Fall is here and street sweeping will begin on Tuesday, October 18.  
Help keep leaves out of the river and avoid getting your car towed by tracking when your street is due to be swept using the City's online lookup tool. Look out for No Parking signs, which will be up 24 hours before sweeping begins.
Vehicles parked on city streets in violation of these parking regulations will be towed to the Minneapolis Municipal Impound Lot.  Call 311 to find out whether or not a vehicle has been towed.  
As always, please contact our office with questions or concerns.
The Midtown Greenway Coalition is asking for community support to raise $5,000 by December 1. If achieved, they will receive a challenge grant of $10,000 from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to install a new mural in the Greenway by a local artist of color.
The vision is to create a corridor that in addition to having the best urban bike trail in the nation, is also a cultural destination and celebration of the rich diversity of Greenway neighborhoods. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit: New Mural for the Greenway  or call 612-879-0105.
Tlalnepantla Arts and Zenteotl Project hosts series of events to honor Day of the Dead and celebrate Minnesota Latin@/Latinx arts and culture with Festival de las Calaveras.
Saturday, November 5
7:00 p.m.
416 Cedar Avenue
Avoid the long lines and waiting on Election Day. Voting is made convenient with a neighborhood location, extended hours and language assistance available: Spanish-speaking staff will be available at this location at all times. There will also be staff who speak Oromo and Amharic at this site.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Extended hours begin Monday, Oct. 24.
Weekdays: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays: 12-5 p.m.
Final day of in-person early voting: Monday, Nov. 7: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Former Roof Depot Building
1860 E 28th St.
For a limited time, the City of Minneapolis is offering free Home Energy Squad visits for income-qualified residents, including renters. All Minneapolis residents are eligible for a $70 home visit -- and to qualify for a FREE visit, your home must have an income of less than $48,100 for one person, $54,950 for two people, $61,850 for three people, or up to $90,650 for eight people.
During a Home Energy Squad visit, a team of energy experts evaluates energy saving opportunities in your home and installs free materials to help you start saving on the spot. Your visit may also include a test to measure your home for air leaks; an insulation inspection using an infrared camera; a safety check of your home’s heating system and water heater; and an “energy fitness plan” with a list of energy-saving priorities and financing information. And if the Home Energy Squad recommends insulation or air sealing, ALL Minneapolis residents also get special access to 0% financing to complete the work, thanks to an exclusive partnership with the City of Minneapolis. For more information Call 612-335-5874 or visit
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
Updates & Events:
Read Minneapolis' recently released minimum wage study.
Keep up with City Hall's news on our minimum wage efforts on the City's new minimum wage page.
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota, NOC, and CTUL.
Bringing together educators, students, parents, and communities from across the Twin Cities Metro to collaborate, network, and organize social justice in education, the Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair is now in our 5th year! 
Friday, October 21
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4320 N Newton Avenue
The Purple Philanthropy Benefit hosts a “Music and Arts Fair” celebration kicking off with a spectacular colorful drum-line produced by Grammy-award winning music producer and drummer, Andre Fischer.
Sunday, October 23
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1111 Nicollet Mall
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for Election Judges
Public Works is hiring throughout October for the Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director.
Call (612) 673-2209
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