Rethinking our narrow, often ugly freeway pedestrian bridges

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Reposted from MINNPOST By Bill Lindeke | 03/20/15

40th Street Pedestrian Bridge Yarn Bomb by Hot TeaA freeway pedestrian bridge is probably the least pleasant place to spend time in today’s modern city. Often they’re narrow, utilitarian spaces surrounded by wire mesh cages, and every moment you’re perched inside, the exhaust and sound of cars flood your senses. They’re often covered in graffiti, and to many they seem like the epitome of urban dilapidation. It’s hard to imagine a less appealing setting.

But at the same time, these simple bridges can be the only link between neighborhoods that were cut in two by freeways generations ago. After decades of neglect, state agencies and community groups are starting to rethink how we design and build pedestrian bridges over our ubiquitous freeways.

Read about some specific problem bridges including our own 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge:…/rethinking-our-narrow-often-ugly-…

Kingfield Neighborhood Kicks-Off the 2015 Block Walkers

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Wednesday April 15, 7 PM, MLK Park

Come out Wednesday, April 15th to help kick-off this year’s Kingfield Block Walkers!  Join your neighbors at MLK Park at 7pm for information about this year’s Block Walkers’ activities.  Minneapolis PD representatives will be there to help us learn how to be safe while walking through Kingfield as well as help understand areas in our area that can use some extra attention.  Whether you want to walk for exercise, to socialize, or to help keep an eye on our neighborhood, there’s a spot for you with the Kingfield Block Walkers!  Want more information?  Visit

The Redevelopment Committee of KFNA will meet at 7 PM, Tuesday March 17 to review history and proposed plans for development for 15 West 37th street (behind Butter Bakery Cafe and Nicollet Square).  The meeting will be held at MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave S.

The community to welcome to attend, just please email KFNA at to make sure we have seats and materials available.


IMG_0778Sun Street BreadsPatisserie 46Bruegger’s BagelsGrand CafeRoyal Grounds Coffee and Rustica Bakery are all doing what they do best and BAKIN’ IT UP for Kingfield Empty Bowls tonight, 4-8 PM at MLK Park!

All proceeds go to Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative ‘s affordable housing site Nicollet Square that houses 42 youth in our neighborhood!

See you at tonight’s Kingfield Empty Bowls 2015 event! Questions?  Contact Kingfield Neighborhood Association at


IMG_0781Empty Bowls is an event to build community & raise funds for NICOLLET SQUARE, a home for 42 formerly homeless youth in Kingfield managed by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.
Thursday February 5, 4-8 PM
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Visit the Facebook event at to learn more about our participating local restaurants to date, including what they are making! Restaurant Supporters include:

Blackbird Cafe
Bruegger’s Bagels
Butter Bakery Cafe
Cafe Ena
Curran’s Restaurant
Five Watt Coffee

Grand Cafe
Kowlaski’s Lyndale Market
Nighthawks, coming soon to 38th & Nicollet and cheffed by HauteDish’s Landon Schoenefeld
Patisserie 46
Rustica Bakery
Sun Street Breads
Victor’s 1959 Cafe

The concept of the Kingfield Empty Bowls Event is simple: Attendees make a donation (suggested at $20 per bowl), select a beautiful handmade bowl donated by a local pottery artist, enjoy a hearty meal of soup and bread prepared by local restaurants and served by volunteers, and then keep their bowl as a reminder that many of our neighbors are in need of food and housing.

KFNA Board 2015!
Welcome to the new members of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board of Directors! Matt Klausner, Anit Bhatia, Anders Christensen, Dane Esethu, and Whitney Emanuel are newly elected joining David Fenley, Mark Waller, Lisa Skzeczkoski-Bzdusek, Dan Swenson-Klatt re-elected for another two year term.
Also pictured here are KFNA Board President Hetal Dalal and Member Scott Mueller who have one year remaining on their term, and Joe Larson, Director of The Aliveness Project and our host for the evening!
Review the 2014 KFNA Year-in-Review/Accomplishments here!


The Aliveness Project is happy to host KFNA’s annual meeting, “Is That You Neighbor?” on Wednesday, January 21st, on the 2nd floor of their building at 3808 Nicollet. Please join KFNA upstairs beginning at 6:30 PM for a potluck and social time, with the meeting beginning at 7 PM.

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