“It was a privilege to participate in this first session for the Nicollet and Lake redevelopment area. We got to hear brief introductions from the stakeholders who are guiding this process: Project for Pride in Living, Cultural Wellness Center and Wells Fargo. It was brought up that how we build is as important as what we build, thus the focus on community engagement and centering the community voice.
This first session focused on the history of Lake Street extending both directions from Nicollet Ave. Through imagery and stories we learned about this neighborhood through the decades from the late 1800’s to today. We got to see how the area evolved through the years with the introduction of cars, the move of businesses to the suburbs and the hard truths of erosion of community, redlining, the construction of 35W as well as the renewed focus on culture with the development of the Midtown Global Market. We also learned of inspiring community members who lived in the neighborhood at different times: Lena Olive Smith (Minnesota’s first female African American lawyer), Wayne Glanton (pioneering carpenter and construction entrepreneur) and Willie Mays (who played for the Minneapolis Millers before joining the New York Giants).
For those interested in listening, learning and supporting this effort I welcome you to join me at future meetings.”
Joanne Chappellaz, Kingfield Neighbor and Member of the KFNA Redevelopment Committee
Attend Session 2, Thursday June 17, 6:30-8 PM by registering here! The passcode you will need to complete the registration is IJBnLeFm8f. If you need help please contact