- “Alley oops” is when a basketball player throws the ball near the basket and another player stuffs it through the net for a score. Alley Communications gives chances for others to “score” by telling their stories and opinions.
- American Indian Community Development Corporation and Indian Health Board bought the Blue Nile Restaurant; now what?
- Changing Climate and the Accord agreed by 195 nations in Paris is a monumental development of 2015 ready for action in 2016.
- Buildings between 19th and 21st Avenues on Lake Street and the Brown Institute/Community Ed Bldg. at Hiawatha and Lake will be razed for new developments. Action is still happening to save the history of one of those structures that has been a church, a lodge hall, and a factory for Burma-Shave and its highway ad signage.
- Expansion of bread production and employment at Franklin Street Bakery results in closing of retail bake goods shop.
- Finalizing of scope, plans, and finances of the renovation and reopening of the Phillips Pool into the Phillips Aquatic Center begins a new era in the five-decade saga of this 1972 addition to Wendell Phillips Junior High School, demolished in 1984.
- Gardening for Health by individuals, block cubs, and organizations to localize healthy food supply and encourage that availability to everyone.
- Hope Community and Aeon Corporation completed their acquisition and newest building—The Rose, named for Sister Rose Tillmans, founder of Peace House– of affordable housing and retail on all four corners of Franklin and Portland Avenues thus adding to three decades of community organizing and sustainable development of that northwest segment of Phillips Community.
- Light Rail Transit has been a catalyst for apartment and retail development wherever rails are laid. One of the most collaborative such actions began and will continue for a decade in four phases costing $200 Million at Hiawatha and Lake Street. Partners are Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Midtown Farmer’s Market, Hennepin County, BKV Group and L&H Station Development, LLC. Resulting in 100,000 square feet of County social service offices, about 16,000 square feet of retail space and up to 565 housing units — all built around an outdoor public market close to a busy light rail stop.
- Jousting by City; the land use dispute at the Roof Depot site between neighbors and City of Mpls. is like a martial game between two horsemen wielding lances endeavoring to strike the opponent while riding towards one another at high speed to break opponent’s lance or knock the opponent off the horse. Once defeated by neighborhood opposition and Owner’s decision to not sell, the City surprised all by pulling out a new weapon, eminent domain, prolonging the contest and betraying neighborhood preferences.
- Keeping Vigilance is a constant necessity adhering to the advice of Wendell Phillips, “Power is ever stealing from the many to the few.”
- Laundering by Norway House in their newly purchased building at Elliott and Franklin Avenues until they demolish the building after raising $13 Million to build Phase II of their plans. Meanwhile success exceeds projections of their new gallery, Also Ingebretsens Deli and Gift Shop, and office complex.
- Morphing of the space between 14th and 15th on East Lake Street from eight decade, staple clothing retailer Kaplan Bros into upscale Quruxlow Restaurant opening soon.
- Negotiating for Change in Equity and Power .
- Organizing continues annually in superb fashion for the Green Sweep/Clean Sweep Events, Neighborhood Festivals, and Annual Gatherings.
- Protesting Traffic Dangers that trouble pedestrians, bikers and drivers at many local spots; this year attention was drawn to the hazards where 11th Avenue intersects with 26th Street without protective signage or street marking.
- Quoting Wendell Phillips often monthly and turning 90+ into cartoons for our edification, Dave Moore and Linnea Hadaway bring his social justice campaign into the 21st Century from the 19th Century. See Dave’s written version of his rap/spoken word poem explaining Wendell Phillips the Agitator on page 11 of this Alley Newspaper.
- Rising of East Franklin Avenue and East Lake Street over the past four and one half decades is remarkable and not as heralded as it deserves. Why?
- Staging possibilities by PPL remain to be seen as they utilize the New Franklin Theater building they bought in December adjacent to their 11th and East Franklin headquarters.
- Talking Together happens a lot in our communities although there can never be too much as long as it is leads to cohesiveness and sustainable results.
- Uprooting Banyan Community to their new building where Groundbreaking happened in 2015, will happen in 2016 on 13th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets while still leaving them “rooted” in programming in the Phillips Community. They have been at 26th and Bloomington after their beginning on 25th and 16th Avenue.
- Voting in 2016 will have substantial impact on the future.
- Welcoming Immigrants to an immigrant community is a constant obligation and privilege.
- Xeroxing and printing happening more than is healthy for everyone just like everywhere else.
- Yearning for justice and peace continues to keep hope alive and stimulate action.
- Zoning of Biking lanes happened with substantial changes to driving lanes and some amenities that were ill-advised are already changed. Reviews of the changes are mixed; a full year of use is needed for an accurate assessment of their value use.
BY ALISON PENCE, Director of Community Engagement – West Metro, Allina Health
On December 1st, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Health announced that they were putting into action a new food and beverage policy starting in 2016. These changes will include removing sugary drinks and deep-fat fried foods from all cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops. As part of this change, the hospital has terminated the lease with the McDonald’s that has been located inside the hospital for many years. The McDonald’s will close by the end of May.
The decision to create a policy such as this one and to remove the McDonald’s restaurant was not one that was made easily or quickly. For many years, both Allina Health and Abbott Northwestern Hospital have been looking at the role that lifestyle choices make in the health of our patients, their families, our staff and community members.
We know that this change will have an impact on the options available in our buildings, however as our President and CEO, Dr. Penny Wheeler has said “As an organization focused on health, it is our responsibility to model and encourage healthy choices.” The new policy does not prevent employees and visitors from bringing their own food and beverages into the building, it just means that we will focus on selling healthier options to make it easier to choose healthy. Since the announcement, we have heard from a majority of our employees and visitors that they welcome the coming changes.
Changes to the cafeteria, gift shop and vending choices are currently underway to reflect our new focus. In early 2016, Abbott Northwestern will begin the planning process for what options will be available in the space currently leased by the McDonalds. The planning process will take place over many months and will include opportunities for patients, visitors and staff to weigh in on the future of the space. Watch for future editions of The Alley where we will share more details about the planning process for the new option.
BY DENNY BENNETT
When I woke up on January 1st, and reflected on 2015, I smiled, as I re-assured myself, that, no, it wasn’t just a dream, it really is happening!
As I write this, the city’s finest construction companies are submitting their bids to build the new Phillips Aquatics Center! Master plans have been drawn up and ratified, and construction will begin in May!
Ventura Village generously voted to provide an additional $80,000 in funding through the City to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board earmarked specifically toward the addition of a small 3rd warm-water, therapy pool. To distinguish this from the 4-lane, 25 yard, warm water pool already in the plans, I’ll describe (my words) the 3rd pool as a “hot-tube” or “whirlpool spa”. A very nice addition indeed! Of course, there is the necessary bureaucracy before this is a “done deal.”
The Minneapolis Parks Foundation recognized Minneapolis Swims for our efforts in bringing together the entities for the pool, and offered us one of only two $5,000 grants they awarded this year. In our case, we used it as a matching grant, and the 2014-2015 Boys Swim team & boosters from South, Washburn & Roosevelt High Schools who call themselves TMT (Tigers, Millers, Teddies) stepped up by raising $10,000 and donated it to Minneapolis Swims, easily achieving the match.
Finally, we have just launched a grassroots fundraising campaign to make sure that we have the funds for the finishing touches on the pool. Please go to CrowdRise.com/MinneapolisSwims to check it out, see our new video, donate what you can and SHARE with everyone you know!
Denny Bennett is President of Minneapolis Swims
Grandson writes from scarce documents
By John Ferman, Guest Author
Inside the Main Lake Street Gates and just beyond the Civil War plots stands a columnar marble marker. Its legends are barely readable save for the name at the bottom: FERMAN.
Here lies one of the early Minneapolis bakers: John Christian Ferman with his wife, Josephine, eldest daughter, and youngest son. John descended from a long line of Norwegian seafarers stretching back to the 17th Century. He was born the 24th of November 1856 in Kragerø, Norway and christened Johan Christian Winther Fermann. Johan was the seventh of a brood of eight. John was 8 when his father, Peter Biørn Fermann, was lost at sea. John’s eldest brother, Niels Paulsen Fermann, was lost at sea ten years later when John was 18 in 1874. A year later Johan was in the 1875-Folketelling [one of Norway’s three forms of census; Skallemanntall for taxation purposes, Manntall for military purposes-male only, and Folketelling] for Kristiana,** Norway as a journeyman baker.
The year of John’s* immigration is uncertain but was somewhere between 1879 and 1882. In any event, John was a baker at the Bantly Bakery at 89 S.E. Main Street in 1884. October 25 of that year he married Josephine Josefsen. They were to have five children between 1886 and 1899, three survived to adulthood. John was a baker at 2529 26th Avenue in 1885 through 1886. John’s next baked at 263 Cedar in 1888. John opened his own bakery at 320 Cedar Avenue in 1893 and continued there until 1912.
BY PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL
What do we look for when the sunset sky/stirs up the crows? John Richard
The 2nd issue of “The Phoenix of Phillips”, our neighborhood’s own literary magazine, will be an insert in the February issue of The Alley. But you can get a preview copy and hear some of the writers at its Coming-Out-Party, Thursday, January 28 at 7 pm at the Midtown Global Market. Writers young and old will read their work; there will be live music and activities for children, as well as group poem and photography activities.
The Phoenix of Phillips is a part of the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 2742 15th Ave S. Over the past nine years, Semilla (seed in Spanish) has taught over 2000 people mosaics, murals, photography, drama, creative writing and other art forms. Professional artists, working with community residents, have installed 22 murals and over 50 other public art place holders. In 2016, partners will include Andersen United School (Go Phoenixes!), Roosevelt High School, St. Paul’s Home (low income senior housing) and the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center.