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Hospital land grab angers Phillips residents

By Julie Miller;* The Alley Newspaper  May 25, 2006

If it would wreck your whole day to come home from work and discover your house was gone, then you need to read this story, because it could happen to you! This is real. It is not a test. It is not science fiction and you have not just entered the Twilight Zone. You have entered the Lifesciences Corridor, another dimension where homes are dispensable, parking ramps are the future, and hospitals can go from “good neighbor” to “perpetrator” in the blink of an eye.

Don’t take my word for it folks, take a walk or drive around the 2500 block of Chicago Ave. and you will see what the future has in store for you. The once stately and solid Victorian houses are gone now—nothing but a memory and a flat place in the dirt. This is the awful truth. It is not a cruel hoax, a bad joke or a dream from which you can awaken to find a world that still makes sense. This ain’t no disco, fellow citizens, and we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. Who needs the excitement of reality TV when we all live in an endangered environment? “Survivor: Phillips Neighborhood” is filming at a block near you.

This is a story about how a corporation can turn a neighborhood into a parking lot in less time than it takes KFC to rustle up a bucket of extra crispy. A story of how a city block in Phillips West came to be destroyed by Children’s Hospital without the consent of the neighbors or the neighborhood organization. How Children’s Hospital broke a formal, solemn and binding covenant with the residents of our block and community, and placed 13 more blocks at risk. How the neighbors didn’t learn of Children’s impending encroachment until the hospital already had control of most of the homes through their intermediary, developer Jim Dowds (aka Prima Land Inc.). It’s the story of how we left for work one day surrounded by lovely, century-old houses, and came home that evening to find one of those homes and its trees gone; and over the following days and weeks another, and another, until eight houses were obliterated, along with all the trees. How all this was done in blatant violation of a Multi-Block Land Use Covenant signed by Children’s Hospital—a 14-block agreement which existed to protect every single home on my block, “Block 5,” and the other 13 blocks surrounding the hospitals.

Archives of Julie Miller’s previous articles on Block 5

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MULTI-BLOCK LAND USE COVENANT Between Phillips Neighborhood and Neighborhood Health Related Organizations

Covenant: 1. A formal, solemn and binding agreement. 2. A written agreement or promise usually between two or more parties, especially for the performance of some action.  It is a declaration of intent by all parties who sign, to help each other achieve mutual objectives.

This covenant is a voluntary commitment made by individuals to themselves and to others.

Recognizing that all p[arties see mutual advantages of having strong sustainable medical facilities located in the Phillips Neighborhood and a stable surrounding residential area, we hereby enter into this relationship and goals.

  1. This covenant is between Phillips Neighborhood – (Districts 1 & 3 [Now called Phillips West and Midtown Phillips], Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and all affiliated health organizations that operate under these organizations:
  2. Allina Health System
  3. Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  4. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis and their successors.

The intent is to influence the location of other health facilities that operate, share land or have some service relationship with Allina Health System, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis or its affiliates.

  1. This agreement covers land use and physical development, safety and liveability and other issues of mutual concern as they may arise.
  2. The parties to this agreement have the following shared goals for what should happen to the blocks surrounding the health use related campus. (Blocks numbered are keyed to the attached map.)

Block 1: This block should be designated for mixed use including light industry in the former Sears warehouse; and retail, housing, parking and health related uses/expansion in the remainder of the site should property become available. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Baby Driver” & “The Big Sick”

(l to r) Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez), Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Bats (JAMIE FOXX) discuss the next heist in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

By Howard McQuitter II

“Baby Driver”(2017)

**** out of five

Action/Comedy/Drama/Music Rated R

Director Edgar Wright’s (I met him back when he directed “Shaun of the Dead”) “Baby Driver” is worth the ticket while lounging in a comfortable chair in a theater (or at home) on a summer day. The beauty of “Baby Driver” is the movie feels fresh, electrifying and humorous. For lack of a better word, the cast is cool.

Baby is the title character played by Ansel Elgort, a twenty-something, white guy who walks around with earphones listening to pop music, such as from “Queen”. Back-ground  music from old school R&B tunes Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Nowhere to Hide” and Brenda Holloway’s “Every Little Bit Hurts” fill the air instead of what audiences may expect rap or hip hop music.

He is the getaway driver working for heist boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) along with three other lively characters Bats (Jamie Foxx), Griff (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez).All the action takes place in Atlanta, Georgia.

From the first time Bats meets Baby he doesn’t trust him and always finds a way to criticize him. All this is thrilling to Baby in spite of his foster father’s did-approval of the stolen money and the robberies. Then Baby meets a waitress Debora (Lily James) who he starts to fall for in turn the cool man with the earphones rethinks about his job description. After all, Doc wants Baby to go on the biggest heist thus far in their scheme. Yes, there is a dilemma for the young man: go ahead and do the job and risk being killed or get out altogether and pursue the girl.

Does “Baby Driver’s”  Edgar Wright takes a page out of Quentin Tarantino’s playbook? Adrenaline-driven, good car chases, looking for ways to escape should be what you’re looking for in Wright’s high-octane film.

Cast: Ansel Elgort (Baby), Jon Hamm (Griff), Eizaa Gonzalez (Darling), Kevin Spacey (Doc), Jamie Foxx (Bats), Lily James (Debora). Running time: 113 minutes. Director: Edgar Wright.

“The Big Sick”(2017)

*****

Comedy/Romance/Drama Rated R

It’s a delightful thing when chemistry, believable characters, and humor can be melted together in a romantic comedy. The risk for so many romantic comedies is a cross over to schmaltz or risqué or flat out frivolousness. “The Big Sick” is just one of those relatively few romantic comedies that embraces all three elements: chemistry, believable characters, and humor par excellence.

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiam) works the stand-up comedy circuits in Chicago along with two other stand-up comedians Bo Burnham and Kurt Braunohler. Kumail is Pakistani and his family live comfortably in a house in Chicago. His mother (Zenobia Shroff) and father (Anupan Kher) believe in arranged marriages as in Pakistani Muslim tradition. The mother invites potential Pakistani women to the house hoping her son will choose one of them. He doesn’t.

Kumail meets an American white woman, studying to be a therapist, initially their relationship looks like a one- night stand or a few sexual encounters, then split. The woman, Emily (Zoe Kazan), has far less camera time than Kumail has but, nonetheless, the chemistry is not lost in the fray. She has to be hospitalized for an unknown virus. When he shows up at the hospital her parents are there where he’s met with a cold shoulder, especially from her mother, Beth (Holly Hunter). And to think this, Emily, ordinary looking compared to the beautiful Pakistani women he rejected,,is someone he really loves.

(“The Big Sick” is based on a true story; Zoe looks similar to the real Emily.) Cast: Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail), Zoe Kazan (Emily), Holly Hunter (Beth), Ray Romano (Terry), Zenobia Shroff Sharmeen), Anupam Kher (Azmat), Adeel Akhtar (Naveed). Running time: 119 minutes. Director: Micheal Showalter.

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The Great Makers Exchange Highlights Nordic Craft and Artisans: Mini-Workshops, Demonstrations and an Artist Market

Hands-on Nordic Craft celebrating and learning for all ages with workshops, demonstrations, an artist market, live music and a talk by Tia Salmela Keobounpheng; noon – 5 pm Sunday, Aug. 6th; Mini-Workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entrance included in ASI Museum Admission:  $10 Adults, $7 ages 62+, $5 Students with ID and youth ages 5-12. FREE for ASI members. Workshop Reg. is $25.

Beginners, professionals and the curious can all find something to experience. Watch how it’s done and take home a finished work that you’ve crafted during a workshop or purchased from an artist.  Master craftspeople and ASI resident instructors— woodworkers, painters, weavers, textile artists, ceramicists and jewelers, lead the workshops for youth and adults. Partner organizations: FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, North House Folk School, Silverwood Park and Women’s Woodshop

Live Music:

12:30 – The Hunky Dory Scandinavian All-Stars;

1:30 – Tjärnblom

Featured Maker Talk and Art Installation: – 1p.m., Practicing CreativityFinnish-American designer/jewelry maker Tia Salmela Keobounpheng

Interactive Water Color Station with Artist-in-Residence Tara Sweeney

Ongoing: Craft & Design Focused Micro-Tours of the Turnblad Mansion

Makers Market in the ASI Courtyard

Makers Market Artists and Workshop Instructors:

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When government ceases to protect the citizen ceases to owe allegiance!

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Frank Reflections: A Good Deed: Deed Hiawatha Golf Course back to Hiawatha’s descendants!

BY FRANK ERICKSON

In regards to what should be done with the land known as Hiawatha Golf Course at 4553 Longfellow Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407: give it back to Hiawatha!

When an opportunity like this presents itself, it needs to be embraced and the right thing done!

Giving the land back to its rightful owners is the right thing to do.  Giving the land to the local Native American Community would not hurt the City of Minneapolis or any of its residents in any way.

The White Man has unjustly taken, controlled, and profited from owning all of this North American land for long enough—Time to give a little back!

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Cultivating Heavy Soil

By Peter Molenaar

Transforming the USA along socialist lines is like propagating a garden in heavy soil.  Dense soils tend to impede germination and root development.  Yet, when properly conditioned, a “clay soil” is the most fertile and will produce glorious results.

Marxism teaches that external factors are the conditions of change, while internal contradictions are the basis.  If things are not right, the seed will not deliver us the flower.  Might hard work and perseverance render our desire?

As it happened…

An elder Korean woman from the community garden kindly gifted me several seed packets from her homeland.  The English label read “Blue Bell Root.”  In addition to its lovely flowers, this plant produces roots which will cure most diseases and extend our life spans.  So, the work was cut out for me.

Available to me were several raised beds which, since an early harvest of kimchi radishes, had been fallow beneath grass clippings and a top layer of composted cow manure.  So then, turn with spade, consolidate and chop with rake, deep hand trowel to expose and obliterate remaining clods, thoroughly mix ingredients until volume has doubled, reform bed with rake, shore up bed sides with foot, plant seeds, add water.

Such is the nature of the conscious factor within the revolutionary process.  But one’s own consciousness means only so much, while mass consciousness will someday move mountains.

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Honey-Mustard Fruit Slaw*

*Better Home and Gardens: Diabetic Cooking Made Easy

INGREDIENTS

1-½ Cups of green cabbage (shredded)

1 Cup carrots (shredded)

2/3 Cup apple or pear (coarsely chopped)

4 teaspoons salad oil

4 teaspoons coarse brown mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

2 small cloves garlic (minced)

2 tablespoons peanuts or cashews (chopped)

Step One – in a medium/large bowl toss together the cabbage, carrots, and apple or pear; set aside.

Step Two – For dressing, in a small screw-top jar combine salad oil, mustard, lemon juice, honey, and garlic.  Cover and shake well.  Pour dressing over cabbage mixture; toss gently to coat.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

Step Three – To serve, sprinkle the cabbage mixture with peanuts or cashews.

Nutritional facts per serving: 122 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 64 mg sodium, 14 g carbo., 3 g fiber, 2 g pro.

What makes this a recipe tailored for diabetics?

One of the typical aims of a good diabetic sensitive recipe is to cook with liquid fats in place of solids or to omit fat altogether.  The recipes are generally low in dairy, have limited use of sugars and are low in carbohydrates (which convert into sugar/glucose in the blood stream). With the Honey-Mustard Fruit Slaw, you are able to make a tasty slaw with a minimum of carbohydrates with still have a slightly sweet, light robust flavor.

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JOIN a Diabetes or Diabetes Prevention Core Group in Mid-August !!!

In collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, residents within the Backyard will be able to join a Diabetes/Diabetes Prevention (DDP) Family, Friends and Neighbors (FFN) group aimed at lifestyle changes for dealing with or preventing diabetes.

There will be 4 Diabetes/Diabetes Prevention Family, Friends, and Neighbors (DDP-FFN) core groups, with each one conducted for:

16 weeks of core classes

8 monthly post core follow-up group classes

Each core group will be hosted by a BYI Resident Recruiter/Host: Mr. Ray Thompson and Mr. Willie Younger of the Anchor Family *CHAT; Ms. Candis McKelvy of Growing the Backyard CHAT; and Miski Abdulle and Amged Yussef of the Project SELF CHAT. The Out in the Backyard CHAT and Phillips Neighborhood Clinic will be instrumental in the recruitment and referral of potential participants. There will also be a DPP Hybrid Group hosted at the Midtown Global Market.   The BYI Resource Center Staff will recruit from visitors of the BYI Resource Center and the Midtown Global Market for the Hybrid Group class. The difference between the FFN and Hybrid groups is the Hybrid participants may not be all families, friends, or neighbors to one another.  All participants in any of the groups will be screened for eligibility within the criteria established.  The first classes will begin in mid-August and other classes beginning in succession (creating a ripple affect). The Backyard DDP-FFN and Hybrid Program will be presented here in the Backyard through a contracted partnership with the Minneapolis Health Department. The Project is under the leadership of the Cultural Wellness Center, the BYI’s Lead Agency with assistance provide by Allina Health Community Benefits and Engagement.

*CHAT-Community Health Action Team

If you need additional information or are interested in the DDP FNN or Hybrid Programs, please contact Roberta Barnes at roberta
@culturalwellnesscenter.org, or 651-353-6211.  You are welcome to stop in at the Backyard Initiative Resource Center in the Midtown Global Market to obtain additional information through a face-to-face contact.

Some of the Topics Covered in the First Six Months

  • Be a Fat and Calorie Detective
  • Three Ways to Eat Less Fat and Fewer Calories
  • Move those Muscles
  • Take Charge of What’s Around You
  • Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
  • The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
  • You Can Manage Stress and more! … and new topics in the Second 6 Month Program.
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Caring for and Preventing Diabetes in the BACKYARD

Mr. Ray Thompson, Anchor Families CHAT leader and Callahan Clark, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, connecting after a BYI Dinner and Diabetes Dialogue (Triple D) event in April. (see following interview with Mr. Ray Thompson)

Connecting with Neighbors About Diabetes: an interview with Mr. Ray Thompson

What better way to learn about diabetes and how to live with it than to talk to someone who has diabetes and lives a full and active life? Powderhorn Park Neighborhood resident, Mr. Ray Thompson, discovered he had diabetes in 2006.  Mr. Ray, as he is known to his neighbors and to other resident leaders within the Backyard Initiative, is truly an inspiration to not just “learning to live with diabetes” but in taking charge of his own health and helping his neighbors do the same.

How did you discover you had diabetes? R.T: “ When I began to gain weight without necessarily changing my food intake amount and my feet were swelling and I was using the washroom much more frequently, I decided to go and see the doctor.”

What did the doctor do? R.T:  “The doctor told me I had diabetes and I needed to get on medication right away. So I took pills. But I just kept eating the same way I always did. My diabetes got worse so the doctor prescribed me insulin but I didn’t want to use insulin.  The doctor stayed on me and showed me a lot of concern.  That is why I like this doctor.”

I remember you saying at a Backyard Initiative Dinner and Diabetes Dialogue (Triple D) event that you were able to reduce your blood sugar level and stay on pill medication. How did that occur? R.T: “I was beginning to have foot pain associated with my diabetes and the doctor wanted to prescribe a medication for that, too. I told him I wasn’t taking any more medication. About the same time, I was listening to a radio show where people were talking about the incredible constant pain in their feet and legs from diabetes.  That scared me.  I had been active and done sports when I was younger and just didn’t want to end up sitting around in pain and living that kind of life. I began to pay more attention to my body. When I ate more sweets, I had more pain. When I ate less sweets, cake and pie, I had less pain.  I realized I can do more to take control over my diabetes.”

What is your diabetes like now? R.T: “I used to see the doctor every 2 weeks, now I see him every 4 to 6 months. I still take medication and I check my blood sugar level about 3 times a week. I pay attention to my body and watch my diet. Everybody needs to splurge once in awhile so I will have a donut or a burger and then really watch my carbs the next few days. I don’t eat white bread, sweets, potato chips, bad carbs and if I do, I can tell and then I lay completely off of them for a few days. I know I need to exercise more, too.” Read the rest of this entry »

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