When Longfellow was selected for inclusion in NRP in August 1992, its community, with a population of more than 20,000 was — and still is — the largest NRP area in Minneapolis.
In 1993, Longfellow initiated its first pilot NRP project— a low-interest home improvement program targeted at homeowners in the western end of the community.
That same year, LCC developed a participation agreement, which specified how it would prepare its NRP action plan.
After nearly two years of intensive outreach meetings, door-to-door surveys and written questionnaires, Longfellow’s action plan was completed in 1995 and approved by the Minneapolis City Council in early 1996. The plan envisioned a future “where the housing stock is well maintained and affordable, our natural resources are preserved and enhanced, and all residents have a sense of connectedness, commitment and responsibility.”
The plan established goals for Longfellow in five broad areas: housing, environment and transportation, community development, neighborhood safety, and youth and families.