Our community is coming together to help businesses clean up and rebuild. We have a long road ahead of us, but if you’re willing to be a part of building a stronger more just Longfellow, here are some ways to get involved.
Portions of the Great Longfellow community are unrecognizable due to looting and fires in South Minneapolis. We need your help to rebuild. We will rebuild a stronger and more just community. Our initial assessment finds that 31 buildings have been completely destroyed, including 3 major grocery stores, and 2 pharmacies. Beyond that at least 49 other businesses sustained significant damage. Many are locally- and minority-owned. Learn more or donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuilding-longfellow-amp-lake
Update 2/28/2021) Longfellow Community Council (LCC) and partners recent planning efforts provide foundation to rebuilding Lake Street/Minnehaha area
LCC is pleased to announce the completion of the “Rebuild Longfellow Existing Conditions Assessment”. The document, developed under the auspices of Longfellow Community Council (LCC), is the result of an unprecedented community partnership between LCC, Greater Longfellow community organizations, residents and businesses, and a consortium of planning and design consultants assembled and led by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc (SEH®). The consultants brought together by SEH – including Biko Associates, Inc., Patrick Connoy and Community Design Group – offered their services to the community on a pro-bono basis with the goal of assisting in planning efforts to rebuild.
The work of the consultants was guided by LCC staff and a Project Steering Committee (PSC) made up of a diverse group of residents, community organizations and business owners. The PSC worked with the consulting team to provide comments on the Existing Conditions Assessment and promote a community survey that was taken by nearly 900 people.
The assessment and survey results are meant to be used as a non-proprietary, freely shared platform that will serve as foundational reference to inform planning efforts that are currently ramping up and are being led by allied organizations, including Longfellow Rising, Redesign, Longfellow Business Association, Lake Street Council and others.
You can read the full Existing Conditions Assessment and Community Survey results using the links below.
• Existing Conditions Assessment
• Existing Conditions Assessment Appendix
• Community Survey Results
LCC extends a heartful thank you to SEH and its partners, as well as our Project Steering Committee members for their excellent work and partnership. We will continue to actively support other ongoing community efforts and engage the Greater Longfellow community to support local small businesses and to create programs, projects and activities that will support the growth, safety and sustainability of our community.
(Update 8/28/2020) Longfellow Community Council (LCC) Partners with consulting firms to Rebuild Longfellow Consortium of consultants provides pro bono support to Greater Longfellow
Minneapolis, MN August 27th – The LCC Board of Directors has agreed to an official partnership with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®), Community Design Group (CDG), Biko Associates, and Patrick Connoy to assist the residents and businesses of Greater Longfellow to create a rebuild plan for the area affected by the unrest after the tragic death of George Floyd. The consulting team has a long and successful history of working on community projects across Minneapolis. Many of the consultants have a connection to the Longfellow neighborhood, having been a part of planning and development along Lake Street in the past and the lead for the SEH team is also a Longfellow resident.
The goal is to create a new vision for equitable, sustainable and resilient redevelopment while enhancing public spaces; preserving key community assets; and rebuilding civic, commercial and residential places for the coming years. The rebuild plan will be inclusive and respectful of the urgent need for our community to become more equitable and welcoming to communities of color. Community engagement will be at the forefront of the work to ensure that residents, businesses, and community organizations use their collective wisdom to rebuild Longfellow in a way that serves the whole community.
LCC and the consulting team are currently in the process of creating a Steering Committee and a community survey. Stay tuned through the LCC website and Weekly Roundup for updates and community participation activities through our website at http://www.longfellow.org. Longfellow Community Council is the citizen participation organization for the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood.
(7/6/2020) Here’s a quick neighborhood update:
• On June 13th, LCC facilitated a graffiti removal/clean up event (while respecting BLM street and plywood art and text). We had about 40-50 (pictured) neighborhood participants helping with that effort.
• Our weekly newsletter continues to inform residents about ongoing ways to donate and volunteer https://longfellow.org/category/weekly-roundup-newsletter/
• Peace Coffee & Holy Trinity Lutheran Church have both set up temporary pick up sites for food/necessities for community members in need https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4da5a829a0f85-holy7
• Block club leaders have begun facilitating anti-racism training, to help residents understand their role in systemic racism and ways to actively work toward racial justice
• We’re continuing to share resources, events, and reading lists for those wanting to further educate themselves on white fragility, racial justice, and systemic oppression
• Residents have volunteered time and energy to implement Rebuild Longfellow to coordinate the needs of damage businesses with skilled volunteers https://rebuildlongfellow.org/
• Our Executive Director, Melanie Majors wrote the attached heartfelt Thank You letter to volunteers and donors, which was published in the July issue of the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger