Energy Efficiency for Tenants and Landlords

Corcoran Neighborhood Organizers are working on a project that brings energy efficiency incentives to tenants and landlords. If you are a tenant with a refrigerator that is leaking, air conditioner that is not running correctly, or cracked windows, you might benefit from these programs. Programs include the Low Income Energy Assistance Program and Energy Assistance Program.

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Business Spotlight: Blackbird's Music Store

Empowering music makers, learners, and builders to create together.


Charlotte Matis, Neal Swanger and Russel Rayfield | 612-326-5745

I love music, but am no musician, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Blackbird’s Music Store to interview Charlotte and company.  Having put my clarinet down years ago, I never took to strings and am often intimidated by those more musically talented than I. 

Upon entering the store, I was immediately greeted with smiles, offered a choice of coffee or tea and told to make myself at home.   As I looked around, I was surrounded by stringed instruments of all kinds lining the unassuming walls. The cheery chirping of Charlotte’s resident finches filled the air rather than the usual awkward silence of some stores.  Blackbird’s has a homey, somewhat familiar feel that put me at ease.  The group likes to joke about their “folk retailing”, but it does describe their relaxed atmosphere quite well.

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15th Annual Standish, Ericsson & Corcoran Neighborhood Garage Sale


Saturday, June 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Start spring-cleaning now for the largest neighborhood garage sale in Minneapolis! The 15th Annual Standish, Ericsson & Corcoran Neighborhood Garage Sale will be on June 10th. Last year’s event involved over 120 households, brought approximately $25,000 into the neighborhood, and rehomed thousands of items.

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Land Use & Housing Commitee Update


Developers for the first phase of housing at the 2225 Lake Street East site presented their plans at the April 6, 2017 Land Use and Housing Committee monthly meeting.  The apartment building will sit on top of the new parking ramp immediately south of the new Hennepin County service hub.  The building will stand six stories high with 123 apartment units, including 36 studio units, 69 one-bedroom units, and 18 two-bedroom units.  Rents will be capped at the affordability level for 80% of the area median income.  Those monthly rates will tentatively start at $975 for a studio, $1,295 for a one-bedroom, and $1,546 for a two-bedroom unit.  The building will have dedicated on-site parking for 70 vehicles, and an additional 120 parking stalls will be shared with the Hennepin County service hub.  The developers intend to begin construction next month, and hope to open the building for tenants in May 2018.

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Celebrate 15 Years with the Midtown Farmers Market!


Join us on May 6th for our Opening Day Food Truck Fest as we kick off our 15th Anniversary Season with a bang! Inaddition to hosting a slew of amazing food trucks, this year Midtown will also be celebrating our 15 years with a number exciting giveaways, great live music and so much more! As construction of Hennepin County’s Family Service Center will be completed adjacent to the market site this spring, Midtown will be operating in the same space as the last two years as we eagerly await our new home at 2225 E. Lake St. See the map below for our exact location for the 2017 season.

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Civility Project Action #2: Postcard writing afternoon


Friends and neighbors gathered at Susan Hensel Gallery on Saturday, March 11, to write postcards and make more buttons.  Susan bought one roll of postcard stamps and the productivity outstripped the stamp count! Around 150 postcars and another 500 buttons were made  in the afternoon.

If you want to join the project, you can download postcard files and databases for writing to your legislators whenever you want  from the website:

So far, The Civility Project and its community has distributed close to 1000 buttons inviting people to talk and listen.  They have been distributed coast to coast: California, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida, Minnesota, and South Carolina.  One distributor told me that she distributed some in a school in Harlem.  How cool is that?.

What is the Civility Project?

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Business Spotlight: Martha Bird--Artist


Martha Bird’s world is expanding exponentially.   Just a couple of years ago, Martha would have thought herself the average person who likes to create, but things are moving and shaking for her now.   As a multidisciplinary artist and basketweaver, Martha is humble about her skills but is beginning to accept her place as an artist. She’s actually embracing it, every inch of it.   In fact, just last year she converted her artisanship to a professional focus and it’s really refreshing to see her excitement and dismay at all she is achieving so quickly.

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Our City's Housing Apartheid


The Star Tribune, on March 8,  wrote an article regarding the department of Regulatory Services of the city of Minneapolis and their three grade tier system to grade the living conditions of rental apartment buildings across the city. Tier 1 reflects a building with no code violations which means license is cheaper and inspections are less needed, and tier 3 refers to poorer conditions where rental licensing is more expensive along with more frequent city inspections.

Sounds great right? Depends who you ask. From a bifocal perspective, tenants and organizers that work in housing issues say this system is failing whereas landlords and the head of Regulatory Services, Noah Schuchman, simply state that, “We make adjustments as they are appropriate”.

I suggest to our readers new to this issue to see this under a new light...

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COPA Artcrawl


On Saturday, May 6th, COPA or Corcoran/Powderhorn Artists will be having an Art Crawl! 

This Crawl, coinciding with the 15th Anniversary of the Farmer's Market, marks the debut of our new neighborhood event! It's the beginning of May, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the sun is shining: why not take a stroll down our lovely, friendly streets and, with accompanying maps, go visit your neighbors' homes/studios to learn about their talents and hobbies. If you're already on your way to the Farmer's Market, make it a family funday and make our Crawl part of your new yearly tradition. Pop into a neighbor's home to see what they're making and how they create it. You'll be surprised as to what they can do! So help support these local artists and crafters by participating in our first Art Crawl. Regardless of whether you buy their work or not, remember that compliments are free and always welcome!

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CNO Staff Transitions


 After 12 years on staff at Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Eric Gustafson has resigned to pursue a new opportunity at the Family Housing Fund, continuing his work on affordable housing. Stay tuned for an event to celebrate Eric's dozen years of service to CNO!  



The CNO Board of Directors is excited to announce that Heidi Johnson McAllister, CNO's Associate Director for the last two years, has been selected as the new Executive Director.  Heidi is currently on maternity leave, and will return June 15.




 In addition, Vanessa Haight has joined the CNO staff as the part-time Interim Director during Heidi's leave, and will transition into a new full-time role as Community Development Manager over the next few months.  Please join us in welcoming Vanessa to the CNO staff!

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