Wife in the Cities: Local Holiday Shopping

Untitled.pngHoliday shopping is upon us and wouldn’t it be great if we could get all of our shopping done right in our little neck of the woods?! You can cross people off of your “nice” list, all while supporting local businesses and artisans and I have a couple recommendations for you!

Are you looking for an inexpensive little gift for that “hard to buy for person”, the jewelry lover or even the gentleman in your life (I know you don’t want to keep buying him socks)? Then you should certainly check out Flamingo’s Divine Finds at 3404 Cedar Ave. They are an occasional shop filled to the brim with unique little gifts, jewelry, small furniture and fabulous little trinkets. There is something for everyone here in this little shop of wonders. Please check them out on Facebook or at www.flamingosdivinefinds.com to find out when they will be open in the next months. They will be open for their “Pink Sale” which takes place on November 25th, 26th, and 27th .


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Humanizing Hi-Lake: A Look Back and A Look Ahead

How did all this begin and where is it going? Here are some of the major highlights and accomplishments in this community-driven effort.


Urban guru Gil Penalosa is invited to Hi-Lake to start a conversation with the community on making the intersection more humane. 14112538409_84260884fc_o.jpg(Ironically Penalosa waits more than 6 minutes for a walk signal to cross Lake Street.)

11914171_1619427501660224_3921382824606962093_n.jpgCommunity members brainstorm ideas for improvement and media covers the event. According to a street sign, the entire entourage of 20+ is trespassing under the bridge.




Momentum starts building when East Lake is selected as an Open Streets location.

Corcoran, Sierra Club, Longfellow and others organize around a puppet show as an engagement open_2.jpgtool to canvass public support at Open Streets. A slogan emerges: Humanize Hi-Lake, and a Facebook page solicits ideas online.

IMG_0815.JPGA hungry public shares their voice: More than 500 people offer ideas and sign postcards demanding change. The roving puppet show spreads the Hi-Lake gospel at National Night Out.

(Local media coverage continues and the slogan doubles as a Star Tribune headline: How to Humanize a Busy Intersection?

Traction! An $80,000 engineering study, sponsored by Ward 9 Council Member Alondra Cano and IMG_0825_(1).JPGHennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin gets started.

The lights under the bridge are turned on!


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Sing Me (The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth)

you sing me of moon's

reflection on ocean waves,

horses running wild,

an eagle's flight

and freedom's night


sing me of raven skies,

& stars soft like flowers in your velvet eyes.

veil wings of butterfly blend

tangerine moons,

lavender sunsets,

wrapped in clouds' opaque surprise







lemon sun rises upon our fresh cheeks

as radiant gleams

birth gentle sighs & smiles,


Bus Stop Sign Improvements in Corcoran and around the Twin Cities



Hello! This month I will be doing a follow-up report on my previous article, “Transportation Options in Corcoran Neighborhood.”

As many of you may have noticed, new and improved bus signs have been popping up around the city. They can even be found in our own neighborhood. Wendy Adams, a member of our community, even helped design them. In this article, I will be highlighting some of the features the new bus stop signs include.

Starting at the top of the new signs, you can find the route number. This is the route that will serve the bus stop. If you find multiple numbers at the top of the sign, multiple route numbers serve that bus stop. This already is an improvement over the old bus signs, which had no information of that nature at all.

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Bilingual Prayerline

carmen.jpgHello, my name is Carmen.  I am a member of Casa del Rey church (21st Ave & 36th St) in the Corcoran Neighborhood.  We have a prayer ministry, and that includes praying to God for the needs of our community.  If you would like prayer, you may call our Prayerline Wednesdays at any time from 8pm to 9pm.  I will be happy to pray with you.  I have seen God do amazing miracles for people in the name of Jesus.  The Bible says, "The kingdom of God is near" (Luke 10:9).

Each Wednesday, dial (641) 715-3580 and enter access code: 497-108-414#.  You may stay on for as long or as short as you like.  I will be on at 8pm and conclude at 9pm.  I look forward to praying with you.

A Coffee Shop? A Hair Salon? Retail Applications Rolling in for New Development


The building rising up on the corner of Lake and Hiawatha (officially known as the “L&H Station Development”) is rapidly taking shape. In addition to being home to a Hennepin county social service center, it will also house multiple retail establishments, and is expected to open in the Spring of 2017.  

So far, more than retail 20 applications have been received, ranging from a hair salon to coffee shops to restaurants. The Corcoran community is taking an active role in guiding the selection process in partnership with the Neighborhood Development Center and Hennepin County. These three bodies helped to develop principles that steer both applicants and decision-makers.

Do you have an entrepreneurial dream? Are you interested in submitting an application for your business? Here are a few demographic details to get you thinking by the numbers:

  • Two retail spaces are available, one is 4,300 SF, and the other is 3,100 SF. (Spaces can be divided into 1,000 SF sections)
  • 550 daily employees in the building and another 450 daily clients.
  • 31,500 daily blue line ridership
  • 26,000 daily cars on Lake Street
  • 3,670 passengers disembarking daily at Lake and Hiawatha.
  • 85 surface stalls and underground parking

To learning more about the development or the Economic Development Committee, reach out to CNO staff member Heidi Johnson McCallister (Heidi@corcoranneighborhood.org) or Economic Development Committee member Joan Bennett (joanmbennett@gmail.com). 

Wife in the City: Corcoran Art Crawl


The “unofficial art crawl committee” working hard to start developing the crawl

Living in Corcoran provides us with so many excellent amenities…one of those being surrounded by incredibly talented artists as neighbors!  Did you know that many of the homes on your block undoubtedly have some form of an art studio inside them?  Did you know that many of our neighbors earn a living selling art?  Well, Chris Sutton, a Corcoran neighbor, sure knew the benefit of art in the community and put out an all call this past summer to bring together interested artists to form an art crawl.  After many emails, Nextdoor App messages and conversations, Chris brought it all together and an unofficial art crawl committee was born!  And we are still looking for more interested parties!  Are you an artist that would like to be a part of the crawl?  Maybe you are not an artist but would be willing to volunteer your time?!  What are your strengths that you could bring to a Corcoran/Powderhorn art crawl?  If you are interested in hearing more, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris at rococodada@aol.com.


November Corcoran Watch Update


How safe is Corcoran and how does it compare to the rest of the City? The City of Minneapolis has 87 neighborhoods as considered by the MPD. Parts of the City have perceptions for being the “bad” or “rough” or “crime ridden”, especially by those who do not live in the City. This month I did some research into how our neighborhood compares to other parts of the City. I took my data from this source: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/crime-statistics_codefor_statistics.


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Support Corcoran Neighborhood Organization. Contribute a one time or monthly donation!


Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making an online donation to many organizations. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event. Please consider giving to CNO on November 17, 2016, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to unite our neighbors to strengthen our community. CNO has a goal of raising $5,000. We need your help! Can you give $10 or more to help us make that goal?  A board member has generously donated a matching gift of $1,000 to help us reach our goal! Consider making your donation a sustaining donation at any amount. By accomplishing our goal, CNO will be able to continue:

  • Organize renters to advocate for their housing. Read the letter from renter leader Edaín Altamirano about this important work! 
  • Support small businesses with training, façade improvements, and more.
  • Sustain and grow the Midtown Farmers Market, including new permanent plaza space.
  • Guide the developments of new retail space and housing at 2225 East Lake as well as the Adult Basic Education at 21st Street and Lake Street.
  • Improve the Lake and Hiawatha intersection to make it safer and easier to navigate.
  • Put residents like you in direct relationship with local government officials, developers, and others.

Mark your calendar and schedule your gift anytime between November 1st and November 17 by visiting https://www.givemn.org/organization/cno. Sustaining donations can be made through this website as well. 



Neighborhood Facelift


The Eagle Scouts of Troup 537 – Medina donated their time, talent, and treasure to give the front yard of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (1845 East Lake Street) a much needed facelift. They edged the flower and shrubbery beds, trimmed bushes, planted bulbs, and added fresh mulch. They also built benches for the front yard. All of this effort have made our property so much more welcoming and attractive for our neighbors as well as elder clients, volunteers and visitors.




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