New Development Blue Line Flats to Open in November


After watching the construction for much of the last year, Corcoran will soon be welcoming new neighbors at the Blue Line Flats, 3120 24th Ave South.  The first residents of the affordable rate site are scheduled to move in November 1, with others to follow later in the month.  As CNN goes to press, the landscaping and finishing touches are still underway.  The building has underground parking and a courtyard, and is located adjacent to the Midtown Farmer's Market site and the Midtown Transit station. 

Four-Way Stop at 31st Street and 22nd Avenue


On October 21, 2016, Minneapolis Public Works installed two additional stop signs at the four-way intersection of 31st Street East and 22nd Avenue South.  The seemingly trivial addition of stop signs was actually a momentous victory for our neighborhood, culminating 15 years of activism. 

Corcoran residents identified the need for the four-way stop in September 2001 during early brainstorming sessions for the Corcoran Midtown Revival small area plan.  At the time, the intersection was busy with regular traffic and visitors to the newly-built YWCA Midtown on the intersection’s northwest corner.  Parked cars often obstructed the view of cross traffic for people driving north or south. 

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Corcoran Grows Storm Drain Sweep


 Saturday, November 5th

Starting at 3519 23rd Ave. for breakfast before we hit the streets.

8:30am – 12noon

Grab a hat and a rake and join us for the kick-off event of our year long focus on water in partnership with the Alliance for Sustainability!  We'll be taking the day to clear storm drains of leaves and debris and encourage neighbors to adopt their storm drain and do this throughout the year!

Breakfast will be served at 8:30am and we'll hit the streets in large teams, with music, door-knocking and of course our rakes!   On our way we will educate residents on the importance of keeping storm drains clear of leaves and have good time doing it!   

Our neighborhood storm drains flow into Lake Hiawatha and the Mississippi river depending on your location.  Leaves trash, chemicals and organic debris from streets & sidewalks flow through storm sewers adding phosphorus, nitrogen and other significant pollutants to our waterways.  This contributes to excessive algae growth and declining oxygen levels.  

Our goal over this year is to get 60 families to sign the clean water pledge.  The Pledge asks residents to do 1 of 5 items to keep phosphorus, nitrogen and other pollutants out of our waterways.   

            1.  Reduce runoff by redirecting downspouts from hard surfaces, installing a rain barrel or rain garden.

            2.  Use little or no fertilizer on your lawn and keep grass clippings and leaves away from the street.

            3.  Combat erosion by keeping grass cut 3 inches or higher and leaving grass clippings in place.

            4.  Abstain from using pesticides/herbicides in the yard during the growing season and salt in the winter.

            5.  Pick up trash regularly on the blvd and in the alley.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us on our sweep through the neighborhoood!  Bring a rake and a jovial spirit in solidarity to protect our lakes and rivers!

Join the event at our facebook page – Corcoran GROWS-- and get the most updated information! 



Shoebox Packing Party


It's 8:01am and a Nextdoor alert has just been posted: 'free stuff for the taking in alley.'  Eight minutes later, before a waking neighborhood can even manage a reply, the 'stuff' is gone.  All that's left in the alley is smoke from the tires of a Schwinn that penny.JPGpeeled off with the contents hanging out of the bike's basket.  Miscellaneous office supplies and toys have a new owner, and Penny Arcos is happy to keep it that way.  She's a collector who does not shed one tear for monopolizing Nextoor's alley alerts.  "This isn't for a science habitat project or to fulfill my lifelong pent up dream of fashioning a working 19th century camera from a shoebox.  It's for a child in need halfway across the world."

Recently I sat down with the Corcoran resident about a unique outreach that is taking place at the park building on the first Friday of this month.  It's called OCC (Operation Christmas Child), and since 1993, has delivered more than 130 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children, through people like Penny.  Billed as the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, OCC seeks to bring God's love to children who otherwise would not have gifts to open on Christmas.

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Corcoran Park Happenings

The park still has openings in our 2016 Fall PreSchool Kindertots program.  The program is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-3pm for ages: 3-5 (must be able to go to the bathroom independently). The program runs through December 15th, 2016. Take advantage of this time for your little one to make new friends while playing and learning new social skills. Each day your child will enjoy music, storytelling, and creating artwork. Parents, pack your child's favorite food for lunchtime each day at the park. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity for your little one. ***No Class November 8th, 23rd, and 24th.

Rec+ also has opening for the after school care. The care is open daily from 2pm-6pm. Youth are dropped off at the park, enjoy a snack, play structured games and activities, and have supervised fun time.  Please come in for more information and to sign up.


Corcoran Soup Cook Off


There’s nothing better than warm soup on a brisk evening in November – except, of course, gathering together with friends and neighbors for the annual Corcoran Soup Cookoff!

  • Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 16th from 6-8pm at the CNO office (3451 Cedar Avenue South) and IMG_20151111_185903102_HDR.jpgplan to bring the whole family! Bread, beverages, and desserts will be provided.
  • Bowls and utensils will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own mug or bowl for soup.
  • There will be plenty of space to mingle and eat, along with childcare activities.
  • If you are interested in entering a soup or chili please contact Heidi Johnson McAllister: 612-724-7457 /
  • Let us know you are coming! RSVP (not required) at our Facebook Event

Any and all are encouraged to enter! If possible, all entries need to bring their soup in slow-cooker to stay warm and with proper serving utensils.

South High Class Out in Corcoran


Susan Peterson's 9th grade science class from S. High study, observe, and collect pollinators. The front gardens of the corners of 34th and 19th are the perfect labs!

Midtown Farmers Market Fall Harvest Festival a Huge Success!


On September 17th, over 100 people gathered at DuNord Craft Spirits for a lively and entertaining evening of festive music, mouthwatering food, and delicious drinks to support the Midtown Farmers Market. The event brought in roughly $7400 in donations, silent auction bids, and ticket sales. We want to thank the following partners and contributors, their generous donations made for a fantastic evening: 

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Quotes, Poems, and Prayers that Helped Shape My Life

CNO_Head_Shot.jpg“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” Corrie ten Boom

“No one has the right to be an obstacle to another human being getting well.”  The Incomplete Skeptic

“Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk.”  Mary Jo R.

“First God throws a pebble, and then He throws a brick.”  Oprah

“Surrender Hugs” & “Set it up”.  Tricia Ireland

If you love someone, you will not hurt them.”  The Incomplete Skeptic

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”1 John 4 8

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Cafe Con Alondra at the Midtown Farmers Market on #HumanizeHi-Lake


On Sept. 17, CNO, Sierra Club, and Council Member Alondra Cano hosted new Minneapolis Public Works director Robin Hutcheson, County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, and other key decision makers at the Midtown Farmers Market to discuss plans to "Humanize" the Hiawatha and Lake intersection for everybody who uses the area. The event concluded with a walking tour where residents were able to show Hutcheson specific details of what isn't working at Hiawatha and Lake. Join the effort by attending a meeting of CNO's Land Use & Housing committee on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at CNO, 3451 Cedar Ave S. You can also learn more by finding the Hi-Lake Interchange Study and the Humanize Hi-Lake Facebook page. Find links to both and more at



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