What's Your Great Idea for the Knight Green Line Challenge?

Get ready for the Knight Green Line Challenge! Knight Foundation is looking for great projects that will make Central Corridor neighborhoods in St. Paul even more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit. Over the next three years, the Knight Green Line Challengewill fund $1.5 million in winning projects. Any individual, business or nonprofit can apply—and it’s easy! 

Your project simply must take place in and benefit at least one St. Paul neighborhood along the Green Line. Dream away! Applications for year one accepted June 24 – July 24, 2014. Visit www.knightgreenlinechallenge.org for details and to sign-up for email updates. 

Newly Forming Hamline Midway Community Investment Cooperative to Focus on North Snelling Revitalization

By Kyle Mianulli

The Hamline Midway neighborhood as a whole is experiencing exciting growth and renewed vibrancy of late. For much of the area, the future is looking bright. Light Rail is helping fuel new investment and development, and neighbors and businesses are more excited than ever about the opportunities blossoming in this community. One especially exciting opportunity to invest in the future of our community is just getting started.

The Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC) is facilitating the formation of a Community Investment Cooperative to promote local investment along North Snelling Avenue and other commercial areas in the Hamline Midway neighborhood, and we need your help.

St. Paul Asking Residents to go "All In" with New Recycling Program

Are you ready to go all in with your recycling efforts in 2014? Exciting changes are making recycling in Saint Paul more convenient than ever before! As of April 7, 2014, residents can take advantage of single-sort recycling, begin recycling additional plastics, make plans to attend a cleanup event and drop off their source-separated organics at one of five Saint Paul locations. 

Declining recycling numbers, wavering participation and changing demographics are just a few of the reasons why the City, with support from Ramsey County, hired Wilder Research in 2012-13 to conduct a comprehensive assessment about residential solid waste and recycling programs and services. The research found that Saint Paul residents wanted: 

 The ability to recycle more plastics 

 Recycling to be more convenient 

 More opportunities for composting organic materials 

 More options for handling bulky waste items 

City officials listened to what residents had to say and committed to implementing new initiatives around this research. A plan is in motion to make these improvements over the next three years. 

BEGINNING 2014 

Single Sort Recycling As of April 7, residents can go put all recyclable materials into one bin – separating is no longer required! 

More Plastics Accepted 

As of April 7, residents can add most #1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 plastic containers to their blue bin or collection cart. In addition to plastic bottles, yogurt, butter and produce containers, transparent deli and “to go” containers can also be recycled with Saint Paul’s residential recycling program. Find a complete list of acceptable materials at stpaul.gov/recycle

New Fund Dedicated to Financing Home Repairs in Hamline Midway

Hamline Midway Residents have a valuable opportunity to help finance repairs or improvements to their homes. Community Neighborhood Housing Services (CNHS) recently announced the creation of the Spotlight Fund to provide financing for home improvements and repairs for homeowners in the Hamline Midway and Northend neighborhood.  Residents who live within boundaries of these neighborhoods and meet household income requirements may be approved for up to $30,000 in financing to repair their owner-occupied homes. Some homeowners may not need to make payments.

Featured Neighborhood Group: Friends of Hamline Park

 

The Friends of Hamline Park is a neighborhood group of volunteers who meet monthly to ensure that the park remains vibrant, inviting, clean, and safe. A similar group existed several years ago, and the current group was re-formed in 2013 with a focus on gardening and litter clean-up. In 2014, a slate of events are planned to engage the people, young and old, who enjoy and make use of this wonderful public park. 

ARTIFY "Creates Place" for Future Affordable Housing at Old Chevy Lot

 

Over the last year, “ARTIFY-Bringing the Arts to Hamline Station” has been working with local artists and Hamline Midway residents to bring a series of public art installments to the abandoned former Midway Chevrolet lot at 1333 University Avenue. 

This Spring, Project for Pride in Living will break ground on a new 108-unit affordable housing development. In preparation, Artist Organizer Oscar Ly, who has been heading the ARTIFY project has helped organize over 20 public art installments and 11 performances around the theme of “home is…” 

“This was really an opportunity to create that space, to change the narrative of it being a place of business, an abandoned car dealership to future housing, future neighbors, a future part of the community,” Ly said.

Midway Local Foods Ready to Sprout in 2014

By Valerie Steffl

Even though a few feet of snow still cover any sign of tillable land, Hamline Midway local food activists are planning new ways for more neighbors to grow their own food.

Hamline Midway and surrounding area is home to a vibrant local foods scene made up of the Gardening Matters’ Midway Local Foods Resource Hub, Hamline Midway Local Foods Project Group, Midway Green Spirit and Hamline-Thomas community gardens. 

Join the Local Food Resource Hub


If you are an edible gardener who is interested in access to low cost seeds and seedlings as well as a wealth of connections and information through other experienced gardeners, then join the Local Food Hub for 2014.  Participants receive seeds and seedlings at a significantly reduced rate at two distribution events in the spring, and are added to a growing network of local food aficionados to connect over potlucks, skill shares, and more.


Visit gardeningmatters.org for the hub application and for opportunities to volunteer at seed packing or distribution events.

First Ave Hopes to Offer Neighborhood Hangout at New Turf Club

First Avenue is known as a premiere entertainment and music venue throughout the Twin Cities. Recently taking over the Turf Club on University, they are also looking to become a premiere neighborhood hangout for the Hamline Midway community.

Dayna Frank, executive vice president of First Avenue, met with the Hamline Midway Coalition Development Committee Thursday, November 14, to talk about their plans for the new location.

“No other venue in town has an environment as special and unique as the Turf Club,” reads the business plan for the venue. “ We are confident the Turf Club will become a destination for artists emerging on the national landscape as well as a favorite place for local musicians to premiere and perfect their material.”

There are plans to improve the green room, install a new sound system and generally spruce up the facilities and decorating, though Frank assured the committee First Avenue has every intent of maintaining the original character and authentic atmosphere of the longstanding establishment.

Now Accepting Submissions for Neighborhood Honor Roll

The Hamline Midway neighborhood is full of exceptional residents and organizations who go above and beyond in support of their community. Every year we like to honor a couple of those outstanding citizens with the Neighborhood Honor Roll. Maybe one of your neighbors started a block club that has been especially helpful in organizing around events and issues on your street.

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