A 2nd Perspective on the Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   


Do you know how the plan will


impact our neighborhoods and city?


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Saturday, October 13               8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Wilde Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


Will the proposed comprehensive plan bulldoze your neighbor’s house? Will it create affordable housing? Will it make developers rich?


With Janne Flisrand


janne flisrandJanne Flisrand is one of the co-founders of Neighbors for More Neighbors. She's worked on affordable housing issues for 20 years, after seeing the impact housing instability and limited transit choices had on the kids she served at a Wilder Foundation drop-in after school program she ran. Janne led the statewide Minnesota Green Communities collaboration for a decade. It resulted in energy and healthy housing policy changes that have benefitted tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans. She is a co-founder of Our Streets Minneapolis. Her policy insight and writing prompted an invitation to join the streets.mn board. She served as director of a North Minneapolis neighborhood association. She's passionate about sound city budgets, eliminating racial disparities, and creating a city full of opportunity and choice for each person who lives here.


Read Janne’s commentaries on zoning, planning, and transit at Streets.mn:


Read the Star Tribune commentary from September’s Stone Arch speaker, Lisa McDonald:


Read other opinions and news about the Minneapolis 2040 Plan:

Minnpost explains the report, and offers a Q&A with the city’s long-range planning director:

“Minneapolis 2040: A plan was required, but plans have consequences” (Tim Keane, real estate lawyer): http://strib.mn/2NyChof

“No, the bulldozers aren’t coming for your house” (Steve Brandt): http://bit.ly/2LI6Eaa

Streets.mn explainer, based on the goals the Council gave to planners: http://bit.ly/2N2rxkT

MPR story explains some of the racial history behind many Minneapolis neighborhoods being zoned only for single-family homes: http://bit.ly/2N6glDQ

Neighbors for more Neighbors, an advocacy group supporting the Comprehensive Plan, explains its principles: http://bit.ly/2N5vIwn

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.






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