Neighborhood notebook: Hundreds turn out for Uptown march against hate crime

CARAG — Despite the frigid cold, about 400 people gathered Jan. 29 in the Dunn Bros parking lot at Lake & Bryant to march for Kristen Boyne, 32, who was attacked in the area Jan. 22.

Boyne said she was on her way to Rainbow Foods around 11 p.m. when two men abused her verbally and physically for being a lesbian and beat her until she was unconscious. She suffered head injuries because of the attack, which police are investigating as a hate crime.

Andrea Sieve, one of the organizers of the event and a close friend of Boyne’s, said the march was a show of solidarity for Boyne.

"We want this to be for awareness and support for Kristen, but also to make a statement that this just shouldn’t be happening," Sieve said. She added that while they were happy with the response from the Minneapolis Police Department, they wanted to make a statement of their own.

Most of the people at the march expressed similar reasons for attending.

"People should be outraged that something like this happened on these streets," said John Harmeling, a 28-year-old college student from Cottage Grove. "I feel like a lot of people should be involved and make a statement that this type of act is unacceptable."

Doug Kress, a Kingfield resident running for the Ward 10 City Council seat, said he was there because he wanted to make sure people know Uptown is safe.

"Violence is a critical thing, and when it starts impacting a community such as the gay and lesbian community, it hits home for me," Kress said. "Uptown is a great place, and we want it safe for everybody. We’re standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to put up with this.’"

The group marched down Lake Street from Bryant Avenue to Emerson Avenue and back, carrying signs and chanting mantras such as "2, 4, 6, 8, stop the bigotry, stop the hate."  

The theme of the evening was "We have the right to walk at night," and Sieve said the time, 9 p.m., and location of the march were intentional.

"We wanted to march in the area that Kristen was attacked," she said. "And we also wanted it to be a night march since she was walking at night [when it happened]. It just wouldn’t be the same if we were marching at 5 or 6. We want to be able to walk our streets safely at any time of day or night."

Sieve said she hoped the march would be more than a one-time event, and she wants to plan other gatherings in support of the gay and lesbian community in the future.

Throughout the evening, volunteers collected money for Boyne’s medical bills, and there was a sense of community, even among supporters who didn’t know Boyne personally.

"You can’t let this stuff happen and let it go," said Victoria Muncha from Lowertown in St. Paul. "The community has to respond to things like this. It’s important to bring people together when hate crimes happen, otherwise they happen over and over again."

Brianna Mills said that, to her, the evening was about not being afraid.

"This is about awareness and standing up for what we believe in — that our streets should be safe and we should be able to be whatever we are."

New board member sought

CARAG — The board is searching for a new member after vice-president Pamela Taylor, who joined the board late last year, announced that she’s moving out of the city. Neighborhood residents interested on serving on the board should contact CARAG Executive Coordinator Scott Engel at 823-2520 or [email protected]

Get your 2 cents in on Lyn-Lake plan

LYN-LAKE — Neighborhood residents will get their last chance later this month to weigh in on the Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan.

The final public-input meeting on the plan will be held Feb. 19. The meeting is a chance for residents, business owners and others to talk about their visions for the neighborhood, everything from density to transit.

For the unfamiliar, a small area plan is a city planning document that sets guidelines for land use, development and growth in a designated area. The document relies on input from residents, business owners and others in the area.

Following the meeting, the city will release a draft of the plan for public comment. The plan will be finalized later this spring.

The Lyn-Lake plan is the second recent small area plan developed in Southwest. Uptown residents recently completed work on their plan, which has been finalized but not yet implemented into city ordinances.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave. S.). For more info, visit, or contact city planner Amanda Arnold at 673-3242 or [email protected]

Board adopts new guiding principals

EAST  HARRIET — The board voted to adopt the city’s seven Core Principles of Community Engagement. The principles, which the city established in late 2007, set guidelines for residents’ participation in neighborhood, city and other community events. Board chair Matt Perry said the principles will allow board members and organizations to be more effective leaders both within the neighborhood and across the city.

State legislators provide update on new session

LYNDALE — Neighbors heard a legislative session update from first-term Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL 61B), Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL 60B) and Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL 61). All officials talked about the ongoing struggle to balance the state’s budget. Hornstein stressed the need for the legislators to make fair cuts. Berglin said she’s working to prevent major cuts to state health-care programs, including MinnesotaCare, which provides
insurance for low-income individuals and families. Attendees asked questions about increased transit funding, state government accountability and other issues.

Whittier neighborhood group opposed to MCAD parking lot

WHITTIER — A plan from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) to construct a parking lot failed to win approval from the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors at their Jan. 22 meeting.

MCAD proposed construction of a surface parking lot near the intersection of Stevens Avenue South & East 26th Street as a temporary solution to its lack of parking space. Plans call for the lot to be in place five–seven years, until MCAD begins construction on a larger parking structure.

Several board members said another surface parking lot was not in the neighborhood’s best interest, and urged the school to seek another, permanent solution to its parking issues.

A related motion was passed urging MCAD to work with the adjacent Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) to find a shared parking solution, explore other parking options and move forward on developing a student transportation plan. MCAD’s lease on space in the MIA parking ramp ends Dec. 31 of this year.

Southwest neighborhood group meeting times

Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Armatage Park, 57th & Russell.

Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Bryn Mawr School, 252 Upton Ave. S.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) meeting: Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association
(CIDNA) meeting: Board meets every 1st Tuesday at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO): Board meets 1st Thursday monthly at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA): Board meets 1st Wednesday monthly at Lyndale Farmstead Park Building, 3900 Bryant Ave.

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St.

Kenny Neighborhood Association (KNA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Kenny Park Building, 1328 W. 58th St.

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA): Board meets 1st Monday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 41st & Nicollet.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.

Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

Lowry Hill East (Wedge): Board meets 3rd Wednesday monthly at Jefferson Elementary School, 1200 W. 26th St.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.

Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.

Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at the Loring-Nicollet Community Center, 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.

Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA): Board meets 3rd Monday monthly at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave.

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council: Board meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.

Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.

Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave.