Welcome to Ward 10
Our ward includes the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of East Harriet, East Calhoun, Lowry Hill East, CARAG and Whittier. Ward 10 neighborhoods are an eclectic mix of renters, who make up 70% of the Ward's population, and homeowners.
People are drawn to the area's mix of housing choices and our high quality of life. Ward 10 is home to beautiful lakes and trails, well-loved neighborhood parks, thriving local businesses, a vibrant arts scene, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In addition to new apartment developments, a growing number of office spaces, including the CoCo co-working space, are adding job destinations to Ward 10.
Council Member Lisa Bender was elected to serve Ward 10 on November 5, 2013. Her first term priorities are:
- Reopen Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street
- Implement the Nicollet-Central Streetcar line
- Build a network of protected bikeways, starting with the adoption of a network plan
- Citywide composting with curbside organics pickup
Our Work Ahead
I am focused on continuing all of the work we've accomplished so far together, no matter what barriers and challenges arise. We stand 100% ready to fight for civil liberties and freedoms that our country was founded upon and to continue to dismantle and correct our nation's history of racial injustice. We will continue, in the 10th ward office, to bring great care to problems large and small, from flooded alleys and potholes, to community safety, affordable housing, safe streets for all, and worker protections.
My staff and I are happy and honored to work with you and to serve you. All of our work is guided by you: the values, feedback and involvement of the residents of Ward 10. Please keep your emails and calls coming; your ideas inspire us and direct our work. We are always here to help with any question or challenge that we can help solve. It is such an honor to serve and work with you. We have a wonderful community and I am happy to continue working with all of you to make sure it stays that way, that it is affordable and inclusive for all, and that it continues to get better into the future.
Here are just a few of the things we've already accomplished and what we'll keep working on through 2017:
Expanding Housing Options and Improving Development Quality:
- Legalized accessory dwelling units, or "granny flats" citywide to provide more housing options across the city (2014).
- Directed staff to assess Minneapolis' existing housing stock on an ongoing basis and identify policies and programs that will retain and expand housing options and stabilize neighborhoods across the city (2014).
- Updated our zoning regulations for homeless shelters to decouple them from religious institutions (2015).
- Revised off-street parking regulations for new multifamily housing near transit (2015).
- Completed the historic designation of the Lowry Hill East Historic District (2015).
- Completed the Lowry Hill East rezoning study (2016).
- Continue work with the City Planning Commission to improve the quality of development (ongoing).
- Supporting mixed-income housing through proposed inclusionary zoning policy to be adopted in 2016 (underway).
- Co-leading the comprehensive plan update for the City to guide land use policies into the future (ongoing).
Improving Streets for Walking, Biking, and Transit and Increasing Transportation Choice:
- Added protected bike lanes, pedestrian space, and additional greening at the Hennepin-Lyndale bottleneck (2014).
- Built the City's first two-way protected bikeway along 36th Street to Lake Calhoun and creating a pedestrian space on the south side of 36th Street along the cemetery for the first time (2014).
- Established the Parklet pilot program and process for businesses to install parklets (2014).
- Supported restructuring of transportation planning in Public Works to deliver projects that better reflect community needs (2014).
- Made it easier for neighbors to host block parties and other events on their streets (2014).
- Adopted the protected bikeways plan with our priority network for implementation (2015).
- Finalized design and construction timeline for the 29th Street Shared Street (2015).
- Directed staff to develop an ordinance governing car sharing services to ensure access across the city (2015).
- Added standalone, ongoing funding for additional protected bikeways, sidewalk ice and snow removal at corners and at bus stops (2015).
- Authored a staff direction to undertake a winter maintenance study to ensure our bike lanes and sidewalks are usable year-round (2015).
- Authored a complete streets policy for the city that prioritizes walking, bicycling, and taking transit (2016).
- Co-authored a 20 year streets and parks funding plan to close neighborhood park and street funding gaps (2016).
- Co-authored the expansion of the uptown pedestrian-oriented overlay district to promote pedestrian-friendly design (2016).
- Moving forward with the Reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street, including purchasing the land underneath the Kmart (ongoing).
- Continuing support for engineering work and funding strategies for Nicollet-Central streetcar (ongoing).
- Developing a complete streets policy for the city that prioritizes walking, bicycling and transit users for adoption in 2016 (underway).
Advancing Racial and Economic Justice:
- Supported repealing outdated spitting and lurking ordinances that disproportionately criminalized people of color (2015).
- Supported a study to determine the effects of a local or regional minimum wage increase (2015).
- Co-author of the state's first earned sick and safe time ordinance (2016).
- Organized the first Workers' Day at City Hall as an opportunity for workers to bring their concerns to policy makers (2017).
- Co-authored the Comprehensive Plan goals resolution establishing the City's commitment to equity (2017).
- Co-author of the Minneapolis municipal minimum wage ordinance, lifting all workers up to $15/hour by 2024 (2017).
Protecting our Health and the Environment:
- Worked with Hennepin County to roll back a proposal for expanded garbage burning at the HERC (2014).
- Supported local agriculture and environmental sustainability by making it easier to keep honeybees in the city (2014).
- Helped create a first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership with CenterPoint and Xcel Energy to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals (2014).
- Supported expansion of farm stands, strengthened requirements for healthy foods at corner stores, and added e-cigarettes to Minneapolis' Clean Indoor Air Act (2014).
- Declared October to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Minneapolis for the first time and declared October 13 to be Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (2014, and yearly thereafter).
- Secured funding for curbside composting service for all of Minneapolis (2015).
- Updated our zoning regulations to allow for people to store their own composting bins in between pick up days (2015).
- Advanced the work of the Minneapolis Youth Congress to ban flavored tobacco in convenience stores and gas stations (2015).
- Co-author of an ordinance to expand the flavored tobacco ban to include menthol cigarettes (2017).
- Supporting the health department's work to promote and support breastfeeding for infant and maternal health (ongoing).
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Last updated Jul 20, 2017