Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.
Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.
Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.
For the latest news from Cam Gordon, see the Second Ward e-Update.
The Second Ward occupies the Eastern-Central part of Minneapolis and straddles the East and West banks of the iconic Mississippi River gorge. It includes a diverse mix of residential, institutional, industrial and commercial land uses with some of the highest density housing outside of downtown, flourishing low density residential neighborhoods, thriving and underutilized industrial areas and major commercial corridors like University Ave and East Lake Street. It is also home to several significant institutions including the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. For more information about the people and places of Ward 2, see our Ward 2 Planning Department Profile and our Regulatory Services 2016 Report.
Glendale Townhomes Historic Nomination Update
Following a nomination I made last year for local historic designation, on April 9, 2019, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) directed planning staff to prepare a historic designation study of the Glendale Town Houses Historic District. The study was prepared by city staff and was submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for comments last December. The study does acknowledge that the area is historically significant under criterion #1 and #5 related to its social history and innovative design. But then, it also concludes that it has lost “integrity” in several important areas (design, materials, workmanship, feeling and association) and retained it for location and setting. This, along with a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office that says they “do not support local designation of the Glendale Town Houses Historic District,” lead me to be concerned that staff will not be recommending designation to the Commission. The designation study, however, will be heard by the Heritage Preservation Commission in a public hearing, and they will make a recommendation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council. The final designation decision will be made by the City Council. Once the staff report is drafted it will be posted on the HPC’s agenda that can be found at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/calendar/all/monthly. The next steps in the designation process include a discussion of the study before the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole on February 27 and a public hearing before the Heritage Preservation Commission on March 3rd in the Council Chambers, Room 317, in City Hall at 350 s 5th St. If you would like to share your opinions or ideas about this with the Commissioners, you can speak at the hearing and/or send comments to them via the HPC Clerk [email protected]. Since the HPC’s decision is only a recommendation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council, it cannot be appealed. The Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council meeting is planned for March 19th. Based on this timeline, the final designation decision will be made by the City Council on March 27th. The designation study which includes the letter from the State Historic Preservation Office can be found here for your review.
Addressing Housing Instability and Displacement
As Chair of the Housing and Policy Development Committee I am working to focus and coordinate efforts to preserve and increase affordable housing options, promote housing stability and prevent displacement of our residents.
Last updated Feb 20, 2020