No prostitution on the streets.
More lights on the streets we have.
Need driver's licenses for immigrants
Encourage more partnerships between healthcare providers and businesses.
Peavy Plaza is a great asset and should be used for:
- Brownbag lunches
- Kept Free & Public
- Used for Festivals
- Kept as a quiet respite and place to unwind
Need to have a competitive tax and fee structure.
Need greater downtown shopping options.
Direct Minneapolis Police to enforce the State of MN pedestrian laws, focusing on the crosswalk law. This is seldom observed or enforced. To make major change all we need to do in enforce laws already on the books.
While I'm all for supporting our local restaurants & bars through the use of Pedal Pubs & Party Buses, they've starting to become quite the nuisance in the Uptown & NE Minneapolis area. Not sure how we might better regulate them, but I'm all for the city doing a review process.
increase the number of street parking spaces and keep the cost low, this is something that really makes the city livable, being able to come downtown or to another hub like uptown on any night and find an inexpensive place to park for a dinner and show.
Must have more affordable daycare options for working residents.
The City must work for everyone at all times, not just certain people or organizations.
As part of the USI Wireless contract, Minneapolis offers free wireless in 117 hotspots that are spread around the City. There is no rhyme or reason to their location and public awareness is limited. Why not focus all those hotspots into one region to create a wireless enterprise zone? This could encourage economic growth and development, and help bridge the digital divide. We already provide these free hotspots, why ...more »
Eliminate all traffic on Nicollet Mall and make it a pedestrian park where people can mingle, restaurants can offer larger outdoor experiences and park like events can be held.
Make recycling mandatory throughout the city.
Use these techniques towards environmental sustainability. For example, the Park Board needs to do a better job of spotting infected trees and removing them before they have a chance to infect others in the neighborhood.
North Minneapolis should be better connected to the rest of Minneapolis.
Access to more and better higher education institutions.
We should have more heated bus shelters and make them solar powered. Also, it's silly to lose the heat from bus shelters by not having them enclosed.
Save Nyes! RIght? Save the Uptown Bar! didn't happen sadly. There is way too much loss of great unique Minneapolis places lately, and it doesn't seem like our city officials care much about it. A lot of money is being made building condos etc. that displace our favorite independent businesses and venues etc. We need to retain these places I think most of the public agrees. The flavor of our city is being squandered and ...more »
The amount of condos and luxury apts. is through the roof with no actual increased demand for such units. Many sit empty. They displace affordable housing which is sorely needed. We should be demanding that it be at least a one to one ratio of affordable units vs. luxury units. The gentrification and loss of culture is really eye opening at this point. Not to mention, why are we not taking care of the people who live ...more »
I am concerned about the Ash Tree removal plan in Minneapolis. 90% or more of the trees on my block and in Whittier generally are Ash, and if they are all removed so prematurely and quickly in the next few years as is planned, this neighborhood will be bald and severely aesthetically and environmentally challenged. The ash borer is not affecting all of the trees yet. Many of the several trees that have just recently been ...more »
At one poiint I was considering moving downtown but rent everywhere is outrageous. I don't know who can afford to live down here but it certainly isn't me where it's in the price range of $2400 for a one bedroom place. Minneapolis needs more affordable living solutions in downtown.
What if I and a couple of my neighboring households, could combine our trash/recycling/organics into a single bin for weekly collection? My small household produces less than one grocery bag each of trash and recycling per week. If we add the organics recycling, that splits the trash into even smaller weekly amounts. I suspect many of my neighbors also have very small amounts collected from their bins each week. It would ...more »
Enact policites to make developers more accountable for creating innovative and creative developments, espcially in higher density areas such as Uptown/Downtown to create a better sense of place/community. Currently, a lot of new development in the Uptown area are built to minimum standards in terms of aesthetics (use better matierlas not what is the cheapest!) and livability. There should be a better street network around ...more »
More programs like the Community Indicators Project that reach out directly to citizens year-round.
Our city needs to know each other better.
More opportunities to help minorities create and expand businesses in Minneapolis.
Jobs and job-training for minorities. This can also include parent education and access to business opportunities.
More opportunities and access to soccer activities in Minneapolis.
Connect with other members of the Southeast Asian and Asian communities by way of sports tournaments and cultural events.
Festivals at different locations throughout the year and family-friendly, affordable activities. This can include art, music, plays, comedy, and food.
In Minnesota, possession of any amount of hash oil is a felony. It's time we change this, so that having small amounts of concentrates (7g or less) in Minneapolis becomes a civil fine or petty misdemeanor charge – as it is to possess cannabis in its natural form. Cannabis oil has significant uses, particularly for medical patients, which is part of the reason why the state legislature approved a medical cannabis bill ...more »
Peter Calthorpe, in his book "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change", discusses the need to pursue a 12% Solution. Here's the background: Scientists are saying that, in the US, we need to bring out emissions levels back down to 20% of what they were in 1990 by the year 2050. However, our population is expected to increase by 130 million people by 2050. What we're really looking for is for every person in the US right ...more »
Approximately 50% of the water used in residences goes to non-potable uses. In commercial buildings, that percentage rises to nearly 95%. We have huge opportunity to use rainwater or greywater for so much of this, and many examples to learn from across the nation. Whether it is San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, or (our favorite) Portland, there are examples all around us. Reusing stormwater indoors mitigates ...more »
Whether it is rainwater harvesting, food production, solar collection, native plants, or other green roof, it would be amazing if every flat roof--with such great potential--go to a productive use. Community solar needs flat roofs, we can expand local food production, we can provide vast amounts of pollinator habitat, and so much more--all while beautifying our city, cleaning the air, reducing urban heat island impacts, ...more »
There is no "silver bullet" for addressing climate change. What is needed is a whole series of changes--a systems level approach. While this can be daunting, the good news is that this also means there are so many things that can be done now, piggybacking on things the city is already doing, to adapt to a changing climate and make Minneapolis a more resilient community. For instance, when we redo streets, we should ...more »
Compact development enhances community connectivity, reduces the cost of utilities and services to build and maintain, creates housing opportunities that are diverse and affordable, strengthens local economies, requires less energy to build and run, and reduces dependency on the automobile. All of these benefits, and so many more, would adequately prepare Minneapolis for an aging population and changing climate.
This website was created in order to get ideas from the residents of Minneapolis on how the city can best achieve the goals that the city council and the mayor have set. Unfortunately, one of the ideas I submitted was arbitrarily removed from the site. No explanation was given for the idea's removal. I'm assuming this was done because a faceless administrator that works for the city didn't approve of my idea. My fellow ...more »
Currently in Minnesota, possession of less than 1.5 ounces (42.5g) of cannabis is a petty misdemeanor. While this is certainly preferable to a felony, the fact is that a petty misdemeanor is still a criminal offense with the potential to wreak long-term harm. Repercussions include having the citation show up on some background checks, being banned from taking out federal student loans for a year , and not being allowed ...more »
The city should allow property owners who have vacant lots next to thenm purchase the land without having to build. There are many lots due to the tornado and the housing crisis befor e that, that have been empty for decades.
Mpls needs to do a Much better job of screening and helping integrate people that rent scattered public housing.
The only time I feel we see snow plows in Minneapolis is when a snow emergency is declared. After those 72 hours, the plows seem to completely disappear. Minneapolis needs to do a better job keeping residential streets plowed during the winter. It is noticeable when you compare how well plowed neighboring streets are in cities such as St. Louis Park and Edina.
Minneapolis must be at the FAA table and have a strong voice regarding the MSP flight paths and their resulting noise & air pollution. Potentially, the FAA could destroy not only our sense of community, but also our green spaces and livability of Minneapolis.
The City's contracting processes and requirements can be overly burdensome for small, community-based organizations that may lack the resources necessary to meet them. The City should seek to develop standards and processes that would enable diverse, community-based organizations to more easily partner with the City for the provision of services.
The City provides convenient access to public records and information through multiple channels. Requests for information are responded to efficiently and completely. Processes for obtaining information are clear and accessible.
As a resident of North Minneapolis, I am tired of the negative image maintained in our community and the news. I have heard North Minneapolis described as "the abandoned stepchild of the Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan Area". I have also heard that school-aged children from North Minneapolis are looked down on by suburban students when borders are crossed to get a better education. Attitudes like these create and perpetuate ...more »
The number of wealthy and racially segregated areas in Minneapolis is a real problem, and the City should better identified them as such. Minneapolis should also track and set benchmarks for RSAWs on a set of inclusionary metrics.
Making cannabis the lowest level law enforcement priority is one way to greatly reduce racial arrest disparities. In October 2014, the ACLU released a report showing that African Americans are 11.5 times more likely to be arrested in Minneapolis for cannabis possession than whites.  While possession of 1.5 ounces (42.5g) of cannabis is currently a petty misdemeanor in Minnesota, the fact that it is a criminal citation ...more »
Eliminate disparities in resident’s access to technology and digital literacy skills based on race/ethnicity and income level: Equity in access to computers, mobile devices and the Internet, along with the skills to use these tools is critical as technology becomes more and more a part of our economic, educational, health, and workforce systems; and as technology and the Internet play a stronger role in civic and community ...more »
The number of RCAPs has grown over the last several decades. Minneapolis should eliminate RCAPs by taking steps to distribute affordable housing equally among all neighborhoods of the city.
LynLake businesses are dying a quick death including Cause , Country Bar, Falafel King, Grey House, Spill the Wine, Jackson's & more. We are in a time of fabulous transition in the area and need Minneapolis to help the area thoughtful about what new businesses we bring it -- perhaps through incentives? Think dry cleaners, flower shops, bakeries and more that move beyond the great restaurants & bars we have today.
Support the arts in Minneapolis and the artists living here by offering use of public spaces in the city - buildings and parks - for performances and showings. Give local musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists the opportunity to bring their work to their neighbors and community by showcasing the talent in this city and providing financial support for these showcases.
Don't use property taxes to pay for services and needs that should be funded
by everyone. Reduce the financial burden
on single family homes. Listen to tax payer -proposed alternatives.
Establish a panel that investigates complaints against police and has the power to hold police accountable for their crimes. One that also protects people who make complaints from the police. Currently, the police investigate themselves when there is a complaint or someone is injured or killed at their hands.
I would like to see Minneapolis go towards a consolidated utility infrastructure model. Not to own the utilities, but to just own the infrastructure to deliver those utilities. The city already owns, manages, builds all everything for water, sewer & storm drains. Consolidating things even more by including electric, gas, phone & internet would help save a lot of duplicate efforts, support crew, locations, right of ways. ...more »
Are our local streets designed in a way that protects our residents? Does our design speed match the posted speed, and is that speed safe for the context? E.g. Park and Portland redesigned for 30 MPH traffic, not just signed for it.
This is the plan advocated by Joe Urbanist / Sam Newberg http://streets.mn/2012/01/06/is-it-time-to-remove-those-pesky-skyways/
What would Jan Gehl do?
Does the city government spend no more than 10% of its locally-generated revenue on debt service? (One of the Strong Towns Strength Tests)
Before building or accepting new infrastructure, does Minneapolis clearly identify how future generations will afford to maintain it?
Imagine your favorite street in Minneapolis didn’t exist. Could it be built today if the construction had to follow all zoning, planning, and building rules? e.g. Main Street at St. Anthony Main, Milwaukee Avenue, Dinkytown, Linden Hills, etc.
If there were a revolution in Minneapolis, would people instinctively know where to gather to participate? Adapted from the Strong Towns Strength Test
A Strong Town has more people than cars in business districts (including neighborhood nodes) at midday.
Minneapolis builds and maintains (in ALL weather conditions) safe and comfortable spaces for pedestrians. The City proactively ensures that all sidewalks are clear of snow in a timely manner. Pedestrians are given priority at traffic lights.
The percentage of trips made by bicycle increases to the City's existing goal (from the Climate Action Plan) of 15%.
All rental housing in Minneapolis is healthy and safe for its tenants - lead, mold, pests and other health risks are prevented from harming Minneapolis residents. The energy efficiency of rental housing is dramatically increased, and those benefits are passed along to residents.
Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) only clears a fraction of the robberies, home burglaries and other so-called 'non-violent' crimes. And when you have one of these happen to you, MPD responds with almost assembly-line effeciency of getting you a form to fill out of what you were missing so you can report it to your insurance. Good Luck trying to get a hold of someone who's 'investigating' your case. MPD needs to get ...more »
Children, youth, and young adults will understand the basics of food production, food preparation, and healthy food choices.
Create a vital, lasting food infrastructure that improves the health of Minnesota’s consumers, while growing the food and farm economy.
Food service professionals will have the knowledge and skills they need to plan, prepare, and serve healthy, culturally appropriate meals within an institutional budget.
The City of Minneapolis will lead way and become an example to other employers in regards to work/life balance by raising the bar and offering employees paid parental leave (equal for men and women) in the event of a birth/adoption of a child. This is important as we trying to replace an aging workforce by recruiting new talent. Other municipalites have implemented (Brooklyn Park) or discussed (St. Paul) this idea already. ...more »
Residential and commercial rental property owners are held accountable for the livability/workability of their properties, the physical condition/appearance of the building's interior and exterior, and the property's grounds/landscape.
Support local food-based businesses - urban farms, food processors, breweries and distilleries, restaurants, compost facilities and more - as a key economic development strategy.
When implementing the new bicycle paths in the City, take into account their affect on our small business districts. The bicycle lanes can kill a business district when they displace parking. There is no mention in the Bicycle Plan for Minneapolis of coordinating with existing business districts, yet, these small business hubs are vital to the neighborhoods. City plans that will reduce these businesses ability to provide ...more »
Car counts per 1,000 residents are unlikely to change for the next 40 years (Victoria Transport Policy Institute, August 2014). What will change is the engine and fuel running them. It seems foolish to plan for something to go away that isn't going to go away, but likely increase with population density up to the year 2060. That said, where will all of those cars fit in any plan the City might put forth? It simply ...more »
Uptown needs to get even more walker friendly! Take the time to explore all intersections and potential cross over points on Hennepin, Lyndale, Lake, Lagoon & 31st to ensure pedestrian safety is enhanced even further!
We need to accelerate the Midtown Greenway Transit! With all the new development along the greenway it's time to utilize the existing non-bike/walk side of the greenway to enhance transportation options in Minneapolis. Imagine being able to hop on for a quick ride to the Midtown Exchange for dinner and shopping.
World class teachers are grown, drawn to, and retained in Minneapolis because they are respected, supported and rewarded for their time, energy, and innovation in each and every school. Their day is devoted to creating opportunities for student inquiry and critical thinking which lead to well-rounded citizens that will contribute to our society. Teachers have more time to nuture all children and focus education on quality ...more »
Constituents feel that city council members (as well as other city representatives) work directly for them and accurately represent their opinions. City representatives work to seek out and present data on resident approval ratings of public works and policy through multiple media and are required to achieve a majority to continue/carry out projects with far reaching monetary and social impact i.e. stadium, new light ...more »
Opinions of those who use public transportation most form the basis of the plans for public transportation projects.
Focus on increasing/improving green space in Minneapolis' most population dense neighborhoods. Establish a ratio of children population to park capacity and meet that goal, focusing first on neighborhoods with high rises (i.e. Currie Park near Riverside Plaza).
Ensure that all Minneapolis residents, regardless of location, income level and race, have access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.
Buried powerlines remove an aesthetic blight from our city and make our transmission lines less susceptible to damage from extreme weather events and resulting power outages. We need a longterm plan with Xcel to bury these lines, something considered standard in new suburban development but "too expensive" for the urban core. This investment will create jobs as it is implemented.
Work with Car2Go (a popular and growing ride share company) to implement electric charging stations and electrified vehicles. Make Minneapolis a model of electric ride sharing.
Ground level ozone damages lung tissue and vegetation making it a public and environmental health issue. With the announcement by the EPA to drop the standard for ozone to a range of 65-70 ppb the City of Minneapolis is at risk for being in nonattainment (the 3 year average for 2011-2013 for the metro was at 67 ppb). This will increase the regulatory burden on our community. We need to make it a priority to study air ...more »
Provide more protected bikeways--routes that separate bikes from cars with some physical barriers--planters, a curb, plastic sticks--anything. This will get more people biking and reduce car-bike conflicts.
We land on every list touting our quality of life. Economists tell people to move here. Yet, young people elsewhere in the country think of us as solely an ice box. We need to show people outside of Minneapolis that this is a great place to live and work.
Downtown has multiple open parking lots and unused spaces. Meanwhile, corporate tenants are building their offices in the suburbs. We need to connect potential corporate tenants with developers to provide corporate campuses within the city. People want to work downtown. Let's help them.
Establish an entity, modeled after the San Francisco Late Coalition, that would focus on various aspects of the Minneapolis Entertainment Industry, including but not limited to, Safety, Diversification, Policy, et al.
The number of people living in the uptown area has surpassed the capacity of it's road system. With hundreds of new units that haven't been filled yet, this looming problem is only going to get worse. PROPOSAL: Make Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues one way streets in opposite directions. This would eliminate turning issues and many other headaches. PIE IN THE SKY PROPOSAL: Run light rail from uptown to downtown via Lyndale. ...more »
Work with a non-profit to accept donations of funds for public art. Cities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art. Public art celebrates creativity, adds vibrancy and meaning to our cities, and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It shouldn't come at a cost of less police, or snow plowing, but through the tax deductible donations ...more »
We are a city with great health outcomes for all people
We have housing that is affordable and meets a variety of needs: seniors aging in place, young families, households with extended family living together
The cost of living in Minneapolis isn’t burdensome
Minneapolis has that special something that attracts people from all over. We are a regional and national draw.
Both I feel connected to my neighbors and I am connected (infrastructure and transit-wise) to amenities and jobs
We honor the cultures that live here and the heritage of this land
There’s something that is fun/educational/entertaining to do for everyone.
People are trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Businesses can not only start here, but grow and thrive.
The buildings we live and work in are safe. No lead paint. No structural violations.
The land, water, and air are pristine – we’ve cleaned up toxins and aren’t adding more
We sustain resources for future generations
As a city we take time to develop buildings, streets, and parks that interact with the place they reside and the people who use them. It’s false to think we can’t both encourage development and preserve green/public spaces.
An indication that Minneapolis as government is working well is the amount of trust people here have in government. The better the City is at representing and respecting those who live and work here, the more trust people will have in actions that are taken.
A City that Works is accountable to those who live, work, and visit. City services would provide real value.
Effective services includes: cost-effective, minimizing waste, and offering services that are valued
City services are offered equitably to all – Where you live, how well you speak English, what you look like – these things shouldn’t influence the quality of the services you receive from the City.
The City communicates openly with the public.
City employees operate ethically.
City employees are motivated to come to work.
The City manages its revenues and debts effectively and with an eye to future needs.
Opportunities to succeed in life are equitably present for everyone. We’ll know this through things like: graduation rates, unemployment rates, poverty rates.
Government actively engages with the community and the community participates fully.
Individuals and families have their basic needs met. No one falls through the cracks.
Minneapolis should uphold all federal, state, and municipal laws.
No person or group should be granted immunity from the law.
After almost 30 years of polluting the communities of our city with toxic emissions (and now the "open air" Twins Stadium), it is time to transition away from burning recyclables and compostables in the heart of Minneapolis. The contract allowing Hennepin County to incinerate 1000 tons of refuse per day at HERC--regardless of our recycling rate--ends in 2018. We should not have to breathe the same amount of airborne ...more »
For Minneapolis to be a really great city, make sure we have the best schools in the world. When the schools are top notch, people, jobs, and committed citizens will follow. We should be measured against the best schools in the world, not just the in the US. Provide flexibility and incentives for our schools to win in that comparison.
Success for the Living Well goal looks to me like a community that is well rounded in all aspects provided to the residents/citizents of Minneapolis. Access to public transporation, parks, cultural arena's, good roads & highways, education (all levels), etc. Living Well success also is dependent on the accountability of all residents/citizens and public service employees to make sure the streets are clean, crime is ...more »
an indoor park with nature, heat, and lights that prevent seasonal affective disorder.
Like a city park but covered with glass.
We should build a blue sailboat sculpture that similar to the city’s logo in place of the Carl Nesjar Ice Fountain in the front of Caviidae common. The sailboats structure will be light up with crystal blue LED lights at night. The sculpture will be easy to design by Mpls local artists, easy to maintenance and it’s safe to the public. Also, we should redesign the lanterns between 6th and 8th street that will shaped ...more »
More sidewalks and more green spaces in the city (especially downtown area). Remove/Limit buses on Nicollet Mall and make that a playground for families.
There's a lack of trust - driven by fear and misunderstandings - between the Mpls police and the community it serves. This trust is a contributing factor to Mpls having one of the worst racial disparities in the US. It makes everyone - the community *and* the police - less safe and makes life difficult for folks who have run-ins with the law to bounce back to becoming a productive member of the community. It's an unfortunate ...more »
We need a more comprehensive approach to the redevelopment of streets. We need to develop more emphasis on walking, biking, public transit, community and local commerce. If we don't start becoming more intentional about limiting the growing presence of automobiles on our streets, we'll see more traffic congestion, wider roads, more pollution and residents with little-to-no connection with the neighborhood in which ...more »
26th St S, 28th St S, University Ave SE, 4th St SE, Blaisdell Ave S. These are all roads in the city, and yet they are treated like highways. People drive well above posted limits, and the roads do more to break up communities than they do to bring people together, and create dangers for pedestrians and bicyclists. Whats more, speed limits appear to be unenforced on many of these roads. We need to re-evaluate the speed ...more »
- Require Mpls residency for all new hires - Work towards a staff that better represent the racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, economic diversity of Mpls ** ** ** ** With all of the increasingly pressing issues we face as a community, we can't afford to have folks working for us who are merely in it for the paycheck or for bolstering their resume. We need City staffers ...more »
Minneapolis is host to a number of signature events, which distinguish our city and cultural landscape. There are many possible indicators to help illustrate the impact of these events on community involvement and economy. Signature events: Pride Festival & Parade | Twin Cities Marathon | Minneapolis Aquatennial | Minneapolis Holiday Market | Art-A-Whirl | City of Lakes Loppet | Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade ...more »
Stop encouraging citizens to bicycle in winter.
To promote riding a bicycle on ice, in the dark, and in extremely cold temperatures is irresponsible.
The City needs to talk to cultural groups together and not segment them all the time. Bring back Mayor's Council so all underrepresented communities can sit with the Mayor together and communicate together instead of separately in City interactions.
Look at eligibility criteria for loans from neighborhood/community organizations and councils, neighborhood/community organizations must be trained in working with different communities.
Less stringent requirements for public housing, greater importance should be given to keeping families together.
Improve bike infrastructure to be on par in low income areas with higher income, more trendy bike areas like Uptown
When communities have suggestions, they need to be listened to. We're the ones who live here.
How do we know if outreach is being effective? Who is being contacted? How many people? How is the City reaching out?
Neighborhoods and neighborhood organizations often try to dispace the homeless instead of welcoming and engaging with them
More employees of color at the City are promoted to leadership positions
Work with police on sex trafficking, what can the city do to put a spotlight on the issue? Better reporting is needed - some families won't talk to the police but will with community organizations.
Preserve and honor Native American sites within the city
Make needed policy changes so new residential developments can have a mandate of affordable units
Jobs leads to Great Places
This is for both City of Minneapolis employees and those who work at businesses and organizations in Minneapolis
Market city as a viable and attractive employment goal, do a better job of youth outreach and reaching younger kids. Also, create a networking initiative to engage City youth.
Provide for City employees of different ethnicities to connect and mentor youth in their communities
In-house City translating services needed, better job publicizing city initiatives and programs with ethnic groups,create metrics to utilize city resources in RCAPs.
End cronyism in City inspection programs, create culture that doesn't work against those that don't have "connections".
Binding arbitration program with police programs, dedicated ethnic community police programs.
There's a real diversity in the amount of knowledge people have about City offered programs
Often, plans have been done and sit on the shelf. Implement the recommendations that have been made.
The police chief and other department heads report to too many bosses
Don't waste money trying to change the climate.
Instead, embrace whatever changes there are and adapt; that is what human beings do best.
Make children (and their parents) responsible for their own education.
If you attend class, pay attention, and follow instructions, you will get an education.
Trying to be like someone else is evidence of a lack of self-esteem.
Minneapolis needs to be what it is: A modern city with Midwestern values, filled with creative, intelligent people, that is not ashamed of its weather.
Success will be achieved when Portland wants to be like Minneapolis.
People are hungry in Minneapolis, particularly children and older people. A successful city should create policies that support people and organizations in fighting hunger, especially in our vulnerable populations.
Eliminate homelessness. There have been creative solutions around the country that we could emulate or adapt for Minneapolis to eliminate the experience of homelessness.
Disparities need to be addressed in hiring practices, hire more Minneapolis residents, use data to push back at hiring practices.
Streamline bureaucratic work for organizations and nonprofits, place binding minimums for diversity in procurement contracts. Also, streamline regulations for minority and women owned businesses to easily become vendors of the City.
Annual bike and pedestrian count numbers.
When someone moves to Minneapolis the city provides them with a welcome basket containing the following: A bicycle (or a nice ride one year membership), 6 pack of locally brewed beer, a pass to one of the great cultural events, and bomber hat. Finally, a list of expectations for all Minneapolis citizens: that you will vote, support your local library, attend civic meetings, invite others who do not look or sound like ...more »
A successful city should implement policies targeted at eliminating the inequity in who experiences poverty (there are differences by race, family status, age, veteran status, etc). To keep our city liveable for all, we should figure out the minimum income necessary to live in Minneapolis for a single person, family of four, and person who has retired, and keep that number in mind when designing programs and policies. ...more »
Department-level performance indicators should be tied to monetary investments the department(s) is/are actually making towards a particular project or program or desired outcome. Citywide indicators that are not tied to department level investments can be interesting and nice to have but do not necessarily measure the respective departments' performance.
Idea is being submitted based on the results of the 2014 Employee Engagement survey (My Minneapolis). Creating a more promising future for our employees will positively impact employee engagement. Numerous studies have shown that by improving employee engagement organizations realize: • Increases in employee productivity • Decreases in undesirable employee turnover • Have a more favorable reputation in the community ...more »
A motorcycle advocacy group needs to be created to advocate for a city where motorcycling is encouraged, and the joy and broad public benefits of motorcycling are supported.
The City of Minneapolis does not need to build protected bicycle lanes because they already exist. They are currently known as sidewalks.
A forum that allows residents to comment via computer on proposed City projects should be established.
This would allow residents that aren't able to physically attend neighborhood meetings to easily voice their opinions.
We will be losing 260,000+ trees to emerald asher borer. Trees need to be planted on boulevards, park land, residential, and commercial properties now to maintain our current air quality, water quality, and other lesser known benefits such as energy efficiency in buildings and carbon retention provided by this significant amount of trees.
Ensure that our local waterways are not impaired and are clean and safe for people to enjoy.
Cops need to be walking around, not just driving.
Continue to make incentives available to businesses, with fees that they pay, for innovative clean technology projects that result in measurably cleaner communities, stronger businesses and healthier working conditions. Leverage investments that are mutually beneficial to businesses and their surrounding communities (ie. especially in areas of inequity). Auto body shops, dry cleaners, printers, plating companies, foundries, ...more »
Shrink the size of Minneapolis government. Business in this city is tied hand and foot in every conceivable way. We need fewer laws and regulations; we need the freedom to be productive. Our city government needs to get out of the way so individuals and businesses can make wealth.
Vacant commercial space is a source of blight, leaves tax revenue on the table, affects the livability of a neighborhood, and, due to renovation costs, increases the up-front cost of starting a business. Minneapolis should be viewed as the preferred place to own a business in the metro area.
Acreage of vacant commercially zoned property.
Square footage of vacant commercially zoned buildings.
Treat the skyways as another transit option: Create skyway "lines" (i.e. the blue line, the green line, etc.) by adding colored lines (paint, tape) that pedestrians can follow to various destinations (i.e. the Convention Center, Target Center, City Hall, etc.). Improve skyway access from the street by installing signage identifying skyway access points so that visitors can easily enter the system. Improve signage within ...more »
Minneapolis struggles to compete for families with school-age children. Improve the following measurements:
4-year high school graduation rate.
College admission rates among high school seniors.
Standardized test scores.
Measure how affordable the city is for different resident demographic categories, and across the city. Include not only the cost of housing but also reasonable estimates for transportation. Link this with job accessibility per Andrew Owen's comments to understand how many jobs are available, by different industry sectors, within different commute times by mode to understand how reasonable it is to afford living in the ...more »
Accessibility metrics indicate how easily people can reach opportunities such as jobs, education, healthcare, and recreation. They reflect both transportation and land use investments and policies. The City should measure how accessibility to different types of opportunities varies throughout Minneapolis and identify critical accessibility gaps.
There are other cities that currently do this, and it can make much greater use of all the compostable goods available now. Routing food waste to a city-run compost facility would help reduce landfill waste and produce energy.
Work Towards True Grassroots Democracy: All city council members will be required to hold an annual Town Hall-type input meeting, advertised broadly to ward's constituents, where they solicit priorities. come to consensus and then words towards show progress towards implementing these priorities (or explain why not at future Town Hall-type meetings), instead of ignoring constituents and failing to pursue the voters' true ...more »
People understand the importance of taking care of their physical selves - with good food, exercise, and other things that keep them well
An automobile advocacy group needs to be created to advocate for a city where driving is encouraged, and the joy and broad public benefits of driving are supported.
I think bicyclists who commute on bike lanes should have to pay a fee or license (every year) in order to help pay for all of the bicycle infrastructure, just like automobiles pay a license fee (every year) in order to use the bike lanes.
If money is going to be spent on bicycle lanes, then bicyclists should be required to use them.
Bicycles should be required to have the same safety equipment as Motorcycles are required to have (brakes, headlights, taillights, turn signals, horn).
Bicycles should also be required to display a lighted license plate so that they can be identified.
City plowed walkways as the Parks maintain paths to encourage pedestrian traffic in our neighborhoods.
There are not enough transit stop heaters, and the ones at the stop are becoming increasingly cramped with more riders. I think a good option would be more heatlamp areas instead of just in the enclosed stops.
I have great ideas and sometimes see things through a different type of Lens that always leads to a new question of Why is this the way it is. Never stop asking questions and growing.
Proximity to parks and safe recreation centers, with places for communities to gather, kids to play and citizens to spend time outdoors. Organized activies taking place in parks and recreation centers.
Update the City style guide to require the helpful, vibrant, and critical Oxford comma.
Hiring and recruiting resources to effectively hire candidates with diverse backgrounds. City workforce and leadership that reflects our diverse communities.
Combine similar city facilities into fewer sites. When there are multiple locations doing the same thing, find a location that centralizes the activity to save money on rent expenses.
"Electrical Inspectors" to complete our inspections division which will provide a safe and quick response to unsafe and unpermitted electrical work.
Have better city or department wide translation services especially for field employees interacting with the public. Have the ability to bring a translator to appointments and translate emails or phone calls that may be received from residents. A city that works is a city that can communicate with the vast population that makes our city great.
all people living in, working in or visiting Minneapolis feel safe and secure
Provide Aging in Place resources to support our senior community and to enable them to stay in their homes and neighborhoods. This includes funding for retrofitting homes with hand rails, ramping, etc. to make them safe.
Minneapolis has all sizes of businesses to offer emplyment
The number of new businesses and jobs created in each area of the city
Provide community outreach programs for new and potential small business owners.
Employees trained, coached and developed for their and the city's benefit.
The City of Minneapolis should support and utilize sustainable sources of energy through investment, promotion, and utilization on City owned infrastructure.
How long it takes to move along key corridors in the city