Friday, September 24, 2010

Hawthorne Neighborhood Honored by the City!

Post and photos by Jeff Skrenes, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council Housing Director.  Videos by Jeff Skrenes except where noted otherwise.

Based on the neighborhood's award-winning success in and around the EcoVillage, and in celebration of Habitat for Humanity's and former President Jimmy Carter's partnership in bringing several new families to our community, the Minneapolis city council recognized the tremendous accomplishments of Hawthorne, PPL, and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity at today's full council meeting.

Videos are after the jump as well, and the resolution reads...

Resolution of the City of Minneapolis

By Hofstede, Reich, Gordon, Johnson, Samuels, Lilligren, Goodman, Glidden, Schiff, Tuthill, Quincy, Colvin Roy, and Hodges

Honoring the Hawthorne Neighborhood

Whereas, the Hawthorne Neighborhood is an engaged neighborhood within the City of Minneapolis's Third Ward, and has been an active participant in the Carter Work Project which will add to decent, affordable shelter for all people; and

Whereas, the Hawthorne Neighborhood coordinated efforts in the Hawthorne EcoVillage development which represents a shared vision among Hawthorne neighborhood  residents and leaders, community agencies and the City to respond proactively to area toughest issues:  crime, poverty, rising foreclosure rates and vacant housing, unemployment, and overall resident health; and

Whereas, the Hawthorne Neighborhood residents worked collaboratively with city partners to effectively address an area that was previously plagued with drug dealers, prostitution and other negative activity.  The partnerships ultimately resulted in crime reduction, removal, and remediation of 27 or more properties; and

Whereas, the Hawthorne EcoVillage development covered four city blocks and was accomplished by Project for Pride in Living, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, residents of the Hawthorne Neighborhood, and the Home Depot Foundation; and

Whereas, the residents of the Hawthorne Neighborhood have been engaged and persistent volunteers and leaders in neighborhood opportunities, and

Whereas, it is with great gratitude we celebrate the contributions of the Hawthorne Neighborhood; and all volunteers who contribute to the City's Northside, Third Ward, and the City of Minneapolis,

Now therefore be it resolved by the City Council of The City of Minneapolis:

That the City hereby recognizes the Hawthorne Neighborhood and its residents as valuable contributors to the community.

And that the City expresses its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Hawthorne Neighborhood and its residents for their dedication and commitment to the Northside, Third Ward, and our City.

Passed, September 24, 2010

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