July 2014

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Here comes the trail!

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It’s looking increasingly like a trail over here on W. Superior Street–the asphalt for the multi-use Cross City Trail is going down today! Fans of heavy machinery (that is, preschoolers of the neighborhood), take note.

 

 

 

 

 

Seaway Service Providers Fair

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Here’s a piece of great news coming out of the Seaway Hotel–an informational fair to connect residents with the services that will help them make their lives healthier and better. This Wednesday, July 30, from 3-5 pm, come down to the Seaway lobby to see which agencies are on the ground in our neighborhood working on issues such as healthcare and employment. Participants include the following:

Come on by and see what is out there! There’s a large core of residents for whom this building is home, and they want it to be safe, clean, and full of potential.

 

Equity in Hiring: what’s your take?

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Last night’s Equity in Hiring meeting in the Hillside brought around 50 community members, organizers, employers, representatives of trade unions, and career counselors together to face a hard question: in a city where 63% of African Americans and 67.6% of Native Americans are living in poverty, how can the community work towards ensuring all Duluthians have access to employment?

Click here for a news clip from the meeting.

A few barriers were discussed:

  • Transportation. There are good jobs available in the skilled trades (carpentry, plumbing, etc.), but if you don’t have a car to get to worksites, those jobs are unrealistic.
  • Initial financial burdens of training. Sure, getting that $200 certification will pay off in the long run, but how are you supposed to scrape that together at the outset?
  • Networks. If you don’t know people who are already working in a field, it might not even be on your radar. Or you might not have the mentorship you need to understand the process of getting into the field–knowing where to start is not always straightforward.
  • Problems with your record. Maybe you made bad choices once, but you’ve done your time or paid your dues or gotten clean. It’s still hard to find employment afterwards.
  • Education. The school system is meant to give students possibilities, but there are huge disparities both in finishing high school and in finding the educational process inspiring instead of discouraging. Not to mention that schools across the country are trimming their vocational tech courses in favor of putting more students on the college prep track–that’s always a hot topic.

What do you see as the barriers to finding good employment in Lincoln Park? What can our community do to help take down those barriers?

Yeah, we met on the street!

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Turns out that if you let the community transform a space, they’ll do it with gusto! Over 1,000 people came out to Lincoln Park Meet on the Street yesterday, Sunday July 13.  For a few hours, 3rd St. between 24th and 27th Avenues West was a new community center–a space where you could get to know your neighbors, play some games, enjoy storytime under the trees, cover the asphalt with chalk art, meet Laverne the Lake Superior Zoo chinchilla and her creepy-crawly buddies, and much more.

Did you go to Meet on the Street? Share your story here. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like–and stay tuned for next year! Can we make it 1500? Or even more?

 

 

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The party’s just getting started at 2:15, but already the neighborhood is taking to the streets.

bike party

Bike party! A cluster of bikes gathers around the UMD Office of Sustainability’s Fender Blender, a human-powered smoothie maker on loan to Ecolibrium3 for the event.

I Spy Lincoln Park

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This photo was taken in Lincoln Park on July 9, 2014. The colors have been tweaked. Do you know what it is? Answer in the comments! The first person to get it right gets a round of applause!

Bonus applause for guessing which city initiative this picture is part of.

Lincoln Park Meet on the Street

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It’s the final countdown! The Lincoln Park Meet on the Street event will be taking place this coming Sunday afternoon, July 13, from 2 pm to 6 pm, rain or shine. This is a chance for some fun activities and community building in a space that’s usually dominated by cars–Third Street between 24th and 27th Avenues West.  This event, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Center for Prevention and other local sponsors, is totally free and open to the public.

What would you do if you could play in the street? Would you throw a Frisbee, have a picnic, do cartwheels up and down the street, or draw on the asphalt with chalk? Would you break out your bike or your yoga mat? Would you play pickup basketball or crochet a lamppost cozy or simply take a nap in the sun? You’re only limited by your imagination! (Disclaimer: Also by local, state, and federal laws, of course.) This is an event designed to help us all rethink the way we look at public space.

There will be free food (thank you, Duluth Grill!) and plenty of activities, so come on out!

YMCA Youth Summer Corps

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“Mom/Dad/Grandma/Grandpa, I’m boooooooooooooooooored.”

If you have heard those sounds coming from your middle schooler (how many syllables are there in bored, anyway? Twenty?), it might just be summertime. The YMCA would like to announce a great opportunity, though: their Summer Youth Corps program, aimed at youth who have just finished 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.  The program runs Monday-Friday afternoons (12:30-4) from July 7 to July 25, and it features volunteer activities, field trips, fun excursions, team building, and chances to explore Duluth. The group meets at Lincoln Park Middle School and visits different sites from there. There’s no cost to attend, and there’s still space available,  so call the Y at 218-722-4745 or stop by their office at 302 W. 1st St. downtown to get more information or register today!