Plymouth Ave Corridor

Minneapolis, MN

Our convener

Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole.

Adair Mosley

President and CEO

Vanan Murugesan

Director of Innovation and Design

Beau Sinchai

Design Lead

contact

AdairM@pillsburyunited.org

612-302-3400

125 West Broadway Ave., Suite 130

Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Plymouth Avenue Corridor is a mixed-use, high-density urban area located in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Just past the boundaries of downtown, this 1.5-mile stretch of road includes residential, commercial and industrial spaces. North Minneapolis is widely considered to be this major Midwestern city’s most racially, economically and socially diverse neighborhood.

History

The roots of North Minneapolis date back to the turn of the 20th century, when it was known as a place where marginalized people came together. Restrictive housing covenants prevented both Jewish and African-American citizens from buying homes elsewhere in Minneapolis, so the North side became an area where residents from different backgrounds cooperated, built friendships, and even intermarried. After the city experienced riots and white flight in the 1960s, North Minneapolis attracted people who chose to stay in the city and live out the dream of a utopian, multi-ethnic community committed to social progress.

The Plymouth Avenue Corridor was once an economic anchor of the North side, with shopping, dining and entertainment options. However, in more recent years, Plymouth has seen disinvestment. Local restaurants have been abandoned or replaced with fast food chains, and homeowners have moved out as rental units have moved in. In the past few years, crime and violence have increased, climaxing with the death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old African-American man, shot and killed by Minneapolis Police in November 2015. The community is still healing from this tragedy, but it has also reignited their desire for change.

Culture

North Minneapolis remains one of the most socially, economically and culturally diverse areas of the city. Neighborhood census data show the area as 49% African or African-American, 15% Asian, 19% White and 10% Hispanic. In addition to being diverse, the community is also multigenerational, with strong leadership from longtime residents and a large number of North High School graduates who are interested in remaining in the community and working to change it for the better.

Population

33,991 people in the Near North neighborhood

Geographic Size

1.5 miles long

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Our Design Team

The structure of each Raising Places Community includes both a convening organization and a group of local leaders, called the design team.

Jabin Ahmed

Hudson Muslim Youth

Tom DePietro

City of Hudson Planning Board / HCDPA

Cedric Fulton

Community Organizer

Kamal Johnson

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

Willette Jones

Hudson Community Schools / Board of Education

Victor Mendolia

Beach & Bartolo Realtors / Alliance for Positive Health

Maija Reed

Early Childhood Educator and Care Provider

Brandon Santos

Community Advocate

Jennifer Stockmeier

Wolfgang Stockmeier Design Inc.

Zebi Williams

Kite's Nest

Nick Zachos

City of Hudson Department of Youth

James and Sarah Budd

Alpacas of Montana

Quincy Dabney

Mayor, Town of Lodge Grass

Shane Doyle

Tribal Education Directors National Assembly

Casaja Fritzler

Bighorn Valley Health Center / Crow Awakening

Elvin Fritzler

Crow Tribe / Spear Sighting Ranch / Crow Cowgirls Traveling Basketball Coach

David Graber

Greenwood Farm / Bighorn Valley Health Center / Wyola School

Roger Kitts

Red Fox Construction

Tiffany Nomee-Dabney 

Arise LG / Lodge Grass Public Schools

Emerald Parisi

Central Montana Abolitionists / Katie’s House

Shelly Sutherland

Bighorn Valley Health Center

Jean Wallace

H.E.A.R.T. Healing, Empowerment and Resilience Training

Linda Cheek

Wilkes Chamber of Commerce

Susan Cogdill

Wilkes Community Partnership for Children

Debbie Ferguson

Town of North Wilkesboro

Greta Ferguson

North Wilkesboro Housing Authority

Junior Goforth

Town of North Wilkesboro

Kathy Kelley

BROC Head Start

Jeremy Parks

Communities in School

Julia Turpin

Wilkes County Public Library

Jenn Wages

The Health Foundation, Inc.

Sam Hinnant

Town of North Wilkesboro

Vickie Goulette

Hennepin County Child Wellbeing Transformation Team

Sarah Hernandez

McKnight Foundation

Lynnea Atlas Ingebretson

Imagine | Deliver

Jimmy Loyd

Thor Construction

Tie Oei

Asian Media Access

Kenzie O’Keefe

North News

George Roberts

Homewood Studios

Artika Roller

Hennepin County Child Wellbeing Transformation Team

Martine Smaller

Northside Resident

Redevelopment Council

Marquita Stephens

Minneapolis Urban League

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie

University of Minnesota, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

April Ang

SoMa Pilipinas

Ada Chan

Association of Bay Area Governments*

Chris Durazo

Community Member

Carla Laurel

West Bay Pilipino Center

Teresita Naval

Galing Bata sa FEC staff

Sandy Panopio

City & County SF*

Raquel Redondiez

Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF)

Jerome Reyes

Stanford University*

Dyan Ruiz

People Power Media

Joseph Smooke

SOMCAN, HRC, SF, People Power Media

Bernadette Sy

Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF)

David Campbell

United Steelworkers LOCAL 675

Olga Chavez

Andeavor

Alejandro Dobie-Gonzalez

LA-Más

Ely Fournier

Light & Life Church

Rafael Garcia

Providence Health and Services Southern California

Cesar Guerrero

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Katie Rispoli Keaotamai

We Are the Next

Marcia Tolentino

Green Education Inc.

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