Open Streets Minneapolis on Franklin Ave.!


Show of hands: who’s heard of Open Streets?

The most recent Open Streets event happened a couple weeks ago on Lyndale Ave. with an estimated 10,000 attendees. When Open Streets started in Minnesota four years ago, they began on Lyndale, and the initiative has grown to six event locations this year. One will be on Franklin Ave. Sunday, August 17th from 10am-4pm.

So WHAT IS Open Streets about and what does it look like? The short answer is Open Streets is about healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transport, and civic pride.

What does it look like? Well, it’s a daytime event where major streets get blocked off to car traffic so folks can come together and celebrate their community. Businesses offer deals inside, and activities outside. (We heard the Lyndale Ave. Pizza Luce had a tent and a puppet show! A tattoo parlor was offering $50 Minnesota outline tattoos. Stuff like that.)  Nice Ride and Metro Transit support the event by bringing in bike racks and offering free rides, respectively, so people can enjoy all the alternative modes of transport available to them the day of. Fire hydrants get turned into drinking fountains. It’s A LOT OF FUN.

Details are still in the making about Franklin Ave. event. It will stretch from Portland to 28th Ave., involving TWO neighborhoods.

If you’re a business owner and would like to get involved, email the Seward Civic and Commerce Association at You can participate for free, but there are also sponsorship opportunities for all businesses (including nonprofits, and businesses not directly located on Franklin Ave.). The next meeting is also Wed. July 9th, 9:30am, at Pizza Luce.

If you’re an ARTIST and would like to participate, you can reach out to Andrew Hestness from the Native American Community Development Initiative. They’re hoping to place artists in areas around/west of the Franklin Ave. lightrail stop. Andrew can be reached at / 612-235-4974.

More to come soon…

Dan Leisen has two shows coming up!

Postcard says it all – first sale is this weekend at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.

Dan does the Art Crawl in the Winter Frolic each year over at Faith Church. Go show him some support!


Celebration of ArtCars+ArtBikes on July 26th

Our Art Car friends, who drive around Seward in the Winter Frolic each year, are having a parade and celebration in July. Everyone is welcome to attend, and they also need a little help. We offered to post on their behalf here. Read below:

The ArtCars + ArtBikes of Minnesota are celebrating it’s 20th Art Car Parade around Lake Harriet on July 26th at 6 p.m.


We’re wanting to hand a trophy to each entry. We’re looking for old trophies, toy cars and miscellaneous crafty stuff to create fabulous, crazy new trophies! Will pick up (call Patti at 763-535-2554). And of course, we’d appreciate help from anyone who wants to help make them. 

We’ll be working on them on the following dates: 

Thursday, June 26,  1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 26,  6 to 9 p.m. 
Friday, June 27, 6 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 29, 2 to 5 p.m.

We’re making them in Lipstick’s backyard and or garage, so call Patti at 763-535-2554 or for address/directions/questions.

Thank you in advance for your interest in helping out!  Please come to our parade in July! 

Patti J. Paulson

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Kerry Cashman
Community Organizer
Seward Neighborhood Group
612-338-6205, x119

Peter Fleck