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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 612-235-4974.
More to come soon…