Neighborhood Updates

Earth Day Event

Whittier Action, World Impact | Saturday, April 26 noon-2pm Whittier Park

Join us on for a very exciting Earth Day event! The Whittier Alliance will be hosting speakers and demonstrations to connect individual actions to global well-being. Master Recyclers will talk about new issues in recycling, and connecting our personal actions to global sustainability. The American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa about how actions we take to conserve resources in Minnesota have an impact on those living in East Africa. There will be activities for children, so feel free to bring your kids! We will serve light refreshments.

May Day Soirée Neighborhood Benefit

The Whittier Alliance Annual Neighborhood Benefit will be held on Thursday, May 1 at the Blaisdell may pole and ribbon only Manor, 2322 Blaisdell Ave S. The May Day Soirée features food and beverages from Whittier restaurants, a silent auction and raffle. Please save the date and plan to invite your friends to this fun event. Purchase tickets in advance through Saturday, April 26 for $25 each. At the door May 1, tickets will be $35 each. Purchase your tickets online, by mailing in an RSVP or by stopping by the office.

Congratulations to the New Board Members

The Whittier Alliance and neighborhood welcome and congratulate the newly elected board members. Serving the neighborhood for a 3-year term are:
  • Abdi Abdulle
  • Grayson Carr
  • Erica Christ
  • Christina Le
  • Natascha Shawver
Thanks to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting. It was a great turn out with lots of socializing, interest in the resource tables and the video highlights of Whittier neighborhood activities. Thanks to Osman Ali, our guest speaker, for his enlightening presentation about the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum located at 1516 E. Lake St.

Stevens Ave Houses Update

Progress continues to be made on 2726 & 2728 Stevens Ave.  The foundation rims have been repaired or replaced, the basements are being plumbed and the cement floors laid.  Much of the work is interior at this time but as the weather continues to warm, more exterior work will be noticeable.  Watch for porch work and more finished foundation work.  We will be happy to present the houses for sale later this spring. Read the MinnPost article and watch the video.

Join a Whittier Alliance Task Force

The Whittier Alliance needs your help to continue implementation our strategic plan! If you are interested in learning more about what these different task forces do, please contact Community Organizer Abbie Plouff at or call the office. Stakeholder Engagement – Work with Whittier residents to become more engaged and civically active. Commercial Corridor Task Force – Work with us to strengthen Nicollet Avenue’s vibrant business community. Environmental Sustainability – Help us become a model of neighborhood environmental sustainability. Historic Preservation – Help us preserve the unique, historic character of the Whittier neighborhood. Housing – Work with us to expand housing quality and choice in the neighborhood. Organizational Sustainability – Help us maintain a strong, stable organization

Whittier Walkers

Are you interested in keeping your block safe? We are reconvening the Whittier Walkers to walk the neighborhood and provide an extra set of eyes and ears to prevent crime! After training, the volunteer Walkers will take at least one 2-hour shift at their convenience and walk the neighborhood with a partner. For more information about the program, and to apply, send an email to Abbie:

Single Family and Rental Rehab Loans – Low interest – Convenient terms

The Whittier Alliance offers low interest improvement loans for owner occupied single family & duplex homes and non-owner occupied multi-unit rental property. The loans are funded through the Whittier Neighborhood Revitalization Program and administered by the Center For Energy and Environment. Apply for a loan for curb appeal improvements, code compliance or general maintenance to your home or property. The terms are easy. Info at:

General Notices

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Welcome to Whittier

Whittier is an active urban residential neighborhood just south of downtown Minneapolis. It was home to many of Minneapolis’ historical founders, including the first Mayor of Minneapolis, Dorilus Morrison, and the Pillsbury and Washburn families. The neighborhood’s notoriety and distinction is linked to the internationally-known Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) and the Children’s Theatre, and a thriving stretch of Nicollet Avenue known as “Eat Street” due to its diverse restaurants and groceries. The neighborhood’s 15,000 residents represent 30 countries, and over 25 language groups. The Whittier neighborhood is a historic and colorful mix of artistic culture and ethnic cultures. It is truly “The International Neighborhood,” where diversity becomes community. The Whittier Alliance, the officially recognized Citizen Participation organization for the neighborhood, works with residents, businesses and governmental agencies to further the common interests of the Whittier neighborhood. Learn more about Whittier and the Alliance now.

Mpls Institute of Arts Children's Theatre Company Old Arizona MCAD Jungle Theater