Neighborhood Updates

Whittier Alliance Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held on March 24th at Whittier International Elementary School. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to socialize with neighbors and friends while learning more about the neighborhood through visiting neighborhood resource tables. The meeting provides an opportunity to review the business of the previous year, and the community will elect the new Whittier Alliance board members.

Are you interested in becoming a board member?

Board members elected at the annual meeting serve a 3-year term and must meet the criteria outlined in the Whittier Alliance By Laws. (See page 6 in particular.)
By Laws Somali translation By Laws Spanish translation
Interested candidates should download our New Board Member Application form and are encouraged to get in touch with the office. We’d love to hear from you!

Board Meet & Greet

A Whittier Alliance Board ‘Meet & Greet’ will be held on Thursday, February 4 at the Black Forest Inn (1 E 26th St) from 5-7:00PM. It’s an opportunity to drop by and chat informally with current board members about what is involved. If you are interested in being on the board, this year or in the future, please come along!

Good Neighbor/Good Biz Nominations

The Whittier “Good Neighbor” Award recognizes a Whittier resident who has had a positive effect on other neighbors or has made Whittier a better place to live. The Whittier “Good Business” Award recognizes a social service agency, institution, educational organization or business that has served the Whittier neighborhood in a positive, unique manner. The awards are designed to honor those groups who make a difference for others in the Whittier community. If you know a business or neighbor who deserves some recognition, let us know!
Good Business nomination form 2016 Good Neighbor nomination form 2016

New Year, New Executive Director

ricardoRicardo McCurley officially took the helm at the Whittier Alliance as Executive Director in the first week of January 2016, after getting up to speed with Marian over the course of December. Ricardo was previously the Executive Director for the Southeast Como Improvement Association. Stop by the office, a Community Issues meeting or any number of Whittier events and say hello!

Reopening Nicollet Ave Workshops


The Whittier Alliance in partnership with the Cuningham Group and the Midtown Greenway Coalition recently hosted a series of five workshops to create a neighborhood-based vision for the reopening of Nicollet Ave and development of the Kmart and SuperValu sites. The goal was to develop a plan that reflected the Whittier neighborhood’s preferences for land use and development.

Review presentations from the workshops:
I See/We See Asking the Right Questions & Defining the Places Small Area Vision – Greenway/Transit Nicollet & Lake Policy Support Discussion of Concept

Further information about the process can be found at the Whittier Nicollet-Lake Wiki Site.

Graffiti Cleanup

The Whittier Alliance has free graffiti cleanup supplies. Help keep Whittier prettier by removing graffiti as soon as possible – call 311 or use the online service to report graffiti before cleaning. Read more info about graffiti prevention and removal.

Low Interest Housing Improvement Loans Now Available!

Single Family Home Improvement and Rental Rehab Renewal (3-R) Loans are available for qualifying repairs or improvements to owner-occupied and rental properties within the Whittier Neighborhood. There are no income limits, a low 2% interest rate and many exterior and interior projects qualify. The purpose of these loans is to maintain and improve the housing stock, livability and curb appeal in the Whittier neighborhood. Eligibility and other requirements can be found in the Guidelines & Application for each program: Single Family Home Improvement Application 3-R Application

General Notices

Raise money for the Whittier Alliance without giving a cent!

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Volunteer opportunity

The St. Stephen’s Whittier Community Garden on Clinton Avenue South is seeking a volunteer coordinator or group of volunteer coordinators to take over leadership of the garden starting in the spring of 2016. If you’re interested in taking an active role at a wonderful community garden in the Whittier neighborhood click here: St Stephens volunteer coordinator description.

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 Community Participation organization for the neighborhood, works with residents, businesses and governmental agencies to further the common interests of the Whittier neighborhood.