Neighborhood Updates

Shop Small on Thanksgiving Weekend

Small-Biz-Sat-WhittierForget Black Friday! Small Business Saturday is a lot more fun and a lot more rewarding. Check out our selection of specials and events from businesses in the Whittier neighborhood this Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving Weekend Specials in Whittier

Reopening Nicollet Ave Visioning – Planning Workshops


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

The first three workshops – ‘I See/We See’ on October 3, ‘Asking the Right Questions & Defining the Places’ on October 10, and Greenway/Transit on November 24 – were very productive, with strong ideas put forward by the neighborhood. Please mark your calendars for the final workshops and plan on participating in this dynamic discussion. Somali and Spanish translation services provided.


  • Workshop 4: Presentation-Discussion of Concept

    During this workshop, Cuningham Group will host an interactive exploration of design concepts for the study area. Participants will have the opportunity to see the design react to their comments as the session progresses.
    Tentative Thursday, Dec. 17 Time & Location TBA
  • Workshop 5: Final Concept Review

    After the neighborhood has added its final touches and insights to the shape of the design, Cuningham Group will refine the product and return for a final review and discussion.
    Tentative January, Time & Location TBA
Presentations from the first three workshops:

I See/We See Asking the Right Questions & Defining the Places Small Area Vision – Greenway/Transit

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

Neighborhood Activities for Youth & Teens

pumpkins-webOur seasonal wrap-up of after-school and weekend activities for youth and teens in the Whittier neighborhood is here! If the kids are bored, have a look at our resource document Fall 2015 Youth Programming

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.

Kmart Site Vision/Whittier & the Cuningham Group

The Cuningham Group presented a proposal at the June Community Issues meeting that would assist the Whittier Alliance and neighborhood in creating a neighborhood developed vision for the Kmart site and surrounding area. The Whittier Alliance would contract with the Cuningham group for its expertise in a multi-level engagement of the Whittier community, possible investors, the City, the Midtown Greenway, etc. in creating a vision for the site and a reopened Nicollet Ave.

Several attendees asked for examples of the Cuningham Group’s work. Click to view their work and learn about their process and development philosophy.

The CI made a motion to support the proposal.

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

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

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