Neighborhood Updates

Summer youth and family programs & events

There are a lot of things to do right here in Whittier or close by. Many are free or have a sliding fee.

Know about a camp, class or event that’s not listed? Please let us know!

Click here to view the handout

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 and Rental Rehab Renewal (3-R) Loans are available for qualifying repairs or improvements to owner-occupied and rental property 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 3-R

Whittier Walkers

Please consider joining a walking shift. May and June dates and times are listed on the calendar. All shifts meet first at the Black Forest Inn. Contact the office to learn more.

See Whittier in Action

Click here to watch a short video.

Organics recycling announced by the city!

Read the press release to learn more. There is an additional fee for an organics bin. However, many customers will also reduce their solid waste and could potentially switch to a smaller waste bin.

To request a bin send an email to:

Or, call: (612) 673-2917

Graffiti prevention and clean-up

Property owners are responsible for cleaning up graffiti on their property. Before you clean it up, take photos and submit a report to 311. The police department keeps track of tagging patterns to assist in apprehending culprits, so this information is really valuable.

If the graffiti is not cleaned, the city may issue a citation. Swing by the fire station or the Whittier Alliance office to pick up free graffiti removal products.

The Whittier Alliance also has funds available to help businesses prevent graffiti. Download the application to get started!

Report any graffiti on any property by calling 311, using the 311 app or online system.

For details, see the city of Minneapolis website.

A few tips:
  • if you have a fence, consider storing extra paint of the same color for graffiti touch-ups.
  • consider painting a mural on the exposed walls of your business. Research has shown that exteriors with murals are less likely to get hit by graffiti.
  • plant a garden on your boulevard or around an electric box on your property – having a garden shows the property is cared for and graffiti might by removed quickly.

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