Neighborhood Updates

Whittier Favorites Photo Contest — Deadline Extended!

Your favorite could be selected for the 2016 calendar and enjoyed by all!

Ideas: a favorite hidden corner, a person, a piece of art, a detail on a building, an event or venue, the moon over Washburn Fair Oaks Park, something iconically or irascibly Whittier, something public or private but distinctively Whittier….you get the drift.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to submit – there are 12 pages to fill! It’s a big neighborhood with a lot of potential subject matter and many people with a good eye and a fondness for Whittier.

  1. Submissions due Tuesday, Sept. 15
  2. Send via email to:
  3. The favorite thing must be in Whittier
  4. Submissions should include your name, name or location of the subject, additional descriptors and a 300 word or less essay about why it’s your favorite thing
  5. Photos should be 300 – 800 dpi, 250 pixels per inch minimum
  6. Winners will be selected by a committee
  7. Photo releases required for any photos containing people.
  8. All photos become the property of the Whittier Alliance and could possibly be used in other printed or electronic publications

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

Raise money for the Whittier Alliance without giving a cent!

That’s right! You can raise money for the Whittier Alliance just by searching the internet, shopping online, or going out to eat! GoodSearch, powered by Yahoo, donates one cent for every search to the organization or charity you select. GoodShop donates a percentage of every online purchase at participating businesses. GoodDining donates a percentage of your bill when you go out to eat at participating restaurants and use a registered card. Sign up to support the Whittier Alliance, download the toolbar, use GoodSearch every time you search and be notified when your online purchase will make a donation! And don’t forget to register your credit card at GoodDining! Go to and start raising funds today!

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