Neighborhood Updates

May Day Soirée


Celebrate spring, have a great time and support your neighborhood at the 15th Annual May Day Soirée neighborhood benefit.

Thursday, May 7
5:30-8:30pm — Blaisdell Manor
2322 Blaisdell Ave

Featuring delicious appetizers from Whittier restaurants, specialty cocktail and beverage selections, fabulous silent auction items, live entertainment and raffle – enter to win two tickets to the Rolling Stones!

Tickets available at the Whittier Alliance office or by clicking here.

Please welcome newly elected board members

Thanks to all who attended the Whittier Alliance Annual Meeting. Laura Jean, Mike O’Dell, Jesse Oyervides, Erin Sjoquist, Kenya Weathers were elected to the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors and the NRP funds reallocation passed. There are many ways to get involved – monthly meetings for residents and businesses, Whittier Walkers, Strategic Plan Task Forces, Community Events and more!

Congratulations Good Business and Good Neighbor!

The Whittier Alliance presented the 2014 Good Business award to Ramin Hakimi of Oscar Auto Body and the 2014 Good Neighbor award to Tom Siler. Thank you for your dedication to the Whittier Neighborhood!

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.

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 Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (January 2015). Loans can be used for curb appeal improvements, code compliance or general maintenance to your home or property. The terms are easy. Info at:

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