Neighborhood Updates

Find a new home for your items – donate to a cause you choose

Participate now through March 20, 2015

A Whittier resident started a new website to help you find a home for your gently used items. is like an online garage sale, but net proceeds are given to a charity instead of the seller. The seller selects from participating charities — currently nine schools and several small local organizations.

The website helps keep it local and raise money for a good cause.

Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 26 — 5:30-8:30pm — Whittier School, 27th St & Grand Ave

At the Whittier Alliance Annual Meeting, the work, activities and finances of 2014 are reported. In addition, 5 board members are elected, the Good Neighbor and Good Business Awards are presented, and the recommended Acting Committees are adopted. The Annual Meeting showcases the great work that has been done in the neighborhood by the Whittier Alliance and volunteers, and highlights the continuing efforts. It is also an opportunity to meet and greet friends and neighbors, visit resource tables and talk with elected and appointed officials. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.

Board Candidate Application: The Whittier Alliance is governed by a 15-person volunteer board elected by the neighborhood. Each year, the Whittier Alliance membership elects 5 At-Large board members to a 3-year term. The board is called upon to make decisions and advocate for the Whittier Alliance and neighborhood. The board application window is now closed.

Good Neighbor – Good Business Nominations: The Whittier neighborhood is filled with fine folks who are kind, generous and have made a difference. At the Annual Meeting we honor those folks with a Good Neighbor or a Good Business Award. Please take a moment to think about who we should recognize as having made Whittier a little bit better. It could be someone who planned a fantastic National Night Out party, a business person who revitalized a delinquent store front, etc. Download a Good Business nomination form or a Good Neighbor nomination form or stop by the office for a copy. Read the list of past winners.

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