A year in photos: North Minneapolis 2018
By Kenzie O'Keefe Editor | Photos by David Pierini Photographer
In 2018, inspiring projects were brought to fruition, persistent challenges plagued us, and new leaders came on the scene, promising to carry us into new eras of equity and prosperity in North Minneapolis.
We inaugurated new Minneapolis City Council representation in Phillipe Cunningham and Jeremiah Ellison, and we elected new Hennepin County Board representation in Irene Fernando. We saw our infrastructure transformed; the BRT line construction on Penn is nearly completed, and the corner of Penn and Plymouth has been rapidly and radically built up with two brand new, architecturally masterful buildings: THOR Companies Headquarters and Estes Funeral Home, both home to black-owned businesses with deep roots in community.
The Association for Black Economic Power and Village Trust Financial Cooperative have unflinchingly fostered community wealth building. New food and beverage businesses like La Doña Cervecería, Tori 44, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, and the Zen Bin brought us fresh gathering places and culinary experiences. Juneteenth, a celebration of Freedom Day, came back to the community by taking place in Bethune Park this year.
We mourned the untimely deaths of Juan Reed, Thurman Blevins, Donise White, Nate Hampton, and many others. We experienced the rise and fall of Wirth Co-op and witnessed dysfunction from some of our neighborhood organizations. We felt our housing crisis deepen.
Amidst all that occurred, Northsiders laughed, danced, sang, loved, cried and held each other. Through creativity, vibrancy, and showing up for each other, we’ve been able to reach new heights and have been buoyed through periods of despair.
Here are a few of those magical moments.