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Published on May 29, 2024
Minneapolis Commemorates Memorial Day with Hussein Samatar Tribute, Council Member Osman Updates on Housing & Civic ProjectsSource: Minneapolis City of Lakes

Residents of Ward 6 in Minneapolis came together to commemorate the Memorial Day weekend and to celebrate the unveiling of public artwork dedicated to Hussein Samatar. In a recent community update, Council Member Jamal Osman called upon locals to participate in the dedication of "Common Currents," two sculptures situated at the ends of Samatar Crossing that honor the journey of immigrants forging new beginnings in the city. The artwork, incorporating colorful steel panels and inscribed with local poetry, pays homage to Samatar's legacy of cultural bridge-building.

Following the celebrations, Council Member Osman reminded constituents of the city's inroads in affordable housing, partly crediting the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. "Minneapolis has seen record-breaking levels of affordable rental housing units produced in the past several years," Osman reported, also highlighting the achievement of keeping rents among "some of the lowest rates in the country," as stated by the City of Minneapolis. This ambitious plan, which started shaping the city's growth in 2019, promises to continue rejuvenating urban spaces with an eye for diversity and sustainability.

The councilman also outlined the next steps for Minnehaha 3000, the site proposed to become a democracy center and communal space. In an announcement accessible on the City's website, Osman has encouraged public involvement in an open house on June 10 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Here's your chance to voice opinions and contribute ideas for the transformation of the former 3rd Precinct building into a symbol of civic engagement and community enrichment.

The Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services is set to hold a Renter Rights Resource Fair on June 4. Aiming to empower tenants with information about their rights, city staff and community organizations like HOME Line and Legal Aid will provide critical resources, especially focusing on the needs of immigrants and refugees. Complementing these community engagements, the City Council recently confirmed Timothy Sexton as the new director of the City's Public Works Department. Sexton, an individual with extensive experience at MnDOT, will now lead the pursuit of robust and sustainable urban infrastructure in Minneapolis.

As summer approaches, residents are also gearing up for National Night Out, set for August 6, as per the City of Minneapolis. Council Member Osman underscored the significance of signing up early for the event that strings together blocks in celebration and community bonding. Organizers are seeking to amplify participation across the city for this annual get-together. More details and registration options for the event are made available through the City’s alert system, Smart911, which residents are also encouraged to sign up for to stay informed on vital updates ranging from weather advisories to public safety notifications.