Redistricting is already underway for the 2023 city elections. Wait, don't go! While lots of people are ready for this election to be over, the process to draw the lines for the 2023 City Council elections is already underway. Typically, Councilmembers are elected to four year terms, but because of the 2020 census, this November's elected representatives will only have two year terms (while the Mayor will serve for all four). Greta Kaul wrote a great piece for MinnPost laying out the process, and which districts will change (short version: Ward 3 grew really fast and has way too many people, Wards 1, 6, 8, 9, and 11 have too few).
Why are we telling you about redistricting now? Because now is the time to get involved. The city put together a great toolkit of resources here, including info on joining public meetings, getting updates, submitting comments, and mapping "communities of interest" that you think should be grouped as part of the same Ward. Want to try to draw your own Wards? Check out this fun tool (use the paint brush in the top right corner and draw on the map to get started).
Street sweeping kicks off this week! For the next month, the city will be sweeping the entire city. They'll post a notice 24 hours before you need to get your car off the street, which you should do, or they'll tow you. You can see a sweeping schedule here, and you can sign up for text alert updates from the city here.
A car crashed into the newly-built 35W/Lake Street transit station on Saturday night. The crash killed one person, and will delay the opening event for the station that was scheduled for Monday.
Washburn and Southwest's boys both won their playoff matchups on Saturday, setting up a titanic clash at Southwest tomorrow night (schedule and results here). Winner goes to the state tournament. Buckle up. Sadly, the Washburn girls were defeated and saw their season come to an end.
Foundry Home Goods announced that they're moving from their home in Tangletown to the old Soap Factory building (which will give them a much larger space).
Do you live in Tangletown? We'll be at your neighborhood association board meeting tonight. Swing by, say hello, and ask us questions!
Are you on the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood association comms committee? We'll be at your meeting this afternoon.
Are you part of a neighborhood association or community group somewhere in Southwest? We'd love to meet with you! Shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set something up.
STUFF TO DO
HUGE Improve Theater is hosting its regular Monday improv show tonight. Go see a bunch of the most talented improv comedians in the city for $10.
Live in Armatage and have a spooky house? Today's the last day to sign-up to be a part of the Halloween decoration tour. The tour kicks off this Friday.
Go see Julie Mehretu's new exhibit at The Walker.