Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays, we share things we've published, popular links from our daily newsletter, and a curation of stuff to do over the weekend. We will not be sending an email on Monday because of the 4th of July holiday, but we'll be back Tuesday.


In December 2021, we started a secret, non-news project: produce a cool yet useful map of Southwest Minneapolis. Seven months later, we are proud to reveal our collaboration with Juxtaposition Arts. Today is last day you can sign up to get in on the limited-run screen prints that we're doing by becoming a member at the Booster level.

Why did we create this map? During my first week as editor of Southwest Voices, I looked everywhere for a comprehensive map of our quadrant of the city. The best one I could find was a MeetMinneapolis map I found at a rest stop somewhere near the border of Minnesota. I cut it out and posted it to the wall next to my desk. That's all I had. I knew we could do better.

We hope our new map illustrates our shared love for this quadrant of the city.

Do you want a beautiful, limited run screen-print of this map? Well, you are in luck!

We will hand-deliver one of the screen-printed maps to everyone that becomes a member at the "Booster" level by the end of today. Yes, that includes existing Boosters and anyone who signs up to be a Booster or upgrades to Booster level.

Email us if you need help in upgrading your membership.

Thanks again to Juxtaposition Arts for designing such a beautiful piece of art for this project.

Hot off the presses

Yesterday, the City Council voted to move the two vetoed items from the Hennepin Ave redesign plan back to committee. The original redesign plan included all-day bus lanes but a change by the new Public Works director and a veto by Mayor Jacob Frey has put the 24/7 bus lanes in jeopardy. Both of them support part-time bus lanes and part-time parking.

After the Park Board released its final plan for Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles, our readers pointed out a number of things, including the lack of public infrastructure like permanent public bathrooms.

Farmers market vendor spotlight

The Salsa Collaborative makes homemade sauces and salsas from scratch in South Saint Paul. It was started by Brian and Nikki, and they have everything from hot sauces (including habañero and "Strawberry Sweat"), salsa verde, hot honey, and chili oil. Check them out Sundays at the Linden Hills Farmers Market.

If you'd like to spotlight your favorite farmers market business, email us at info@southwestvoices.news.

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

Earlier this week, around 70 people marched down Hennepin Ave. S in protest against the mayor's veto of all-day bus lanes. We were there to cover the march and wrote a longer piece after also talking with people who want parking to stay on Hennepin Ave. S.

We collected responses from the three Southwest councilmembers who voted against the Hennepin Ave. S redesign plan. You can read them all here.

If you've been near the Museum of Russian Art lately, you've probably seen their giant Ukrainian flag and blue-and-yellow landscaping. The museum is continuing to express solidarity with the Ukrainian people through a political cartoon exhibit.

Did you know that wage theft from workers costs Minnesota taxpayers $136 million a year? Much of this is focused in the construction industry. A volunteer with CTUL wrote a post explaining that the city has made progress to help crack down on the wage theft but there's more it could do to help.

A district court ruling has halted housing development projects that are allowed under the 2040 plan. Josh Martin clarifies how this happened and what it means for projects in the works.

You may have heard that a Justice Page Middle School teacher got a Fulbright – but did you know it's to study street art in Colombia? We talked with Ellisa Cedarleaf Dahl about her upcoming research trip to Colombia and her experience with street art in Minneapolis.

Members of the Armatage Green Team wrote a response to City Council Vice President and Ward 13 Councilmember Linea Palmisano's recent forum with ISAIAH.

Links that our daily subscribers clicked on a lot this week

On Monday we shared a list of reproductive rights organizations that are accepting donations, post-Roe decision. Readers also appreciated  this Twitter thread by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg to learn what resources are not needed.

City staff with Ward 11, represented by Councilmember Emily Koski, put together a construction map of the ward. Hint hint, other wards... we like our construction maps and we like them hyper-local.

Y'all were really into the rebirth news of Italian eatery Tosca in Linden Hills via a sparse Instagram account. Noted. It sounds like they'll be sharing the Turtle Bread space in the evenings, but we'll share more details when we have them.

Racket put together a lovely tribute to the old Little T's and its new vibe as it reopened under different owners.


Our events calendar is filled with unique events happening around town. You can submit events to be added to our calendar here. If you subscribe to the calendar, the events go straight to your personal calendar. Or you can add just the events you like.  

The Bryant Lake Bowl Theater hosts "There’s a Crack in Everything: A Performance of Music and Storytelling from Here," an evening of original music and storytelling, featuring local musicians.

Back 2 The Prom is happening tonight at Granada Theater. "A queer-centered community prom & drag show for everyone who never got the opportunity to attend prom due to Covid-19 or for whatever reason." We love this. Enjoy your prom.

Tonight the Lake Harriet Bandshell is New Primitives, described as "reggae, funk, world, American music." Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

In the mood to dance to songs from a previous decades? Check out "Friday I'm in Love," a new wave dance party with DJs Shane Kramer and Michael Grey of Transmission Music.

There is dancehall music spinning starting at 6 p.m. at Pimento's Rum Bar.

Wanaku performs West African-style music during brunch at Icehouse.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell has a two-for-one. The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Movie in the Park screening of "King Richard" which starts around 9:15 p.m.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell is a party this weekend! Issho II, a Minnesota taiko drumming group, performs at 2:30 p.m. and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is back for a 5:30 p.m. performance.  


There is a Fourth of July celebration happening at Fuller Park starting at 10 a.m.