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September 26, 2006

Corcoran

Being South Sider I would like to show some support for the Corcoran Neighborhood. They are in the proecces of making this a better place. In the process they are creating better Spaces for themselves. Prostitution and grafiti are some of the concerns with the neighborhood. The work force consists of volunteers. These volunteers are concerned members of the community. They want a better place for themselves and their families.

This neighborhood is definately not all bad. I enjoyed my stay here. During the day this was my space. I walked and biked freely. Children plays sports in the park. There are many things going for the community. They have a farmers market on the weekends where neighbors can support, meet and hangout with together. There is a YMCA, Ethic food, and even some shopping (Savers).

There are a couple hot spots that I know of. One being a gas station on 34th and Cedar Ave S. This has been a site of allot of crime. Gang signs also litter the alley ways stretching from this point. I mention this block in particular because I happened to live on this block. After dark I chose to stay off the streets, and behind my 8 ft tall privacy fence, which was spared the marks that my neighbors often had to paint over. The problem of prostitution became clear on the daily drive to work in the morning as familiar female faces occupy their space on the corner. They offer with or without words to befriend the stranger travelling by. That is not an acceptable thing.

I would have prefered that my space not change depending on the time of day. Others feel that way too, and are doing things about it. Below is a map of the neighborhood. Please check out the link to see what they are doing.

http://www.corcoranneighborhood.org/

corcoran neighborhood.map.jpg

September 18, 2006

The energies of Midway

It was suggested in class that we go to Midway in Minneapolis and check out the Global Market. This is a bustling place that is worth checking out. On the main floor next to Lake street many shops of all types divide the area into a grid like pattern. While there is also an Allina clinic and an apartment complex in the same building.

There are differant types of energies mixing together throughout . The first I noticed was a conservation of energy by converting an old Sears building to the above mentioned market. Much destruction was saved allong with a landmark that has been on Lake Street for a long time. As I walked around I noticed the Social energies. This is a convenient gathering place for all types of local cultures. This is a diverse neighborhood, and building. There was a nice mixture of people shopping together. The market style of the place made you communicate with the person owning the shop. This is a social energy one may not expend otherwise. Energies are also exchanged when a person purchases something from a vendor. They both have a need that is satified by the purchase. One recieves a good, or service (at a reasonable price too), and the other recieves money.

The layout of the place is somewhat confusing for a first timer. The impression I have of the place is that shoppes selling things from small trinkets to 4 foot vases seem to be on the ouskirts of the grid or closer the large parking lot on the West side. This may be so that Shoppers going for the food in the middle of the grid have to walk by and look at these vendors before they can get to their destination. This could be good for business for the small shop keepers who otherwise may be ignored.

I am glad to have recieved this assignment. Being that I live only 3 blocks away I will be back again. This time I will try another type of food (Holy Land is great), and maybe play a game of chess in the lounging area.