Housing Market Improving

Audubon resident and Realtor, Terri Harder, is featured in a WCCO-TV report on improving conditions in the local housing market:

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City Adds Leverage to ANA Loan Programs

Mayor Rybak has announced an expansion of the Minneapolis Advantage program, which offers $10,000 grants to buyers of foreclosed homes. Audubon Park was not included in last year’s pilot version of the program. For 2009 our neighborhood has been elevated to eligible status.

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Update from Matt Brown, our new Board President

Happy New Year! I look forward to serving as president during 2009 and am very excited about ANA’s initiatives for the coming year. A native of southern Wisconsin, I work as a city planner in the northern suburbs and have lived in Audubon Park for nearly three years. I was drawn to the neighborhood’s central location, vintage housing stock, attractive open spaces, and diverse business community. Our neighborhood’s mix of new and long-time residents provides a wonderful sense of community.

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Northeast Still Safest Part of City

The results are in, and crime in Minneapolis has dropped for the second year in a row. Even better for Audubon and all of Northeast, our Precinct saw the biggest drop, and we maintained our rank as the safest part of the city.

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Next Community Meeting: February 2nd, 7pm

This month is our annual Taste of Audubon. Bring your appetite and enjoy free food provided by neighborhood businesses.

This month’s agenda includes:

  • State of the Neighborhood – ANA’s new president Matt Brown will review the work done by the board in 2008 and take a look at what’s coming up.
  • Board Election – A community member will be elected to the remaining vacant position on the ANA Board

PDFs of February agenda and draft minutes of our December 2008 meeting are attached below.

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Problem Property Removed

On December 19th, the City’s Problem Properties Unit demolished a blighted duplex at 2632-34 Polk Street. To see this “urban renewal” in action, visit the photo gallery posted at the Eastside Defender.

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Holiday Security Tips

The city of Minneapolis has posted tips for keeping yourself safe during the holidays. Find them here:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/docs/Hsholidy.pdf

Twin Cities Named Best for Business

According to Marketwatch.com (a business and investment website run by the Wall Street Journal), Minneapolis “far and away, remains where it's at for business.”

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