Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Powderhorn Love

The last week the neighborhood I live in has been in the news. Basically some teenagers attacked a woman in the park by my house. They were in the process of attacking two girls in a garage just down the alley from where I live. The kids were apprehended.

I have to say I am amazed by my neighborhood. I am blessed and lucky to live where I live.
First of all let me say that my neighborhood is a great place to live. The park by my house hosts all these great events throughout the year like The May Day Parade and the Art Fair . People enjoy the park on a daily basis. People fish in the lake, walk on paths, have outdoor theater performances. In the winter there is ice skating and people cross country ski and snow shoe in the park. In the winter I skate in the park at least once a week. I actually can't wait until skating opens up for the season.
There are fireworks in the park for the 4th of July. Not big sparkley Downtown fireworks but fireworks over the lake with neighbors and friends.
There is an Art Sled Rally in the winter where people slide down the hill home made sleds that look like Speeders from Star Wars.
A group of neighborhood photographers have been running a 365 neighborhood photo project for two years. Check it out here.
I am proud of my neighborhood. In response to these attacks neighbors have organized a peace vigil in the park tonight. It's BYOFire Pit (if you have one) or Hot Beverage to share.
The mother who was attacked wrote a letter encouraging compassion and love for the kids who did this.
Another neighbor wrote an essay for MPR
I bought a condo in the Powderhorn neighborhood six years ago. Some days I wish I'd waited when I see how cheap real estate is now. But then I walk a half a block to the park and I am reminded again why I love where I live.


  1. I'm sorry that this awful thing happened in your neighborhood that you love so much. Sometimes bad things can bring people closer together though. It's nice when people watch out for each other.Thanks for following my blog.

  2. I live near a park, too. It isn't a big one with fairs and parades and fireworks, but it's a great place to walk the dog or play tennis or have soccer practice. I used to take the kids to the playground there when they were younger, and now we go to the water park there. I remind myself every day when I walk the dog how blessed we are to have this park right next to my neighborhood.

  3. We all are always here to support you.

  4. Hi,

    Your description of the place you live is very interesting and not many people have the privilege to live in a wonderful place like yours which is full of activity and fun all through the year. If I want to go to a park I have to travel at least ten miles. Of course we also have back waters and lovely natural harbor but these things are not near my place. If I travel twenty miles I can reach the shores of the Arabian Sea and watch the beautiful sunsets.

    But living in a lovely place like yours would be a wonderful experience. As regards the youngsters I think such things will happen once in a way and if sufficient vigil is kept by the residents and the police these unwanted incidents can be definitely avoided.

    With best wishes,

  5. You do live in a great neighborhood! It's wonderful to meet another Minneapolis writer!