More than 5,000 people live in 42 Minneapolis public housing high rises and the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council works with residents to advance issues that support their quality of life.
In recent years, resident leaders have been organizing for sidewalk and crossing improvements around many of the highrises. In too many cases, there are dangerous crossings that limit the ability of residents to get to bus stops, nearby places of worship, and other important destinations. They have done “walk audits” at more than a dozen buildings, collected postcards in support of funding to improve crossings, and told their stories directly to elected officials. Their work is leading to a real and important focus on areas where safety improvements have been needed for years.