Brookyn Center looks at designating neighborhoods
Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Special to the Star Tribune
Updated: September 11, 2012 - 4:13 PM
The proposal would establish 17 official areas, with the hope of aiding communication between city and residents.
Jill Dalton admits she feels a pang of envy when she sees the robust, organized neighborhoods of Minneapolis flex their muscles. They host parties, rally around grass-roots causes and apply for grants to improve their neighborhoods.
That's why the Brooklyn Center resident supports a proposal to establish 17 official neighborhoods in her city.
"I think it's a fabulous idea," said Dalton, a new Brooklyn Center parks and recreation commissioner. "It gives power to neighborhoods."
The City Council reviewed the plan at a recent work session and could vote on it sometime this fall.
According to the proposal, the 17 neighborhoods are primarily centered on parks and natural features. The neighborhoods vary in size from 15 to 40 square blocks and from 200 to 1,000 single-family properties, according to a city staff report.
The idea behind the plan is that drawing official neighborhood boundaries will make it easier for the city to communicate with residents. If passed, the city would simply draw neighborhood boundaries and assign names.
"It would really be about making them more official, and then we could look at other ways to use them," said Vickie Schleuning, the assistant city manager.
Long term, it could foster a greater sense of community, increase resident involvement and improve the city's image, said the staff report.