The greening of the great barrier wall

10441314_10152147075786669_2905803554480014322_nBY TED MOE & TIM PRICE

The Greening Committee of Field Regina Northrup Neighborhood Group wants to plant flowers along the 35W Sound Barrier Wall—on 2nd Avenue from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd Street.
They are looking to develop a partnership with MnDOT regarding the care and maintenance of the new trees, plants and flowers along 2nd Avenue South from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd Street.
In order to remain a vibrant community, we look to our community members to join us in this volunteer effort coordinated by the FRNNG Greening Committee. You don’t have to live along 2nd Avenue to participate in this beautifying project!
Studies have shown that neighborhoods with well-maintained highway boulevards add a nice view for neighbors and drivers while slowing traffic, reducing litter and discouraging vandalism.  The Field Regina North-rup Neighborhood Group Greening Committee meets regularly to plan and schedule.   To get involved, please contact the Greening Committee at greening@frnng.org, or to get your block involved, contact your block leader.
In addition to these efforts, the 62 Crosstown Project enters its final planning phase. MnDOT is working with neighborhood groups to design the community “gateways” crossing 42nd, 46th, 50th, 60th (and intersecting with 2nd and Stevens Avenues) in Minneapolis and added street gateways entering Richfield. Neighborhood groups have been meeting with MnDOT representatives to decide on signage and limited plantings along these major thoroughfares into and around our communities. Final designs of possible signage are found on the MnDOT website at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35whwy62-gateway.
For the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood, please send any ideas or concerns you may have to the FRNNG Greening Committee at greening@frnng.org.

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