North Minneapolis: What’s working?

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North Minneapolis is a place in need of solutions. Poverty, lack of jobs, and a housing crisis are longstanding systemic problems that were only magnified by the tornado that swept through the area on May 22, 2011.

And yet, amid these serious needs we’re seeing creativity and innovation from solution-makers taking action. Immediate disaster relief came from individuals such as Peter Kerre from, non-profits like Urban Homeworks, and coalitions like the Northside Community Response Team. These solution-makers are learning to remedy what some Northsiders call the “storm before the storm.”

The UpTake’s Northside Project is seeking out those making inspired, positive change in North Minneapolis. We encourage donations to the many non-profits making a positive impact in North Minneapolis:

Produced by The UpTake with support from the Bush Foundation.

Chuck Olsen

Chuck Olsen is a co-founder of The UpTake, co-founder and CEO of Vid Tiger and the founder of Minnesota Stories, called one of the best video blogs by the New York Times and winner of two Vloggies Awards. He is the producer-director of Blogumentary, a documentary feature film about the rise of political and personal blogs.

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