Rebuilding Right on the Northside: One Year Later

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After the devastating tornado swept north Minneapolis a year ago, architect Alyssa Lipke-Pier and Raymond Dehn mobilized a group of architects and designers. Their goal: provide free consultation and assistance to anyone who wants or needs it to help rebuild their house like it was before. In the past year, more than 80 architects and designers donated their time and more than 40 homeowners have received consultation.

Within days, contractors showed up to help rebuild homes on the northside. Insurance companies wanted to keep repair costs on the homes low. Lipke-Pier says Rebuild it Right recommended what was appropriate for the homes and helped many homeowners advocate for themselves.

“Quality was taken out so quality should be put back in,” says

Rebuild it Right will be part of Minneapolis’ 100 green homes initiative. The city has pledged to build energy efficient and affrodable homes for people living on the Northside.

Says Lipke-Pier, “I want people to move to the Northside because of the houses. This is a great community.”

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

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