Most of us know, the mighty Mississippi River winds its way through both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Even though the river has been an integral part to the growth of the Twin Cities, few people realize that it is even there. That may be changing if the newly formed Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, which champions the revitalization of the riverfront in Minneapolis has its way. Recently, the public was invited to submit individual visions for America’s most important river. With the tagline “One River, One Minute, Your Vision”, the Mississippi Minute Film Festival asked for one-minute video essays that would amuse, inform and inspire viewers about the city’s great river.
Winners of the Mississippi Minute Film Festival were announced Monday evening, October 20th, at the Riverfront Summit, held at the Mill City Museum by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.
“Everybody knows about the central riverfront and what’s happened there, but we are seeing real signs of progress in the northern part of Minneapolis,” [MRP’s Kathleen Boe] said. Boe said the Mississippi Minute Film Festival was developed in an effort to get more people thinking and talking about the history and possibilities of the riverfront.
University of Minnesota River Life blog – October 10th, 2014
WCCO.com – August 18th, 2014
KSTP-TV 5 Eyewitness News – August 16th, 2014
KSTP’s Jessica Miles sits down with Meg Forney, from Minneapolis Parks and Recreation to talk about the new Mississippi Minute Film Festival. The festival will feature 60-second videos about the Mississippi. People are encouraged to submit their vision of the Mississippi River.
KFAI Radio – August 14th, 2014
Everyone has impressions of the mighty Mississippi River that flows through the Twin Cities. Now is your chance to share your vision for the future of this precious resource. The first ever Mississippi Minute Film Festival sponsored by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is soliciting your take on the river in just 60 seconds.
Interview on WCCO Radio’s Steele talkin’ with Jeralyn Steele
WCCO Radio – August 10th, 2014
Minneapolis Riverfront Patnership Executive Director Kathleen Boe sat down with Jeralyn to talk about the group’s upcoming Mississippi Minute Film Festival and the group’s other work along the Mississippi River.
MinnPost – August 6th, 2014
StarTribune.com – August 5th, 2014
vita.mn – August 5th, 2014
Calling all moviemakers who also love the Mississippi in its urban setting. The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has issued a call for one-minute movies and DVDs about the urban river and its surroundings.
The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Invites You to Enter the Mississippi Minute Film Festival Contest!
Mill City Times – August 1st, 2014
The Downtown Journal – July 22nd, 2014
Assorted other mentions, including:
Minneapolis RiverCurrent Weekly E-News (published by a City staff member
Assorted neighborhood association newsletter and websites along the river corridor
Friends of the Mississippi River newsletter
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association online
American Institute of Architects online
American Jewish World
Mill City Commons Newsletter
Minneapolis Downtown Council website promotion
Social media through Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, and shared widely:
Thousands of online votes cast for favorite films integrated directly into Facebook “like” system, and via Twitter
Selected media mentions:
‘Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership’
KSTP TV – January 22nd, 2015
…A forum presented by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership will feature a panel of experts to talk about how the river can be used in new ways after the closure. They will talk about the environmental and economic impact on the river and what the closure means for recreation and development.
TPT – January 18th, 2015
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Superintendent John Anfinson talked with us about his new job as the superintendent of the only National Park devoted to the Mississippi River, and about the upcoming lock closure.
Star Tribune – September 29th, 2014
Fifteen years ago, the redevelopment plan for the upper Mississippi River waterfront in Minneapolis looked heady and ambitious. The plan envisioned a ribbon of scenic parks rimmed by green industries and thriving areas of attractive, urban housing. Now, even the initial items in the plan remain mostly unfinished…
“The pace seems excruciatingly slow,” said Linda Mack, chairwoman of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, comparing the upper river to the multi-decade development of the city’s downtown riverfront. “These things take a lot of time, and they take a lot of money, and there are a lot of other priorities.”
Camden News/Twin Cities Daily Planet – September 17th, 2014
At the end of the year, the city-owned Upper Harbor Terminal will stop operating, ending an era that began when the site opened in 1968. The 48-acre industrial stretch on the west side of the Mississippi River between the Lowry and Camden bridges is destined for transformation in the coming years, but just what shape it will take remains up for discussion…
Helping to drive ongoing public discussion about the site is the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP), a nonprofit dedicated to responsible revitalization of the city’s defining natural resource. The organization strives to produce data-driven research and foster communication and collaboration among public and private partners—all toward realizing development along the Upper Riverfront that is environmentally sound, economically beneficial, culturally enriching, historically edifying and accessible to the public. “It’s really important that we think of revitalization in a broad way,” says Kathleen Boe, executive director of the MRP.
Boe points to the redevelopment of Central Riverfront as an example of what responsible planning can achieve, but emphasizes that it’s important to remember that all environments “have very unique dynamics that go into them.” For instance, she notes that the Upper Mississippi River has a character that is wilder than the riverfront in Downtown Minneapolis. She noted the presence of the heron rookery and numerous other wild habitats present in the affected area.
Northeaster/Twin Cities Daily Planet – July 30th, 2014
With the City of Minneapolis getting out of the shipping business at this year’s end, development staff are gearing up to offer the Upper Harbor site to businesses in partnership with parks, hoping they’ll hire Northside residents. And one private developer asked them to think about long-term leasing instead, since “nothing is forever.”
A panel of seven got together July 24 to share their perspectives on the future of land that lies between Lowry and the Camden Bridge, concentrated near Dowling and Washington.