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20th Anniversery of the Lyndale Walkers
Lyndale Neighborhood Association created several action committees, tasked with putting the neighborhood back on track. One of those committees, rather ominously titled “Crime & Drug,” launched the much less ominous Lyndale Walkers in 1992. And in 1993 the Walkers signed up 50 Lyndaliennes to walk around the clock for seven days straight. With a kick-off barbecue at the Montrose’s “Cabra Shamrock” at 32nd & Pleasant, we were off to the races.
The idea is simple, that a positive presence by good neighbors will make the not- so-good neighbors think twice about committing crimes. And solving community problems is much easier when taking a walk – even the Romans had a saying – “Solvitur Ambulando” or if that’s Greek to you, try “It is solved by walking.” Over the years many neighborhoods have given it a try. In Stevens Square, with the longest-running – er, walking block patrol in the city, they call their walking crime watch’s work “counter-loitering.” Seward has now and again had their Stroll Patrol, and Field-Regina-Northrop once rousted up a group of moms who dubbed themselves the Stroller Patrollers. And in Elliot Park, for some time the neighborhood was made safer by “Eyes on Elliot.”
We did a lot of walking and watching during that first Walk-A-Thon in 1993, because there was a lot to watch and walking was the best way to take it in. As each days’ shifts passed, we saw less and less loitering and found we didn’t even have to call 911 very often. I’ve done at least a half-dozen shifts at each and only called 911 four times. In the end we walked about 15 hours a day in 1993, and found that for as bad as things were back then, they were already on the way up.
With the recent news from Florida about a so-called “neighborhood watch volunteer,” it may be hard for some to admit to being part of a crime watch. But as we said then, “It’s not about “watching each other, but watching OUT for each other.” Or as the New York Times’ David Brooks put it, “A neighborhood watch is about eyes on the street, not fingers on the trigger.”
During our previous 19 Walk-A-Thons, we’ve never had even the inkling to lay hands on any crooks. In fact if you join us at the kick-off pot luck BBQ at 3:00 pm on April 29th, you’ll lay your hands on some good food and join hands with those leading the most proactive project of the Crime & Drug Committee. You may even see some neighbors you haven’t seen in a long time! We’ll be back at the point where it all started in April, 1993 – 32nd & Pleasant, just look for the yellow hats!
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Tuesday, May 286:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us at the May General Membership meeting to hear from Minneapolis Mayoral candidates Mark Andrew & Cam Winton, learn about the noise mitigation process for the I35W Access project, and Avenues for Youth. We will also be having a community vote on a request from Teen Challenge for a variance for expansion of services.
Tuesday, June 46:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Monthly Committee Meeting for the LNA Environment Committee. The Environment Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the Month.
Saturday, June 155:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for one of the best Lyndale events of the year.
Friday, June 217:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Join fellow Lyndalians for an evening of board games and cocktails. Indulge your competitive self and have fun showing off your gaming skills. Just picture yourself tipping your head back in conquest, fancy intoxicant in hand. Sweet sweet victory.
Fish Festivity Functionaries:
That great month of June is upon us and the Fish Fest beckons. One of the highlights of the year, Fish Fest brings the community together in a flurry of fish tacos, good tunes, activities, and water balloons! We need help with all aspects of the event from set up to tear down, opportunities include: event and food set up, food/drink serving, activity stewards, water balloon fillers, booth sitters, money takers, and clean up stars. Contact Aryca to sign up for a shift (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-824-9402 ext. 26). Let us come together and hold the best Fish Fest ever!