In the summer of 2016, the Minnesota Historical Society collaborated with Twin Cities LISC and five neighborhood organizations to deliver five “Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours.” The tours helped participants to gain a deeper understanding of neighborhoods on the Green Line.The tours were as unique as each area they represented. Highlights included:
-A recycling factory tour and glass blowing demonstration with the Creative Enterprise Zone
-Residential architecture and a visit to an urban farm with Frogtown Neighborhood Association
-Hearing the stories of small restaurant owners and enjoying a brief concert with the Asian Economic Development Association
-Talking to former Rondo residents about childhood memories and dancing to Cornbread Harris with the Aurora Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation
-Taking in mosaic murals and participating in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with African Economic Development Systems
Presented in partnership with Twin Cities LISC, Creative Enterprise Zone, Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Asian Economic Development Association, Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation and African Economic Development Solutions.
Generous support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
See what people had to say about this project:
“[I most appreciated] going into the businesses. I ride LRT by and wonder about some but have never stopped into them. I will now!”
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Our five tours were as unique as the neighborhoods that hosted them. Get a taste of each one with these short videos created by youth filmmakers at IFP MN.
Modestly priced and marketed to appeal to young professionals, the Neighborhood Secrets tours made participants feel like insiders: tasting at restaurants, facilitating conversations with residents and business owners, and distributing coupons to encourage return visits to local businesses.
In total, 149 people purchased tickets and several neighborhood stakeholders also joined as guests. Most ticket buyers were visiting from other communities around the greater metro and represented a variety of incomes and age levels. When asked to rate the tours overall, over 90% of survey respondents called them “very good” or “excellent.” Moreover, 40% said it was “extremely likely” that they would patronize a neighborhood business featured on their tour in the future.
Tour partners compiled a handout that summarizes important steps, tips and tricks to creating successful Community Tour programs, available for download here