Today was the North Minneapolis Beautification Project in the Glengale Neighborhood where we live. The Pohlad Foundation spearheaded it, helping provide the resources for homes to spruce themselves up (they had helped fund new equipment for the Glengale Park earlier this summer). We planted 40 new plants around our house: barberry bushes, day lilies, cone flowers, hostas, sedum, ornamental grasses and others.

In other parts of the neighborhood, retaining walls were being put in and edging was put in and many other plants were planted. It's nice when an organization wants to come in and help provide the means for "beautifying" neighborhoods. There were many organizations that provided volunteers throughout the day, as well. We were helped by volunteers from Target as well as our friends from Urban Homeworks.

So thank you, Pohlad Foundation. And thank you to the others involved, which, according to the back of the t-shirt were: Pohlad Family Companies, Catalyst Community Partners, Jordan Area Community Council, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Assoc.), The Ackerberg Group, City of Minneapolis, Glengale Park Residents, Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis, Northside Home Fund, RJM Construction, Urban Homeworks and Minnesota Internship Center at Unity House. And thanks to the countless volunteers who care to make a difference in sprucing up an often overlooked neighborhood.

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