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August Events in the Twin Cities

August is a swinging month in the Twin Cities when it comes to community celebrations, festivals, and other excuses to walk around in shorts and eat "Something on a Stick." There's lots to do, starting with today!

New Brighton's annual summer Stockyard Days are taking place on August 2 through 9. The event, now in its 29th year, features a golf tournament, a kiddie parade and grand parade, street dances, and fireworks. For a complete list of times and locations for all Stockyard Days activities, go to www.stockyarddays.org and click on "events."

Lake Hiawatha’s Annual Neighborhood Festival is taking place today, Wednesday, August 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Hiawatha Park, 2701 E. 44th Street in Minneapolis. There will be a talent show with prizes, carnival games, food for sale, and community information tables.

There will be some Outdoor Puppet Theater on Thursday, August 6, from  6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Avenue N. in Minneapolis. "The Adventures of Katie Tomatie" will be presented by Open Eye Theatre with live music.

LYNAS Summerfest takes place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m to 9p.m. at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W. in Minneapolis. As always, the annual event will be a fun evening for the whole family with food, games, music and more.

The 36th Annual Longfellow Cornfeed occurs on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Join in for an evening of fun, food, and entertainment perfect for the entire family! Enjoy hot, delicious corn on the cob, live family-friendly entertainment, hair and face painting, fair style concessions, large inflatable attractions, community information tables, and much more!

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is partnering with the Minneapolis Institute...

Minneapolis Parks in July

In Minneapolis, there are lots of free or inexpensive events happening people of all age ranges can enjoy this summer.

A Summer Festival is happening at Brackett Park, 2728 39th Ave South, Tuesday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be clowns, face-painting, a  moonwalk, magician, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. The cost is $2 per person, per $10 family. The After Sunset Shadow Puppet Show begins, fittingly, after sunset and features 3 short stories of shadow puppetry. See fairy tales, legends and experimentation in shadow, “a fusion of traditional Chinese and American shadow play.”

Also on Tuesday, July 14, there is an Ice Cream Social from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Kenwood Park at 2101 Franklin Ave. W. It says that it’s free? That might mean free ice cream, but the information wasn’t specific.

The Phillips Club Youthline is celebrating its One Year Anniversary on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 to8 p.m. at 2323 11th Ave. S. there will be a music DJ, double Dutch rope jumping, face painting, ice cream, dancing, henna and food. Call 612-370-4946 for details.

Jumpin’ Jiggawatts! “Back to the Future” will be the free outdoor movie playing at Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave. S, on Thursday, July 16, from 9 to 10:30 p.m.  The movie starts at dusk and it is a good idea to bring some blankets, a lawn chair, and maybe a snack. Popcorn and refreshments are available for a fee.

Sponsored by the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association, Rosefest is taking place on Saturday, July 18, from noon until 8:00 p.m. at Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S. There will be inflatable rides, carnival games, pony rides, dunk tank, live music, information booths, classic auto show, puppet theater, and hula hooping. It’s free to attend, but there are fees for food and activities.

There is Music and Movies in the Park...

Greening Minnesota - May

Because there are so many great environmentally friendly things going on in Minnesota, we like to do these little green updates on the Barker & Hedges blog. May's is inspired by Arbor Day. Okay, if you're up on your earth-friendly observances, you know that Arbor Day is celebrated nationally in April. But this year, some different things have been happening in Minneapolis, I'll get right into explaining it.

First, since last month's Greening Minnesota was so early in the month, I didn't get the chance to tell you about how the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) received the 2009 Celebration Award from the Arbor Day Foundation. The national award is given each year to recognize the community organization whose Arbor Day celebration best represents the spirit of the tree planting holiday. MPRB was acknowledged for its 2008 Arbor Day celebration, “125 Trees for 125 Years” which commemorated the board’s 125th anniversary with the planting of 125 trees just south of Kenwood Park.

Next, the MPRB will celebrate Arbor Day 2009 next week on Wednesday, May 20, at Waite Park and Waite Park Community School, located at 1800 34th Avenue NE. This is because Minneapolis is one of 13 cities chosen to participate in the national Trees for Success campaign. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation, Trees for Success and other tree-planting events engage the community, raising awareness of the environmental, economic and health impact that trees have in their community. Over 500 students and staff will plant 100 new trees in 17 different species throughout the park and the school.

Gardening isn't just about beautiful foliage, the soil where the roots grow is where everything starts. The Longfellow Gardens in Minnehaha Park will literally be a testing ground for organic turf management by the Horticulture Division of the MPRB. The ongoing project will look at the implications of organic gardening for...

Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis March 2009

According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors' Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities, the number of new listings in Minneapolis posted in March 2009 decreased compared to 2008's statistics.   There were 963 new listings within Minneapolis, while there were 990 in 2008, a decrease of just -2.7%. The University community saw a big increase in new listings while most other communities saw their new listings fall.  Here is an inventory of March 2009 new listings in Minneapolis by community:
NEIGHBORHOOD NEW LISTINGS CHANGE
Camden 133 - 7.0%
Downtown Minneapolis 142 + 13.6%
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Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis February 2009

According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities, the number of February 2009 new listings in Minneapolis dropped compared to 2008’s figures.   There were 764 new listings in the city, while in 2008 there were 952, a decrease of -19.7%. The Longfellow and University communities of Minneapolis saw slight increases in new listings, while the rest of the communities saw their new listings decrease.  Here is an inventory of February 2009 new listings in Minneapolis by community and the percentage of change from 2008.

Camden 98 (-27.9%)
Downtown Minneapolis 97 (-26.5%)
Longfellow 43 (+4.9%)
Nokomis 94 (-8.7%)
North 115 80 (-30.4%)
Northeast 55 (-15.4%)
Phillips 17 (-65.3%)
Powderhorn 51 (-30.1%)
Southwest 117 (-3.3%)
University Area 14 (+7.7%)
Uptown-Lakes 97 (-4.0%)


For the year to date, there have been 1,583 homes listed for sale in Minneapolis, down -18.1% from the 1,934 homes listed during the same time period of 2008. Cumulatively for the year, all communities in Minneapolis have experienced decreases in new listings.

Closed sales within Minneapolis during February were down a little compared to 2008, but weren’t that far off considering recent real estate market performance.  There were 296 properties sold in the month of February, down -5.1% from the 312 properties sold in February last year and just a little below the 303 properties sold this January. Lots of homes sold in Camden, Northeast, Phillips, and Powderhorn communities, while sales are way down in both Uptown and Downtown. Here are the closed home sales that occurred within Minneapolis during February, broken down by community and compared to 2008:

Camden 53 (+55.9%)
Downtown Minneapolis 31 (-54.4%)
Longfellow 10 (-28.6%)
Nokomis 34 (-29.2%)
North 53 (+1.9%)...

Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis January 2009

It’s this first real estate market analysis for Minneapolis in 2009!  The number of January 2009 new listings in Minneapolis has declined compared to 2008, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  But they’ve increased compared to last month!  There were 820 new listings, while in January 2008, there were 982, a decrease of -16.5%. Downtown Minneapolis saw an increase in new listings, while the rest of the communities saw decreases in new listings.  Here is an inventory of January 2009 new listings in Minneapolis by community and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to January 2008.

Camden 107 (-24.6%)
Downtown Minneapolis 149 (+12.9%)
Longfellow 46 (-14.8%)
Nokomis 90 (-4.3%)
North 81 (-48.7%)
Northeast 64 (-16.9%)
Phillips 26 (-7.1%)
Powderhorn 70 (-16.7%)
Southwest 76 (-12.6%)
University Area 19 (-32.1%)
Uptown-Lakes 91 (-6.2%)

Closed sales within Minneapolis during January jumped compared to 2008.  There were 303 properties sold last month, a +13.5% more than the 267 houses sold in January 2008. Lots of homes in Camden, North, and Powderhorn communities still, and there were also increases in closed sales in Northeast and Phillips. Here are the closed home sales that occurred within Minneapolis during January, broken down by community and compared to 2008:

Camden 71 (+108.8%)
Downtown Minneapolis 21 (-58.0%)
Longfellow 16 (-0.0%)
Nokomis 31 (-8.8%)
North 51 (+54.5%)
Northeast 26 (+73.3%)
Phillips 9 (+125.0%)
Powderhorn 25 (+31.6%)
Southwest 25 (-28.6%)
University Area 3 (-0.0%)
Uptown-Lakes 20 (-16.7%)

The average prices of homes sold in Minneapolis have continued to fall.  Last month, the average price of a home sold within Minneapolis was $150,320,...

Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis: December 2008

It’s that last real estate market analysis for Minneapolis for the year of December 2008!  Let’s get to it! The number of new listings in Minneapolis has declined compared to 2007 again during the month of December, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  There were 555 new listings last month, while in December 2007, there were 567 new listings, a decrease of just -2.1%. The Northeast, Powderhorn, and University Area communities saw increases in new listings while the rest of the Minneapolis areas saw decreases in new listings.  Here is an inventory of December 2008 new listings in Minneapolis by community and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to December 2007 (Previous Barker & Hedges article about November 2008 Minneapolis Real Estate Market Activity.)

Camden 102 (+ 4.1%)
Downtown Minneapolis 58 (-1.7%)
Longfellow 27 (-15.6%)
Nokomis 55 (-6.8%)
North 88 (-24.1%)
Northeast 44 (+18.9%)
Phillips 14 (-0.0%)
Powderhorn 54 (+35.0%)
Southwest 51 (+4.1%)
University Area 12 (+50.0%)
Uptown-Lakes 52 (-7.1%)

Minneapolis’ posted new listing for the whole of 2008 end well behind 2007’s statistics.  From January through December of 2008, there were 11,047 new listings, compared to the 12,633 homes put on the market throughout the year of 2007, a decrease of about -12.6%. The greatest declines in new listings happened in the Uptown-Lakes, Downtown, and Nokomis communities.  The North, Phillips, and Powderhorn communities saw increases in posted new listings for homes over the year.  Here is a demonstration of new listings in Minneapolis by community for the 2008 year to date and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to 2007:

Camden 1,626 (-1.4%)...

Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis: November 2008

The number of new listings in Minneapolis has declined compared to last year again during the month of November, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  There were 634 new listings, while in November 2007, there were 711 new listings.  That adds up to a decrease of -10.8%. During November, several communities did experience increases in new listings.  The Nokomis and Uptown-Lakes communities saw decreases in new listings.  Here is an inventory of November 2008 new listings in Minneapolis by community and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to November 2007 (Previous Barker & Hedges article about October 2008 Minneapolis Real Estate Market Activity.)

Camden 107 (+11.5%)
Downtown Minneapolis 88 (-9.3%)
Longfellow 38 (+5.6%)
Nokomis 50 (-40.5%)
North 77 (-26.7%)
Northeast 55 (+12.2%)
Phillips 20 (+17.6%)
Powderhorn 48 (-4.0%)
Southwest 67 (-5.6%)
University Area 15 (+200.0%)
Uptown-Lakes 65 (-34.3%)

Minneapolis’ posted new listing for the 2008 year-to-date is still well behind last year’s figures.  From January through November of 2008, there were 10,492 new listings, compared to the 12,066 homes put on the market throughout the same time period of 2007, a decrease of about -10.8%. The greatest declines in new listings for the year-to-date have happened in the Uptown-Lakes, Downtown, and Nokomis communities.  The North, Phillips, and Powderhorn communities have seen increases in posted new listings for homes over last year.  Here is a demonstration of new listings in Minneapolis by community for the 2008 year to date and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to 2007:

Camden 1,524 (-1.7%)
Downtown Minneapolis 1,293 (-25.5%)
Longfellow 587 (-8.1%)
Nokomis 1,143 (-25.8%)
North 1,299 (+3.4%)
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Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis: October 2008

The number of new listings in Minneapolis once against declined during the month of October compared to last year, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  There were 877 new listings, whereas in October 2007, there were 1,012 new listings.  That adds up to a drop of -13.3%. During October, the University and Downtown communities experienced the greatest decrease in new listings.  Conversely, the Camden, Phillips, and Powderhorn communities saw increases in new listings.  Here is an inventory of October 2008 new listings in Minneapolis by community and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to October 2007 (Previous Barker & Hedges article about September 2008 Minneapolis Real Estate Market Activity.)

Camden 151 (+11.9%)
Downtown Minneapolis 85 (-40.6%)
Longfellow 42 (-28.8%)
Nokomis 121 (-11.0%)
North 98 (-14.0%)
Northeast 73 (-6.4%)
Phillips 24 (+14.3%)
Powderhorn 76 (+16.9%)
Southwest 108 (-7.7%)
University Area 7 (-68.2%)
Uptown-Lakes 96 (-20.0%)

Minneapolis’ posted new listing for the 2008 year-to-date is behind about the same as it was last month.  From January through October of 2008, there were 9,859 new listings, compared to the 11,355 homes put on the market throughout the same time period of 2007, a change of about -13.3%. The greatest decreases in new listings for the year-to-date have happened in the Uptown-Lakes, Downtown, and Nokomis communities.  The North, Phillips, and Powderhorn communities have seen increases in listings over last year.  Here is a depiction of new listings in Minneapolis by community for the 2008 year to date and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to 2007:

Camden 1,414 (-2.8%)
Downtown Minneapolis 1,227 (-25.1%)
Longfellow 548 (-9.1%)
Nokomis 1,094 (-24.9%)
North...

Minneapolis Real Estate Market Analysis: September 2008

The number of new listings in Minneapolis decreased during the month of September compared to last year’s statistics, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  In that month, there were 892 new listings. In September 2007, there were 1,021 new listings, which adds up to a drop of -20.3%. During September, the Nokomis, Downtown, Uptown-Lakes, and Northeast communities experienced the greatest decrease in new listings during September.  On the other hand, the Longfellow community saw a 42.5% increase in new listings.  Here is an inventory of September 2008 new listings in Minneapolis by community and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to September 2007 (Previous Barker & Hedges article about August 2008 Minneapolis Real Estate Market Activity.)

Camden 115 (-10.2%)
Downtown Minneapolis 122 (-20.3%)
Longfellow 57 (+42.5%)
Nokomis 82 (-35.4%)
North 104 (-1.9%)
Northeast 64 (-21.0%)
Phillips 21 (-12.5%)
Powderhorn 73 (+4.3%)
Southwest 123 (-12.8%)
University Area 17 (-5.6%)
Uptown-Calhoun Lakes 107 (-20.1%)

Minneapolis’ posted new listing for the 2008 year-to-date slipped is now -13.1% behind last year’s figures.  From January through September of 2008, there were 8,978 new listings, compared to the 10,021 homes put on the market throughout the same time period of 2007. The greatest decreases in new listings for the year-to-date have happened in the Uptown-Lakes and Downtown areas.  The Phillips, North, and Powderhorn communities each have about 10% more listings than last year.  Here is a depiction of new listings in Minneapolis by community for the 2008 year to date and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to 2007:

Camden 1,256 (-4.2%)
Downtown Minneapolis 1,141 (-23.8%)
Longfellow 504 (-7.2%)
Nokomis 1,026...