HNA works to create a prosperous and peaceful community that equitably benefits all of Harrison neighborhood's diverse racial, cultural, and economic groups. 

We work to foster community awareness, to provide a forum for communication, and to unite efforts so that community voices are leading on matters of common concern. We work to educate residents on effective procedures for resolving problems and/or initiating improvements that unite the community and improve the quality of life.

City of Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan

Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

 Join HNA and Public Works to discuss the

Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan

at any or all of these 3 upcoming events:

Saturday, April 6th 11am-1pm at HNA 503 Irving Ave N

 Friday, April 19th noon-2pm at HNA 503 Irving Ave N

Monday, April 29th 6pm-8pm at La Dona 241 Fremont Ave N 

The City of Minneapolis is seeking input on its Transportation Action Plan, a 10-year plan to guide future planning, design, and implementation of transportation for all people in all ways they move around. What improvements would you like to see in Harrison and the rest of the City?

Enjoy FREE food and Kids Activities at each event!

To learn more, visit: go.minneapolismn.gov    Connect on social media: #gompls

Earth Day with HNA

Saturday, April 20th

10am at Peace Haven Garden

Celebrate Earth Day with food and fun at Peace Haven Garden, participate in the annual Harrison Pitch-In neighborhood clean-up, and get the community gardens ready for use! We’ll provide all the supplies!

For more info contact Nestor Garcia at Nestor@hnampls.org or call the office at 612-374-4849.

Mark your calendars for HNA’s Annual Meeting!

Thursday, May 16th 6pm at Harrison Community Center

Harrison Newsletter March 2019

Check out this month’s newsletter:


Residents

Nothing is possible without dedicated neighbors and Harrison residents are some of the best! On the forefront of a major economic boom, we work to ensure that the rich heritage of the community is intact for years to come. From growing the gardens to designing for development that supports current residents and more, thank you for your partnership! #WeAreHarrison

Businesses

Whether you are in the market for a unique gift, chic new glasses, a top design firm, a way to maximize your vehicle's performance, or the latest beverage on tap, Harrison is home to cutting edge businesses ready to serve you. 

Are you interested in moving your business to Harrison or starting a new business?  Want to connect to owners in the area?  Give us a call or send an email.

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Developers & Investors

A cornucopia of greenspace, access and on the brink of a major transportation boom, Harrison boasts a powerful mix of residents and businesses who are deeply engaged in the community and the region.

Join our community of foundations, developers, realtors, owner operators, and individuals invested in Harrison.

Remembering Kirk Washington, Jr.

May 9, 1974 - April 4, 2016

Today, we begin to grieve the loss of our dear brother/husband/father/best friend, the phenomenal Mr. Kirk Washington, Jr., world traveled artist, community advocate, scholar of our people, and lover of the truth. May we all celebrate Kirk's life work and his unwavering leadership and commitment to his communities, especially North Minneapolis. 

Stand in the greatness he called out in you. Honor his brilliance. Lift up his name and support his family, now and forever. It would take years to detail all that he has worked so hard for, surely his legacy is in our freedom and the truth that so many would hide.  It is in his poetry, his teaching, his installations, his word, his heart, his voice, and every person he has invested in on a daily basis.  

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A Rich Community on the Frontlines of Greatness

 

Harrison has a strong cultural fabric, woven from a history of Jewish residents met with segregation and prejudice. As discrimination against Jewish residents diminished post-WWII, these residents were able to move to more desirable neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Restrictive housing practices, rooted in Racism, in the 1950s led people of color to settle in Harrison and the other neighborhoods of North Minneapolis. Although private sectors had much to do with the segregation of African-Americans, there is evidence that the public sector also had part to do with it. In 1935, the city of Minneapolis created a map that labeled Harrison as a “Negro Slum”. This was a decade before the majority of African-Americans moved to the area. After the Vietnam War, there were increasing numbers of Hmong and Lao immigrants that settled in Harrison neighborhood in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  More recently there has been an increasing number of Somali and Latino immigrants and refugees that have moved to the neighborhood.

Along with the history of oppressed people in Harrison, is the history of undesirable development in the neighborhood. Beginning in the 1920s, the Warden Oil Company began recycling and refining oil in the neighborhood. The business closed in 1992, but subsequent evaluation of the site showed heavy soil and water contamination. Concerns about the health effects of the pollution have been raised, but the state determined there is no public health risk because the site was fenced off and the water was not used for drinking. In the 1950s, the Chemical Marketing Corporation built its headquarters in Harrison. The company moved its operations in 1997, but investigations of the Harrison site also revealed high levels of soil and groundwater pollution. In fact, pollution on these two industrial sites was so severe that they were later designated for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, which targets the nation’s most polluted hazardous waste sites for clean up and remediation.

More than 60 years later, the neighborhood’s population still reflects the effects of those practices.

 

 

Community Created, Community Stewarded

The seeds of the neighborhood association were first sown in May 1981 when the neighborhood began its participation in the city’s crime prevention program. Neighborhood residents responded by volunteering as block leaders and joining a neighborhood crime watch effort. For several years crime prevention was the main activity of neighborhood volunteers. In that time, 43 block leaders and area representatives in the neighborhood worked to reduce crime.  From this effort, there emerged a commitment to a wider range of neighborhood issues.

The Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) was formally organized in 1984 to address neighborhood problems. Tasks related to environmental issues, housing concerns, youth and family issues, economic development and crime and safety efforts were then divided up between members. Today, The Harrison neighborhood is one of the most culturally, racially, and economically diverse communities in Minneapolis. Harrison residents have built a rich history of art, creativity, and resilience. Local businesses have built a strong community of investment and possibility. We stand at the crossroads of opportunity and equity