Mainly a residential city, the Kenny neighborhood, park, and school were named after Sister Elizabeth Kenny, an Australian nurse who developed the Kenny Method for treating Polio. She was the first to suggest a moving treatment for those with Polio. Instead of resting, she thought that they should still retain their exercise, and therefore was the uncredited woman for inventing physical therapy. The Kenny Neighborhood has a population of about 3,500. Everything in Kenny is close, making it advantageous to walk or bike around the area. The neighborhood is also very modern and has a wide range of businesses, schools, and of course, the hidden gem: Grass Lake. Whether you’re looking for an intimate area or larger houses built in the 1940s, Kenny could be the right fit for you.
In the 1950s, there was a large section of field owned by the Bachman Family. The family then switched their plant nursery location to another city, and thus, the field became what’s known today as Kenny Park. Not only does Kenny have Grass Lake and Kenny Park, it also features some of the largest homes in the Southwest area, having been constructed in the 1930s-50s. Most of the houses are Bungalow style, but there are also plenty of 2 story homes made of brick, stucco, and or metal.
Green / Environmental
In 2013, Minneapolis adopted their Climate Action Plan, which put into place a comprehensive set of emission reduction strategies. These strategies cover 3 areas: Buildings and energy, Transportation and land use, Waste and recycling.
For buildings and energy, the goal is to reduce energy usage by 17%, and generate 10% of electricity from local, renewable sources. On the residential building side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "home energy audit" as part of the Truth In Housing program (TIH or TISH, Truth In Sale of Housing). This would require sellers to have an energy score when listing their house for sale. They are proposing that the TISH inspectors be trained to perform this component of the inspection process. The end result of this energy score would be a single number, for example 37 on a scale of 1 to 100. 100 would mean that the house would have virtually no energy costs.
Another part of this program is to make incentives for sellers to improve their homes energy-wise so that they can get a higher sale price due to energy efficiencies. If they don't, the buyers will at least have some knowledge about the energy efficiency of the house, making it an incentive to them to improve the house energy-wise.
Also on the residential side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "time of rent" energy disclosure for renters. Renters currently have no way of knowing how much their utility bills will be before renting a unit. The disclosure would be mandated so that renters could compare units on energy efficiency. This would give incentives to the landlord (owners) to improve their buildings to make them more attractive to the rental market.
On the commercial side of things, some of them already have to do an energy score of sorts and disclose to purchasers. Minneapolis would like to extend that to all commercial buildings. They also have an Energy Reduction Challenge called the "Kilowatt Crackdown" to encourage commercial buildings to reduce usage.
For renewable energy, Minneapolis is trying to create policies that promote renewable energy, develop a "solar-ready" certification, and encourage "net-zero" buildings.
Making a building "solar-ready" adds virtually no cost at the time of construction, and would potentially have some value to purchasers. This would involve adding some structural supports and electrical conduit so that solar could be installed without adding structural support to the roof trusses, and/or digging in walls to add conduit. Both of these items can be added at a very low cost when in the construction phase.
What is a net-zero building? Basically net-zero means the building (or house) would generate all the energy it needs to power the building itself. This generally means that the building is super insulated so that it requires less energy to heat and cool the building, as well as solar panels to generate the energy it needs. Oftentimes this type of building uses geo-thermal heat pumps to heat and cool the building, running off solar energy. You can read more about "Net-Zero" buildings at this link.
You can read the entire action plan at the link below. Minneapolis Climate Action Plan:
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Grass Lake - (, , website) Grass Lake isn’t officially a park, but it’s still a great place to get some exercise. Bike or walk around the lake and enjoy tons of trees and peaceful nature scenery.
Kenny Park - (1328 W 58th St, 612-370-4901, website) Although Kenny only has one park, Kenny Park, it is generously spacious (with 9.23 acres of land) and entertainment-filled. Kenny Park is named after Sister Elizabeth Kenny. The park itself offers baseball, soccer, and softball fields; basketball and tennis courts; an ice skating rink, picnic area, play ground, hockey rink, and a wading pool.
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