The Fulton neighborhood is in the Southwest corner of Minneapolis and borders Edina. A neighborhood with all sorts of attractions, such as plenty of outdoor recreation and variety of shops, Fulton is a charming and well-kept area. Minnehaha Creek runs through the land, with Lake Harriet located in the Northeast corner.
Named after the steam boat inventor, Robert Fulton, the neighborhood is strong and supportive of block clubs, contacts, connecting, and community in general. Bisected by the commercial 50th St. West, Fulton is largely residential, upbeat, and welcoming.
Robert Fulton, engineer and artist, was the man credited with inventing the steamboat in the 1800s. The neighborhood took his surname as a title to join the nation in honoring the inventor. Most of the houses in Fulton were built in the 1920s and 1930s, offering large spaces and Craftsman, Bungalow, and Foursquare styles.
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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Pershing Park - (3523 W 48th St, 612-370-4928, website) Pershing Park, named after General John “Blackjack” Pershing, a commander of American forces in WWI, is a kid-inviting, fun place to bring the family. The park offers a multi-purpose room, kitchen, lounge, arts and crafts room, baseball/softball fields, basketball court, soccer fields, playground, tennis court, wading pool, and walking paths. The park is open throughout the week, however, the recreation building is only open on weekdays.
Agra Culture - (3717 W 50th Street, 612-345-5442, website) A fresh, healthy restaurant is Agra Culture. With food served over the counter, rustic decor, and cafe-like environment, stop by for a quick and refreshing meal.
Arezzo Ristorante - (5057 France Ave S, 612-285-7444, website) Arezzo Ristorante is a hearty Italian restaurant, based on Italy’s hidden treasure. Named after a city with honored paintings, medieval castles, and rustic villages, the restaurant serves an expansive variety of pastas, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
Broders' Cucina Italiana - (2308 W 50th Street, 612-925-3113, website) Broders’ Cucina Italiana is an Italian restaurant that also includes a wine bar, pasta bar, deli, and catering. Like the formerly listed pizza places, Broders’ is a restaurant founded on a passion for food. Owners Molly and Tom had a desire to take cooking classes in Bologna, Italy. Their deli has been open since 1982, and since then, the entire restaurant has blossomed.
Wuollet Bakery - (3608 W 50th Street, 612-922-4341, website) Wuollet Bakery, a long-loved local bakery, the family owned bakery sticks to traditional tortes, cakes, pies, pasteries, donuts, muffins, and cookies. You can also hire them to create desserts for weddings, as well as foods for holidays.
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