Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A New Law Firm On Lowry Ave. N. Near The Hawthorne EcoVillage!

Photo and blog post by John Hoff

First, and most importantly, North Minneapolis attorney Ian Alexander has announced a super affordable special on wills, healthcare directives, and powers of attorney: through the month of January, you can obtain any of the above for a mere $150. This includes the filing fee. His email is and the website of his law office is

He also handles divorces, child custody, and child support. He can give you a good referral if you bring him some other kind of case, such as personal injury.

Alexander’s conveniently located new office is at 626 Lowry Avenue North, in the Lowry Food Market building, facing Lowry Ave. N. The portion of the building housing Alexander’s office used to be a check cashing business, but the space was vacant for a number of years before Alexander rented it and started making improvements and alterations. Though still a work in progress, this office space has great potential and is coming around nicely. The century old wood floors, in particular, will be breathtaking when refinished.

Alexander’s law office is the latest in a steady march of new and improved businesses along the Lowry Ave. N. commercial corridor, including the Lowry CafĂ©, (still in progress) Banana Blossom Restaurant, and the Goddess of Glass. This office sits right on the periphery of the Hawthorne EcoVillage.

Ian Alexander also wrote an interesting thesis about bureaucratic hurdles standing in the way of revitalization in North Minneapolis. Click here to download a complete copy of the paper.

Ian is married to Deven Nelson, who was previously mentioned on this blog, click here. Deven is a wedding planner/ florist, click here for her business website. She also serves as the Grant Writer at Ascension Place/St. Anne’s Place, a shelter for homeless women and their children, in North Minneapolis.

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Anonymous said...

Wow--that is one dense paper. But it's well-written and especially helpful in providing the history of the area.

The recommendations, I'm not so sure about but I have to admit I was in a bit of a hurry by the end.

One economic trend that wasn't commented on in this paper is the trend toward people working from home and running home-based businesses, as well as the trend toward online research. To me, an obvious area for public/private collaboration would be an initiative to provide free public wi-fi access to all of North Minneapolis.

This would be huge for people who live here, and it's quite possible that the increased use of technology would even attract tech support businesses to the area.

But the real advantage would be that people who might not be able to afford internet access or might be overwhelmed by the complexity of wired technology, could easily go online. You don't have to understand computers to open up a laptop and go online, in the same way that you don't have to be a mechanic to start a car and drive it.

Providing neighborhood-wide wi-fi would be a huge step toward leveling the playing field for this area.

Thought, anyone?

M. Clinton said...

This was one of the best reads in a long time. It really put into perspective why we are at where we are at. I appreciate the extensive work that it must have taken to put all of this together. Incredible! Thank you Mr. Alexander!

la_vie_en_rose said...

Sorry for posting this here (and for not keeping up with the discussions lately; I've been busy with hospital stuff), but I thought you (and others) might like to see it. This comes from my former neck of the woods (the greater Cincinnati area), and I'm just wondering if Minneapolis has something like this.