June 26, 2020
Dear DID Stakeholder,
Since our last update we have heard that many of you have noticed the work we are doing to keep downtown clean, provide sanitation options for those in need, and communicate safety updates. We understand that you recognize the importance of keeping downtown safe and welcoming for all. There is also a high value put on the work we are doing at DID to help our most vulnerable populations. And it is also clear that you are all looking forward to a time when the downtown streets are active and vibrant once again.
While we understand that it may be some time before downtown streets return to the bustling activity levels we all remember, we are seeing activity slowly starting back and we want you to know we have been here all the time, keeping the work you value moving forward. Here are just a few highlights -
Keeping downtown clean and maintained
Assistance for vulnerable
Providing a connection to active downtown streets
And, if you are downtown, please take some time to pass by our Nicollet office, located at Gaviidae Commons. As was the case with many of you, we needed to install boards on our windows to shield the broken glass and protect our office during the recent violence in our city. In the aftermath, we commissioned a local Black artist, Christopher Harrison, to design and paint a mural on these boards. We invite you to walk by and share in his vision for downtown Minneapolis to come together.
We will continue to keep you informed of the services we are providing and how they may be adapted to meet your needs.
Steve Cramer Kathryn Reali
President & Chief Executive Officer Chief Operating Officer