Q&A with downtown community leader Carletta Sweet

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October 5, 2012 by Sarah M

// Meet your neighborhood leaders //

Carletta Sweet serves on the board of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) and the East Downtown Council as the board’s vice president. Here are highlights of a recent interview with Sweet. (Note: The DMNA is holding its annual meeting and elections Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Central Library in Pohlad Hall.)

What initially prompted you to get involved in DMNA? 
I wanted to become more informed about what was happening in the downtown neighborhood and become an active participant in an organization whose mission was to improve the livability of the community.

How long have you lived in the neighborhood?  
Since my transfer from Chicago in 1991 and it has been a rewarding experience, as an active member of the community, to help influence how the neighborhood has evolved.

What are your favorite things about the area? 
They are numerous and, as more thoughtful development occurs, my list will likely grow longer.  Primarily, I love the area’s proximity to:  the central business district; the arts, education and entertainment district; restaurants with distinctive cuisines; the historic central riverfront area and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway; a variety of health services; and multimodal transportation.

What are you major hopes for downtown in the next five years? 
That various plans, visions, and strategies currently in place are executed (e.g., Downtown 2025 Plan, Plan-It Hennepin, Water Works and RiverFIRST) to catalyze downtown becoming a world city.

How can people get involved in DMNA? 
If someone lives, works or owns property in Downtown East or Downtown West they can serve on the board of directors by running for election at the annual meetings. This year’s annual meeting will occur on Tuesday, October 9th, 6 p.m. in Pohlad Hall at the Hennepin County Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. For more information visit us at thedmna.org.

— Sarah McKenzie

(This is a new Journal feature spotlighting community leaders in our coverage area.)

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