Our History

Beginnings:

Twin Cities Streets for People began as an online resource and blog in June, 2008. Since then, the TC Streets for People website has served as a daily news source, online community, and political mobilizer for the Livable Streets movement in our region. The website and blog has built a readership of 300 daily unique readers, with a monthly total of about 2,500 unique visitors per typical month. Beginning in the summer of 2009, TC Streets for People expanded its work program to include grassroots organizing aimed at improving citizen participation in local decision-making related to street design, walking and bicycling.  

Timeline:

June 2008:       Twin Cities Streets for People website launched

January 2009:   Meeting of the founding Board of Directors, adoption of articles of
                       incorporation and bylaws.

February 2009:  2,500 unique visitors used tcstreetsforpeople.org as a resource

May 2009:       Executive Director Lisa Peterson Bender is hired by the Board of
                      Directors to lead and develop the organization

June 2009:       Application for 510(c)3 status, pending

Support:

Community Design Group (CDG), an urban planning and design firm based in Minneapolis, has donated several hundred hours of staff time to develop TC Streets for People's website and much of its content and resources, including news articles, renderings, multimedia presentations, and reviews of resources available for placemaking and bicycle and pedestrian planning. CDG continues to support TC Streets for People's work by generously donating office space, content development, and web support.