About The Longfellow Community Council

The Longfellow Community Council is the citizen participation group for the Longfellow, Cooper, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods. It is the LCC’s job to get citizens’ input on city proposals, and to make recommendations based on that input. The LCC also develops initiatives that address housing, crime, youth and families, the environment, jobs and economic development, and a multitude of other topics that people in the community believe to be important.

Our Mission

The mission of the Longfellow Community Council is to improve the quality of life, to develop a sense of community, and to promote the social and economic well being of the people of the Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha Neighborhoods. The community’s shared vision includes a future where the housing stock is maintained and affordable, the natural resources are preserved and protected, people feel safe and secure, the business community is viable, and youth and seniors engage in mutually beneficial activities. To achieve this vision LCC works hard to involve and empower all community members to be involved in their community and to take action on issues that have an impact on the quality of their lives.

Greater Longfellow’s boundaries are defined by significant land use and transportation investments and by precious natural environments. These boundaries include the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line to the west, the Midtown Greenway to the north, the Mississippi River Gorge to the east, and Minnehaha Park to the south.

The Longfellow Community Council has a successful track record of bringing together diverse stakeholders ranging from area residents, business and property owners, governmental and non-governmental agencies and other neighborhood groups to implement our communities’ vision and address issues of concern. We use neighborhood-based leadership development, community organizing, and creative problem solving to involve hundreds of residents who make decisions and work hard to improve the quality of life in this neighborhood.