Hear Why We Love Living near Our Work
These four short videos are part of a pilot project called "Voices of the University District" and feature comments from residents and business owners in each of the District's neighborhoods.
What People Are Saying
Hear from these residents and business owners by clicking on the videos above.
To read more about what people in The University District have to say
and working here, download "The Quotable District"
- Catherine Simons goes to the U, rents in Southeast Como, bikes to classes on the West Bank, works in Marcy-Holmes, and is committed to water rights.
- Jasmine Omorogbe is a recent graduate of the U’s College of Liberal Arts and a spoken word poet who now works in the Office of Admissions.
- Tom Sengupta graduated from the U in the 60s, has been the pharmacist at Schneider Drug Store in Prospect Park for nearly 40 years, and is a stalwart champion of civic engagement and political discourse.
- Mary Laurel True works in the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning on the campus of Augsburg College in the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and works closely with the area’s varied cultural communities.
- Nate Travis and Jacqueline Dekker-Travis met while in school in the Dinkytown area of Marcy-Holmes. Jacqueline grew up in and still resides in the neighborhood.
- Marlaine Cox is a graduate of the U and a metalworking artist whose Como studio is four blocks from her home.
- Ben Heywood is a Marcy Open School parent and executive director of The Soap Factory gallery, a contemporary art space housed in one of the oldest industrial buildings in the city near the Stone Arch Bridge in Marcy-Holmes.
- Nimo Farah is a graduate of the U, Program Coordinator for the African Development Center in the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, and takes the light rail downtown to shop at the Farmer’s Market.
- Lee Hibbard‘s one-car family lives in Southeast Como, and she works a mile away in Marcy-Holmes at the Miniapple International Montessori.
- Chuck Holtman is a resident of Prospect Park, an environmental attorney, a husband to a U professor, and a parent committed to Pratt School.
- Alex Roberts is chef/owner of Restaurant Alma and Brasa Rotisserie, recent winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest, and a resident of Marcy-Holmes.
- Lisa Hammer is director of the West Bank Business Association and married to the owner of Palmer’s Bar, one of the oldest bars in the city and part of the vibrant music scene in West Bank/Cedar-Riverside.
- Ardes Johnson is a graduate of the U, a retired school teacher, a long-time resident of Marcy-Holmes, and a loyal fan of the Southeast Public Library.
- Walt Jacobs is a resident of Prospect Park, chair of the Department of African American and African Studies at the U, and rides, walks, or busses to work.
- Ben Marcy graduated from the Humphrey Institute at the U, resides in the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, and walks just about everywhere.