The Midtown Exchange lies at the heart of one of the most innovative and successful community crime prevention efforts in Minneapolis. Chicago-Lake has benefited from the coordinated efforts of residents, business owners, prosecutors, and members of different local law-enforcement agencies over the past several years, helping to turn a crime-challenged area into one of the region's most dynamic centers of private and public investment.
Phillips Weed & Seed, the Franklin Avenue Community Safety Center, and neighborhood organizations have been complemented by special initiatives such as the Chicago Lake Improvement Project and the Chicago-Lake Crime Workgroup. Alliances of residents, businesses and public officials, these groups cleaned up the Chicago-Lake area and developed crime-deterrant strategies that have dramatically lowered low-level, "quality of life" crimes by repeat offenders.
The Phillips Police Probation Partnership, (P4) expanded this collaborative strategy of crime prevention, creating a special enforcement zone from Chicago-Lake eastward to Bloomington-Lake.
Together, these efforts have been widely credited with enabling a spike in investment in the central Lake Street corridor. A successful Midtown Exchange redevelopment was another powerful catalyst for further neighborhood crime reduction, and joined the organizations in collaborating to prevent crime and promote community and economic development.