Value Capture: Funding Infrastructure – ULI Minnesota

Tomorrow, Thursday January 17, ULI Minnesota will be hosting a program entitled Value Capture: Funding Infrastructure. Scott Polikov of Fort Worth-based Gateway Planning, will be the presenter.

Scott Polikov will be demonstrating the link between public improvements like transit service and streetscaping and private investment through the increased value and development potential of real estate located near these improvements. Synchronizing public and private investments and using a form-based approach results in better urbanism. I’ve written about his work on Airport Boulevard in Austin.

I will be part of a responder panel and will be applying Polikov’s work to the possibility of using this approach to improve Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis – my presentation can be found here. I’ve written about the future potential of Hiawatha Avenue twice in the past, Part 1 and Part 2.

This promises to be a thought-provoking ULI Minnesota event, and there is still time to sign up to hear Scott Polikov offer interesting urban solutions. See you tomorrow!

Sam Newberg

About Sam Newberg

Sam Newberg, a.k.a. Joe Urban, is an urbanist, real estate consultant and writer. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two kids, and his website is

4 thoughts on “Value Capture: Funding Infrastructure – ULI Minnesota

  1. Andrew

    Good luck to you. I was just standing waiting for the train this morning at 38th St and noticing how none of the trees are any bigger then when they were planted back in 2004.

    And I learned a few days ago trying to walk from 38th St to the new Elevated Liquor store on 42nd St along the big Hiawatha sidewalk is even more miserable in winter. That road either needs to be a highway or a street. Its current condition sucks for both.

  2. Matt SteeleMatt

    Regarding Hiawatha… I'm curious if a different approach would be just as effective but more economical:

    Create a sense of place on the cross streets at the stations, not on Hiawatha. Leave Hiawatha as a car sewer, but insulate the cross streets from that chasm. It would almost be easier if Hiawatha was in a trench after all…

    My thinking is that transit stations serve nodes, not corridors. Blue LRT doesn't serve development at 26th and Hiawatha, or 35th and Hiawatha etc. But we have the potential to create valuable linear places radiating east and west from stops: Franklin, Lake, 38th, 46th, etc.

    In cities with underground transit, this psychological distinction is clear. Look at the DC metro… since it is underground, people think of it in terms of a radius from a stop, not in terms of service to a corridor.

    Thus we may be better just ditching the concept of Hiawatha as a corridor, and bridging the psychological gap this corridor creates on these cross streets (this is the prime reason why growth has been stifled east of Hiawatha… who would want to cross a stroad twice a day on foot?)

    The multiway boulevard idea is the only idea in the previous articles that swayed my opinion on this, so I'm not closed off to reimagining Hiawatha as a facility that actually serves the neighborhoods it touches. But I'm wondering if there are other options too.

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