Neighbors Put Pedestrians First on West 29th Street

For the folks who missed the West 29th Street Reconstruction Open House in May, you missed the ultimate rarity: a public meeting in which everyone seems to agree on something! 29th might in fact be the most pot-holed and least attractive street in the city, but this didn’t seem to sway folks’ decidedly pro-pedestrian enthusiasm. Planners from Minneapolis’ CPED greeted the crowd with a completely open mind for the street’s future. In response, nearly everyone in attendance named ‘walkability’ as their top priority for the street’s redesign.

With this kind of community support, Minneapolis has an unprecedented opportunity to create a pedestrian spine adjacent to some of the region’s best biking, shopping and transit access.

What this looks like is up to you! Come express your vision for West 29th street at the next open house! While the first open house was oriented towards engaging folks’ values and vision, this meeting will deal more with design and layout logistics. It will be a great opportunity to engage the city and discuss the myriad possibilities for the corridor. In the meantime, enjoy some purely theoretical mock ups of what 29th could look like as a pedestrian paradise:

29th food trucks

A food truck-dominated W 29th Street


29th uptown art fair

29th & Lyndale featuring a robust farmer’s market, or during a street fair


29th highline

What 29th might look like with High Line-quality pedestrian accommodations.

What: W 29th Street Reconstruction July Open House

Where: Walker Library, Calhoun Room (2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 55408)

When: July 21st, 6-7:30pm

We’ll see you there!



Cameron Conway

About Cameron Conway

Cameron fell head over heels for cities while living in DC and Seattle. Now in Minneapolis, he advocates for equitable urbanism through the Midtown Greenway Coalition, the CARAG neighborhood board and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. He wants to build dynamic urbanism in your parking lots.