Podcast #120: Minneapolis 2040 with Heather Worthington and Paul Mogush

Mpls 2040 Plan MapToday I’m bringing you a conversation with Heather Worthington and Paul Mogush, two of the people behind the forthcoming Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan is the basic planning document for the city, a ten-year update required by the regional government, and Minneapolis’ plan has been getting a lot of attention for making some change to zoning and transportation issues, and for placing equity and climate values at its core.

In her role as Long-Range Planning Director, Heather Worthington has been overseeing the release and revision of the plans, and has been the main figure at public meetings throughout the city this summer, discussing the goals and policies in the plan with community members. Paul Mogush is a Manager of Community Planning for the city, and has been working behind the scenes on the 2040 plan for years. Both work within the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development department, and it was great to sit down with them a week or so ago and discuss the goals and context for the new plan, and how the discussion has been going throughout Minneapolis and at City Hall.

I hope you enjoy the conversation.


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Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.