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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4 thoughts on “Podcast #120: Minneapolis 2040 with Heather Worthington and Paul Mogush


    There needs to be a study, preferably near council people homes, (those who support 2040) Give it a couple years and then study the findings..
    That Mpls. is being pushed into this in part from a person who lives in St Paul, and by a Mayor whose biggest donors were from builders and developers..
    This has failed hasn’t it? In places like Seattle and San Fran?
    This will affect property values, and people who moved out of high density neighborhoods in search of a residential community..It will not give (in my area) affordable housing..No way it can..
    I am in the real estate business, we do not buy homes near rental properties, because of resale..
    The problem with rentals, multiply the cars per person per unit..(think winter) people coming and going at all times of the day, transient neighbors, how can they not be?
    This plan needs to be revised and voted on by everyone it will affect, this can not be decided by council votes, it’s not fair..This is only a benefit to builders, developers, and the council people who have a dog in this fight..

    1. Adam MillerAdam Miller

      What is “this” (that you assert has failed), Rocky?

      Seattle and San Francisco have failed to add anywhere near the amount of housing they have needed to keep up with growth. The result is housing that’s super expensive. We’re trying to get ahead of that by allowing enough housing to keep up with demand. That’s what Seattle and San Francisco needed to do a decade ago.


    I heard a lot of deflection about race, the people I have spoke to also do not consider this to be about race..We live in a residential neighborhood because we want to be out of a high density areas.I lived in Uptown and in Seward.. I moved to SW Mpls because I wanted to have neighbors who owned property and were vested in the future of the neighborhood..
    We all know that developers and planners will take liberties with size, space etc..They have around here already..We would rather have renovation of existing homes, make them green, give incentives for people of an income level a chance to buy and own property. We do not want rentals owned by corporations,(absentee landlords) we do not want a multitude of cars, of activity during all hours of the day.. We are decades away if at all from being like Seattle or San Fran.. Yes we are growing, but it will have to be a much more temperate climate for that, imo..
    Many people I talk to are afraid for property values, myself included..I have put 20 years into making this property, my own, better, more livable, desirable..I want to be paid for it..This is an investment..rentals take that away..in this city..at this time.

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