Walk the Talk: I-35 Corridor Study and Summit Avenue Master Plan

Editor’s note: Walk the Talk is Streets.mn’s carefully curated, highly partisan collection of both serious and fun-loving events, community meetings and opportunities for engagement that we think will interest our readers. Email your ideas to Hawken Habig, one of our daily editors, at hawkenhabig@gmail.com.

Summit Avenue Regional Trail Master Plan Public Comment – Through November

A preliminary draft for the highly publicized Summit Avenue Master Plan was revealed at an open house last Thursday, October 27. The project is reevaluating transportation on the corridor, and new bicycle path improvements are being considered. Now, the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comment through the month of November. Find out more about the draft master plan through Andy Singer’s fantastic coverage for Streets.mn.

I-35 Corridor Study Open House – Tuesday, November 15, 5-7 p.m.

Rendering of a potential design concept for the I-35 corridor in Duluth, courtesy of the Duluth Waterfront Collective.

Planning for the future of the I-35 corridor in Duluth is underway! The Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) have begun studying transportation and land use along I-35 and are looking to suggest a long-term vision for the corridor by the end of 2023. This study comes as freeway removal conversations simmer, including the Duluth Waterfront Collective’s transformative proposal to convert the corridor into a boulevard. Twin Ports residents may be interested to hear that MIC and MnDOT will be hosting an open house on November 15 at 5:00 pm at Denfeld High School in Duluth. Click here to learn more about the project and open house.

TOD & LVT Presentation – Tuesday, November 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

"November 15th. 6:00-7:30 pm. Transit Oriented Development & Land Value Tax, Presentation by Metro Transit."

Twin Cities Georgists, arise: the Sierra Club’s North Star Chapter and Metro Transit will be hosting a virtual meeting on Transit Oriented Development and Land Value Tax for Sustainability. Acting Program Manager of Transit Oriented Development for Metro Transit Michael Krantz will be conducting a presentation on his Land Value Tax study, which explores how the funding mechanism may be utilized to advance the development of housing and transportation in the Twin Cities. The event will take place online on Tuesday, November 15, at 6:00 pm. Learn more and RSVP here!

Board Openings! – Streets.mn and Our Streets Minneapolis – Ongoing

Join the Streets.mn Board! Our much-beloved local nonprofit organization is recruiting board members for the 2023-24 term. We are seeking a diverse group of committed individuals to help manage our organization. Streets.mn will be hosting an informational event at The Market at Malcolm Yards on Wednesday, November 9, at 6 p.m. Applications are due by Monday, November 14, at 8 a.m. Learn more and apply here!

Join the Our Streets Minneapolis Board of Directors! Local transportation advocacy group Our Streets Minneapolis is recruiting members for its Board of Directors. They are seeking informed and engaged community members to help govern and provide oversight for the organization. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the board is filled! Learn more about the position and apply here.

Photo at top courtesy of the Metropolitan Interstate Council

About Hawken Habig

Hawken is a student of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a copy editor at Streets.mn. He also composes Streets.mn's bi-weekly event listing "Walk the Talk;" email any ideas for events or opportunities to hawkenhabig@gmail.com!