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Downtown Needs Bathrooms

Everyone needs to pee. This is an observation so obvious that it shouldn’t need to be stated. Yet it seems it’s not an observation that has made its way into our urban planning. It’s really a simple equation. People need to pee – no public bathrooms = peeing in public (or worse). Much of the […]

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Chart / Map of the Day: US Cities Ranked by Storefront Index

Here’s an important chart for you, showing something that the City Observatory cooked up called the “storefront index.” It measures the number of “customer-facing businesses” along city streets. Here’s the ranking [in absolute, not per capita, terms]: It looks like Minneapolis is punching a bit below its weight, though that might be accounted for by the […]

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Public Forum: Final Design for the Downtown Commons

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 the City of Minneapolis will be hosting a public meeting at Pohlad Hall/Central Library from 6:00-7:30 p.m. to unveil the preferred design approach. for the Downtown Commons.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHERE: Pohlad Hall/Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall,
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The preferred design approach will be presented by Hargreaves Associates, the nationally and internationally recognized landscape architecture firm the City hired to lead the project after a competitive Request for Proposal process. The preferred design incorporates feedback the Hargreaves-led design team received during public meetings that took place on February 24 & April 8, and the 2,350+ surveys completed to date (online surveys will be accepted through March 31, 2015), and community outreach done by City staff.

Space is limited, help us plan by RSVP’ing.


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Chart of the Day: Downtown Saint Paul Parking Supply

Here’s a chart from the initial results of the downtown Saint Paul parking study, which was released to the public this week. It’s the total amount of parking in downtown Saint Paul, on- and off-street spaces. Short version: there is a lot of parking in downtown Saint Paul. Most of it is in ramps and […]

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The Art of a Downtown

I challenge you, the next time you are strolling Main Street, Anywhere, to look for art. Not just the obvious, as in art created as art. But art that weaves itself into the streetscape, into the fabric that defines a downtown. Notice the colors, the textures, the fonts, the shapes—all those details that we often […]

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