The Midtown Greenway Placemaking project is a partnership between Hennepin County Community Works and Community Planning and Economic Development to analyze and examine placemaking strategies to better connect Greenway users with East Lake Street destinations.
Hennepin County Community Works approached City Urban Design staff to assist them with placemaking strategies and ideas related to enhancing the visibility of Lake Street to users of the Midtown Greenway Together, along with partners, we identified four nodes along the Greenway to implement temporary pilot intervention strategies as a way to examine what draws users out of the Greenway trench and into the nearby businesses and neighborhoods.
The result was a graphic report (found below) we produced that included potential enhancements that could be considered to encourage users from the Greenway to move off the Greenway and explore businesses on East Lake Street.
- Make the project area more inviting by fostering a sense of place and community.
- Improve the pedestrian and cyclist orientation of our community and increase walkability and bikeability
- Identify and evaluate potential development patterns and their impact on the public realm
- Improve economic vitality and quality of life
- Provide a tool for future policy making and neighborhood enhancement
- Demonstrate effective street design and placemaking strategies that will drive pedestrians and bicyclists from the Midtown Greenway to nearby commercial corridors and cultural designations, including Lake Street business district
The East Lake Street – Midtown Greenway Placemaking and Urban Design Recommendations Document is a graphic report we produced that included potential enhancements that could be considered to encourage users from the Greenway to move off the Greenway and explore businesses on East Lake Street. It included a variety of recommendations, some feasible and some out-of-the-box. This report was shared with stakeholders for comment and then the selected recommendations were installed along the Greenway from August to October 2015.
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City of Minneapolis – Community Planning and Economic Development
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Minneapolis, MN 55401-2534
Last updated Nov 3, 2016