City and downtown leaders release new plan for creating a safe and inviting Hennepin Avenue

The City of Minneapolis and key downtown stakeholders unveiled the Minneapolis Partnership to Create a Safe and Inviting Hennepin Avenue Spring/Summer 2017 Plan — a blueprint for ensuring that Hennepin Avenue is safe, inviting and welcoming to everyone.

Over the course of the past several months, a workgroup, convened by Mayor Hodges, co-chaired by Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen, and made up of local government and business community leaders, focused on designing a plan that creates a safe and inviting Hennepin Avenue where everyone is welcome.

Key downtown stakeholders who have joined the mayor, City department heads and representatives from Hennepin County in crafting this plan include: the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Downtown Council/Downtown Improvement District, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and Meet Minneapolis. Other partners who completed the team include: the Hennepin County Administrator’s Office, Hennepin County Probation, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis City Coordinator’s Office.

While many strategies are underway to address nighttime violence and issues at bar close, this plan focuses on addressing concerns on Hennepin Avenue during daytime hours. It encompasses four key categories: outreach, activation, legislative solutions and law enforcement.

The plan comes as the crime rate downtown is down, including violent crime. However, concerns about livability issues, such as public intoxication, catcalling and others have increased along Hennepin Avenue.

Highlights of the plan include:

There’s a role for everyone in making this plan a success and ensuring that Hennepin Avenue lives up to its potential as a key element of a thriving, vibrant and safe downtown.

A PDF of the plan is available here: https://www.scribd.com/document/343547806/Downtown-Spring-Summer-2017-Plan

Published Mar 30, 2017

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