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Intersections

Downtowns are changing. They are spreading out and becoming multi-purpose, 24-hour, 7-day districts; not just for working and shopping anymore.

Double Downtown's Residential Population

Expand the residential population to 70,000 as a catalyst for driving Downtown's next wave of business vitality, social improvement and cultural renewal. Add 15,000 housing units; expand Class A multi-tenant office space by 3 million square feet; add 1,100 hotel rooms, and build 200,000 square feet of retail space, including at least two new grocery stores.

TRANSFORM NICOLLET INTO A 'MUST SEE' DESTINATION

Extend and invigorate the original mall segment; establish "must-see" destinations along this route. Redesignate the Nicollet corridor as running from the Walker Art Center, through Loring Park to the Mississippi River, and ending at the foot of the Father Hennepin Bridge.

BUILD GATEWAY PARK

A new linear park, stretching from the light rail station on 5th Street to the river, will constitute the new Nicollet's north end. The park's central feature will be a large public gathering place just north of the Central Library. Gateway Park will be a development catalyst for the empty blocks that, in 2011, characterize Nicollet's north end.

CREATE A CONSISTENTLY COMPELLING DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE

Deliver a consistently excellent pedestrian experience that inspires people to explore Downtown block after block, no matter the season or time of day - 24/7/365. Embrace density to build the kind of critical mass required to sustain a successful urban core. Leverage theater, music, art and sports attractions to aid in that pursuit.

BUILD A NEW VIKINGS STADIUM IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

A new Vikings Stadium, located on the former site of the Metrodome, will be connected to the region's busiest transit hub (the Transportation Interchange) and will be designed to maximize Downtown's long-term entertainment value.

LEAD THE NATION IN TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Maintain and improve high capacity for commuters on our streets. Increase transit's mode share for daytime commuters from 40 percent to 60 percent. Increase circulation within Downtown by installing a Downtown Circulator (whether streetcars or zero emission busses), while intensifying regular transit service in close-in neighborhoods.

CREATE AND SUSTAIN A GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHOWCASE THE RIVERFRONT

Establish and intensify the tree canopy throughout Downtown. Create green corridors that connect downtown districts and close-in neighborhoods. Enhance and emphasize the Riverfront as a world-class destination and Downtown's green focal point.

FORGE CONNECTIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Leverage the Central Corridor's light rail service to create a stronger link between campus and Downtown. Extend green corridors over the freeway trench that separates the CBD from the West Bank campus and establish a major new residential district on and around the new Vikings stadium site.

END STREET HOMELESSNESS

Extend housing and outreach efforts so that the 300-500 people who sleep outside or in inhumane places have shelter, treatment and job training that keeps them off the streets.

LAUNCH A CIVIC FESTIVAL OF IDEAS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

An annual festival will bring visitors, innovative thinking and civic energy to a city already noted for its citizen involvement. The festival will focus on creating a better future for all - locally, nationally and globally.

INTERSECTIONS DOWNTOWN 2025 PLAN

Intersections 2025 is a planning vehicle to help leaders and citizens build on Downtown's assets and guide its development in ways that reflect the community's aspirations for a Downtown Minneapolis that is thriving, livable, green, connected, exciting and welcoming in the decades ahead.

Cities are constantly evolving; they are periodically shaped and reshaped by global forces and shifting markets.

INTERSECTIONS 2025 is a product of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the city's premier business organization. The plan reflect a community for a thriving, livable, green, connected, exciting and welcoming Downtown in the decades ahead.

It's built on the previous plans. The series began in the late 1950s and has been updated every 10 to 15 years, most recently by "Minneapolis Downtown 2010" in 1996.

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History as Prologue

As in the past, Downtown's future rests on sound planning. Planning is not an exercise in wishful thinking, but a careful, realistic anticipation of the future based on the best possible evidence. Only through sound planning can citizens achieve the city they want, rather than having to settle for whatever comes along. Minneapolis has always felt compelled to take an active hand in its future. The tone was set in the 1880s when the park system's farsighted pioneers began laying out a network of public lakeshore and greenways.