By far the most ugly slide in the presentation

Downtown East Commons is a Blank Slate, Except for the Vikings. And the Traffic.

[You can see the original post here:]On Tuesday night, a healthy crowd of local downtown residents and other interested parties gathered in the rustic lobby of the Mill City Museum for the first of several public meetings about the forthcoming Downtown East Commons park. It was a fun atmosphere, with the palpable enthusiasm that comes with the chance to shape big changes in the place where you live. There were also cookies.There were two purposes to the meeting. The first was to give locals the chance to hear from the landscape architecture firm chosen by the city, Hargreaves Associates. The presentation given by Hargreaves’ President Mary Margaret Jones was well received, and it’s clear that the city has made an able hire. Continue Reading

Planning, public input underway for new Northeast Park building

There will be a new recreation building at Northeast Park, and here’s how the public is weighing in on how it will look and how it will be used.The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board held an open house at Northeast Library Dec. 11. Park Board Project managers Dana Murdoch and Kate Lamers and members of Perkins+Will Architects were on hand to guide visitors through a series of info boards illustrating the aspects of the recreation building, at a site in the northeast corner of the Northeast Athletic Field park, on Johnson Street near 16th Avenue NE.On display were time line charts (showing a possible start of construction in mid-2015), results of a MPRB online survey which asked for uses for the facility, preliminary site plans, and a number of photos of existing community buildings around the country. Visitors were given sticky notes to make comments on the design photos, and vote for preferred roof treatments, landscapes, facades, and other architectural solutions. The building itself has a basic floor plan, but not a formal design, yet.Doron Clark, Chair of the twelve-member Community Advisory Committee for this project, said that his committee will consider a design for recommendation at their January 12 public meeting at Logan Park (6-8:30 p.m.). Continue Reading


Dog Park detective: High Bridge Dog Park

Dog Park Detective is an ongoing series in which Sidewalk Dog sniffs out the best parks in the Twin Cities metro. Check out the other parks we’ve investigated, and stay tuned for opportunities for your dog to be one of our Dog Park Detectives!

THE DAY: November 25, a blustery 17 degrees

THE DETECTIVES: Dozer, a nearly four-year-old border collie mix, and Itty Bitty, the 18-year-old Maltese/Poodle cross

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Minneapolis should rethink the Above the Falls master plan

It is hard to overstate the importance of the Mississippi River in the urban form of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Once a source of energy and an important transport route, the river’s main value now is environmental and aesthetic. With the imminent closing of the Upper locks and the Upper Harbor Terminal–basically the Port of Minneapolis– the city has an incredible opportunity to redevelop 43 acres of riverfront land. More land will be available in the future, and the city has an extensive plan–the Above the Falls Master Plan–for developing the riverfront upriver from the Saint Anthony lock and dam. Continue Reading

The cartoon above, by local artists Diane and Michael May, depicts what could happen if the Rush Line is allowed to be built through Swede Hollow Park.

OPINION | Swede Hollow Park – commuter rail?

Friends of Swede Hollow is working on a campaign to keep commuter rail out of Swede Hollow Park. One of the proposed light rail routes for the Rush Line corridor (a transit line from Forest Lake to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul) would pass through Swede Hollow Park. Friends of Swede Hollow does not oppose the Rush Line or light rail, but strongly oppose the proposed route through Swede Hollow. There are other ways for the Rush Line to get to Union Depot.

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Corcoran Park news

Do you have a talent or skill you’re willing to show and tell in the neighborhood? Do you have five or more people you know that would sign up to take a class of yours? Corcoran Park is ALWAYS interested in more programming from Corcoran residents. Call or stop by if you or someone you know may have a programming idea.

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