On April 8th, the next Downtown East Commons meeteing will lay out “alternative approaches” to shaping this new park in the middle of downtown Minneapolis.
As a new billion dollar football stadium rises in Minneapolis, planning is underway for Downtown East Commons, a green space that so far has only some lovely drawings to its name.
The development has a history tied to the new stadium and before it, the Metrodome. An early controversy about Downtown East involved ownership and responsibility – the Minneapolis Park Board didn’t propose it and wasn’t enthusiastic about taking control of it. An agreement from late 2014 describes an ownership hand-off sequence that gives the Vikings an undue amount of control long-term, but the design, construction and programming of the park are all question marks, clearly explained here by blogger Sam Newberg as “Joe Urban”.
Assignment: Attend the meeting and produce a report that describes the alternatives being offered, with reaction from some of the people in attendance.