Downtown East Commons Alternative Approaches

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.

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2 thoughts on “Downtown East Commons Alternative Approaches”

  1. I am interested in this story, Dale. I already have some background from City Hall on the issues, and wanted to pitch a relative story RE: the public realm (sounds Tolkien, does it not?). Have already started lining up some interviewees. I believe that this would give me some solid info, beyond City planning. I definitely have an angle in mind, and most assuredly want to run it past you, first and foremost. Brenda

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