Menu Close


Replacing the polluting industrial activities with the community-based commercial, housing, and recreational activities that enhance North Minneapolis is a top priority. Several industries along the river, combined with vehicular emissions from the I-94 Freeway generate large negative health effects on residents of North Minneapolis, as evidenced by higher-than-average incidences of asthma. Removing polluting industry is an important first step. This riverside area is a heat island due to the lack of trees and vegetation. Another priority is the addition of green space, parkland, and recreational areas, already initiated by the Minneapolis Park board at the 26th Avenue Overlook. The site offers opportunities to create neighborhood investments that support and enhance the existing community, such as housing, business, human services and destination community and recreation activities. Land bridging should connect the Mississippi River to the neighborhood more directly to support bike, walking and vehicular access. Now cut off by properties abutting the river, the area also needs to be connected north and south to the West River Road and adjacent parkland with bicycle and walking paths.


The graphs above display data on educational achievement and employment types in the area. The map highlights job density, showing disparities between downtown and North Minneapolis.

Project Innovations

These innovations were rapidly developed by students based on the research they initially did. The idea was that by generating physical suggestions, we could spark helpful conversation and critique from community members.

[metaslider id=”1468″]

Related Projects

Northside Masterplan

Regrowing Distribution