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As a consultant helping to prepare the City of Minneapolis Pedestrian Master Plan I am pleased to witness the city's commitment to capital improvements that truly shape downtown Minneapolis' walkable environment. Improving our quality of life can be costly at times, but the Marquette/2nd Avenue reconfigurations are a very good example of a major project with far reaching positive impacts. It works very well!

Aaron M. Renn

I don't know enough about this specific project to comment, but I've always had a bit of a suspicion of transit malls after the ill-fated Chicago State St. experiment. Too many buses on a single street I think is often a negative to the pedestrian experiment. Now this isn't a complete street closure, so I'm interested to see how it works in real life.

Jarrett at HumanTransit.org

Yes, that's why we dismissed the idea of putting all the buses on one street in a two-way configuration.  Portland Mall is two narrower one-way streets (three lanes each) which are two transit lanes on the right and one car-truck-delivery lane on the far left.

Aaron M. Renn

I'll have to check it out next time I'm up in Minneapolis.


I love the concept and thanks for the handy facts! We're attempting to differentiate our street network here in Charlotte with the streetcar project, mimicking, not only Portland, it turns out, but naturally reinforcing our old historic streetcar fabric. The imprint of the streetcar line was preserved through the auto-centric years by making the parallel streets more service oriented than pedestrian oriented.

I think the happiest example of street differentiation and the benefits of legibility and hand-in-globe land use - traffic flow - urban form integration (a happy triplet!) is Savannah's Historic District. The lessons of there are literally never exhausted the more I meditate about that place.

Peter Smith

i'm the biggest hater of buses out there, but that said -- it seems, from this design, that Minneapolis is the biggest hater of bicycles out there. that doesn't really comport with my understanding of Minneapolis -- maybe i was wrong...

Paul Cone

Actually, the left lane on the Portland Mall is a thru lane for cars and bikes, with no stopping, even momentarily to let out a passenger. else you get a big fine. Deliveries have to come from another street. It used to be that you had to turn off the Mall midway, so it was not through for cars or bikes -- now you can drive or bike the whole way. Why is that? Retailers insisted that people be able to drive by their establishment, even though they can't park in front of it. It's a compromise.


Nice design. Hope the choices on the Nicollet Mall work out well. Biking seems to be getting bigger and bigger in Minneapolis, so making it into the "main bike route" may be highly effective. If only it were linked to the Midtown Greenway..... :-)

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