Imagining the future of 29th Street

Take a detour during this year’s first Open Streets on Lyndale Avenue to help neighbors imagine the future of West 29th Street.

A block party on 29th Street between Bryant and Lyndale avenues is scheduled for 11 a.m.–5 p.m. June 7, the same time Lyndale closes to motor vehicles for the first in a series of Open Streets events planned across the city this summer. In addition to food, music and games, the 29th Street event will includes ways for the public to provide feedback on the city’s plans for the street, which is slated for reconstruction in 2016.

Planning for the reconstruction began in 2014, and the project is intended to improve the pedestrian experience on 29th Street, a beat-up strip of asphalt adjacent to the Midtown Greenway and several of the large apartment projects that have added hundreds of new rental units to Uptown in recent years. Options for the street include a Dutch-style “woonerf” that prioritizes pedestrians and bicycles over motor-vehicle traffic.

The block party hosts include “placemaking” consultancy firm The Musicant Group, Lake Street Council, Lime Apartments and the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association.