We asked readers to send us their New Year’s resolutions for Minneapolis. Here are some of the suggestions:
— Greater density in the urban core and commercial nodes.
— Be bold.
— Try and plow to the curb.
— Single-sort recycling in Northeast.
— That we elect a new mayor tat we can be proud of representing our city.
— Tax incentives for tax incubators.
— Crosswalks for pedestrians on 4th Ave North & N. 1st Avenue. Well, to be frank, more crosswalks for the entire block of N. 1st Avenue. It’s needed.
— More retail.
— Urban beautification.
— Close Nicollet Mall to all traffic and hold a competition for the redesign. And move the Farmer’s Market there.
— Establish a “beauty committee” to help the City Council.
— Moratorium on surface parking lots.
— More street trees in the CBD / Warehouse District / North Loop. (see MillionTreesNYC).
— Getting the Nicollet-Central streetcar going, and beautification around the NE arts corridor (lots of little chunks of unused land around there).
— Well paid jobs for everyone so we don’t need to depend in the government.
— Do something about the eyesore at the corner of 40th & Lyndale.
— Improve public transportation, add density where appropriate, and continue to encourage new local business
— Neighborhood “leaders” should resolve to keep their mouths shut about new developments. NIMBY attitudes are hindering growth and density. Planners should do the same.
— Conduct a best practices exercise with similarly sized snow belt cities to improve a crappy plowing program.
— Realization of new park in North Loop and renovated/expanded Gateway Park. Also new park in downtown east.
— A park and an elementary school downtown.
— Make pedestrians as much of a priority as bikers. Minneapolis needs to become pedestrian friendly.
— Cheaper parking with pay stations that work consistently.
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