There is a $20 million sum of state money that may be dedicated to redesign Nicollet Mall. While $20 million could bring some impressive changes to the pedestrian mall, these funds would represent an unfortunate misapplication of limited resources.
We need to reconnect Nicollet Avenue- not re-design Nicollet Mall.
Nicollet Mall, the nation’s first pedestrian transit way, is one of Minneapolis’ great success stories. It’s the heart of downtown Minneapolis and has history of being the Minneapolis’ Main Street.
The Mall came about in a time of urban turmoil across most of the United States. Cities were desperate to attract people downtown while residents were fleeing to the suburbs. Minneapolis got stakeholders together and created what was really one of the few urban success stories of the 1960s. Many cities followed suit. Most of them failed.