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The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in Fall 2018 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Read more about how to comment on the revised draft plan.

NOTE CONTENT CHANGES: In response to public input, the proposed content of this policy has changed since its original draft publication on March 22, 2018. To hide or view the mark-ups click the link below.

Street Grid: Restore and maintain the traditional street and sidewalk grid.

Our city’s transportation system is largely based upon a traditional street grid, which provides a high degree of connectivity. There are natural breaks to this grid, such as rivers, lakes and creeks, as well as human-made features such as parks and those created by land development patterns. Over time, modifications to the street grid to accommodate new development and freeway construction have resulted in reduced connectivity for all modes of travel. Minneapolis will work to rectify this by restoring the street grid as opportunities arise.


The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to restore and maintain the traditional street and sidewalk grid.

  1. Explore options to restore the street grid or add new streets to larger blocks or tracts of land as part of new development or redevelopment.
  2. Consider elimination of gaps in the street grid when conducting development and area-wide planning.
  3. Improve local transportation across freeways, including improving pedestrian, bicycle and transit accommodations across existing bridges and promoting adequate spacing and connectivity of local streets crossing the freeways.
  4. Consider relinquishing the City’s ownership over vacations as a last resort, Maintain the City’s ownership of streets in order to preserve the network of city streets and arterials.
  5. Continue to take Restore the street grid when appropriate, taking advantage of opportunities to restore the street grid when appropriate in conjunction with new development and through capital projects. ; in some cases, this will mean full restoration for all modes of transportation, but it may mean new and restored access for people walking, bicyclists, or people riding buses only Where restoring auto access is no longer feasible or aligned with other City plans, the City will pursue restoring streets for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, or transit users. 
  6. Explore ways to reconnect neighborhoods divided by freeways and highways.
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