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On December 7, 2018, the Minneapolis City Council directed staff to submit a final draft of Minneapolis 2040 to the Metropolitan Council for their review. On January 18, 2019, Metropolitan Council staff determined Minneapolis 2040 to be incomplete. On May 21, 2019, City staff submitted an updated version of Minneapolis 2040 for Metropolitan Council review. Changes made to the plan can be found at the PDF section of this website. The interactive section of the website currently only reflects the version approved by the City Council in December 2018. Once the Metropolitan Council completes their review of the document, the Minneapolis City Council will take final action on Metropolitan Council suggested changes. To track the Metropolitan Council’s review of Minneapolis 2040, visit the Minneapolis Community Page on the Metropolitan Council web site.

POLICY 10

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.

ACTION STEPS

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. Maintain the City’s ownership of streets in order to preserve the network of city streets and arterials.
  5. 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.  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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