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Downtown Public Realm Framework

The City of Minneapolis has launched a planning process for the development of the Downtown Public Realm Framework Plan. The Downtown Public Realm Framework Plan is a thematic plan, led by the City’s Department of Community Planning and Economic Development. It is a guiding policy document for the management of the pedestrian experience in key areas of the city, and is focused on guiding the enhancement of priority streets and urban spaces. This plan will be developed during the same time as the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) develops their Downtown Service Area Master Plan.

Nicole Goodman

“We only have one car, so
we walk
. I walk to work, I walk
her to daycare, we hang out exclusively
pretty much downtown. By the Twins
Stadium quite a bit, there’s that new
concert area. They play movies for the
kids and have snacks, and a bunch of
kids hang out over there, too. Some
stroller accessibility stuff.
In the North
Loop, there’s just some areas
where it’s just steps, or really,
really steep areas. It’s hard to
kind of get around

       Kevin Ryall &
 Matthew VandenBerg

        Ray Mitchell

 Tony & Joan Orozco

More Community Interviews

Community Interviews

The City of Minneapolis worked with artist Stephanie Glaros to collect and catalog interviews with Downtown visitors, residents and workers. Her role was to engage with individuals and groups asking specific questions about their experience in Downtown Minneapolis. View all the Community Interviews 


The purpose of the Downtown Public Realm Framework strategy is to provide unified guidance to inform and coordinate the work of public and private entities that shape the public realm. The Downtown Public Realm Framework includes an inventory of existing policies, practices, and elements in the public realm. It is intended to inform and guide outcomes in capital planning, site plan review, and public/private partnership toward the coordinated enhancement of the public realm.

A Public Realm Framework is a guiding policy document for the management of the Right-of-Way. The purpose of Public Realm Frameworks is the creation of a unified document for the public realm within a certain geographic area. The document will address connections, networks, assets and conditions.

A Public Realm Framework will include an inventory of existing strategies and practices in the public realm. The Framework will include a Gap Analysis of what is out there today and the existing programs and the desired condition from both a public livability standpoint and a City operation and safety standpoint.

A Public Realm Framework will identify programming goals for the streets as they fit within the operational and performance standards identified by public works. The document will clarify processes and requirements for implementation and who to go to when submitting a plan or concept for the public realm.

Adopted Policy Plan

The Downtown Public Realm Framework will provide guidance to developers on investments adjacent to their properties, enable new methods for private investment in the public right of way, identify priority corridors for enhancements, define performance standards, identify near term priorities, and t-up priorities for Capital investment.

The Downtown Public Realm Framework will result in policy guidance for the public and private sector. It will establish a framework for achieving livability performance standards in the public realm. The Downtown Public Realm Framework will establish a higher bar for private investment in the public realm. This will impact priorities in the capital planning process. This will be used by the public providing shared guidance for development in and adjacent to the public realm.

Companion Documents

  • Guide to Programmable Spaces, Downtown Minneapolis (pdf)
    The City of Minneapolis Guide to Programmable Spaces is a resource for community members, business
    owners, and individuals seeking information on spaces potentially available to host events in Downtown
  • Implementation Index
  • Public Realm Guidelines


The City’s Downtown Public Realm Framework Plan will follow the standard City approval process for thematic plans and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Downtown Service Area Master Plan will follow their standard process as outlined below:

Downtown Public Realm Framework process


Project Timeline

Summer 2014

  • Data Collection and Policy Analysis

Late 2014

  • staff and begin meeting jointly with MPRB staff and committees
  • Data analysis and mapping


  • Downtown analysis, planning, and document development


  • Downtown Public Realm Framework approval

Downtown Public Realm Framework Maps

News and Events

Press Release

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet from late 2014 through 2015. Below are the dates:

Meeting #1 November 4, 2014 Agenda (pdf), Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #2 December 2, 2014 Agenda (pdf), Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #3 January 6, 2015 Agenda (pdf), Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #4 February 3, 2015 Agenda (pdf), Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #5 March 3, 2015 Agenda (pdf)Presentation (pdf), Meeting Notes (pdf), and Small Group Exercise Summary (pdf)
Meeting #6 June 2, 2015 Agenda (pdf) and Presentation (pdf), Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #7 July 7, 2015 Agenda (pdf) and Presentation (pdf)Meeting Notes (pdf) 
Meeting #8 September 15, 2015 Agenda (pdf) and Presentation (pdf), Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #9 October 6, 2015 Agenda (pdf), Presentation (pdf)
Meeting #10 November 4, 2015


The Steering Committee will meet seven times beginning in November of 2014 and finishing in October of 2015. Each meeting will last approximately 2 hours. These meetings are open to the public and we encourage your attendance. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board offices on West River Road:

Meeting #1 December 2, 2014 Agenda (pdf)Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #2 January 15, 2015 Agenda (pdf) and Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #3 March 19, 2015 Agenda (pdf), and Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #4 May 21, 2015 Agenda (pdf) and Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #5 August 20, 2015 Agenda (pdf), Presentation (pdf), and Meeting Notes (pdf)
Meeting #6 October 22, 2015 MPRB Presentation (pdf), City Presentation (pdf)

In addition to the technical advisory group meetings and the Steering Committee Meetings there will be additional public meetings and engagement activities to inform and involve the community in the development of the plans. These opportunities will be posted on the website as they are scheduled.



For more information contact Paul Mogush, (612) 673-2074

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