38th Street & Chicago Avenue

A Focal Point for the Call for Racial Justice 

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man died in the custody of Minneapolis Police at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. Since then the intersection has been a focal point for people mourning Floyd and calling for racial justice. Mr. Floyd’s death has sparked protests around the country calling for fundamental changes in policing and racist systems.

In order to provide safe access for visitors to the site, the City placed barricades to through traffic, while also ensuring ADA and emergency access. Since May, the barricades have remained in place. City elected officials and staff have been actively engaging with community members since May, attending daily meetings on the street, and holding several town halls. They have heard numerous perspectives about this intersection, both short- and long-term desires and needs.

City's Long-Term Commitments 

The City is committed to taking action to support and invest in racial justice, healing and a long-term memorial in the area of 38th and Chicago. City leaders have met with community leaders who have authored a resolution outlining a series of demands to consider and begin achieving before barricades are removed. Read Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Council Member Alondra Cano's response to the resolution

Interim winter street design

Minneapolis Public Works is considering options for an interim winter street design for Chicago Avenue between 37th and 39th Street, and 38th Street between Elliot Avenue and Columbus Avenue. Public Works is working to ensure that essential access is retained through the winter. Ensuring essential winter access requires some adjustments in the area; no decision has been made on the final details of the winter design or timing of implementation. 

Based on community feedback about the streets, Public Works has developed options for an interim winter design for streets in the area. These designs work to:

Review the design options. (Español)

Watch the Oct. 1 online open house hosted by Public Works on the interim design options

Winter interim design options engagement questionnaire summary

Community Engagement To Date 

The City and other key community organizations have been conducting engagement in the area and actively listening to the many perspectives around 38th and Chicago. The City has heard several important messages, particularly:

Preserving Community Art 

An impressive community-led conservation effort is coordinating the care of the artworks, signs and plantings at the memorial site with guidance from the Midwest Arts Conservation Center. To date this group of over 20 volunteers has conserved hundreds of signs.

Artists from around the country have contributed major works of public art to the living memorial, including the "Say Their Names Cemetery" at the flood pond at 37th and Park, "Mourning Passage" by Mari Mansfield, a pavement mural along Chicago Avenue with the names of nearly 150 people of color killed by police, and a large-scale portrait of George Floyd by Peyton Scott Russell.

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We appreciate your feedback on the area of 38th & Chicago. City of Minneapolis staff will review each comment and share with the appropriate department to inform their work in the area. You can email comments to [email protected] or use the comment form below. 

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Last updated Oct 21, 2020



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