The future Central Corridor light rail transit (LRT)
line provides an opportunity to transform the Twin
Cities urban fabric. The Corridor, connecting the two
downtowns, includes many destinations such as the
University of Minnesota and the State Capitol. New
development along the Corridor has the opportunity
to utilize transit-oriented design and reduce
dependence on the private automobile. This type of
development is nothing new to the Twin Cities as it
is currently occurring along the Hiawatha LRT line.
New physical and economic growth has started to
transform this industrial landscape into a mixed use,
The study area, University Avenue (Lexington Parkway
to Rice Street), presents a prime opportunity for
transit-oriented development (TOD) to occur (Image:
lower right). However, the Central Corridor is not
running down a street with a blank slate. Since
the early 1900s the area along University Avenue
between Lexington Avenue and Rice Street has
exhibited a unique community identity. This unique
area has been home for several ethnic communities
which have seen this area grow and evolve.
The purpose of this report is to present a way in which
development can occur along University Avenue,
between Lexington Parkway and Rice Street which
is compatible with the community and supportive of
future LRT. The paper will first consider the larger
context of the Central Corridor LRT, the physical
conditions of the community, and the demographics
within the area. Then, there will be an illustration
showing the development potential within the project
limits. Finally, a site plan will convey a plan for future
development within the area.
Rife, Jacob. Redevelopment Sensitivity For The Changing Urban Fabric. March 6 2009. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree
Redevelopment Sensitivity For The Changing Urban Fabric.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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