Hosting the Super Bowl just brought a lot of well-deserved attention to downtown Minneapolis. Approximately 70,000 were fortunate enough to come to The Big Game in person, among whom were visitors from 130 countries. Over one hundred million people joined the festivities by watching our massive new stadium on TV as well. Our guests are still clamoring about how visiting downtown Minneapolis is the greatest, but they’re only right to some degree — because living here is even greater still.
People interested in living downtown can see it in a whole new way during Explore Downtown Living on May 19. This free event highlights approximately two dozen residential properties in downtown’s five neighborhoods. Sign up at exploredtliving.com and enjoy and discover the heart of the city.
There is a lot to see.
Downtown Minneapolis’ most striking feature for visitors and locals alike is our new Nicollet. This stripe of culture and commerce has always been our defining characteristic, but with its recently completed updates it’s now better than ever. Freshly planted shade trees, enhanced sidewalk spaces, and improved lighting along the promenade make it a pedestrian destination year round. Go to either end of Nicollet for wooded refuge, or stop anywhere along it for something that’s bound to entice you.
The Commons, our 4.2 acre public park in East Town, is another new emerald in our crown. Designed as a place for respite, everyday activities, and events for residents, workers, and visitors, The Commons offers something for everyone. Go there on your lunch break to feel the grass beneath your feet, take the kids for an impromptu romp, or bring the dog for some always cherished squirrel watching. It’s just another success story of Green Minneapolis, the organization dedicated to beautifying downtown Minneapolis with vibrant green spaces. Stay tuned for the next big thing in downtown’s public parks: Water Works, which will feature a mill-embedded pavilion, tree-sheltered city steps, and naturalized play space along the Mississippi Riverfront near the Stone Arch Bridge.
Downtown is always adding new places to explore. The Armory, which we’re all already familiar with thanks to Prince’s music video for “1999,” made its debut last year as one of Minnesota’s premier event venues. It has already attracted headliners including Judas Priest, Slayer, Tech N9ne, and Jack White who are booked to play there this year. Along with U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Center, and First Avenue, The Armory is another patent of downtown’s reputation for live entertainment.
With so many new and exciting things always coming to downtown Minneapolis, it’s no wonder we’re experiencing an ongoing population boom here. Our population has grown by 36 percent in only the past 12 years, with last year having seen the greatest gain of them all. That’s creating a lot of demand for living space, one that will be well met with so many fine apartment and condominium buildings standing by and more than 1,500 residential units currently in development. Who knows how many more urban marvels we’ll have by the time we host the next Super Bowl? Make sure you don’t miss out on any of them — come to downtown Minneapolis for fun and work, and stay for life!
By David Scheller