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Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit on West Broadway Neighborhoods in North Minneapolis.

Traffic in the Highway 81 corridor northwest of downtown Minneapolis has grown considerably in recent years, and congestion is only likely to worsen given the population increases expected in this area. To help alleviate congestion, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system is being constructed along Highway 81 that will offer transit service from downtown Minneapolis through the communities of Robbinsdale, Crystal, Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Hassan Township, Dayton, Maple Grove, and Rogers. The BRT system will run through the West Broadway area in North Minneapolis. Juxtaposition Arts— a youth-focused, minority-directed, urban visual arts center in North Minneapolis— is developing ideas for the redevelopment of West Broadway to create a more vibrant and people-focused pedestrian district. However, the organization lacks the expertise and resources to evaluate how BRT’s physical qualities relate to local design visions for redevelopment of the West Broadway area. Kristine F. Miller (Landscape Architecture) will conduct interviews with decision makers and community members on BRT’s potential benefits to the West Broadway community and BRT’s fit with visions for future development; analyze the potential impacts of BRT on pedestrian systems, traffic speeds, and sidewalk widths; evaluate the proposed location and design of BRT stations relative to existing transit infrastructure and commercial nodes; and develop alternative design scenarios for BRT based on community input. The project will result in a report that includes an analysis of how BRT might impact the West Broadway community, and recommendations for revising BRT in light of community concerns.

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Juxtaposition Arts
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CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737