Meeting reminder and FYI from MnPost

Dear 2020 Partners members,

the next meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 5-6:30 Environmental Services Building (ESB)

Also, please see article below. This was a true public/private partnership – the Minneapolis Gateway project (the donut hole) was initiated by 2020 Partners, with the concept developed by VJAA, and the Twins and Minnesota Ballpark Authority did the heavy lifting advocating for the proposal to MNDot. We look forward to seeing the MNDot/Oslund proposed scheme!

> Roadside blight at Target Field: A MnDOT landscaping plan expected > this week > > > MinnPost photo by Steve BergOn Wednesday the public will learn what > MnDOT has in mind for this patch of land. > > By Steve Berg | Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 > > Aside from Carl Pavano’s mustache, the only scruffy patch at Target > Field is the plot of weeds and dirt along Interstate 394 just below > the plaza. The “doughnut hole,” as Twins executives call it, looks > particularly forlorn and neglected sitting next to the architectural > splendor of the new baseball emporium. > > For months the team and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority have > pleaded with The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to > spruce up the eyesore, maybe with trees, flowers and ornamental > grasses. “It’s a priority,” said Twins President Dave St. Peter, > whose attention to detail has made Target Field admired around the > country. ESPN magazine named it the nation’s best sports experience. > > MnDOT, better late than never, will present its landscaping plan on > Wednesday. Expectations are modest, given the agency’s meager > finances, its concrete-only culture and the strict federal rules > that govern highway medians. Trees are next to impossible because, > as any road engineer will tell you, drivers might run into them. > > “We asked MnDOT for something simple, maybe a canvas of ornamental > grasses so that when you look down from the plaza there would be > something that appeared to be intentional and not so kind of > indifferent,” said Tom Oslund of Oslund and Associates, the > landscape design firm that designed Target Plaza and advises the > Twins on the doughnut hole question. > > Tom Sorrel, the state’s transportation commissioner, has been > justifiably proud of MnDOT’s contribution to the design and > construction for the ballpark and its multiple transportation > connections. “I can’t tell you how proud we are of this project,” he > said at the plaza’s dedication last March. He should be prouder once > MnDOT turns its blight into bloom. > > Minneapolis declares two-way traffic conversions a success > When Minneapolis city officials decided last year to return two > major downtown streets to two-way auto traffic you would have > thought the world was coming to an end. Predictions of chaos, > gridlock, lost business and crashes filled the air. > > The city plunged ahead with its plans to convert Hennepin and First > avenues for a good reason: Downtown needs to start feeling and > functioning as a 24-hour community, not just as a funnel for workers > hoping to get in and out as quickly as possible. Especially with the > opening of Target Field, the city wanted to reintroduce itself to > fans as a place to linger, dine and shop, rather than flee to the > suburbs as quickly as possible. So far, so good. > > > MinnPost photo by Steve BergThe new bike lanes and parking > configuration on First Avenue remain controversial, but 96 percent > of vehicles are parking correctly, a new report says. > > A Public Works report issued last week showed positive results for > the project’s first six months. Auto traffic on the two streets is > up is up 2.1 percent (up nearly 7 percent on Hennepin and down 4 > percent on First). Chronically congested intersections have been > reduced from four to two. Bicycle traffic (including new bike > traffic on Nicollet Mall) is up 43 percent. Crashes are down 8 > percent. The new Amsterdam-style bike lanes and parking > configuration on First Avenue remain controversial. But 96 percent > of vehicles are parking correctly. > > There will be modifications in the coming weeks. A number of lost > parking spaces along First will be restored — good news for > complaining merchants. And street markings and better signs will > clarify that Hennepin’s right lanes are to be shared among buses, > bikes and turning cars. > > Still, City Hall has declared victory. “There were a lot of dire > predictions and we took a leap of faith in doing this, hoping it > would be better,” said Council Member Betsy Hodges of the 13th Ward. > “And now the numbers bear that out.” > > The conversion is part of a broader “access plan” emphasizing > transit, biking and walkability as part of the downtown experience. > Now, if the economy improves, it will be up to the private sector to > put housing and jobs on all those unsightly surface parking lots > that still dominate much of downtown. The city is in a holding > pattern, hoping that its work will pay off. > > > Dave St. Peter > President, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club > Target Field > 1 Twins Way > Minneapolis, MN 55403 > Direct: 612-659-3406 > Cell: 612-366-0430 > > > > > IRS CIRCULAR 230 DISCLOSURE: Any advice contained in this message > (including any attachments) was not intended or written to be used, > and cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of (i) avoiding > penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer or (ii) supporting the > promotion or marketing of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed > in this email. Each taxpayer should seek advice based on the > taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. > > > NOTE: The information in this email is confidential and may be > legally privileged. 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