West Calhoun Gateway

This photo shows the view looking west from the Uptown area towards the West Calhoun and Cedar-Lake-Isles neighborhoods. The Midtown Greenway corridor can be seen at the center of the photograph, with Lake Calhoun and the 'lagoon' to the left. Landscaping improvements along Lake Street at Lake Calhoun and the development of a new "Village Center" along Excelsior Boulevard (seen in the background), will strengthen the corridor as a neighborhood street and a gathering place for people. 

Hennepin and Lake Street

This photo (although somewhat dated) shows the view looking west at the Uptown commercial district with Lake Calhoun in the background. The Greenway is bordered by a public promenade with trail connections via ramps and stairs. The large expanse of parking in the foreground (described by the tan rectangle) will contain the future Uptown transit station, potential structured parking and a mix of new development opportunities. The Lagoon Theater and Bar Abeline Restaurant have been built since this photograph was taken. 

Urban Village

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This photo shows the view looking west along the Greenway corridor: Lyndale Avenue crosses in the foreground, and the Urban Village site occupies the three contiguous blocks along the north rim of the greenway indicated by the rectangle. 29th Street, in the past a service-focused street, can be seen adjacent to the south rim of the greenway. It's transformation into a premier urban street is key to the success of the Greenway.

South Whittier

This view looking west along the Greenway shows the variety of land uses, mixed densities, and available development sites in South Whittier which together create a unique urban character for this neighborhood. The Elroy Property (MCDA owned), outlined in the center of the photograph, provides a premier development opportunity directly adjacent to the Greenway. Note 29th Street on the north side of the corridor, with the back yards of houses facing the Greenway Corridor; this is the only place along the Greenway where this occurs.

Nicollet Avenue Re-Opening

This photograph shows the impact of our urban design decisions over the past several decades: Nicollet Avenue — Minneapolis' "Main Street" — ends abruptly at K-Mart, an inappropriately sited, suburban-style "big-box" retail facility. Redevelopment of this and other similar sites is essential to the success of the Greenway.

4th and Lake Street

This photo, looking east along Lake Street with Fourth Avenue in the middle foreground, shows the varied patterns of land use that characterize significant lengths of the road. Commercial buildings range from older, unimproved structures to renovated buildings and newer, fast food restaurants. Expanding commercial uses and parking lots have steadily encroached on residential areas, as is evidenced by the sparseness of the tree canopy. The Greenway Corridor can be seen at the left side of the image, with the Great Lake Center (formerly Sears) in the background.

Chicago and Lake Street

The redevelopment of the former Sears site is one of the largest redevelopments in Minneapolis history. The Midtown Exchange will anchor commercial activity in the central Lake Street corridor, giving further energy to active small-business investment in the node. 

Bloomington Avenue and Lak eStreet

This aerial photograph, looking east along Lake Street, shows a concentrated massing of commercial structures within a block of Bloomington in each direction. The marquee of the Heart of the Beast Theater, a longtime neighborhood institution, is visible in the foreground. Parking at this intersection is generally placed behind the buildings, strengthening the street edge, but as you move east or west along Lake Street, surface parking lots once again begin to dominate. The Greenway, at the left of the image, is barely visible within the ‘urban forest’ of trees that characterize the surrounding neighborhood.

 

Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street

This photograph, looking east along Lake Street toward the new Hiawatha Bridge, shows the broad mix of land uses that exists at this key intersection. Two public schools (South High and Edison Charter School), a cemetery, older commercial storefronts, two shopping centers -one on either side of Hiawatha - and the new YWCA (under construction in the center of the photograph) are surrounded by established residential neighborhoods. The Twin Cities’ first light rail line will parallel Hiawatha Avenue as it crosses over Lake Street.

East Lake Street

Looking east along Lake Street, commercial development becomes less concentrated and smaller in scale. The number of parking lots, auto-related uses and vacant storefronts provide many opportunities for redevelopment and public-realm improvements. A number of established neighborhood businesses, including restaurants with sidewalk seating, convenience stores and a hardware store provide a strong foundation for future development efforts along this segment of Lake Street.

East Lake and River Road

This view from Lake Street shows a confluence of systems at the east end of the corridor where Lake Street and West River Road meet the Lake Street Bridge to St Paul. Among many opportunities is the redevelopment site at the corner of Lake Street and West River Road that could serve as a gateway to both the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods. At the upper left of this image, the eastern teminus of the Greenway will provide links from Brackett Park to East River Road and to the recently improved Mississippi River Gorge accesses. Protection and enhancement of this unique river resource is a primary objective.