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For as long as humans have been interacting with the Mississippi River, its rapids, islands and waterfall have been the source of spiritual, cultural and industrial energy. Today that energy has been lost, replaced with a subtle disdain for the dirty river that flows through Minneapolis. This project proposes 30 design ideas to improve the quality of Minneapolis’ riverfront, striving to create a world class public space, enriching the economic, social and environmental well being of its community.

Focusing on the riverfront between Boom Island in the north and the University of Minnesota campus in the south, the projects outlined in this proposal serve as a social catalyst by creating a clear vision for what “could be.” This project aims to spur social discourse surrounding what could be one of the most compelling and vibrant riverfronts in the world.