Recently, I was at the Downtown FAIR school discussing the Hennepin Ave 2025 project. WACTAC just finished up their contribution to the project by making Plan-It Hennepin: Top 5 Things WACTAC Would Change about Hennepin Avenue. The whole idea of the urbanization project is to turn Hennepin Ave into a cultural corridor. A place where people of all ages will be able to enjoy the street regardless if it is Sunday afternoon and everyone is out taking a stroll after their tea and crumpets, or it’s Friday night and everyone 18 and under is just trying to find something to do so they won’t have to go home early the first night of the weekend.
So, the whole project’s got me thinking. What is the culture of Hennepin Ave? For me, a commuter from downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis, over to the northside, I am on the Metro Transit buses practically everyday of the week. And I have to say, I LOVE it! Regardless of what anyone says about the smells, the language, or the crying babies, I love the fact that there is no such thing as a boring bus ride from point A to point B. I get to see all the sights of Hennepin Ave and more in the luxury of my own tax paid bus
What’s the culture of Hennepin Ave for you? Voice your opinion to your community about the Hennepin Project. Afterall when 2025 comes around, it’ll be up to the youth to know how we’re going to deal with all of this later.
Here’s some info on the project: http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/forms/cultural-corridor