Nicollet Mall and Washington Avenue: Walking in the Heart of Downtown Minneapolis* (8:30am-12:30pm)

Wednesday, September 13

This workshop showcases two major, unique infrastructure projects in downtown Minneapolis, Nicollet Mall and Washington Avenue, newly modernized to prioritize people who walk. Both projects are in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and are accessible by the Green Line light rail. We’ll explore these two intersecting streets that are very different in character – one being an iconic pedestrian and transit mall and the other a major County arterial. Their renovations shared common processes that started with a vision to elevate the pedestrian realm in the city, engagement approaches that brought along stakeholders, and intentional design and implementation practices.


  • Nathan Ellingson, P.E., Professional Engineer – Hennepin County Transportation Project Delivery
  • Todd Halunen, PLA, CLARB
  • Peter Hendee Brown, AIA, AICP, PHD,
  • Rick Kreuser, Project Manager, Transportation Engineering & Design City of Minneapolis – Public Works
  • Ben Shardlow, Director of Urban Design for the MPLS Downtown Council & Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District.