Small Town in a Big City: Seward Neighborhood Walking Tour* (11:00am-5:00pm)

Wednesday, September 13

In this workshop we’ll explore the Seward neighborhood, a vibrant area located along the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis, close to downtown, the University, and Saint Paul.  We will tour Franklin Avenue, Seward’s primary commercial corridor, home to shops, restaurants, the Seward food co-op, several arts and cultural organizations. The corridor is recently updated with infrastructure improvements, including the multi-modal Franklin Avenue Bridge that will serve people driving, biking, and walking well into the future. We’ll see the how collaboration in street design, community activism in preserving historic assets and motivating change is shaping the public realm in this celebrated neighborhood.


  • Andy Hestness, Project Manager, Planning and Economic Development, City of Saint Paul
  • Marne Zafar, Milwaukee Avenue Homeowners Association and Seward Neighborhood Group
  • Scot and Kayf Ahmed, Owners, Capitol Café
  • Renee Spillum, Real Estate Development Manager, Seward Redesign
  • Sierra Saunders, Multimodal Planner, Hennepin County
  • Jordan Kocak, Pedestrian and Bicycle Planner, Hennepin County
  • Shaina Brassard, Business Development Program Manager, Seward Redesign, Inc.
  • Theresa Nelson, Program Manager, Transit for Livable Communities and St Paul Smart Trips