Worries Over The Success Of New Urbanist Town Center

Neighbors of a successful "downtown" project in a Minneapolis suburb voice concerns that its success may mean more density and parking nightmares for their community.
July 13, 2006, 12pm PDT | jandrew76
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The new Excelsior & Grand town center in St. Louis Park is doing good business -- so good in fact, that it’s hard to find parking space.

The parking issues reflect some of the problems that arise when an urban style development, sans the "acres of asphalt" that typically accompany a project of its size, is placed within the context of a suburban community.

Furthermore, "Neighbors of the 15-acre high-density project who nervously supported it as a much-needed civic focal point, are getting jittery again as they see developers eying more and more of Excelsior Boulevard for projects that might make the area even more dense."

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Published on Monday, July 10, 2006 in Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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