Putting a Bow on Top of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The City Council overcame a last minute legal challenge to approve the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan late last week.

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December 10, 2018, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Miguel Otárola reports on the culmination fo the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan, which overcame some last minute hurdles last week to win approval from the Minneapolis City Council, with a 12-1 vote.

Capping a nearly yearlong debate over how Minneapolis should grow, the City Council voted 12-1 Friday to approve the 2040 comprehensive plan, a far-reaching document that seeks a more densely populated, affordable and racially equitable city.

The 2040 plan has gained national attention for its citywide upzoning. It would allow the construction of multifamily housing, such as duplexes or triplexes, in neighborhoods that for decades have been reserved for single-family homes.

For more commentary on the significances of the plan in the contemporary urbanism debate, see also an article by Henry Grabar.

For more on the controversies, debate, and politics that led to the historic vote, see Planetizen's past coverage.

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