James Corner Field Operations wins contest to re-design Nicollet Mall [IMAGES]

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James Corner Field Operations
Coming soon to Nicollet: glow worms.
There were 21 applicants, a four-month design process, and a presentation Tuesday night at the Guthrie. But now, we have a winner in the contest to re-design Nicollet Mall: New York City-based James Corner Field Operations, a 13-judge panel announced this morning.

The firm, which also has offices in London and Hong Kong, is behind such well-known public spaces as New York City's the High Line and Chicago's Navy Pier. Its proposal for Nicollet Mall creates three distinct zones along the 12-block stretch of downtown: live, work, and play, with different activities in each.

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- Three design teams unveil visions for Nicollet Mall [IMAGES]
- Which of these three re-design finalists has the best vision for Nicollet Mall? [POLL]


Meet the team's vision for the new Nicollet:

Public spaces:
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Tree groves:
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New sidewalks, designed for improved drainage and durability:
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Updated bus stops:
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Better-looking Skyway connections, like this "crystal stair":
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Winter fire pits:
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Now that the panel has picked a winning firm, James Corner Field Operations will work with the city to fine-tune its design. The city hopes to begin construction in 2015, according to the current timeline, and pay for the $30 to $40 million project through a mix of state bonding and to-be-determined fees on private businesses along the street.

Head over to page two for more images from the team's winning proposal.

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30 comments
keny1
keny1

Live, work and play zones. Where will the ghetto thug Negro zone be?

Mai Vang
Mai Vang

fire pits for winter??! bring that to st.paul!

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

It will also be entirely destroyed, mostly underwater and don't forget the massive alien ships hovering above.

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

The schools will still suck, but who cares? The shopping will be fantastic.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

looks almost how it looks now...useless

Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson

The streetcars a funding waste, with the other pressing issues, especially in education, in the city. Metro Transit has already tested and built green, electric buses built in Minnesota, those would be a far better investment with the current infrastructure.

Stacy Schwartz
Stacy Schwartz

Agreed! The downloadable PDF presentation was way more informative about longer term planning.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

And yet I wonder every time I'm at the airport stop why there aren't at least more stops like that, or why the airport stop isn't heated in the winter so while you are underground it feels like a tomb. Look, all I'm saying is it's hard to fathom it was the best possible option, since during the colder months it seems highly impractical.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Manhattan is bedded upon granite, Minneapolis upon limestone. Subways with the river nearby might not work -- high water table and such.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Streetcars are a sensible and desirable technology. Thanks for the info!

Stacy Schwartz
Stacy Schwartz

If you download the full plan there's more bike racks and a bunch more Nice Ride stations too.

Stacy Schwartz
Stacy Schwartz

David it looks like they're adding streetcars eventually which I'm hoping means the buses will be rerouted.

John Lilja
John Lilja

I don't get these pictures. What are all those people doing there?

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

no where in these pictures have I seen the hustlers,scam artist,purse snatchers and hobos..

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

And even that barely helps. Why a did a city colder than New York not go the subway route? I really hope there weren't more pressing reasons aside from money..

Patrick_Stephenson
Patrick_Stephenson

The redesign lost me as soon as it revealed that buses will still be rolling up and down the mall, versus just pedestrian and cyclist traffic. To me, the corridor has always felt too narrow to have all that bus exhaust pumped into it every day. I always feel like I'm covered in bus fumes when I leave Nicollet Mall.

Laurel Richmond
Laurel Richmond

Agreed - sitting outside eating a $100+ meal while listening to roaring buses go by is not the ambiance I expect at a nice place. They have moved a lot of the bus routes over to Marquette, though, so perhaps all will follow.

Stacy Schwartz
Stacy Schwartz

I hope they add sides to the transit shelters. A roof doesn't eliminate the cold from wind/snow.

Jennifer Beth Mykleby
Jennifer Beth Mykleby

I hope we get a better sidewalk..with even a little dust of snow or rain or wet those sidewalks get really slippery..

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

Minneapolis is my favorite city. Can't wait to see how beautiful it's going to be in 5 years with the new stadium and park added, as well with this plan.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Didn't we have a Washington DC firm do the 94 interchange which was such a mess? I guess since many people here think Mnpls is NYC it makes sense.

Not surprised at all that they just want to tax tax tax to pay for it. At some point, those that are taxed are going to get off their asses and vote these spenders out office.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

I like the design, but if they leave the MTC buses on the Mall, it's going to be a waste of money. It's a pedestrian mall with sidewalk dining, or it's a bus route -- can't be both.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Are they adding a place for thugs to beat and rob us. A spot nearby so the cops can watch.

Kurt Stafki
Kurt Stafki

Let's hope they don't forget the bike racks this time around.

keny1
keny1

@digitalprotocol 

Except if you look at the images again, you will notice that are no street thugs, welfare whores, ghetto bitches, homeless people, and trouble-making "youths". If only they could transform Nicollet Mall into something like that.

keny1
keny1

@Laurel Richmond 

How can you afford $100+ meals when you are a single mother and on welfare? Hmm......perhaps you need to be reported.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 thats what makes a city a city you HICK

diversity

looks like a great spot to get high and loiter all day

keny1
keny1

@digitalprotocol

No, the diversity has turned this once great city into a third-world shithole. 

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