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Engaged and Engaging Community Turned Out for Tuesday Night’s “Designer Ask” Meeting

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Community discusses designers' questions

Competition partners are sending a big thank you! to the citizens who attended Tuesday night’s MR|DC “Designer Ask” Community Meeting. Well over 60 people – mostly Minneapolis residents and a few from other communities – came to Park Board headquarters along the Upper Riverfront to learn about the competition from MR|DC Project Manager Mary deLaittre, ask questions of competition sponsors, and respond to questions the design teams have for them.

The meeting was very congenial and fruitful, with community members asking questions about the competition and project budgets, geographic boundaries and river engineering, feasibility and time line for implementation, and future opportunities for community input. Attendees then participated in the small group discussions of key Designer Ask questions. It was a really engaging process that got the community talking with competition representatives and with each other, as they responded to these designers’ questions:

  • Complete this sentence: Minneapolis is a city of . . .
  • What is your strongest memory about the Mississippi River?
  • How do you get there (water, river or parkland above St. Anthony Falls) and what is the greatest barrier you have experienced?
  • What legacy would you most like to see for your (our) children?

These questions, and many more equally inspiring, are found in the Designer Ask Survey. Please take a few minutes to fill it out!

We will be posting the community’s questions with answers; watch the blog for more on that. And, if you attended Tuesday night’s meeting – tell us about it!

–Janette[simpleviewer gallery_id=”2″ bgcolor=”ffffff” gallery_width =”100%” gallery_height =”600″]

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