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Looking forward for the Minneapolis Riverfront

On behalf of the Park Board, competition co-sponsor the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and our Partners, I\’d like to thank the Minneapolis StarTribune for its recent recognition of the role Minneapolis Parks play in our city\’s economic health.

In its January 5, “Making the most of the Mississippi corridor” editorial, the paper described the MR|DC as “a forward-looking vision that has the potential to improve the city’s vitality, livability and economy.” That\’s both high praise and a tall order. But successes – such as public park investments leveraging private investment along the downtown Central Riverfront – tell us that this project can attract “more business, residents and tourists,” a desirable outcome outlined by the StarTribune, and a goal we agree on.

We appreciate the StarTribune\’s support of this competition, along with the support we\’ve received from our competition CollaboratorsMinneapolis Riverfront Corporation, Friends of the Mississippi River, North Loop Neighborhood Association, Downtown Neighborhood Association – and Design Advisory Group members. Together with the public, all of us associated with the competition eagerly await the design teams\’ submissions.

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