The 1972 Mississippi/Minneapolis plan is considered the "cornerstone" plan that inspired riverfront revitalization in Minneapolis in the decades since the plan was produced. The plan summarized the challenges and opportunities that existed along the River within Minneapolis at that time and outlined a vision for a future that was radically different. Subsequent plans (and there are many) have focused on particular portions of the riverfront, have dealt with specific topics such as parks and historical interpretation and/or have responded to new challenges and opportunities. While this plan is no longer informing revitalization activities, it is interesting to review it to see how far the riverfront has come since 1972, how close what has actually happened matches the plan’s vision and which objectives and planning concepts still seem timeless and valid.
Plan sections are:
- Cover, summary and table of contents
- Survey – Past
- Survey – Present
- Plan – Objectives, design areas and illustrated objectives
- Plan – Central Area, East Bank and West Bank*
- Plan – Upper River, University Area and Lower River
- Land-Use Map
- Action and Appendix
* Note that a few paragraphs of this section flow onto the first page of the next section)
Thanks to RSP Architects for graciously taking on the challenge of scanning Mississippi/Minneapolis to make it available in digital form for the first time!
Updated March 27, 2009
Last updated Oct 27, 2011