38th and Chicago

This intersection is a sacred space for racial healing.

Overview

intersection of 38th and Chicago memorial

 

George Floyd, a Black man, died at 38th and Chicago

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in the custody of Minneapolis police.

His death led to:

  • Protests throughout our city, across the country and world calling for fundamental changes in policing and racist systems.
  • 38th and Chicago, where he died, is now a memorial and a sacred space. 

Barricades went up on May 25, 2020

On May 25, 2020, the City's Public Works Department placed barricades at the intersection of 38th and Chicago to:

  • Create a safe gathering space for the thousands of people who visited the site
  • Prevent unnecessary through-traffic by motor vehicles
  • Allow for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and emergency vehicle access

The barricades remain in place today.

We are working on a long-term plan for the area

The City is working with community leaders to create a long-term plan to: 

  • Advance racial justice and healing.
  • Enhance core City services and partnerships for residents and businesses.

The City's commitment to racial justice

Our goal

The City of Minneapolis will:

  • Support and invest in racial justice and healing
  • Work with community to create a permanent memorial in the area of 38th and Chicago

Since May 2020, we have taken a number of actions to help us achieve these goals. We still have more to do.

Next steps

New intersection design

Public Works has been in close contact with community partners to determine two options for 38th & Chicago that will:

  • preserve art, the memorial, and greenhouse.
  • ensure delivery of critical services for the area, including much needed public transit.

Both recommended options preserve memorial space and art while providing two-way traffic operations in all directions. This improves business and residential access and provides the opportunity to restore transit service on Chicago Avenue and 38th Street.

We will send out a survey to people who live and work near the intersection to help us decide which option to use.

View the interim design survey summary

View the interim design options

Read the first survey feedback summary

More enhancements

We will also enhance City services, access and partnerships, which include:

  • The City’s Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) will work alongside Summit Academy OIC and other partners. They will create a culturally specific, dedicated outreach and workforce development program for young people.
  • Public Works is providing extra solid waste and recycling collection at the George Floyd memorial and installing temporary traffic calming measures.
  • The Office of Violence Prevention and Neighborhood and Community Relations staff will work with community on developing engagement and outreach activities for residents to promote public safety and healing.
  • The Minneapolis Police and Fire departments continue to respond to calls for service.

Press conference on next steps for 38th & Chicago

Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and City Council Member Alondra Cano, along with other City leaders, provided an update on next steps for 38th & Chicago.

Read 38th & Chicago next steps

Preserving a living memorial

Symbolic raised fist protest sculpture in the intersection where George Floyd died.

During the summer of 2020, 38th and Chicago became a living memorial. 

  • Visitors left flowers and artwork to honor George Floyd. 
  • Artists installed major works of public art in the surrounding neighborhood.

Community volunteers are protecting the memorial and demanding change.

Public art installations

Say Their Names Cemetery

Mourning Passage

Arts conservation project

Community members are taking steps to preserve the story of George Floyd's life and death. Trained conservators from the Midwest Arts Conservation Center are guiding their efforts. Everything from is being preserved, including:

  • Handwritten signs
  • Works of public art
  • Burned scraps of paper

They are also maintaining plantings at the site of the memorial.

Learn about the Midwest Arts Conservation Center

Read and listen to the Minnesota Public Radio story: Preserving George Floyd's memorial

Community conversations

 

 

Conversations with community members reveal these top concerns for 38th and Chicago.

People want 

  • Racial justice for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities 
  • Equitable community development for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities 
  • A long-term plan for preserving:
    • The living street memorial
    • Community space for mourning — especially the space between the Chicago Ave. roundabout and 37th Street
  • Community artists and arts organizations to participate in the conservation and design of the public space
  • Expanded access to transit, including the 5 and 23 buses
  • Less traffic on nearby streets
  • Clarity on next steps for both the short term and long term

People have

  • Strong concerns about public safety
  • A range of ideas on re-opening the street from no changes to full reopening
  • Divergent opinions on how the various plans will affect public safety
  • Questions about what winter means for the space, access, and the memorial

Give us your feedback

Please share your thoughts about 38th and Chicago. We will review each comment we receive and share with the appropriate department.

Important actions

Since George Floyd's death, we have taken many significant actions. Read about them.

38th and Chicago is in Ward 8. Many of its priorities and projects affect 38th and Chicago.

Financial investment

The City is making significant financial investments to support healing at 38th and Chicago.

Highlights include:

  • Over $5 million for the Commercial Property Development Fund of the Minneapolis Forward/Community Now Coalition.
  • $182,000 to the One Minneapolis Fund through the Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations for “Undoing Racism” training and future resources.
  • $150,000 for the Creative City Making program to hire a diverse team of artists and healers to lead community engagement processes.

We also:

  • Redirected funds from the Sustainability Office to Sabathani Community Center for green jobs training.
  • Increased funding in the 2021 City budget for a new Rebuild Resilient program. This program provides $1 million for energy improvements for properties harmed by the civil unrest.
  • Accelerated funding to reconstruct the 38th and Chicago traffic intersection. This includes working with the Metro D-Line rapid transit project.

Read about the Metro D-Line bus-rapid transit project.

Read about grants for creative community healing.