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Enhancing A Green Downtown

Beautiful, well maintained greening elements soften the edges of our downtown making it feel more human in scale, promoting way-finding, and connecting the many highlights and neighborhoods of our city. MDID looks for opportunities to advocate for greening at the policy level, provide sustainable greening in the public right of way and encourage greening on private properties. It aligns with the Minneapolis Downtown Council's Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan goal to enhance the greening and public realm of downtown through various projects by the year 2025.

Interested in greening your Downtown Minneapolis Property? Feel free to contact us. Mpls DID is happy to offer guidance on greening design, plant selections, maintenance and more!


Vibrant and Beautiful Year-Round

Each spring the Mpls DID fills planters, hanging baskets, and several street medians with over 15,500 colorful plants throughout the 120+ block district. In the colder months Mpls DID replaces the bright flowers with lush spruce tips, birch logs, and vibrant dogwood branches, adorns the light poles with live garland and festive wreaths, and makes downtown glow with an array of over 528,000 tinkle lights.

The benefits of Downtown’s street trees, planters and flowers go beyond the added beauty by promoting emotional, physical, and urban health. According to a study by Washington State University, trees and flowers create feelings of relaxation and increase a person's overall well-being. Proximity to green space has also been shown to reduce crime.


Using Resources Wisely

Recycling- Mpls DID works to create a more vibrant Downtown that is clean, green, and sustainable. Public recycling is just one more step in the right direction. By reducing use of landfills, recycling helps keep our air and waterways clean, protects wildlife, and conserves resources. In fact, every time we fill our 100 recycling cans we save valuable resources. 

Storm Water- Minneapolis’ infrastructure benefits from MDID's urban plantings which capture storm water, reducing erosion and filtering out pollutants which would otherwise drain into the Mississippi River.


Activated: Creating Unique Experiences

Public art, engaging signage and urban design can turn a walk through downtown into an experience. Mpls DID has developed a series of events and initiatives that engage the community and result in unique additions to our public realm. Each year MDID hosts the annual Downtown Greening & Public Realm Awards where private properties, big and small, are celebrated for their contribution to downtown's vibrancy and for setting a positive example for all property owners. Public nominations are collected in July, and an online public vote takes place in August. Be sure to take part this year.

Mpls DID also asks the public to take part in its annual Perception Survey. Each fall, the Perception Survey asks questions about downtown's greening, cleanliness and safety. Results of this survey help MDID develop new initiatives to help with these three goals.