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"Complete Communities" in the University District: a Forum with Gil Penalosa

University District Alliance

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (CDT)

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Getting From Very Good to Great: 

Making Complete Communities in the University District of Minneapolis

A Forum with Gil Penalosa

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

We are honored to host renowned speaker Gil Penalosa, a lifelong advocate for vibrant cities and healthy communities, and the design and use of parks and streets as great public places.


Following remarks by Mr. Penalosa, a panel of local experts and advocates will consider:

  • What are the most critical elements of "complete communities" for those working on local initiatives here in the Twin Cities?
  • What role do open spaces and parks have in framing the specific brand or identity of the University District (or any community)?
  • What are the greatest challenges facing the implementation of bike and walking initiatives?
  • The University District's streets have the highest bike and pedestrian counts in the region.  What are best strategies for taming conflicts between travel modes, specifically bikes/pedestrians as well as bikes/vehicles?


If you must drive to the forum, parking is recommended at the Weisman Art Museum garage, entrance at 333 E. River Parkway. For directions go to
The Weisman is adjacent to Coffman Memorial Union, and convenient to the Washington Avenue SE Metro Transit stops. 

 The forum is FREE--but please register by clicking the green "Register" button.


Neighborhoods and commercial districts in the University District of Minneapolis:

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association:

South East Como Improvement Association:  

Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association:

West Bank Community Coalition:

Dinkytown USA:

Stadium Village:

West Bank Cedar Riverside:


We thank the 3rd Annual Placemaking Residency of the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation for making Gil Penalosa's visit possible.

This forum is brought to you by the University District Alliance and partners:

  • the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
  • UMN Capital Planning
  • UMN Parking and Transportation Services





Have questions about "Complete Communities" in the University District: a Forum with Gil Penalosa? Contact University District Alliance

When & Where

Weisman Art Museum Shepherd Room, University of Minnesota
333 E. River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (CDT)

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University District Alliance

The University District Alliance works to make the campus-area communities vibrant, safe, and sustainable; to maximize the assets of this exceptional urban community and riverfront region with a major research university as its hub; and to preserve the University District as a desirable place for people of all ages to live, work, learn, and make community-enhancing investments. 


Augsburg College, City of Minneapolis, Dinkytown Business Association, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, Minnesota Student Association, Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association, Stadium Village Commercial Association, University of Minnesota, West Bank Business Association, West Bank Community Coalition

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