This week’s SOTW is located on Nicollet Avenue at around 24th Street (?) in South Minneapolis. It’s a great sidewalk, very walkable, and there are a few interesting shops along this stretch including a corner store, a pizza by the slice joint, and a large Asian grocery. But what makes this sidewalk so nice?
Looking North, you see a large sidewalk that’s probably over 20 feet wide with a solid, steady buffer of trees, signs, and lampposts between the sidewalk and the street. On top of that, there’s an almost consistently layer of parked cars separating the moving traffic from the pedestrians. There's lots of safe, secure room to work with, and plenty of windows to look into while you walk around.
Looking the other direction is less idyllic. The sidewalk gets smaller by about six feet, but retains a nicely landscaped frontage. There's a parking lot along the street, but because it's fairly narrow, and there's a large, lovely tree at its entrance, the lot doesn't greatly disrupt the feel of the avenue.
This kind of sidewalk is what makes Nicollet between Franklin and Lake some of the most vibrant, resilient streetspace we have in the Minneapolis. However, you can see how this street's walkability might wax and wane as parking lots get bigger closer to the giant street-killing K-Mart or Interstate-94 North of Franklin.
I am sooooo stupid. This is Nicollet, not Lyndale. This is what I get for blogging about Minneapolis while in North Carolina...
This is exactly why a buffer between the sidewalk and the street is so important... Girl injured when car runs onto sidewalk in St. Paul