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Envisioning the future of Minneapolis


Abundant Cities brings together innovators working in Minneapolis and around the country to define new visions for urban areas. Join a cohort of changemakers who will help the best new ideas become reality here in Minneapolis.


Check out recordings of our Spring 2023 events and interviews with local visionaries who care about the future of Minneapolis.

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Big Ideas for Downtown

Best known for his celebrated tenure at the Star Tribune, retired restaurant critic Rick Nelson is also a longtime student of urban design and one of his home city's most vocal fans. Watch this video to hear some of his ideas on how we can bring energy and new ideas to downtown Minneapolis.

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Abundant Cities: Evolving Downtowns

Our first Abundant Cities event brought together local leaders with deep knowledge of our community’s history, diverse perspectives on the importance of art and economic equity as drivers of regional prosperity, and visionary ideas about what downtown could look like in the future.

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Five Cities with New Ideas

An author, professor, and director of the Minnesota Design Center, Thomas Fisher specializes in urban design, systems design, and ethics. In this video, Tom discusses how cities around the world are thinking creatively about how they use space.

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Abundant Cities: Inclusive Cities

Inclusive Cities is the second of three Abundant Cities events copresented by the Minneapolis Foundation and Walker Art Center. This panel focused on Minneapolis as a place where everyone is valued and seen as essential to our city’s economy and culture.

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Is downtown MPLS on the rebound?

Minneapolis Foundation President and CEO, R.T. Rybak, appeared on WCCO Radio to discuss why he's hopeful about the future of downtown.



Abundant Cities: Building Common Ground

As Minneapolis seeks to write its next chapter after three challenging years, we are not alone. Cities across the country face many of the same obstacles and opportunities—and those communities, like ours, benefit from a variety of changemakers who are stepping forward to meet the moment with real ambition.

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In the News

View of downtown Minneapolis from the Walker Art Center
“The pandemic changed the way Americans work, shop and live. The Abundant Cities narrative frames that as an opportunity. And as a chance to fix things in this city that were broken long before COVID.”
–Star Tribune
March 18, 2023
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View of downtown Minneapolis from the Walker Art Center
“(I)t might be over for the work vs. home dichotomy, the era of urbanism where homes were quiet refuges away from our workplaces, and we commuted back and forth between the two. For many people, that’s not happening, and likely never will. Our cities should try to get ahead of the curve, anticipating social changes sweeping through our lives.”
March 17, 2023
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“It’s a big city and it’s going to act more like that, not like downtown versus the rest. Downtown is going to be part of it all.”
–WCCO Radio
April 12, 2023
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“This series invites and challenges our community to redefine what makes cities work. This redefinition is informed by a variety of speakers with diverse perspectives and expertise in urban planning, economic development, creative placemaking, and more.”
–Sahan Journal
April 17, 2023
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