Nick Halter

An ambitious vision for the Mississippi

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Bikes, bridges, beaches and birds: Riverfront plan dazzles, but has a hefty price tag

In 1883, Chicago-based landscape architect Horace Cleveland presented to the freshly created Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board his plan to turn the Chain of Lakes into a park system.

It took the Park Board 40 years, strange negotiations with landowners, countless design debates, lots of digging and plenty of tax dollars before the Chain of Lakes park system took the basic shape it has today.

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