Earlier this summer, the Downtown Improvement District (DID) held a contest for poetry about the future of Nicollet Mall. Hundreds of entries were submitted, and 12 winners were chosen across multiple age brackets. Each of the winning poems will be displayed on steel signs in the garden area of the reconstructed stretch of Nicollet Mall between 3rd and 4th St. S., and on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., the winning poems will be celebrated in a ceremonial unveiling.
The stretch of Nicollet Mall between the two streets was amongst the most damaged areas of the mall and required interim repairs while a new plan for the future of Nicollet Mall is developed. The granite sidewalk pavers were worn down from years of traffic and winter freeze and thaw damage. The repairs replaced the damaged sidewalk section with concrete slabs. Eight new trees were planted, and several areas have been turned into garden spaces. A major piece of public art has also been reinstalled on the Mall after years in storage: Kinji Akagawa’s “Enjoyment of Nature” was originally built in 1990, but large portions had been removed and placed in storage after sustaining damage.
The City of Minneapolis and local businesses will soon begin a public process to redesign and reconstruct Nicollet Mall for future generations. The original granite pavers replaced during the interim repairs will be stored while the plan is developed.
The Future of Nicollet Mall celebration will be held on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. on Nicollet Mall between 3rd St. S and 4th St. S.