Minneapolis Downtown Council
Minneapolis city officials and business leaders got together Tuesday to celebrate the past year, and talk about future plans for the city. WCCO’s Amelia Santaniello was in attendance for the annual meeting of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
The Holidazzle Village is back open Tuesday after a water main break closed the village on Monday. But that’s not the only fix they’ve had to make since opening a few weeks ago. The Holidazzle Village is drawing crowds of people into downtown Minneapolis, according to Leah Wong from the Minneapolis Downtown Council. “Weekend attendance is amazing and we’re seeing a nice flow throughout the week as well,” Wong said.
If you take a stroll along Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, there’s a feeling of Christmas in the air. The Minneapolis Holiday Market in Peavey Plaza has more than 30 huts, with local and international vendors selling everything from candles to candies, as well as brats and beer.
Some of the hammering and construction noise in downtown Minneapolis lately has nothing to do with a new high-rise. It’s the creation of a new open air village to attract Minnesotans during the holiday season.
Hennepin County has recently released the draft of its 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan and the county seeks your input before finalizing it. There plans includes some very interesting, and lofty, goals.
We’re finding out some details about what’ll replace the popular Holidazzle parades in downtown Minneapolis this winter. The president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Steve Cramer, says there will be a winter market centered around Peavey Plaza.
It’s a part of city life that Minneapolis hopes to end – panhandling. Billboards in downtown Minneapolis urge visitors and workers to avoid giving money to panhandlers. The “Give Real Change” campaign encourages people instead to give to charities.
James from Apple Valley and Anna from Sartell wanted to know: When did Black Friday start? According to BlackFriday.com, the term “Black Friday” was coined back in the 1960s, but it was really 1924 – the first year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – that the day after Thanksgiving became the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. Early on, when the term was coined in 1961, it had a negative connotation because Philadelphia Police used it to describe the traffic jams and clogged sidewalks of that day. But, by the 1980s, the idea of the Friday after Thanksgiving putting the retailers back in the black (or profitable) started to take hold.
Next year, it will only be a story to tell the kids. After 22 years, those storybook floats are going dark. This is the final season for the Target Holidazzle parade. The parade’s a lot to look at, especially if you’ve never seen it before. Friday’s parade was Alicia Harris’ first. “I heard it’s going to be my last, so sad,” Harris said. The news hit Claudia Fuglie especially hard.
‘Tis the season to bundle up and head to the Holidazzle. This Friday marks the final season of the dazzling display of lights.
A bright holiday tradition in downtown Minneapolis is nearing the end of the road. The Holidazzle parades have been running down Nicollet Mall since 1992 – the year Mall of America opened in Bloomington — with new competition for downtown retailers.
Violence erupted in downtown Minneapolis early Monday morning, sending four people to area hospitals. Two people were shot, and two others were stabbed in incidents that do not appear to be related. According to police, the overnight violence came right after bar closing, when more than a thousand young people were in the street after an 18-and-up event let out.
Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein is resigning to become head of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
The Downtown 2025 Plan, put together by the Minneapolis Downtown Council, calls for 10 major changes to make the area a destination to live, work and visit that includes a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.