MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak walked backwards down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday, stopping to promote both the finer points and the not so finer points of the historic street.
“Just like when you fix up a house and you decorate it well, this is going to be a really exciting street,” Rybak said.
The first priority is to repair cracks in the sidewalk and street. New light fixtures will replace the old. But beyond the maintenance work is a goal to make the 12-block main street an iconic merge of natural and urban, old world meets new.
“Forty years ago, when downtowns were dying all over the country, Minnesota got a different idea. We said that our largest city with this incredible business community and all the assets of Minneapolis wouldn’t just watch the city die,” Rybak said. “In fact, we built a main street that was a model for others in the country and around the world.”