MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Compared to this time last year downtown Minneapolis looks very different, largely due to COVID-19.

Minneapolis Downtown Council released metrics on Friday detailing building occupancy, hotel occupancy, and pedestrian traffic, as some employees look to return to work downtown.

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Currently, building occupancy is just at 12.2%, while hotel occupancy is at 18.1%. Pedestrian traffic on Nicollet Mall is 23.4% compared to the number of people walking down the mall at this time in 2018. Light Rail ridership is 25% of what it was at this time last year, and 43% of the restaurants that were operating last year are still open.

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The Downtown Council says they will continue to update the dashboard to track how the area adapts as business return.

The dashboard is a collective effort by BOMA Greater Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.

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