April 17, 2005

Minnesota Suburb Seeks ‘Denser, More Pedestrian-Friendly’ Downtown

"Suburban Rosemount, surrounded by highways, strip malls and vast parking lots, hopes to transform its downtown by combining the best features of historic business districts" with a mixed-use, "new urbanism" feel, the Star Tribute reports.

"The idea is to create a denser, more pedestrian-friendly downtown with plenty of independent shops and restaurants, as well as apartments and condos."

Local officials have hired a development team to come up with plans for such a center, which the city wants to transform into a gathering place, instead of simply a place where people drive, park, run an errand and then leave.

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