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Rendering of boulevard where I-94 is, aerial drone shot looking west towards Minneapolis with the skyline in the background. Full of trees and green space, bus rapid transit lanes, and new development

Twin Cities Boulevard is practical, not radical.

The most responsible option for the future of the Rethinking I-94 project is a multi-modal boulevard that returns the surrounding land to neighborhoods and fulfills calls for reparative justice along the corridor. The Twin Cities Boulevard will create healthier air, much-needed economic opportunity, and accessible, affordable, and sustainable transportation access to places all along the corridor.

Transportation is intersectional. Twin Cities Boulevard is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for reparative and environmental justice.

Before I-94 was built, city streets connected vibrant neighborhoods in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The highway displaced thousands in the 1960s, and it continues to divide neighborhoods today. From Cedar-Riverside to Rondo, the Twin Cities Boulevard would restore the street grid.

Concrete River: A History of Cedar Riverside

Highway Caps Versus Removal

I-94 degrades contributes to severe health disparities in neighboring communities. The Twin Cities Boulevard would create quieter neighborhoods, cleaner air, and healthier communities.

Environmental Justice Data Portal

Highways Harm our Health in Numerous Ways

Transportation is still the leading source of carbon emissions in Minnesota and nationally. A boulevard conversion would help MnDOT reach its own goal of reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) 20% by 2050 and promote transit options outside of personal vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Adapting to the Removal of Interstate 94

Why Electric Vehicles Alone Won’t Save Us

Highway land generates no tax revenue and actually costs people in lost property value, not to mention the tax dollars required by highway maintenance. Twin Cities Boulevard would offer substantial growth opportunities for housing, market value, and jobs.

Reimagining I-94: A Report on Reparative Highway Alternatives

Economic and Land-Use Potential of Twin Cities Boulevard

Traffic becomes manageable when considering the boulevard would be accompanied by land use changes that increase walkability, connectivity and improved multimodal transportation options like dedicated bus lanes. Using drivers’ cell phone data, the report found a majority of vehicle trips along the project area begin and end within one mile from the project area, not the longer-distance trips for which highways were built.

Reimagining I-94: A Report on Reparative Highway Alternatives

Traffic: You Get What You Build For

Rethinking I-94 must benefit those neighboring the highway.

Highway removal is a proven solution to addressing multiple related problems.

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