2009 National Planning Conference

Learn about Minneapolis and the surrounding region. Hear from experts that attended the National Planning Conference.

A Great Street in St. Paul

Summit Avenue is the country's best-preserved Victorian boulevard, home to more than 370 Gilded Age residences and the beneficiary of decades-long efforts — combining planning measures, civic participation, and private stewardship — to keep the street's unique character intact. APA named the St. Paul landmark one of its Great Places in America this year. Why? See for yourself with this video tour of Summit Avenue.

Freewheel Midtown Bike Center

The Midtown Greenway is the centerpiece of Minneapolis's extensive trail system. In the first video tour below, see the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, a bike shop and commuter bike facility that opens onto the Midtown Greenway.

The Midtown Greenway

In the second video, hear from Tim Springer, Director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, describe the past, present, and future of the Midtown Greenway.

The Minneapolis Riverfont

Minneapolis's 30-year riverfront revitalization project has been, by all accounts, a success. Judith Martin, of the University of Minnesota, leads this video tour of the riverfront, with stops at the Guthrie Theater, the Mill City Museum, and a number of public parks.


Planning consultant and APA board member Carol Rhea, AICP, discusses turning your conference-going into a family vacation.