According to the Star Tribune, the American Planning Association (APA) was in town this past weekend touring the metro area because Minnesota sets some sort of example on how future planning should take place. There were many preset tours available and several were canceled, probably due to lack of interest, but one certainly stuck out in my mind: Burnsville’s Heart of the City.
The group’s CEO was formerly a Minneapolis planner and is very proud of the work that has been done in the metro area. He gushed to the Star Tribune about how great the linked parks, lakes, and parkways are and how he uses it to teach planners in other countries about proper future planning. While they only quoted one other APA visitor who had both positive and negative things to say, the real meat of the article came all the way at the end with the list of sold-out tours versus those that were canceled.
Examples of sold-out tours included Suburban Redevelopment Projects such as St. Louis Park’s Euro-style Excelsior & Grand and Emerging neighborhoods of the Minneapolis Warehouse District. Examples of those that were canceled are Twin Cities Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Burnsville’s Heart of the City. The obvious correlation between these two ignored tours is quite entertaining to say the least.
If you were an APA planner would you want to see the Heart of the Shitty™ so that you would know what not to do or would you just want to ignore the area entirely and concentrate only on what’s good about any particular metro area? As a Burnsville resident are you disappointed that even a group which should have an interest in that type of development decided to skip out on it, much like developers and business owners have, because of it’s apparent failure?
Go ahead and comment on, I’d love to hear what you have to say!