Boosters are expanding their efforts to promote living in downtown Minneapolis.

Explore Downtown Living is becoming a twice-a-year apartment tour, an urban version of the mostly suburban Parade of Homes tour of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

Explore Downtown Living organizer Mark Remme said the group modified its schedule and added several stops on the first of two 2016 tours, based on the high number of attendees last year and feedback from participants.

Last year, during the four-day May and September events, about 2,300 people toured nearly 8,500 apartments. Remme said that some sites had as many as 500 views in a weekend.

This year, each event will be just one day and several new properties will be open, bringing the total number of stops to 30 locations throughout downtown.

Since 2006, the population of downtown Minneapolis has grown by 25.2 percent to just shy of 40,000.

The event has managed to help attract an increasing number of businesses that have rallied around the downtown residential scene and many of them will participating as well with discounts and giveaways.

“We want people to get to know the city, not just the residential properties,” Remme said. “The hope is that people will get a feel for the downtown community and see all the great amenities that are here for those who decide to live downtown.”

The tour is on May 21 and Sept. 17. Find a “field guide” at