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He noted that the neighborhood embraces the streets and transit already — especially in the evenings. “Everybody’s just outside,” he said.
Design, cost questions
That section of Cedar is a county road, so the county will lead the project, but Minneapolis also has plans for surrounding areas, including the reconstruction of 15th Av. S. and S. 4th St. Those roads run behind the Riverside Plaza past Currie Park, the neighborhood’s playground and green space with a sweeping view of downtown and the soon-to-be-replaced Metrodome.
Some of the big design and cost questions remain to be answered.
Kamaro Ali, who owns Wadajir Grocery on Cedar, said she’s attended many meetings about the planned changes, but remains unclear about what will happen. “We don’t know,” she said. “We’re scared about big change.”
Her small shop, lined with bags of beans and spices, flatbreads, canned goods and off-brand soaps, is sensitive to minor changes. Already, she’s not happy with the newer parking meters that require her customers to walk half a block to a pay station rather than drop quarters into a meter. Asked whether increased pedestrian traffic might help business, Ali said, “Yes. Maybe that change is going to be good for me. … We don’t know. God knows.”
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