I-35 Corridor Study


Twin Cities Region, Minnesota

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Increasing development and population pressure led seven suburban communities in the St. Paul-Minneapolis region to form the North Metro I-35W Corridor Coalition. The Coalition aims to address common concerns such as changing demographics, aging housing stock and shifting economic development patterns and plan the sub-region’s future.

Through a series of three workshops, potential nodes were identified and growth scenarios created using existing development prototypes from the Twin Cities. The results were analyzed and developed into three alternative land-use scenarios to accommodate the region’s projected growth to 2020. The ‘livable communities’ scenarios were to be a model for the Coalition’s 2003 joint comprehensive plan.

Opportunities and Constraints Map
GIS Map of Environmental Constraints
Visualization: Stillwater
Visualization: Stillwater
Visualization: New Richmond
Visualization: Lake Elmo

Project Summary



I-35W Corridor Coalition (City of Blaine, Minnesota) & Design Center for American Urban Landscape, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Regional Plan


Alternative land-use scenarios for a seven-city region | Implementation strategy for a Metro 2040 Regional Center