Health, Connectedness & Livability Case Studies

These case studies share tools and strategies that encourage and support connected, healthy, and livable communities. Livable communities are defined by their level of quality of life, including the availability of a full range of housing options, access to public transportation, natural amenities, jobs and good schools—A successful community takes a sustainable approach to environmental, cultural, and human resources. This is done by encouraging a broad range of physical, cultural, social, and economic opportunities, and taking a context-sensitive approach to planning and development impacts.

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Active Living Hennepin Communites

Active Living Hennepin Communities is a partnership of cities, businesses, state and local agencies and the county. All partners work together to increase residents' opportunities for active living. This is done through policy changes, community involvement and other planning changes.

Bloomington Central Station

Bloomington Central Station, by McGough Development, is the first master-planned, transit-oriented development in Minnesota. The station is a high-density, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Control Data headquarters, in Bloomington’s South Loop District.

Culturally Sensitive Design: Before & After

A “before” and “after” scheme is used to illustrate how culturally sensitive design can be implemented without necessarily costing more.

Excelsior and Grand

St. Louis Park's Excelsior and Grand is an example of creating a livable community that has been created within an existing suburban city. Excelsior and Grand, a 15 acre redevelopment along a major community corridor was transformed into a compact town center. It now functions as a local, municipal and regional destination for work, shopping and recreation.

The Moline/Artery

The Moline is a 241-unit apartment development, constructed and owned by Doran Development. The Artery is the new connection between the planned Downtown Hopkins LRT Station and Mainstreet.  It features a cycle track, interactive public art, space for temporary art installations, state of the art storm water treatment and outdoor gathering spaces.