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Open Streets takes over downtown Minneapolis [Video]

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On any given day, stop-and-go traffic usually clogs up First Avenue North, but for a few hours on Sunday the blare of horns honking was replaced with the sound of kids laughing and dragging chalk on the asphalt.

For the first time ever, Open Streets Minneapolis came to downtown Minneapolis, shutting down parts of First and Washington Avenues. The event brought out hundreds of folks interested in hanging out in the heart of downtown with nary a motorized vehicle in sight. Instead, there were plenty of pedestrians, cyclists (including bike polo!), and even a few roller skaters thanks to the North Star Roller Girls.

Open Streets events aim to connect residents around different Twin Cities neighborhoods with local businesses and organizations in a safe, car-free, family-friendly atmosphere while taking advantage of the gorgeous Minnesota summer. Upcoming Open Streets Minneapolis events include the U of M and Lowry Avenue North in September. 

 

Scenes from Open Streets Downtown Minneapolis from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Video production for City pages by Todd Wardrope.