Green Development — Literally

Once there were parking lots
Now it’s a peaceful oasis
you got it, you got it
This was a Pizza Hut
Now it’s all covered with daisies
you got it, you got it
I miss the honky tonks, Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens
you got it, you got it

–The Talking Heads; lyrics, “(Nothing But) Flowers”

I don’t know whether the folks responsible for the Midtown Greenway were Talking Heads fans.

But they could have been.

What was once an abandoned railroad track cutting east-west through the middle of Minneapolis is now . . . a vibrant, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly artery.

Due to leadership and foresight like that, Minneapolis was recently named “America’s Best Bike City” by Bicycling Magazine.

Maybe the owners of the now-closed Brookdale Mall will catch the fever next:

There was a shopping mall
Now it’s all covered with flowers
you’ve got it, you’ve got it

One can certainly hope . . .

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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