Through innovative public outreach and a collaborative design process, The Artery received endorsements and grants from multiple agencies and jurisdictions, helping the city fund the majority of construction and spur private economic development.
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City of Hopkins, Minnesota
The concept of The Artery began a decade ago, envisioned to increase visibility of historic Mainstreet and connect the city core to the main thoroughfare, Excelsior Boulevard. With this as a starting point, the City of Hopkins wanted to draw people from the proposed Hopkins Southwest Light Rail Transit station, through The Artery, to Mainstreet. Innovative development processes featured multi-disciplinary input from public works professionals, engineers, planners, urbanists, artists, and supporting specialists.
The Artery integrates interactive public art, innovative technology, a two-way cycle track, and educational elements of storytelling and cultural history all within the public realm; making this a prime destination along the proposed SWLRT Green Line. Few projects bring out such positive collaboration to create something unique yet mutually successful on multiple fronts.
- Award 1 Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association – 2018 Project of the Year Award