There’s a dead spot in the Warehouse District.
No one lives where the highway meets Target Field’s parking garages, under the skyway at North 2nd Avenue and North 4th Street. Few businesses bring foot traffic. In the evenings, police keep a sharp eye on the people who crowd that strip of sidewalk because there’s nowhere else to sit.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) owns this vacant lot, but hasn’t known what to do with it for a long time. Downtown Minneapolis business associations couldn’t find anyone with a vision of making it into something useful.
Until Midwest Skateboarding Alliance came along.
Midwest Skateboarding Alliance is a group of smart and sensible skateboarding advocates led by epidemiologist Brenda Hoppe. Their goal is to popularize the sport, build skateparks, and end the stereotype of skateboarding as a public nuisance.