Residents met last week to discuss how to integrate art into ‘The ARTery.’
Some people liked the idea of a giant picture frame on Eighth Avenue that people could stand in to have photos taken. Others suggested a pedestrian bridge that lights up more the more people that are on it. Those were just two of the ideas that residents had last week for “The ARTery,” a stretch of Eighth Avenue that Hopkins aims to transform into a “pedestrian-seductive” corridor. Planners want to use the corridor to entice people into the city’s central business district—particularly Southwest LRT riders at the stop planned just across Excelsior Boulevard. Hopkins hosted a get-together Saturday to discuss how to integrate art into the corridor. Experts from IBI Group, Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. and Forecast Public Art introduced the …
The city aims to transform Eighth Avenue into a streetscape that communicates what Hopkins is about.
Wednesday, January 2
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from the City of Hopkins. As Hopkins prepares for the arrival of the SW LRT line in 2018, a vision has emerged to transform 8th Avenue into a gateway to downtown Hopkins – bridging the LRT station on Excelsior Boulevard to Mainstreet. A key part of this vision is to use art to enliven the street and tell the unique story of Hopkins. For 8th Avenue to serve as the gateway, it will need to be transformed to a place where the pedestrian or bicyclist is welcomed and given more to see, feel and experience. From this vision, the ARTery has emerged. The ARTery will be an interactive, pedestrian-seductive streetscape that communicates what is unique about Hopkins through art, while setting …