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Great Places 2017

In 2013, the Sensible Land Use Coalition (SLUC) launched an initiative to identify Great Places in the Twin Cities region. The goal is to raise up those elements of a place that made it great, and thereby foster the development of more Great Places.


In response to current and past comments on the initiative, this year SLUC invited Cities and their partners to submit their Great Place for consideration.

Projects nominated were:

Can Can Wonderland* 

Faces of Rondo

Little Mekong Plaza* 

Minnetonka Mills Park Minnetonka*

Saint Paul City House* 

Schmidt Artist Lofts* 

Smith Douglas More House
Vandalia Tower

Western U Plaza

*Projects showcased on November 29, 2017 at the DoubleTree Park Place.

Learn about G
reat Places 2016

Learn about Great Places 2015
Learn about Great Places 2014
Learn about Great Places 2013


Bob Close, Urban Designer
Mike Lamb, MICHAEL LAMB Consulting
Jeff Miller, Hoisington Koegler Group
Barry Petit, SBP Design  |  Tracey Rust, CalAtlantic Homes
Lucy Thompson, City of Saint Paul
Barbara Thomson, City of Plymouth
Charleen Zimmer, Zan Associates


2017  Great Places
Showcased Projects



Mayor Terry Schneider and City Manager Geralyn Barone represent the Minnetonka Mills Park project, along with GPI co-chair, Barbara Thomson

Representatatives of Little Mekong Plaza


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