Imagine Duluth

Imagine Duluth/Emilie Voight

Consider the lowly city utility box.

For all that they're usually 3-5 feet tall and a couple-three feet wide, chances are you don't even notice them.

But at Canal Park anyway .... that's due to change this morning (May 15).

More information about the Imagine Duluth projects is available here.

Imagine Duluth/Facebook

The Imagine Canal Park project wrapped up last month and now it's time to crunch the data and evaluate what worked and what didn't.

Folks haven't heard the last of it, though: there are plans to go ahead with Cold Front February again this year and once the artists get done with them, you may be paying more attention to those utility boxes than you ever thought you might.

City of Duluth/Imagine Canal Park

" ... Imagine no congestion

I wonder if you can

A plaza in Canal Park

Part of the city's plan.

Imagine there is parking

And, perhaps, it's free....."

~ with apologies to John Lennon

We speak with Duluth City Councilor-at-Large Elissa Hansen.  She is the Chair of the Finance Committee and the writer of an award-winning grant that was submitted to the Knight Foundation for Imagine Canal Park. This award will be celebrated today with a free and open-to-the-public Community Launch Party from 4 to 7 p.m. in Canal Park.

Duluth's Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in 2006 by the City of Duluth to put forth future considerations for land development. Last year, city planners sought to update the 10-year old plan and held a series of public meetings to gain input from citizens about how to modify the Plan.

Don't let anyone tell you Duluthians lack imagination.

The city has outgrown 2006's comprehensive land use plan and, to quote a famous one-time resident, "the times, they are a-changin'."

So they planned some events and sent out a questionnaire.

65 events (this summer) and over 4200 questionnaire responses later ... the Imagine Duluth 2035 project is ready to tackle some big issues with the help of a lot of old - and brand new Duluthians.