One small step for Walkability — one giant leap for Mankato.

Monday March 3rd is a date to be celebrated amongst Mankato residents. At a regular city council meeting (which was packed to the brim with supporters) the council voted unanimously to approve a roughly $1.3 million redevelopment of Front Street.

A little context on Front Street: Pre-WWII downtown Mankato was arguably one of the best downtowns in the state, if not the midwest. I’ve had old timers tell me that it was better than Galena, IL. During the dark ages of urbanism and the peak of our lust for everything automobile, we decided to either destroy or neglect our downtowns — a tragic result of the automobile hivemind. Continue Reading