November 15, 2021

Downtown Bend Business Assn. pitches Minnesota Avenue pedestrian promenade to councilors

(Update: Adding city council discussion, DBBA executive director comments)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Downtown Bend Business Association presented to city councilors Wednesday night an early, conceptual plans for a pedestrian promenade that would remove cars and about 20 parking spaces from Minnesota Avenue, a proposal that has sparked much debate since it was revealed last week.

While no decisions were made, no strong objections were raised to some other initial steps downtown, from adding public restrooms to trying some demonstration events, perhaps at the holidays, to see how a temporary car-free block might bring more people to area merchants.

NewsChannel 21 spoke with DBBA Executive Director Mindy Aisling before the meeting, to learn more about the vision for a future promenade.

Aisling says their first priority is looking at a more pressing need, adding…

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