Minnesota Department of Transportation

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About livability

Transportation influences the livability of our communities, including access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, safe streets, a clean environment and many other things that factor into our overall quality of life.

MnDOT’s Metro District is committed to working with our partners and the public to improve livability in the areas around our projects before construction. We will do this by using the following livability framework to guide how we design and evaluate future projects.

Livability framework

This framework is based on what people expect from our project work, as identified during public outreach efforts in Phase 1 (2016-2018) of the Rethinking I-94 corridor study.

  • Health and environment: Quality of life, comfortable environment, well-being, sustainability, green space, active transportation, public health.
  • Economics: Jobs, business vitality/opportunities and development, wealth generation, revenue generation, affordability over time
  • Sense of place: Legacy, vibrancy, sense of identity, cultural pride, consideration of the future
  • Safety: Personal security, freedom from danger, risk or harm
  • Connections: Infrastructure aligning with meaningful physical, social and cultural community connections
  • Equity: Inclusive of all people — all races, ethnicities, incomes and abilities with extra effort to ensure that historically under-represented populations are included, and past inequities are addressed to the extent possible
  • Trust: Familiarity, cohesion, stakeholder involvement, good faith collaborations, collaborative work with an interdisciplinary and multijurisdictional team, resilient relationships.