Versus! – Minneapolis Edition – Mill City vs Loring Park East

Mill City:

Mill City. 500 foot scale.
Mill City. 500 foot scale.  Even zooming into the 50 ft scale, Google Maps shows no more than 8 eateries/cafes within the red line which defines the “Mill District”.  In ballpark terms, this represents a density of commerce about 2% as high as in central Kobe.


Mill City
Satellite View of the same area.


Mill City. 100 foot scale.
Mill City. 100 foot scale.

Short Block Index ~3.5

Satellite view of the same area.
Satellite view of the same area.

Google Street View from Chicago Ave & S 2nd Street:

Looking NE on Chicago Looking NW down S 2nd St looking SE down S 2nd St

The border of the “Mill District” is defined by this seven lane hell-scape:

S Washington Ave


Loring Park East:

Loring Park - Scale 500 ft
Loring Park.  500 foot scale.

Loring Park - Scale 500 ft - Satellite.

At 100 foot scale:

Loring Park - Scale 100 ftShort Block Index ~3.5 (same as Mill City)

Loring Park - Scale 100 ft - Satellite.

Google Street View from LaSalle Ave & W 14th St:

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Category :: Mill City :: Loring Park East

Short Block Index :: 3.5 :: 3.5  [c.f. Kobe Motomachi 5-Chome’s 27]

– – stats:

Walk Score :: 83 :: 93

Transit Score :: 93 :: 86

Bike Score :: 93 :: 95

# restaurants at 100 ft scale :: 6 :: 7

# shops at 100 ft scale :: 1 :: 3


The walkscore numbers probably overestimate the walkability of the Mill City neighborhood.  We can see in Google Street View that the streets in Mill City tend to be very wide.  This means not only greater time required for pedestrian street crossing, but also higher vehicular traffic speeds.


Loring Park East

Other Considerations:

Mill City’s proximity to the University of Minnesota was not accounted for in this analysis, but could certainly be a deal-maker for students and professors there.

Looking Forward (2030?):

At the current time, the nearest light rail station (Downtown East) is functionally severed from Mill City by several blocks of deserted parking lots.  However, if these blocks were developed, the area could achieve a sufficient perception of safety to make the Downtown East station a convenient transit stop for the Mill City neighborhood.

Mill City to Light Rail


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