In the 3rd Ward, we have delivered a model for small business success — seeing record numbers of new openings over the last several years. Come check out what’s going on in North Loop, East Town, East Hennepin area, and the Arts District! Vacant properties are now occupied, the sidewalks are alive with action, and old historic buildings are refurbished and repurposed for innovative, modern use. This progress does not happen by accident. It takes a leader who is present and works shoulder to shoulder with entrepreneurs towards success, but also someone who gets out of the way and lets a great idea flourish.
We’ve pushed for decreased square footage of retail/restaurant space, preventing massive corporate franchises from setting up their boilerplates, and allowing small and local upstarts to pay rent. In doing so, we have increased vibrancy and activation of the street. Small and local businesses are a key part to success in our city, and we should be cheering for them!