Vision of the City Project
Describe the consensus of your group of the ideal for Mankato
in the year 2020 given the following assumptions:
- Assume the city will have
grown to 75,000 people, spreading out toward Eagle
Lake, Nicollet, Rapidan and Kasota.
- Assume county population has
remained stable--despite population growth in the city
- Assume the growth in the
economic base of the city is in health care, high-tech manufacturing, and
retail. Higher education will hold at present levels.
1. Vision: Using information from the class, your field tour, the library, and the local newspaper, develop your vision for
the Mankato Area for 2020.
- What factors/events/trends
will contribute to the city by the year 2020? Include issues relating to
Housing & Community, the Environment, Business & Economics,
Transportation, Education, and The Arts.
- Within these constraints,
what is ideal for Mankato in 2020?
- What are the barriers to this
goal? What forces will reinforce it?
2. Plan: Develop a plan for Mankato 2020--
- Write a scenario (story)
which describes how the city grew from what it was in 2000 to what it has
become in 2020.
- Diagram the location of all
major activities/components of the city that are focal
to your vision.
- Develop a 3-dimensional model
of the most important elements of your plan. You could do this by
modeling, say, a 10-block area where the most intensive activity will
occur, or by portraying the whole city with only certain areas done in
detail, or anything in between.
3. Presentation: Prepare a brief (3-minute) presentation to
the class which describes your vision for the future of Mankato
4. Evaluation: This exercise is worth 16 points, and will be scored
on your model, your presentation, and written description which amplifies your
oral presentation. The criteria for scoring are:
current planning practice (as developed in class exercises); or, if you
choose to modify current standards, explain why and how.
- reflects issues of
- safety and security
- sound economic basis,
for residents, for businesses, and for city
convenience, and cost
© 1996 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 10 January 2003