This summer, I've decided to turn my attention from long distance walking to connecting with others. I made a mental wish list of people with whom I wanted to walk and Jason Wittenberg was at the top of that list. Jason is the Manager of Land Use, Design and Preservation for the City of Minneapolis, where he has worked for the Community Planning & Economic Development Department since 1998. He holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota.
Jason and I have been following each other’s walks on Twitter since 2015 when I completed an 18 mile walk the entire stretch of Lyndale Avenue. He later tweeted that he was walking Lake Street from the border of Minneapolis/St. Louis Park to the border of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We’ve been cheering each other on ever since.
For our maiden voyage, we settled on June 5 and met up at the first Open Streets Minneapolis event of the season on Lyndale Avenue. For our route, we chose 42nd Street from Lyndale Avenue to West River Parkway which runs along the Mississippi River.
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