Minneapolis is adopting a Pedestrian Master Plan. Elements of this plan aim to improve the function of Core Services: sidewalks and crosswalks. At that level, although not a critical priority, such an effort fits within responsible government.
The Plan, however, aims for more than infrastructure improvements:
Objective 1.1: Complete the Sidewalk Network (see also 5.2, 7.2)
1.1.2 Investigate funding sources and legal mechanisms to fill sidewalk gaps.
This is plannerspeak for raising taxes and developing costly legal mandates to achieve plan goals. I oppose more taxes in most cases, including this one. Passing laws that compel property owners to provide public amenities is worse than honestly and openly raising taxes.
Objective 4.4: Provide Street Furniture Appropriate for Pedestrian Needs (see also 5.3)
4.4.3 Continue to implement the Art in Public Spaces program.
Public art is not a need. It is a luxury. It is certainly not a Core Service.
Those who want to install art should pay for it themselves, including all costs for incorporating their wishes into the provision of Core Services. Given that a Public Art program has been adopted over my objection, I require Northeast receive its equitable share of art funding. The presence of the Northeast Arts District suggests there are opportunities for our part of town to enjoy more public art for our fair level of subsidy.