Enhanced greening and public realm space is a critical part of building vibrant and competitive 21st Century Cities. And it takes a whole community to maximize its impact.

That’s why people like Mark Huting, who actively work to create greener spaces within their neighborhoods, are so vital. Huting, who is the go-to person on the North Loop Neighborhood Association for all things related to trees and landscaping, has played an integral part in making sure the North Loop continues to become a greener space.

For his greening efforts, Huting was selected as a mpls downtown council 2025 plan leadership award. He will be recognized on Oct. 1 at the mpls downtown council annual gala.

Huting has made an incredible impact on North Loop greening over the past several years. He has led many improvement projects, including drawing up plans and raising funds to put in street tree planting beds on Washington Avenue and an ambitious beautification of MnDOT right-of-way in the neighborhood.

He has also given helpful nudges to countless other projects, including reviewing development proposals to ensure that their landscaping plans match the neighborhood’s high expectations and representing the neighborhood in discussion about new parks and park-like spaces yet to come.

As downtown’s residential population continues to grow, the work of committed individual residents like Huting making a more beautiful and livable place is invaluable.

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