Designed by Cermak Rhoades Architects, Hiawatha Commons is Metropolitan Council’s poster child for affordable housing. The 2040 Transportation and Housing Policy Plans expect higher-density mixed-use developments with affordable units along transit corridors. Located at 2740 Minnehaha Av., this 4-story building is close to Hiawatha Light Rail station, providing easy work access to the airport, Mall of America, and Downtown. It has 80 units of affordable and market-rate housing (40 studios, 24 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom) and with its Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, 64 units must be rented to tenants who earn less than 50% of area median income ($35,000 for a single adult, $50,000 for a family of 4). Shared laundry facilities, limited balconies, and the risk of arson/looting in ground-level commercial spaces are design characteristics that need rethinking after the pandemic and protests.