When I was in high school, my favorite teacher was a 6’5″ bald man who went by the nontraditional title of Johnson the Tall. He annually attended the Conference of the Parties starting in 2009, spent most of his winter weekends racing sled dogs in the boundary waters, and wore some of the most competitively intricate Norwegian sweaters […]
Last Sunday, as Barbara Ann Mahigel crossed Nicollet Avenue to meet her husband for their ...
For over six months, I’ve been worried about an upcoming ordinance allowing “intentional communities.” Recent ...
We hear frequent calls for more funding for bicycling — for painted bike lanes, door zone ...
This week’s podcast is a conversation with J. Drake Hamilton, a Science Policy Director for ...
Last Sunday, as Barbara Ann Mahigel crossed Nicollet Avenue to meet her husband for their 52nd anniversary dinner celebration, a car fatally struck her. Her death raises important policy questions for the City of Minneapolis. How will the City’s elected officials and staff honor the memory of Barbara by doing all they can to prevent […]
For over six months, I’ve been worried about an upcoming ordinance allowing “intentional communities.” Recent City Council committee discussions, at Community Development & Regulatory Services (CDRS) and then Zoning & Planning, have brought these concerns into focus. In summary, this ordinance would expand the definition of family in the zoning code to include so-called “intentional […]
We hear frequent calls for more funding for bicycling — for painted bike lanes, door zone bike lanes, sharrows, protected bikeways, bicycle parking, giant motor traffic intersections for Trader Joe’s, programs to encourage people to ride and any number of things. We don’t need all of that special funding. We may specifically not want that special […]
This week’s podcast is a conversation with J. Drake Hamilton, a Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based non-profit that works at the intersection of energy and environmental policy. J. and I sat down to talk about what the climate change conversation might look like over the next few years, in a political landscape […]
Over time, average family sizes get smaller, and old houses get emptier. But in Minneapolis’ lower-density zoning districts, no more than three unrelated people can live together as a household; in higher-density districts, the limit is five unrelated people. For people who want to live with three or more friends in a big old house, this is a problem. As a […]
Another one down It’s part of the price to pay They say but no more Pedestrians die and no one blinks. We consider it to be an individual accident and thus an individual error but it’s time to connect the dots. We consider it the price to pay for […]
As the mercury dips, my appetite for screen time increases. With the recent release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix, I decided to go back in time to watch the original series. The first 30 seconds of “Pilot” is the lead character, Loralei Gilmore walking along the Main Street of the fictional town, Stars […]
Via James Russell on Twitter, here’s a bottom-up map that was generated from analyzing 130 million commuter patterns and narrowing those trips into a series of “megaregions” around the country. The end result, in multi-color glory: And another one showing clear delineations: A brief description of the methodology: Previously megaregions have been typically identified by […]
Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list. At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region. […]
Welcome to December! Thank you to those who attended the streets.mn fundraiser this past week (and those who donated). Although the event is past, you can read a few posts about why supporting streets.mn is still a good idea from Bill Lindeke, Nicole Mardell, and Janne Flisrand. Supporting streets.mn helps us bring you fine content […]
English pubs are among the premier “third places” in the world. Despite rumors of their death, they remain vital to the community and I’m impressed by how well they fit in to the urban (and rural) fabric. The English pub is a great place to gather with friends or strangers. They are also quite amenable […]
Tonight is the annual streets.mn fundraiser and I would love to see many, if not all of you there. I want to see you all there because: -Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck will be there and he is ~very~ dreamy. -The fundraiser is located in the central location of downtown Minneapolis with excellent access to LRT […]
Editor’s Note: One of the missing voices in bicycle planning in the Twin Cities is college students. This series aims to include the perspectives of a generation that is much less likely than their parents to own vehicles. The authors are Macalester students enrolled in the “Bicycling the Urban Landscape” course. The overarching objective is […]
The 2nd annual awesome streets.mn wintertime fundraiser is this week and I hope you can come. There are at least two reasons you should come. First, we’ll be having an exciting special guest, Adam Duinick, the chair of the Metropolitan Council, the premiere regional government in the entire United States, who will be attending and […]
Did you know that you there are 23 bridges in Minneapolis and Saint Paul that allow you to walk or roll across the Mississippi River? This October, I spent a weekend walking across 19 of them and am in love with this way of experiencing the river and our twin cities. This route was so much […]
Hello! This week’s podcast is a conversation with James Eli Shiffer, a writer and editor at the Star Tribune, about his recent book the King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis. The book is an in-depth account of Shiffer’s research into the old Gateway area of downtown Minneapolis, centered […]
Editor’s Note: One of the missing voices in bicycle planning in the Twin Cities is college students. This series aims to include the perspectives of a generation that is much less likely than their parents to own vehicles. The authors are Macalester students enrolled in the “Bicycling the Urban Landscape” course. The overarching objective […]
Although I live in Minneapolis now, I grew up about 90 miles south of Minneapolis in Rochester, MN. For those of you that aren’t aware, Rochester is a neat little place. It’s also a strange little place that has been in a state of change for a number of years now. The folk song of […]
Historyapolis‘ amazing work on the history of racism and real estate in the Twin Cities continues with this map showing racial covenants in Minneapolis over time. Here’s the cumulative total (so far!) from 1951. Racial covenants were part of a suite of racist practices and policies that profoundly shaped Northern cities in the 20th century. […]