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I’ve appreciated the streets.mn blogging about Central Corridor coulda-woulda-shoulda’s. Other than signal-timing, I think it’s fair to ...
May 20, 2014 10.8 miles Lexington-Hamline, Summit-University I spent a good part of today’s ride ...
(One can consider this a series riffing on the theme introduced here at StreetsMN) I ...
The next Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project Public Open House is Monday, Aug. 4th at 6:30 p.m. ...
While I have a few problems with Robert Putnam’s methodology, he’s not wrong about the decline of picnics. In his book, Bowling Alone, he writes: The practice of entertaining friends has not simply moved outside the home, but seems to be vanishing entirely. Informal outings, like picnics, also seem on the path to extinction. The […]
I love the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. It’s the best one in the Twin Cities. Many weekends, I’ll ride my bike down the bluff from my West Side apartment to hang out in Lowertown. I usually wander around and spend a few dollars before going up West 7th street to do some errands. That’s why I read the fascinating article […]
I see a lot of similarities between Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis and Wheelock Parkway in Saint Paul. I thought it would be fun to compare the two corridors. Here we go. Minnehaha Parkway is 5.3 miles stretching from Lake Harriet to Minnehaha Falls through South Minneapolis. Wheelock Parkway is 5.4 miles stretching from Lake Como […]
I gave this presentation to the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) Annual Meeting in May 2014. Several people requested that it be made available to the general public, so I have created this brief overview for Streets.MN in anticipation of a Hennepin-Lyndale Reconstruction Project Open House Monday August 4th, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Walker Art Center. Special […]
Earlier, Nate Hood outlined the blunder being committed by Southwest LRT planners at the Belt Line station in St. Louis Park. It’s not a blunder limited just to this station – plans are to build over 3,500 park and ride spaces along the corridor. Large parking lots will displace transit oriented development at human scale […]
It appears the Metropolitan Council’s marketing and planning team are working in tandem to sabotage the Beltline Station in St. Louis Park. I’m not quite sure what “mixing up more than Bundt cake” means, or why it’s being used as a marketing slogan. Possibly because NordicWare, a nearby industrial facility, invented the bunt back. But, if […]
I had a meeting at MnDOT’s Metro Division at “Water’s Edge” in Roseville. This is a short distance (though by no means non-circuitous distance) from the Rosedale Transit Center. To maximize irony (showing up at a suburban MnDOT office building by transit) and since it was a nice day, and because I have a 1 […]
In the land of 10,000 lakes, we have a water shortage. According to the Metropolitan Council: “With more than 70 percent of the region’s water supply coming out of the ground, we are mining our groundwater and sending it downstream at the expense of our water supply, natural amenities, quality of life and economy. It’s […]
This is part 2 of the spotter’s guide to traffic signals. In the previous part I covered early Eagle Signal products. This second part continues with their later products and “everybody else”. Once again, I’ve noted “enthusiast / collector slang” by parenthesis to avoid confusion with official designations for products. Later Eagle models In 1987 […]
streets.mn has no editorial position on topics of transportation and land use. The opinions presented are those of the individual authors. In a recent interview, Fox 9’s Tom Lyden asked some great questions, including one about fear that took me another day of thought and help from my wife and friends to sort out. Conflict […]
It’s not too late to come to the streets.mn Members Summer Picnic July 27, 2014 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Minnehaha Park Conversation starters 1: Streets.mn writers have been making headlines in or on other publications lately. Eight Steps To Improve Urbanism appeared in the Strib; last week’s post How to Blow $20,000,000 on 1,100 People […]
Here’s an interesting look at a bike lane on a busy street in Great Britain. Published on Jun 23, 2014 The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this. I was travelling around 22mph through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being […]
via BikeHub The Pedway: Elevating London is a documentary on the post-war redevelopment in the City of London – focusing on the attempt to build an ambitious network of elevated walkways through the city. Featuring interviews with professor of town planning Michael Hebbert (UCL), architecture critic Jonathan Glancey, city planning officer Peter Wynne Rees and […]
We need to stop building bad places. We don’t need to build Rome or Paris. We just need to stop building Houston. The following eight rules apply to every major and mid-sized city with no exceptions. If your leaders don’t do these, somebody else will. And, you’ll have people asking in 10 years time why you […]
The podcast this week is a conversation all about crosswalks, with three folks who work at Toole Design Group, a leading planning and engineering firm. I reached out to a few friends at Toole after a fascinating conversation with one of their engineers all about signal timing. Three of Toole’s engineers and architects, Hannah Pritchard, […]
A recent study came out which attempts to measure affective qualities of walking through cities. You can read about on CityFix, or look at the study yourself here. I don’t understand all the methodology (mostly because I’m lazy), but the concept is intriguing to me! What might the most beautiful, most quiet, or most […]
The 10th post of the EU BICI series benefits from the insights of co-author, Peter Furth, Professor of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University and frequent instructor of a sustainable transportation course via TU-Delft. With tulips and clogs, bikes are a signature element of the Netherlands—lots of them. Everywhere. It’s the only country in the world […]
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Calling all streets.mn writers and members (and prospective members)! We’ve got a picnic set up at Minnehaha Park on what will certainly be a beautiful Sunday evening in Minnesota. streets.mn has been putting up tons of great content for months (years!) and we thought it’d be a great to have an in person event to […]