Caption Contest: What are These Things at Washington and Portland?

Not sure what these are. They appear to be street furniture. In moments like this, it’s best to turn to the knowledgable community for expert guidance. Thank you in advance for your invaluable contribution to streetscape awareness. [Official location, in front of Zen Box Ikazaya.] is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We […]

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Chart / Map of the Day: US Cities Ranked by Storefront Index

Here’s an important chart for you, showing something that the City Observatory cooked up called the “storefront index.” It measures the number of “customer-facing businesses” along city streets. Here’s the ranking [in absolute, not per capita, terms]: It looks like Minneapolis is punching a bit below its weight, though that might be accounted for by the […]

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Closed sidewalk on a busy street with no temporary pedestrian accommodations

Sunday Summary – April 24, 2016

We’ve just passed Earth Day on Friday, April 22. The idea for a national day for the environment was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson who hoped the attention and awareness of the environment would elevate environmental protection on the national political agenda. Senator Nelson. And Prince died.   Beyond the Metro What it Means to be […]

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What it Means to be Urban in Rochester

“Cities resemble lovers, offering allure, annoyance, and late-night availability.” -Emilie Buchwald I am a self-described urbanist. I grew up in a city, I have lived near city centers, and I have relished in the urban renaissance being experienced across the United States.  Here in Rochester, Minnesota I have been a passionate advocate for grassroots long-range […]

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Sunday Summary – April 17, 2016

It’s been a very light week here at; perhaps our writers were playing outside during this first very warm, very Springy week or staying inside doing their taxes while looking longingly at the sunshine.  After catching up on posts, you can celebrate the 100th birthday of our National Park system during National Park Week at […]

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St. Paul’s Skyway Pigeon Rookery

Each year my wife and I attend the American Craft Council show at St. Paul RiverCentre, this year on April 8. The level of artistry and skill is breathtaking. I highly recommend it, but that’s not the reason for this post. Each year we park in the Kellogg Blvd. ramp and walk across the skyway, […]

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