Here’s a chart showing an uptick in driving due to low prices, from this blog about sustainability… It just shows that price signals do make a big difference, even if total VMT has been below its peak for a decade. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the […]
The other day I was wondering to myself, what makes the St. Cloud “metro” area ...
Last September, Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender’s office held an informational meeting regarding a ...
My University of Minnesota colleague Elizabeth Wilson lives on the quintessential neighborhood street in St. ...
This is part four of an ongoing series on traffic signals. Part one and part ...
What a time to be alive! There’s a lot going on around here: cranes and trains all over, new bike lanes, new parklets, and new possibilities! In the spirit of getting in on the March bracket-making action, we are happy to announce the first annual streets.m(ad)n(ess) Tournament! Using the suggestions of you, our readers, we’re going to […]
From a blogger that devotes their life to debunking climate denial comes this chart… If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average. […] The variability we observe in surface temperature comes primarily from understood patterns of weather. Many have heard of El […]
Watching a cyclist fly through a red light while we wait idling in our car, on our feet or on our own bikes is frustrating. Such a brash move in the face of society causes us to lambast the enforcement of the legal system, we criticize their parents’ child rearing skills, and start attributing recklessness to […]
No, I’m not in a wheelchair, but I’ve spent time walking alongside people who are, as we tested out walking and rolling routes to a couple of the Green Line stations. For me, and others who walk every day, the wheelchair user’s view offers a new lens that focuses on the challenges facing people who […]
This might be of interest in the streets.mn community, particularly given the controversies associated with whether elected and appointed officials should and do use of the modes they are supposed to manage. Organized by a coalition of local advocacy groups, the “Roll With Us Transit Challenge” will be an excellent illustration of where transit works well, and where […]
With Minneapolis getting its first Woonerf, we can start to think about reallocating road space more seriously. Over the years, many writers on streets.mn have suggested a number of potential ideas in the Twin Cities for pedestrian treatment. While the radicals among us may want to ban cars altogether (at least in cities), the realistic among us […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with Brenda Kayzar, a professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota who researches urban real estate, housing, and the role of artists in urban economies. We sat down the other day to talk about the history and future of “arts districts” in the US, particularly the northeast Minneapolis […]
Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. This week’s episode is The Velochronitron. Click on the pages twice to make them bigger. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.
It’s March, that month when the snowplows are still working, but construction season is on the horizon. Here’s all the news from streets.mn with posts which plow deep into issues, clear up confusion, and try to build better conversations on the way to better cities. Think about adding your voice to this effort by writing […]
Last summer, I was hired by the Knight Foundation to accompany and film a study tour taking a look at how the city of Copenhagen reinvented itself. 8-80 Cities founder and chair, Gil Penalosa, sums up the main pillar of creating livable communities in this first in a series of four videos when his says […]
(Editor’s Note: There’s another streets.mn post today about the Downtown East Commons park that covers many of these same points and describes the process a little more thoroughly, and so you could probably consider this post to be a wacky spin on the first. We’re going to publish both at the same time.) Earlier this […]
On Tuesday night, a healthy crowd of local downtown residents and other interested parties gathered in the rustic lobby of the Mill City Museum for the first of several public meetings about the forthcoming Downtown East Commons park. It was a fun atmosphere, with the palpable enthusiasm that comes with the chance to shape big changes […]
A researcher at the University of Minnesota now has a live map to find real-time bus locations from MetroTransit. The Number 67 is shown. Blue is eastbound, Orange westbound. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming […]
The March 7 schedule change is pretty quiet, mostly small schedule adjustments by Metro Transit. The most noticeable was faster running time on both light rail lines. The Blue and the Green Lines are now 3 minutes faster each way and more reliably on time, thanks primarily to better traffic signal timing. The Green Line’s […]
Can you believe it? Has it been that long? Indubitably, it has been nearly 10 years since the Midtown Exchange was redeveloped in the old Sears building. I was there, with a very pregnant wife, for the grand opening in June 2006, and today my wife works there at Allina’s headquarters office, and we take our […]
In the span of just a few months, the Mall of America (MOA) became the center of two debates regarding peoples’ rights in quasi-public spaces. On December 20th, 2014 the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization staged a protest in the MOA rotunda: If you’re unaware of the whole issue, bone up here. Specious allegations that […]
Minneapolis city budget negotiations this year sparked a public conversation about city finances and the details of budgeting. There was one piece missing, however, from the public conversation. It is the difference between the tax levy and the taxes levied. The former is the targeted budget set by the city. The latter is the method […]
Every year, MnDOT publishes a number of safety statistics. A lot of that data is available here. One of the products they publish annually are the “Green Sheets,” which they publish for both various intersection types and roadway section types. The chart below is adapted from the 2013 Section Green Sheet. It shows the statewide […]
The following City staff counterpoint is a response to Tom Fisher’s recent article, “Enough visual interest, already!” The article was published online February 13, 2015, and appeared in print the following day. This counterpoint is co-authored by Jason Wittenberg, the Manager of Land Use, Design and Preservation for the City of Minneapolis and Kjersti Monson, the Director of […]