You may have heard the news about a little apartment building proposed for a site at 24th & Colfax in the Wedge. After a long, bitter battle over whether the houses currently on the site should be demolished, the proposed building is finally up for review before the City Planning Commission. One of many reasons […]
Well, the Open Streets Minneapolis Franklin Avenue event was certainly a success. It was filled ...
Well, it happened. The referendum allocating $47 million dollars for a new high school along ...
Our transit maps are getting more colored lines! We now have three different routes in ...
The wave of new “Complete Streets” laws require cities to develop “Complete Streets Plans” and ...
Following up on yesterday’s chart showing gains in fuel economy since 1975, today’s chart shows annual average gas prices, adjusted for inflation to 2013 Dollars. The most striking thing about this chart is that gas prices maintained all-time lows (under $2/gallon in 2013 Dollars) for roughly two decades – from the mid-1980s to 2003. It’s […]
Excelsior, Minnesota is home to Minnesota’s second operating streetcar line (part of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum). Being good transportationists, we visited a few weeks ago. Excelsior is legally a city, though really a town, with about 2,400 people. Excelsior is located about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis (map), connected directly by Highway 7, and more circuitously […]
Here’s a chart that appears in a (less-than-groundbreaking) discussion about peak vehicle miles traveled, showing average US fuel economy since the 1970s. According to the page (Peak Oil News): The graph also shows that, with the second oil crisis, mileage restarted to increase, but by far not as fast as in the 1970s. There is […]
Here’s the past week on streets.mn suitably summarized and tidily triaged for easy reading: Current events: The Green Line has generated multiple posts (and numerous comments) on streets.mn; Green Line, Green Lights adds detail about signals and signal timing to keep the train moving smoothly. Citizen engagement: “I’m Not Opposed To Development” reviews neighborhood opposition to […]
Almost eight and half years ago I pulled my low resolution point and shoot camera out of my pocket to document a car crash scene at the intersection of East 26th Street and 1st Avenue South in Minneapolis. No need to worry–there was no blood at the scene (at least none that was picked up […]
The United States is widely regarded as a global economic superpower. Citation: I’m sure that sentence has appeared verbatim in Time Magazine before. But on a recent roadtrip throughout the middle and Eastern US, I found myself wondering, ‘If we’re such an economic superpower – If we’ve been plundering this land for centuries – what […]
Suppose you have a train moving along (parallel to) an East-West (EW) signalized arterial. Case 1: If the signals are pre-timed, and the timings are known in advance, the train should never have to stop for the signals (aside from emergency signal pre-emptions and other edge cases). Instead, the train should be able to adjust its speed […]
For decades, the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha area of northwest Seward has been a thorny area, confusing for cars, unsafe for pedestrians, and generally lacking in the urban amenities residents of most Minneapolis neighborhoods desire. Though the area has had an LRT station on the blue line for 10 years now, little has changed where the three streets […]
Pick up an orange flag and cross a street. That’s how revolutions get started. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. After injuries and deaths on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, pedestrians are fighting back. Members of a Macalaster College have placed flags in buckets to aid the crossing of this busy street. However, a grumpy man on a soapbox thinks that these […]
Different mobile apps help us negotiate our journeys using transit, trails, walking grids, etc. A few apps even provide reviews of different businesses from the general public or your trusted connections. There are different apps for both, but what I find most helpful is the mobile Google Maps transit option. It’s not so much just […]
The podcast this week is a conversation about the history of electric cars, which is part of an exhibit ongoing right now at the Bakken Museum in South Minneapolis. I sat down with Juliet Burba, curator of the Bakken Museum and Robert Moffitt, communications director for the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, who helped to […]
Comparing transit rates for different cities and (college) towns in the United States, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is currently ranked #31 behind older East Coast cities, college towns of all stripes, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Portland/Seattle/Salt Lake. Is that where we should be? [via 538, ranked by total rides, not by per capita transit usage] Streets.mn is […]
3M’s Maplewood campus is a place that I have long thought has one of the best opportunities in Minnesota for employee bicycling. The 12,000 employees at the 28 building campus account for a significant number of extremely short trips by car each and every day. Trips that just about anywhere outside of the U.S. would […]
With the emerging debacle of The Yard prominent in the press (Strib and blogosphere), it is natural to overlook the fact that downtown Minneapolis just opened a brand new public space. It is called Target Field Station (formerly The Interchange), and despite Tom Fisher’s review on MinnPost, people actually use it and it is pretty nice. So considering downtown […]
Intro note: After retiring from Metro Transit in 2006, I wanted to give public officials good technical info so they could make better public transit policy decisions. Metro Transit changes schedules four times a year, so I started this quarterly report to explain the important ones. It goes to a small email list, but folks have […]
Last Wednesday I found myself in a nearly empty meeting room, observing the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) at work. This has been an all-too-frequent circumstance for me in recent months, as I work the Wedge-beat for a fake news organization called @WedgeLIVE. I was there to watch the proposed development known as Frank-Lyn inch […]
Buses are required by law to stop at railroad crossings (except where exempted, such as the light rail tracks on University Avenue in the Twin Cities). This is for safety reasons, the law was implemented in Utah for school buses after a terrible accident. The Deseret News reports: DeVon Andrus of Cedar City wrote, “I endorse everything […]
Saint Paul is a weird city. One of its many quirks, which may go largely undetected, is that it has a DMV located deep in the recesses of a Sears Department Store. It’s easy to miss. First you would have to find a reason to go inside a dated looking Sears at Rice Street just […]
Here’s the complete week on streets.mn thoughtfully organized and helpfully annotated: Events: If you know about a transportation or land use related event, we’d love to know about it, too. Events is the complete guide to this feature of the streets.mn site. Events are also good topics for posts, if you’d like to write for […]