No Outlet: A Review of Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about the design (recognizing its isolating design and nature as private property may have some relationship about how shop managers and police think about the presence of […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Five, The Knights of Metroria

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Great Collapse, Dan Petosky learned from his travel companions Sara Raleigh and Archer Sturmley the catastrophic collapse of the industrial era in the United States.  In this week’s episode, Sara explains how the suburban survivors of the Twin […]

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Sunday Summary – March 29, 2015

Marching out of March and into April, here’s the week on streets.mn beginning with March Madness, of course. So, while you should be working and March Madness is not yet a national holiday, use the commercial breaks from March Madness (the basketball variety) to keep up with streets.m(ad)n(ess) and this week’s round 2 results:  Policy & Potpourri and Development & Transportation. Bikes […]

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Magic Parks

Feeling like you’re ready for some green to return to the Minnesota outdoors? Me too. Let this very brief promo video I made for the Minneapolis Saint Paul regional parks system whet your appetite and imagination. Summer is coming. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the […]

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Chart of the Day: Street Lighting and Safety Perception

This chart’s methodology might not be that great, but it’s studying the oft-overlooked topic of street lighting. Check it out: The chart is from the Minnesota Daily, where issues around public safety have been on the radar following a few crime incidents. Here’s what Elizabeth Smith, the Daily writer, has to say: An estimate in July 2014 […]

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Bicycle Facilities Best Practices Report from Transport for London

Transport For London (TfL) serves a role similar to our Metropolitan Council except only for transportation. TfL coordinates transportation and road design across the boroughs and cities of greater London and operates or coordinates services such as their subway, red buses, and ferries. TfL also operate the city-wide Oyster card system. TfL has been increasingly […]

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Where Should the Orange Line Terminate?

The METRO Orange Line will be the Twin Cities Metro’s second highway bus rapid transit line, running from downtown Minneapolis to Burnsville. As seen in the project plan update, many of the line’s basic decisions have already been made. However, there are some left, including improvements to the Marq2 corridor, and the alignment of the […]

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Chart of the Day: Commute Mode vs. Happiness

Here’s a compelling chart, from a Canadian study, that attempts to measure the vague notion of “happiness” and/or “satisfaction.” Check out the different commute modes: This shouldn’t be rocket science to anyone who spends much time stuck in traffic on the freeway. Here’s what Citylab had to say: The first thing that’s clear is that, […]

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Ban the Ban, Not the Plan

Last week, Minnesota House representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) issued a news release touting a compromise between him and supporters of the Zip Rail line being planned between the Twin Cities and Rochester. Oh good! Compromise! Our representatives must have done their job and avoided petty politics! That’s what we always want our representatives to do, […]

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streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 2 – Development & Transportation

Welcome back to streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, get to vote for your favorite goings on in the world of Twin Cities urbanism. Today we’ll be voting for contenders in the Development and Transportation categories, personal favorites of mine. They’re very popular categories Nick, in particular for streets.mn, whose stated mission is to expand […]

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Map Monday: Vacant Property in Minneapolis

Courtesy of the Star Tribune’s excellent data reporting, here’s a map of vacant properties (publically and privately owned) in Minneapolis. As you can see, they’re clustered in the poorest parts of the city, especially in North Minneapolis. This is one of the layers of data:   For much more on this topic, check out the Star […]

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Podcast #85: Over North with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins

The podcast this week is a conversation with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins, all about the historic preservation, transportation and neighborhood revitalization in North Minneapolis. Jeff, Brian, and Will are all very active in the community organizing and local politics in North Minneapolis, as well as posting and writing on the internet. We […]

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The Disability Community is “Making Strides” Toward Better Transit Access

The recently released Making Strides 2014 Accessibility Survey provides a wealth of data about the challenges faced by members of the disability community as they seek to access the Green Line. The report also makes clear why it’s so important to make sure that people with disabilities can get to the station safely and easily. Background data drawn from Minnesota Compass research […]

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Public Spaces

The last in the series of four videos from the Knight Foundation featuring Gil Penalosa and his thoughts on public spaces as an essential piece to creating livable cities. 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 […]

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