Last fall I joked that I was working on a theme of four word post titles and someone tweeted me a helpful topic suggestion about not driving to the gym (apologies to whomever made the suggestion, I can’t seem to find it anymore). At the time, I thought it was a good idea but that I’m […]
The exact intersection of the Phillips, Seward, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods is at the center of ...
July 11, 2015 12.05 miles Highland Park, Summit-University (Summit Hill) The small house movement caught ...
This is one idea of what the state trunk highway system could look like in ...
If you’re like me, you’ve heard people complain about Minneapolis or St. Paul’s snow emergency ...
On Saturday, there was an Art Sled rally at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis for the 9th year in a row. Above is a short video showing some of the participants. 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 […]
There’s a sizable patch of sidewalk out in front of Leaning Tower of Pizza, and in milder months they rope off almost all of it as a dining area for their customers. The sidewalk is big enough to comfortably share between diners and pedestrians. But Leaning Tower chooses not to. Maybe it’s because outdoor dining […]
Current events A recent UCLA study on Exclusionary Land Use Regulations and Income Segregation is the entry point to considering the current neighborhood opposition to a 6 story hotel in Uptown/Lyn-Lake Minneapolis (see more streets.mn criticism of neighborhood associations). Anton Schieffer urges “In order to create a more equitable city, Minneapolis must realize that neighborhood groups in desirable […]
Recently, posts about the Riverview Corridor have been generating a LOT of comments on streets.mn. One of these posts suggested that, in order to ensure the old Ford factory in Highland Park develops in a way that would not be thoroughly suburban, that the Riverview Corridor should be rerouted through Highland Park on the old […]
A friend of mine was recently discussing her problem with air travel, and how impactful emissions from flight can be in ways that people seem to ignore. In other words, even people that care a great deal about the environment and reducing climate change emissions seem to fly around an awful lot. Here’s a chart […]
The mid-winter thaw has me in a boating frame of mind. With perhaps barely two months left before the first spring outing, the sound of dripping gutters has me recalling adventures last year and plotting more in 2016. I wrote last spring about the joys of boating to lunch in Excelsior, so here is a little outing […]
Here’s a chart from this great “statistics and demographics” article in today’s Star Tribune. Check it out: CJ Sinner at the Star Tribune reports on how and why these data were created: Recently, a sharp drop in median income among Black Minnesotans prompted the Minnesota State Demographic Center to take a deeper economic look at ethnic […]
If you have ever traveled through the intersection of Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha, you know how confusing, wide, fast, and unfriendly it feels. With the second-most bicycle crashes, this is the second-most dangerous intersection in Minneapolis. It’s also one of the most dangerous intersections in Hennepin County, with crash rates more than two and a half times the […]
The Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT) is considering renaming several of the proposed stations in order to finalize construction plans. The proposal, first shared with partner government agency staff on January 14, 2016 and with the project’s community and business advisory committees in late January, will be considered by the Metropolitan Council on February 24th. […]
Planning transit takes a long time, and there are so many ways it can go wrong. For my money, the best remaining urban transit project in Saint Paul is the so-called “Riverview corridor” running from downtown along West 7th street down to the airport. As the latest ridership numbers show, rail has been the key to […]
Our local grocery wasn’t really very local. It was a 68,000 sq ft Rainbow big-box that closed last fall. This made our nearest general grocery a big-box Cub Foods (90,000 sq ft?) that is three miles farther away (there is also a Fresh & Natural about a mile away that we use often but it does […]
Via Strong Towns, here’s a map that lets you compare state-by-state break-downs of how state agency transportation spending according to a few set categories. This shows the Minnesota breakdown of those categories, along with the state-by-state comparison for “new road capacity.” The caveat is that this data is really tricky to come by, and it’s […]
Since I started serving on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Riverview Corridor transit project, I’ve had a front row seat from which to view the planning process here in St Paul. This isn’t the first time I’ve served on a group like this, but it is the most intensive and serious effort so far. […]
Advocates for fair housing policies received a boost recently, thanks to a UCLA study which demonstrates a link between restrictive land use policies and income segregation within cities. Instead of focusing on the issue of “concentration of poverty,” the study identifies the primary problem as a geographic concentration of affluence brought about by overly restrictive, […]
Here’s a map of Duluth, via the great Perfect Duluth Day site, showing the city in 1887: For Minnesota, Duluth is a really old city with Native American, fur trading, and lots of industrial history. By the 1880s, the recession of the 1870s was over and the city was booming again. According to Wikipedia: In […]
In order to fight climate change, we’re heading into a zero-carbon future. This is a problem that needs to be tackled in part by making cities and neighborhoods that are more walkable and bikeable with good access to mass transportation, but it’s clear that many people and many places won’t make the shift to those […]
Headline news The Star Tribune’s January 19, 2016 story “Bicycle lobby to seek lower speed limit for cities in Minnesota” (and others with similar titles on other media outlets) predictably provoked the usual anti-bike backlash without really explaining the issue. Julie Kosbab provides a valuable public service in the latest “We Read the Comments” installment We Read the […]
Lot going on in South Minneapolis lately! Just yesterday, the public got wind of two new proposals for buildings along the Midtown Greenway–five and six story buildings on both sides of Grand Avenue directly south of the Greenway. While there has recently been lots and lots of redevelopment west of Lyndale Avenue along what is […]
Street lights are disappearing in Bloomington. Last summer I noticed red spray-paint on a bunch of the poles on Lyndale Ave. Then they started to disappear. One day I drove out during my lunch hour, and crews were literally cutting them down with a Sawzall. An email to the city revealed that many of the […]