Chart of the Day: Minneapolis City Budget

This is a great new bit of data journalism from the Star Tribune you can explore… the city budget in square-chart form. Check out the size of the Public Works budget. Anyone have any good ideas on how to save taxpayers some money? Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support […]

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A New Meadowbrook Regional Park

Much as Minneapolis has turned back to the Mississippi River, different cities and groups are turning back towards Minnehaha Creek, gathering up land that would have fallen prey to developers. I’ve had a fantasy that a new regional park could be cobbled together from this patchwork to make the first regional park in the inner […]

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Sunday Summary – August 24, 2014

Here’s everything from streets.mn this week sorted and summarized: Important ideas, political edition:  Seeing Minneapolis with the NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride took state legislators for a ride.  Let’s hope the bikes-eye view of Minneapolis cycle infrastructure sparks interest in building better bike infrastructure (and appropriating sufficient funds to do it).  Writing your state legislators to follow-up […]

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The Big Show

If you want to see the biggest transit show in Minnesota, or anywhere between Chicago and the West Coast for that matter, hop a bus to the new State Fair bus terminal between now and Labor Day. Almost half of fairgoers arrive by bus, and those are now concentrated on the northwest side of the […]

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Bike Friendly Cities: Copenhagen

A newish video about bicycling and Copenhagen. Published on Aug 8, 2014 Where better to start our series on Bike Friendly Cities than in Copenhagen – a city with over 215 miles of bike paths that was declared the world’s best city for cycling a few years ago? We talked with everyone who is anyone […]

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Walking, That’s What We Do!

A City of London music video promoting walking as a means of conveyance. The song is by Noir and is quite catchy. 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.

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Seeing Minneapolis with the NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride

The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) have a conference every year to talk about legislating. And states. And such. This year, it took place in Minneapolis. Beyond a veritable smorgasbord of sessions ranging from community corrections to sales tax, attendees got to experience Minneapolis in a number of ways. On Friday morning, BikeMN and Bike […]

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Charles, Churches, and Culture – Part 1

May 24, 2014 17.9 miles Macalester-Groveland, Lexington-Hamline, Frogtown, North End Houses of worship flourish in Saint Paul. My rides have taken me past large, traditional church buildings with cross-topped spires, small storefront houses of worship with handwritten signs and nearly everything between. Today’s trip featured views of many of them. More on that later… You’ve […]

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Open Streets Minneapolis – Sustainable Transportation, Seward Businesses and Even Cute Dogs

Well, the Open Streets Minneapolis Franklin Avenue event was certainly a success. It was filled with local produce, Seward businesses, bicyclists, pedestrians, Nice Rides, concessionaires, cute dogs, a puppet show and even a player piano. Rain did clear some people out but that didn’t happen until well over 4 hours into it. One thing I […]

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Saint Paul’s New Street Design Manual

The wave of new “Complete Streets” laws require cities to develop “Complete Streets Plans” and new street design manuals. Street design manuals are like smart phone contracts or software download agreements. They tend to be so mind-numbingly boring and full of technical jargon that, rather than read them, we just click “agree.” Later on, we […]

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Port of Excelsior

Main Street – Excelsior

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 […]

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Chart of the Day: Average US Fuel Economy since 1975

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 […]

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Sunday Summary – August 17, 2014

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 […]

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East 26th Street – The Movie

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 […]

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