Writers’ Round-up: Advisory Bike Lanes

[From time to time we have a great email conversation open up on the streets.mn-writers list serv. Here's the round-up of the discussion.]  Today’s topic? Advisory bike lanes! IMO Advisory bike lanes are really interesting because, if they work, they would offer a design solution half-way between shared space and our line’d regime, and offer […]

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Chart of the Day: Road Funding Sources at Different Governmental Scales

This chart is taken out of this amazing new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, called Intergovernmental Challenges in Surface Transportation Funding. The report covers the challenges that are facing governments around road and transit construction and maintenance, paying especial attention to the shifting relationships between Federal, state and local funding streams. For example, here are funding source […]

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Monday Photo: Paris vs. Dallas and Mankato

Here is the Tweet seen round the globe, or at least in urbanism circles … streets.mn writer, Matthias Leyrer, went viral two weeks ago with this directed at a co-worker heading to France for holiday (feel free to check it out and RT it some more). This even sparked a clever Google Streetview Mashup (by Ben Lundsten). […]

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Map Monday: Population Change 2000 – 2010

This data is starting to get a bit old, but (thanks to a link from Aaron Renn’s great article on race and demographics in Indianapolis), I was clicking around this morning using the NY Times’ interactive census and demographic map. Here is a map of change in population for Minnesota as a a whole, and the […]

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Dancewalk! The Better Way to Cross Snelling Avenue

Recently, some crosswalks in Saint Paul have seen pedestrians raising the flag in hopes of a safe crossing. With this video, the SoulPancake Street Team suggests the dance walk as a superior way to cross the street. Might this be a more effective way of catching the attention of distracted motorists while crossing the street? Streets.mn is […]

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Desire line at McNamara Alumni Center

One Way to Deal With a Desire Line

Soon enough it will be Winter. Again a landscape covered with white powdery snow will reveal where travelers want to go. The first figure is an aerial shot of the former environment around the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The second figure is in front of (behind) McNamara . Though there is […]

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Improving LRT Signal Timing in Downtown Minneapolis

Although St. Paul’s traffic signals deserve most of the blame for slowing the Green Line, there’s room for improvement in Minneapolis as well. To be fair, Minneapolis deserves praise for its signal timing through the University of Minnesota campus, where trains are seldom delayed. They’ve also established a very good progression for westbound trains from […]

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Sunday Summary – September 28, 2014

All the week’s posts arranged, explained and prioritized to help you read what you need: Important ideas department: Streets.mn has trying to expand the conversation about transportation and land use by increasing equity and intentionally including voices not usually heard. This week, On the Politics of the Rhetoric of Choice analyzes how we describe public transit (and how […]

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No Need for Vandalism on the Greenway & Kenilworth

The Southwest Light Rail debate has been heated. Suffice it to say, there is no shortage of opinion. The debate on streets.mn was mostly polite. This was either a victory for civility or Minnesotans being Minnesotans. The best way to understand the complicated debate would be to read Nick Magrino’s “A Southwest Light Rail Explainer” and Jeremy Mendelson’s “Southwest Light […]

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Friday Photo: Two Views of Minneapolis’ Historic Churches

Acting on a suggestion from Matt Brillhart, here are two noteworthy views of Minneapolis two most beautiful and historic churches, the Basilica and the Hennepin United Methodist Church.   The former is from Andy Sturdevant’s recent column in Minnpost, and the latter (I think) is from my friend Peter (though I cannot quite recall).   Streets.mn is […]

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Chart of the Day: Single-family Home Vacancy Rate

Here’s a chart about the rising vacancy rate for single-family homes (in general) around the US. It comes from this interesting article about whether or not there’s an oversupply of single-family homes. Here’s the punchline: In fact, it turns out that it isn’t only economically struggling areas that have stubbornly high single-family vacancy rates. Many faster growing […]

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Women’s Independence and the Bicycle

This video is an excerpt from the feature documentary, Victorian Cycles-Wheels of Change, produced and directed by Jim Kellett. The following is the director’s description from Youtube: Today the bicycle is mainly known as a recreational vehicle and is enjoyed by people in every corner of the world. But at its outset, this controversial machine […]

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Infrastructure Opportunists and the Kellogg Bridge

Earlier this week, news surfaced that the Kellogg Ave-3rd Street bridge connecting Lowertown and Dayton’s Bluff is structurally deficient. The bridge, built in 1982 by MnDOT, has four vehicle lanes, the outer two largely supported by concrete cantilevers with pier supports built in the middle. It took only one day before the Infrastructure Opportunists in […]

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A Better Block Indeed! PARKing Day Rocks!

Last Saturday some neighbors, local business owners and I put on a Better Block event, and for one glorious day a pretty darn good commercial corner of Minneapolis (42nd Street and 28th Avenue) was made a much better place with trees, an on-street bike rack, a PARKlet, live music, a Ping-Pong table, and most of […]

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Motivation For Safer Roads

Motivation is an interesting thing. As a manager I was always interested in how best to motivate employees to achieve what was most important for our company. Many people that I hired were motivated simply to do a great job and for these folks the best thing to do was to give them what they […]

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Gas Stations: Where have they gone?

Decades before Holiday Station Stores, Pump and Munch, Super America an British Petroleum came up over the horizon, South Minneapolis was littered with tiny independently owned service stations. Many of these little building are still standing. Some have been repurposed as law offices, flowers shops, permaculture cafes and acupuncture clinics. Their parking lots and driveways […]

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