You may have seen our tweet that on September 7, streets.mn surpassed a total of one million page views. streets.mn just surpassed 1 million hits since we launched in January of 2012. Thanks everyone! — streets.mn (@StreetsMN) September 8, 2014 Surely the value of each page view, which is on the order of a couple […]
The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District today released the 5th annual Greening and Public Realm Awards’ ...
Another Open Streets Minneapolis event was a success. This one was Sunday on Nicollet Ave ...
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I recently visited Houston. While on a tour of the Red Line, their first LRT ...
Occasional streets.mn contributor John Edwards has a new blog about the demographic gap between his local neighborhood group and the surrounding residents of the Wedge, complete with nifty infographics. Here’s one of the charts on the site: I wrote a column about this over at Minnpost today. Engaging with renters is a persistent challenge for neighborhood groups all […]
This map shows areas of Minneapolis that are located within 1/4 mile (bright reddish-purple shading) and 1 mile (lighter purple shading) of a freeway mainline. Due to its divisive nature and regional significance, I have included Hiawtha Ave in the analysis. As you can see, most of the city is within a mile of a […]
A propos of the Lake Elmo article, here’s a chart of projected job growth along a few of the different Gateway Corridor alignment options from the Met Council’s recent study on the project. As you can see, most of the job growth is projected to take place in Saint Paul, Oakdale, and by the 3M campus […]
Back in 2003 I was working as a volunteer radio news reporter for KFAI, a great long-time community radio station on Minneapolis’ West Bank. Much like blogging, it was a fun (if unpaid) job involving many unexpected conversations and encounters with people from all corners of the city. I remember going to Minneapolis’ north side […]
I’m guilty of using this point when I want to win an argument. Millennials want options, especially in transportation. If cities want to attract new talent, younger residents and diverse citizens, you need to invest in transit. Right? Well… It’s not that cut and dry. The idea of investing in transit “because Millennials” is just plain […]
This map comes from the Met Council’s Transportation Policy Plan draft which is out for public comment right now. It depicts what the plans for what would happen if somehow the region received more money (most likely through a local sales tax). Here’s the description from the draft document, transit chapter: In order to complete the region’s vision of […]
After quasi-graduating this past spring and backpacking around Europe for two months, I have slowly adjusted back into reality. And, like a plethora of quintessential University of Minnesota millennial-aged graduates, I have moved from my humble, seven-people-in-a-four-bedroom college shack in the Dinkytown area to much greater (and less smelly) ventures in Uptown. What isn’t typical about my current situation […]
The development at the intersection of Franklin and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis has gotten a lot of attention, but primarily because of buildings proposed at the corners, to replace under-developed buildings at this highly accessible, emerging locale. The intersection itself has gotten little consideration. It is an at-grade 4-way traffic signal. However, Franklin Avenue finds itself in a valley at […]
When I was a kid, I watched the Olympics on television and they had this artist with a big mustache painting a big canvas. That painter was Saint Paul native Leroy Neiman. Whenever there was a dull moment or a break in the action, the announcer would ask, “What’s Leroy Neiman up to?” and the […]
The first frosty Fall morning has dawned (at least in Northfield, MN) and we are walking more briskly, putting on our gloves at the bus stop, scraping our windshield and feeling renewed energy with the new (school) year. Streets.mn writers got to work, too and here’s what we posted this week: Quick Looks and Listens: Two […]
Last month I posted a selection of photos from a road trip I’d been on throughout much of the U.S.A. Under the post, one commenter wrote that there was “plenty of good to go with the bad.” Later in the Sunday Summary, the post was described as a “highly selective and equally negative view of land […]
streets.mn readers are encouraged to join the Strong Towns National Gathering’s outdoor movie screening of “Human Scale” at the Piazza on the Mall. Here’s the trailer: It’s tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8:30 PM. Make sure to bring a coat! Get more information here. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on […]
In this 2009 video we see a few parts of downtown Minneapolis used as a street skate scape by Davis Torgerson. It is interesting to see the downtown streets, public spaces, and parking garages with few cars on what is most likely a weekend day. An empty skyway even gets transformed into a temporary skate […]
People for Bikes and The Green Lane Project have introduced a new promotional tool—Build It For Isabella. I think that as a promotional and messaging platform Isabella is a great idea. Isabella gets the basic point across in a good and simple way when we’re talking about what kind of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure we […]
You know the feeling. You hop on local route XYZ, hoping for a somewhat speedy journey to work, home, or play. Maybe today the bus will hit the jackpot. Then the familiar sound comes once every block, a soothing voice speaks the words “Stop Requested.” Sometimes it happens the instant the bus is pulling away […]
[This is part of streets.mn's "transpo convo" series, which aims to be an oral history of getting around the Twin Cities, one person at a time.] “I love MTC!”George stands at a bus stop on University Avenue on a blustery, 50 degree day, finishing his cigarette. He had been shopping at Wal-Mart. George exudes a […]
If you saw yesterday’s chart that disaggregated the falling vehicle miles travelled (VMT) according to type of vehicle, here’s another compelling chart that shows potential future VMT trends, from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. (Note: very official!) The report (which is very wonky, by the way) has a range of scenarios from “tech triumph” all the way […]
I had the most beautiful dream a couple months ago. In my dream I was strolling through the Loring Park neighborhood in Minneapolis. It was a lovely warm summer evening, and I wandered past the mix of mansions, apartment and commercial buildings and through the park we all know. Then a strange thing happened. In […]
In response to widespread public outrage about rutted, ice-clad streets, and jolting potholes throughout the City of Saint Paul in the winter and spring of 2014, Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a plan to resurface eleven of the “Terrible Twenty” worst arterial streets before the end of the fall construction season. On July 23rd, the […]