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Chart of the Day: Picnics Over Time

While I have a few problems with Robert Putnam’s methodology, he’s not wrong about the decline of picnics. In his book, Bowling Alone, he writes: The practice of entertaining friends has not simply moved outside the home, but seems to be vanishing entirely. Informal outings, like picnics, also seem on the path to extinction. The […]

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Biking Northeast I: 5th Street

(One can consider this a series riffing on the theme introduced here at StreetsMN) I live on the 5th St Bicycle Boulevard and take great joy in seeing the steady stream of riders go past my home. It’s a type of people watching. I recognize certain people often by their bike before their face. Ride up to the […]

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What to Expect at Monday’s Bottleneck Meeting

The next Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project Public Open House is Monday, Aug. 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room, Walker Art Center.    Maybe we can’t expect the intersection of our dreams yet (mine: Turn Don’t Merge) in the Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction  project, but there are a few key elements that neighbors must insist on seeing […]

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Embracing Change at the Saint Paul Farmers Market

I love the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. It’s the best one in the Twin Cities. Many weekends, I’ll ride my bike down the bluff from my West Side apartment to hang out in Lowertown. I usually wander around and spend a few dollars before going up West 7th street to do some errands. That’s why I read the fascinating article […]

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The Evolution of the Hennepin-Lyndale Commons

I gave this presentation to the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) Annual Meeting in May 2014. Several people requested that it be made available to the general public, so I have created this brief overview for Streets.MN in anticipation of a Hennepin-Lyndale Reconstruction Project Open House Monday August 4th, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Walker Art Center. Special […]

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SWLRT: Mixing it up more than Bundt Cake?

It appears the Metropolitan Council’s marketing and planning team are working in tandem to sabotage the Beltline Station in St. Louis Park. I’m not quite sure what “mixing up more than Bundt cake” means, or why it’s being used as a marketing slogan. Possibly because NordicWare, a nearby industrial facility, invented the bunt back. But, if […]

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This is a spiral shaped bus route. The 87 exiting Rosedale Center.

Adventures on Transit in the Suburbs

I had a meeting at MnDOT’s Metro Division at “Water’s Edge” in Roseville. This is a short distance (though by no means non-circuitous distance) from the Rosedale Transit Center. To maximize irony (showing up at a suburban MnDOT office building by transit) and since it was a nice day, and because I have a 1 […]

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A Spotter’s Guide to Traffic Signals: Part 2

This is part 2 of the spotter’s guide to traffic signals. In the previous part I covered early Eagle Signal products. This second part continues with their later products and “everybody else”. Once again, I’ve noted “enthusiast / collector slang” by parenthesis to avoid confusion with official designations for products. Later Eagle models In 1987 […]

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Conflict, Fear, and Not Sharing

streets.mn has no editorial position on topics of transportation and land use. The opinions presented are those of the individual authors. In a recent interview, Fox 9’s Tom Lyden asked some great questions, including one about fear that took me another day of thought and help from my wife and friends to sort out. Conflict […]

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Sunday Summary – July 27, 2014

It’s not too late to come to the streets.mn Members Summer Picnic July 27, 2014 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Minnehaha Park Conversation starters 1:  Streets.mn writers have been making headlines in or on other publications lately.  Eight Steps To Improve Urbanism appeared in the Strib; last week’s post How to Blow $20,000,000 on 1,100 People […]

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Romford Cycle Crash

Here’s an interesting look at a bike lane on a busy street in Great Britain. Published on Jun 23, 2014 The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this. I was travelling around 22mph through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being […]

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The Pedway: Elevating London

via BikeHub The Pedway: Elevating London is a documentary on the post-war redevelopment in the City of London – focusing on the attempt to build an ambitious network of elevated walkways through the city. Featuring interviews with professor of town planning Michael Hebbert (UCL), architecture critic Jonathan Glancey, city planning officer Peter Wynne Rees and […]

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Eight Steps To Improve Urbanism

We need to stop building bad places. We don’t need to build Rome or Paris. We just need to stop building Houston. The following eight rules apply to every major and mid-sized city with no exceptions. If your leaders don’t do these, somebody else will. And, you’ll have people asking in 10 years time why you […]

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Chart of the Day: Beauty, Quiet, Happiness on Walks

A recent study came out which attempts to measure affective qualities of walking through cities. You can read about on CityFix, or look at the study yourself here.     I don’t understand all the methodology (mostly because I’m lazy), but the concept is intriguing to me! What might the most beautiful, most quiet, or most […]

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Dutch Cycling around Delft and The Hague

The 10th post of the EU BICI series benefits from the insights of co-author, Peter Furth, Professor of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University and frequent instructor of a sustainable transportation course via TU-Delft. With tulips and clogs, bikes are a signature element of the Netherlands—lots of them. Everywhere. It’s the only country in the world […]

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