The Importance of Floating Bus Stops

Fellow Minneapolites, let’s stop being our northern humble selves for just a quick second and truly boast a fact that we’ve known for a while now: we live in the best biking city in America. Bicycling Magazine crowned us champs in 2010. WalkScore’s Bike Score doesn’t list us because we don’t have a large enough “population”, but […]

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The Return of Roadkill Bill

As Bicyclopolis Book II takes shape on my drawing table, there will be a brief intermission during which Streets.mn will reprise a colorized Roadkill Bill comic strip every Sunday. This week, Angerman returns to protest the expansion of a road. Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your […]

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Sunday Summary – May 17, 2015

Here in Minnesota, we are holding our breath for another 24 hours or so, The state legislature must conclude its session by midnight tomorrow, May 18 and although the DFL-controlled Senate and Republican House have reached agreements on many issues, a transportation bill is not (yet?) one of them. We hope legislators (or their staff) are […]

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Access to Jobs by Walking in Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Source: Accessibility Observatory

Map of the Day: Walk Access to Jobs 2014

From the newly released Access Across America: Walk 2014, this map shows the number of jobs that can be reached within 30 minutes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Similar maps are available for the top 50 metropolitan areas. [Full Disclosure: I am a co-author of the report.] Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. […]

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Walking in Saint Paul — What Will It Take to Make It Safe and Pleasant?

In the last couple of years, I have begun walking pretty much every day. I  walk to go to nearby meetings or to buy fresh produce, bread or fish. I walk to the bus or the Green Line to reach more distant destinations. I walk for exercise aiming to reach 10,000 steps a day, and […]

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Cleveland Avenue Shows St. Paul’s Need for Parking Creativity

I wanted to piggy-back off of Bill’s great piece on Lowertown’s perceived parking problem, where he notes that people walked nearly a mile from their parking spot on Energy Park Drive to Midway Stadium and were completely okay with that but parking a couple blocks away from CHS Field and walking through a vibrant downtown is somehow asking too […]

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Why I Do Not Support Move MN

Back in 2011, I coined the term “infrastructure cult,” not to be bombastic but to highlight a destructive mindset that has crept deep into the cultural narrative of America. The notion, fully captured by fellow Minnesotan Tom Friedman in his book, That Used to Be Us, is simple: investments in infrastructure create growth, jobs and prosperity. […]

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Walk This Way: Lyndale Avenue

Completed in March 2015, this walk is one of many  I have planned along major Twin Cities thoroughfares. On the day of the walk, I tweeted my adventures using #LyndaleWalk. Walk stats Distance: 20.2 miles Elapsed time: 7:21:41 Moving time: 5:41:32 Average pace: 16:52/mile FitBit step total for the day: 45,012 steps The route After reading A midday escape on Lyndale […]

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Lowertown’s Parking Problem is Lowertown’s Walking Opportunity

In Saint Paul, parking remains one of life’s great mysteries. The longer I live here, the less I seem to understand the things people say about parking and walking. Logic seems to twist and transform like hallucinated dragons. For example, last month’s spate of articles on the “Saint Paul parking problem” were full of interesting […]

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Who Benefits From Other Peoples’ Transit Use?

In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.” This is a fascinating […]

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Fresno: A City Reborn – Rare 1968 Documentary by Victor Gruen Associates

After having invented the modern American shopping mall with his design of Southdale in Edina, Victor Gruen spent much of his career working to reverse the population movement from core cities to sprawling suburbs across the U.S. This short film covers his work in Fresno which includes many parallels to Minneapolis-Saint Paul in that freeways were […]

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