Have you heard the news today, oh boy? (Okay, yesterday.) The costs of the SWLRT are ballooning — up to $2B, in fact. By the math, that’s 333 Vikings pedestrian bridges, and change. Between ongoing legal and political battles from city, county and suburbs, to newly-identified soil contamination that’s worse than anticipated, to an improved […]
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Here’s a map, tweeted by a reader, of the original blue line station area plan, next to the now-defunct HHH Metrodome, c. 1999: Kind of interesting given the recent debate (spurred by Nick’s post) over the pedestrian bridge by the Viking’s stadium. My initial reaction is that plans stay on the books long after they’re first proposed, and never completely disappear. Streets.mn […]
With news today that the latest cost estimates have approached the $2 billion mark, there is much speculation on Twitter that this news might mean the end of the SWLRT Green Line extension to Eden Prairie. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If […]
This week’s New York Times Sunday magazine is devoted to the subject of walking in New York City. While most of the articles are personal narratives or think pieces, “How Do We Protect New York City’s Pedestrians?” is the best thing I’ve ever read on ped-auto conflict and how a shift in engineering philosophy can […]
Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Gates of Bicyclopolis, Sara gave Dan and Archie their first glimpse of the city and a tour of the outer green belts that surround it. In this week’s episode, our travelers get a tour inside the city from their […]
While reading an excellent article by Yonah Freemark, Why should Chicago focus growth near transit?, I thought the Twin Cities should do the same thing. Taking advantage of existing capacity is far more cost effective than building new capacity (and yes, this applies to all modes). But what is the existing capacity of the Green […]
This week’s posts cover a lot of territory – some posts continue discussion on subjects which started in other local media, a few more keep expanding on-going conversations on streets.mn and some new stuff. Here’s the week carefully curated for your consideration (and comments or follow-up contribution). Hot topic: Ugly buildings and urban design On Ugly […]
I’ve recently found myself getting frustrated by the discourses surrounding architectural aesthetics I’ve been coming across. Here’s an example from the Star Tribune. Yes, I know, the Strib comment section is terrible (bless those of you who take the time to try and ameliorate it), but humor me. One person’s garbage is another person’s treasure. […]
Here is a map from Saint Paul’s Highway 5 / Shepard Road Access Options Study which uses cellphone tracking data to show traffic flows to/from the MN-5 bridge over the Mississippi River. The bridge carries about 56,000 vehicles per day. The study has the goals of updating infrastructure in the area to: Improve vehicle, bicycle, […]
Macalester-Groveland, West End, Downtown 13.4 Miles September 20, 2014 There are sales galore in Mac-Groveland on this beautiful Saturday. I made two stops on the same block of Palace Avenue in Mac-Groveland today, both for ornamentation so unusual they could (and may still) be recognized on the “Quirky Saint Paul” page of this blog. First, […]
I came across this Family Friendly Cities blog post a while back, and of course I’m inclined to agree with the general conclusion. You hear a variety of reasons people want to move outward to the suburbs, and while there’s a nuance in the millions of decisions made across the metro (and country), my anecdotal understanding […]
The past couple months has seen a robust conversation about development in Minneapolis, starting with Tom Fisher’s Star Tribune piece and followed by Jason Wittenberg’s streets.mn rebuttal. But taste is subjective, so rather than talk about what makes a building “ugly,” let’s instead discuss the ground floor and how it relates to the public realm around it. Building frontages are at eye-level, and together with […]
Minneapolis 1, St Paul 0 — While driving around in Minneapolis and St Paul the other day, the differences in street life were enormous. Massively more people were riding bicycles (and walking) around Minneapolis than St Paul. Or, there were a lot of people riding in Minneapolis and nobody in St Paul. If I were […]
I’m not sure if this technically counts as a chart, as it lacks a proper X axis, but it kinda looks like one if you squint. What you’re currently squinting as it pretty self explanatory, via the Star Tribune, the sizes, lane widths, and heights of the three existing and soon-to-be-existing bridges over the Saint […]
When I was a junior in college, I studied abroad in Oslo, Norway. I lived in a student housing village a distance away from campus, nearer to the vast woods in the city’s backyard than to the bustling center. The closest landmark to my flat was Ullevål Stadion, the national stadium and home to Vålerenga IF, the local […]
This is Part Three in my series on the new Stillwater Bridge; the series continues with further design revisions and some odds and ends. Part One looked at the history from vague 1950s proposals to the doomed 1995 plan. Part Two covered further design proposals as well as the trials and tribulations leading up to […]
Much has been written over the past year on the upcoming reconstruction of the Hennepin/Lyndale commons area just outside downtown Minneapolis, to be done later this year. Today’s Map of the Day looks back at the proposal for I-94 in the commons area from 1957. It comes from the study report “Freeways in Minnneapolis” conducted […]
Every large American city has parking requirements. New York has parking minimums. Portland has parking minimums. Even Houston, which stands alone in the United States by forgoing zoning laws altogether, has parking minimums. Houstonians can build a multifamily apartment building wherever they like, but they need 1.25 spaces for every studio unit, which is higher than Minneapolis’s […]
In the run-up to construction of the Green Line between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, neighborhood activists spent a huge amount of effort to get three extra stations included on the route at Hamline Avenue, Victoria Street, and Western Avenue. These extra stations cut the distance between stations in half on that section, from one mile […]
In this Washington Post column Eben Weiss, writer of the Bike Snob NYC blog, takes on the renewed push to preserve public street space for cars by blaming the victims of car crashes. Included in the column is this Volvo LifePaint promotional video, an excellent example of the car makers’ PR campaign to maintain ownership […]