This is a chart from Donald Shoup’s parking tome, The High Cost of Free Parking. Here’s Shoup’s explanation [from Chapter 12]: Consider the lower left corner, which represents the current situation in almost every city: all curb parking revenue goes into the general fund and nothing goes to the neighborhoods. … Because everyone objects to paying for parking, […]
I was at a meeting a while back about a new parking policy in downtown ...
Yesterday there was a great post about coupon parking, and how it can be used ...
(The following is from an email sent to Saint Paul Smart Trips and my City ...
Solar PV seems to be the current darling of the renewable energy world. But how much “resource” is ...
Parking is a quintessentially local issue. There is nothing more local than wanting to park close to your destination, and caring about the parking spot in front of your house. Attend any meeting about new development in the Twin Cities, and the unique “parking issues” of a particular location will be related. Yet “parking issues” […]
Everything posted on streets.mn this week linked in one convenient post: Highly visual posts on crossing the street: Ignore the Red Hand of overregulation, You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee (or, how to get off the island), and Speeding Up the Green Line suggesting fixes for “unnecessarily restrictive traffic signals” to keep the train moving […]
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.” From Ozymandias by Percy Blythe Shelley (listen to Bryan Cranston’s recital of the poem on You Tube) I love drawing ruins. Ruins […]
Back in May, Bill Lindeke wrote about how 4th Street is the key to a walkable Saint Paul. Via St. Paul Smart Trips, this is the video from the Future of Fourth Street event and the story of what the downtown bicycle loop would mean for Saint Paul. Published on Jul 3, 2014 On May […]
Via kottke.org >. In 1986, the BBC produced a short documentary film on the Taylor brothers, a trio of professional cyclists from the 1930s and 40s. The three of them operated a bicycle shop, which turned out handmade bikes for decades. Delightful. Don’t miss one of the brothers putting the racing stripes on a frame […]
I think this Skyway Bike Race is from Red Bull Ride the Sky 2007. (via Mulad ) Another perspective here: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.
It’s been pointed out many times that the Washington Ave. transit mall is over-regulated and most people ignore the signals. My schedule happens to take me down and across the transit mall a couple times a week on foot, and while it’s true that most people ignore them, I still too often see timid pedestrians […]
Transit projects make for easy political targets because of high construction costs. They have prices in the many millions of dollars, and occasionally tip into the billions, which brings critics out of the woodwork. It’s difficult to know whether certain projects are justifiable or not, particularly because different modes of transportation concentrate and spread out […]
Ever look at a traffic signal and wonder how old it is or who make them? What follows is a two part “spotter’s guide” to the traffic signals of Minnesota. There is a certain slang used by people that are used by enthusiasts and collectors of traffic signals. I’ve included it here since it’s useful […]
Around these parts, it’s not an unpopular belief that the Hennepin-Lyndale Bottleneck is a bit – ah, how to put it? – oversized. The City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department does not appear to share this belief, as they’ve submitted a design for the Bottleneck that retains its massivity. When a loved one has a […]
Listen, it don’t really matter to me baby You believe what you want to believe You see you don’t have to live like a refugee (Don’t have to live like a refugee) Yeah Somewhere, somehow, somebody Must have kicked you around some Tell me, why you wanna lay there Revel in your abandon It don’t […]
Speaking of induced demand, this chart measures the growth in bike ridership before and after the construction of protected bike lanes in a number of cities around the US, including Austin, Portland, and Chicago. [It comes from this report: Lessons from the Green Lanes.] Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely […]
“Induced demand” is the “build-it-and-they-will-come” theory of driving. If you add a lane, that lane will fill with traffic. Essentially, if you make it easier or faster to drive, people will do just that, and do it in droves. So the latest discussion of the future of 26th and 28th Streets has prompted me to realize […]
July 14, 0700 hours, 61 degrees. I put a sweater on. I sat downtown to wait for my bus, closed my eyes, and took it all in. Buses rumble bumble down Marquette in between buildings with names of corporation-people past and present, whooshing warm wind after they’ve passed. Air brakes pump, kneeling bus ramps […]
Streets belong to you…and me…and everybody else; streets are public spaces – like parks – and might just be our most undervalued and underutilized community resources. Northfield and Rice County are beginning to plan a reconstruction project on Woodley Street and this particular street is a golden opportunity to add value and change the conversation, too. What […]
By U.S. standards we have fairly good pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure around the Twin Cities. For many years Minneapolis was ranked number two in the nation and quite proud of it. In 2011 we even jumped up to number one briefly. How times change. We were back to our comfortable number two in 2012, the […]
When will we exhaust our supplies of Portland? Research suggests that Peak Portland may be just around the corner–the rate of discovery of new sources of Portland has slowly decreased to a mere trickle over the past several decades. In 2013, Portland consumption hit an all-time high, reaching 31 Portland mentions per person per month […]
For the folks who missed the West 29th Street Reconstruction Open House in May, you missed the ultimate rarity: a public meeting in which everyone seems to agree on something! 29th might in fact be the most pot-holed and least attractive street in the city, but this didn’t seem to sway folks’ decidedly pro-pedestrian enthusiasm. […]
The Green Line’s on-time performance is poor. Few trains are able to meet the already relaxed running time. Lateness of 5 minutes is typical and 12 minutes not uncommon. After almost a month of late and erratically timed trains, it’s clear that unnecessarily restrictive traffic signals in St. Paul are the culprit. In contrast, Minneapolis […]