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Sunday Summary – April 26, 2015

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 […]

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On Ugly Buildings

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. […]

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On the edge of Downtown

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, […]

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Safety Means More Than Crime Rates

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 […]

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Better Urban Design From the Ground Up

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 […]

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Map of the Day: 1957 I-94 proposal for Lowry Hill

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 […]

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Low-car and no-car renters in Minneapolis

Let Us Build Less Parking, Please

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 […]

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Life Paint

Volvo LifePaint (video)

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 […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Take Me Out to the Saints Game

This Sunday, Saint Paul’s Pioneer Press published an article about how ballgames at the new CHS Field may effect downtown Saint Paul in regards to total parking capacity. Although the article quotes Mayor Chris Coleman saying, “a recent study shows there is as much as four times the amount of parking required to accommodate fans,” the article continues […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Eight, The Gates of Bicyclopolis

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Monorail Cult, Dan and Archie learn about Dr. Leon Carlson and the subversive, neo-modernist rebellion against Bicyclopolis. In this week’s episode, our travelers arrive at the gates of Bicyclopolis and get their first glimpse of the city. If you missed […]

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Sunday Summary – April 19, 2015

We’re delighted to have been named City Pages Best Local Blog Minneapolis 2015, but “we” could also include you.  You can write for us or  Join streets.mn Committees and Task Forces to have some impact. Or, you could just take a survey one writer has created to inform a future post: Questioning Our Pedestrian Lives Wrapping up the tournament […]

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Questioning Our Pedestrian Lives

Part 1 in a series on pedestrian laws and practices across jurisdictions. To help with the discussion, please take this short survey. Results will be shared in Part 2. I don’t recall if he was more Eric Estrada or Barney Fife as he peered from his patrol car, but he told us we’d been riding on the wrong side […]

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