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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Real Life Graphic Designer Looks at City Logos II: The Return of the Refreshed

[See also the first installment of A Real Life Graphic Designer Looks at City Logos, where an actual professional working-for-a-large-Twin-Cities-company graphic designer discussed the logos of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, Apple Valley, and many other Minnesota cities.]   Bill Lindeke (BL): Hello how are you today? Do you have time to chat? Real-Life Graphic Designer (RLGD): Great. […]

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Chart of the Day: Vehicle Miles Travelled 2014

Via Planetizen, here’s an informative chart about an oft-discussed topic here on streets.mn: annual vehicle miles travelled. The nice thing here is that it attempts to correlate VMT with other economic and demographic data:   Planetizen’s Steve Polzin has a few prescient takeaways: Fuel prices and a soft economy were important contributors to slowing VMT […]

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Park Entrances at Downtown East Commons: X Marks the Spot

With so much attention focused on bells and whistles and whether or not Portland Avenue should be closed through the park, when it comes to the debate about Downtown East Commons, perhaps quite literally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Playgrounds, restaurants, gardens, terraces, and even water features are all well and good, but what about the […]

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Almanzo100

Almanzo100

How does a man move and shape a culture? Our love of storytelling compelled us to find out, so we dug into the story of the Almanzo 100 gravel road race–the granddaddy of them all. We found that a single man’s passion for community has manifested itself in a bike race. The challenge: to race […]

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Best of the Twin Cities

Best Local Blog Minneapolis 2015 – Streets.MN

CityPages named us “Best Local Blog” for 2015. They write: Streets.mn has a small army of well-educated urbanists offering smart, thoughtful takes on all things transportation and development — two topics frequently making front-page news lately. Its bloggers are no homebodies; these are people who use city infrastructure frequently and have detailed, well-researched thoughts on how […]

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Final 2015 streets.mn bracket

streets.m(ad)n(ess) Postgame Show

Welcome back to the streets.m(ad)n(ess) Postgame Show presented by Microsoft Excel–that’s Microsoft Excel: You Can Use It To Make Charts. I’m Nick, and this is my co-host Jim, and we were just doing a bit of wrap up and reflection about this, our first-ever streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, got to vote for your […]

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