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Sunday Summary – September 25, 2016

Absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 General Election began Friday in Minnesota, so local readers can now vote multiple ways. Waiting for the excitement of going to the polls on November 8, taking your ballot to the voting booth, feeding the completed form into the machine and getting your “I voted” sticker is wonderful, but […]

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A Cure for Fear of Parking Loss

This week the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced it was adding “Fear of Parking Loss” to its official “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”. Fear of Parking Loss (FPL) is characterized by a belief that having free, on-street parking next to the front door of your destination is essential for human survival and a […]

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Sunday Summary – September 18, 2016

I’m writing this from Oslo (streets.no?) where I am enjoying good things about Norwegian transit without the concerns in this post and the very lively streets in my neighborhood. Coming from car-centric small town Minnesota, I’m delighted to have a transit pass and some time to explore the  city one tram, train, bus and ferry line at […]

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Minnesota Connection: Mass Transit Magazine’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40 List

Mass Transit magazine recently recognized 40 individuals under the age of 40 for “their contributions and who have shown a capacity for innovation, demonstrated leadership and a commitment to making an impact in transit.” Minnesota has a strong showing on this list: Lyssa Leitner, AICP is a Gold Line BRT Project Manager for Washington County. Chang Yang is a Assistant Transportation Manager for Metro Transit. […]

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The Lived-In City

At dinner last night at Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago, my wife and I were trying to find the word to describe why we liked the place so well. Miller’s Pub in Chicago and Murray’s Steakhouse in our own Minneapolis are similar in this regard. Shaw’s is old without being aged, clean without being immaculate, […]

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Five Easy Pieces of Low-Hanging Bicycle Fruit that Saint Paul Should Pick

The “low-hanging fruit” is a classic planning metaphor, the kind of thing that you hear all the time at meetings or during in-depth discussions about systemic behavior change. The concept is pretty simple: instead of beginning with the most challenging, expensive, or politically difficult projects, start with the easy, simple, or efficacious ones. In her book, Joyride, […]

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Map Monday: US Regional Map where Minneapolis is Connected to Dallas

There are a couple maps like this floating around where the US is divided up into geographic regions based on culture, economics, or other kinds of geography. This is one of the more interesting, from the New York Times-slash-Joel Kotkin. Here’s the map:   The author of the opinion article, Parag Khanna, makes a compelling argument that […]

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Sunday Summary – September 11, 2016

Today is the 15th Anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Although not usually the top headline, the attacks have also impacted the conversation on transportation and land use from security guidance in the American Planning Association policy guide to more obvious bollards and reinforcements around government buildings. Perhaps a streets.mn writer (or […]

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Chart of the Day: Bicycling Health Benefits at Different Pollution Levels

This chart from the Financial Times is impossible to pass up, showing the health benefits of urban bicycling at different levels of particulate pollution. The article includes a helpful cycling benefits chart generator, where you plug in the current Twin Cities’ PM2.5 air quality measurement and it gives you a cool chart showing the relationship between exercise […]

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Downzoning Can’t Save Us From the Future

I recently wrote about the rezoning that’s under consideration for Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill East neighborhood. After a few more weeks of thought, these are my big-picture concerns. Downzoning is Forever The city’s proposal has been described as interim protection that gets us through until the next update to the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan (the process for which is currently […]

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