Chart of the Day: Street Lighting and Safety Perception

This chart’s methodology might not be that great, but it’s studying the oft-overlooked topic of street lighting. Check it out: The chart is from the Minnesota Daily, where issues around public safety have been on the radar following a few crime incidents. Here’s what Elizabeth Smith, the Daily writer, has to say: An estimate in July 2014 […]

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Where Should the Orange Line Terminate?

The METRO Orange Line will be the Twin Cities Metro’s second highway bus rapid transit line, running from downtown Minneapolis to Burnsville. As seen in the project plan update, many of the line’s basic decisions have already been made. However, there are some left, including improvements to the Marq2 corridor, and the alignment of the […]

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Chart of the Day: Commute Mode vs. Happiness

Here’s a compelling chart, from a Canadian study, that attempts to measure the vague notion of “happiness” and/or “satisfaction.” Check out the different commute modes: This shouldn’t be rocket science to anyone who spends much time stuck in traffic on the freeway. Here’s what Citylab had to say: The first thing that’s clear is that, […]

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Ban the Ban, Not the Plan

Last week, Minnesota House representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) issued a news release touting a compromise between him and supporters of the Zip Rail line being planned between the Twin Cities and Rochester. Oh good! Compromise! Our representatives must have done their job and avoided petty politics! That’s what we always want our representatives to do, […]

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streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 2 – Development & Transportation

Welcome back to streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, get to vote for your favorite goings on in the world of Twin Cities urbanism. Today we’ll be voting for contenders in the Development and Transportation categories, personal favorites of mine. They’re very popular categories Nick, in particular for streets.mn, whose stated mission is to expand […]

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Map Monday: Vacant Property in Minneapolis

Courtesy of the Star Tribune’s excellent data reporting, here’s a map of vacant properties (publically and privately owned) in Minneapolis. As you can see, they’re clustered in the poorest parts of the city, especially in North Minneapolis. This is one of the layers of data:   For much more on this topic, check out the Star […]

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Podcast #85: Over North with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins

The podcast this week is a conversation with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins, all about the historic preservation, transportation and neighborhood revitalization in North Minneapolis. Jeff, Brian, and Will are all very active in the community organizing and local politics in North Minneapolis, as well as posting and writing on the internet. We […]

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The Disability Community is “Making Strides” Toward Better Transit Access

The recently released Making Strides 2014 Accessibility Survey provides a wealth of data about the challenges faced by members of the disability community as they seek to access the Green Line. The report also makes clear why it’s so important to make sure that people with disabilities can get to the station safely and easily. Background data drawn from Minnesota Compass research […]

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Public Spaces

The last in the series of four videos from the Knight Foundation featuring Gil Penalosa and his thoughts on public spaces as an essential piece to creating livable cities. 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 […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Four, The Great Collapse

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, Archer Sturmley’s Tale, Dan Petosky escaped the siege of Stillwater, Minnesota only to find himself many decades in the future and pedaling with two companions to Bicyclopolis.  This week’s episode, Archer Sturmley continues his tale. Click on the pages twice to […]

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Sunday Summary – March 22, 2015

Don’t just sit there – participate! You Too Can Write for streets.mn! by checking our updated writer’s page or, to learn quite a lot about topics and our sense of humor before submitting anything, Here’s Your streets.m(ad)n(ess) Bracket and you can play in the streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 1 – Play-in Games until 8 pm today. But first, read the week’s […]

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streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 1 – Play-in Games

Hello and welcome to the first round of streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, get to vote for your favorite goings on in the world of Twin Cities urbanism. We’ve got four categories for you: Development, Transportation, Policy, and Potpourri, each with nine entries offered up by our top-notch community and placed into a bracket […]

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Girling Got There Cheaper than Train Fare

Thomas H. Girling was born in Nottingham, England in 1865. He came to America with his parents in 1872. Thirty years later he opened a small printing business and began publishing a weekly called Picturesque Robbinsdale. In 1894, Girling was elected to the Village Council. During his time in office, he took the lead in […]

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Chart of the Day: City of Minneapolis Parking Benefit Costs

Here’s an interesting chart…like many private employers, the City of Minneapolis offers appointed employees a choice of transportation benefits: a Metropass, good for unlimited trips on public transit, or contract parking within a block or two of their offices. Appointed employees are the 160 or so City staff who make up its non-elected leadership–people like […]

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