When I was a kid, I watched the Olympics on television and they had this artist with a big mustache painting a big canvas. That painter was Saint Paul native Leroy Neiman. Whenever there was a dull moment or a break in the action, the announcer would ask, “What’s Leroy Neiman up to?” and the […]
In this 2009 video we see a few parts of downtown Minneapolis used as a ...
People for Bikes and The Green Lane Project have introduced a new promotional tool—Build It ...
You know the feeling. You hop on local route XYZ, hoping for a somewhat speedy ...
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The first frosty Fall morning has dawned (at least in Northfield, MN) and we are walking more briskly, putting on our gloves at the bus stop, scraping our windshield and feeling renewed energy with the new (school) year. Streets.mn writers got to work, too and here’s what we posted this week: Quick Looks and Listens: Two […]
Last month I posted a selection of photos from a road trip I’d been on throughout much of the U.S.A. Under the post, one commenter wrote that there was “plenty of good to go with the bad.” Later in the Sunday Summary, the post was described as a “highly selective and equally negative view of land […]
streets.mn readers are encouraged to join the Strong Towns National Gathering’s outdoor movie screening of “Human Scale” at the Piazza on the Mall. Here’s the trailer: It’s tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8:30 PM. Make sure to bring a coat! Get more information here. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on […]
If you saw yesterday’s chart that disaggregated the falling vehicle miles travelled (VMT) according to type of vehicle, here’s another compelling chart that shows potential future VMT trends, from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. (Note: very official!) The report (which is very wonky, by the way) has a range of scenarios from “tech triumph” all the way […]
I had the most beautiful dream a couple months ago. In my dream I was strolling through the Loring Park neighborhood in Minneapolis. It was a lovely warm summer evening, and I wandered past the mix of mansions, apartment and commercial buildings and through the park we all know. Then a strange thing happened. In […]
In response to widespread public outrage about rutted, ice-clad streets, and jolting potholes throughout the City of Saint Paul in the winter and spring of 2014, Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a plan to resurface eleven of the “Terrible Twenty” worst arterial streets before the end of the fall construction season. On July 23rd, the […]
At the end of July the CDFI Fund made data available about the last ten years of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. Tax credits are a bit complicated. For a full explanation as to how the NMTC program works, the CDFI Fund has you covered. The basics are that Community Development Entities (CDEs) […]
I once had a quite lengthy conversation with a traffic engineer—about seven seconds. We were discussing if an intersection should include no-turn-on-red to increase safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians using an adjacent MUP. The engineer’s concern was that this would delay drivers by an average of seven seconds each. This was fascinating, as it […]
May 24, 2014 17.9 miles Macalester-Groveland, Lexington-Hamline, Frogtown, North End I spent much of the first portion of this ride in Frogtown and on Charles Avenue specifically. (It was named for Charles Rodney Rice, a merchant and brother of developer Edmund Rice.)(1) You’ll find details of that part of the ride in “Charles, Churches and […]
America! The birthplace* of democracy! In the words of notable non-American, Winston Churchill, Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. You’ve got your governments Here in the good ‘ole U.S. of A., we use a form […]
I’ve written about declining vehicle miles travelled (VMT) before over at my blog, but this recent post at Communitybuilders.net caught my eye because it disaggregated the data (looking a four states as case studies) between commercial and personal traffic. These data make it seem that commercial trucking (think about frac sand mining or Amazon.com) is the […]
In January this year, when the Draft Saint Paul Bikeways Plan was released to the public, people in the media called to ask me what I thought of the plan and why I thought Minneapolis was so far ahead of Saint Paul when it came to bicycle infrastructure. I couldn’t comment on the plan because […]
The Mall of America (MOA) is one of the largest indoor shopping malls in the United States, and it’s getting larger. Currently the MOA boasts 4.87 million square feet of building area, making it one sizable chunk of property. Access to the MOA is typically by auto, mass transit, or tour bus, although a few […]
Perhaps streets.mn writers are busy back at school, because it was a pretty light week. Here’s all the news sliced, diced and summarized: Audio/visual department: MnDOT Multimodal Plan Video Asks Tough Questions asks one question – “What is multimodal transportation?” – and the answers are illuminating although not always encouraging. Two photos this week show us […]
In 2012, MnDOT produced a series of videos about its Minnesota Go State Multimodal Plan. In this installment, it asks the public what is multimodal? 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.
This is Navdy. It’s a very cool HUD (Heads Up Display) for our cars. Navdy makes texting and using our phone while we’re driving easier than ever. Imagine, now we can text or video conference with our girlfriend instead of paying attention to that boring road we’re on. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer […]
This chart comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a national policy thinktank based in Minneapolis. Basically it shows how “residential solar” (i.e. panels on houses) has become a meaningful mix in the new additions to the US energy grid. It’s something to think about when thinking about homes, or energy, or cities, or […]
I have a problem with celebrating menial things. I didn’t want to graduate from pre-school and I don’t want praise for doing things that should just be done. North Mankato though, a bit of a different story. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with Ursula Lang, a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Minnesota who is just completing her dissertation on the social life of yards; I know Ursula through my experience in the same Geography Department. I sat down with her the other day at Cahoots Coffee Shop […]