Author Archive | David Levinson

Desire line at McNamara Alumni Center

One Way to Deal With a Desire Line

Soon enough it will be Winter. Again a landscape covered with white powdery snow will reveal where travelers want to go. The first figure is an aerial shot of the former environment around the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The second figure is in front of (behind) McNamara . Though there is […]

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1 million views != 1 million dollars

You may have seen our tweet that on September 7, streets.mn surpassed a total of one million page views. streets.mn just surpassed 1 million hits since we launched in January of 2012. Thanks everyone! — streets.mn (@StreetsMN) September 8, 2014 Surely the value of each page view, which is on the order of a couple […]

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Franklin Avenue at Lyndale Avenue looking Westbound (side view)

Frank-Lyn – Thinking About Streets and Places in Three Dimensions

The development at the intersection of Franklin and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis has gotten a lot of attention, but primarily because of buildings proposed at the corners, to replace under-developed buildings at this highly accessible, emerging locale. The intersection itself has gotten little consideration. It is an at-grade 4-way traffic signal. However, Franklin Avenue finds itself in a valley at […]

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“I Am Not Your Brother” – St. Paul Cops Allegedly Taser and Arrest Black Male for Sitting in Public Space (Video)

Twin Cities Daily Planet brings our attention to this story: St. Paul cops allegedly taser and arrest black male for sitting in public space. City Pages provides some details: St. Paul police roughly arrest black man sitting in skyway Note, this is hard to watch. There are a number of transportation and land use and other […]

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Port of Excelsior

Main Street – Excelsior

Excelsior, Minnesota is home to Minnesota’s second operating streetcar line (part of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum). Being good transportationists, we visited a few weeks ago. Excelsior is legally a city, though really a town, with about 2,400 people. Excelsior is located about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis (map), connected directly by Highway 7, and more circuitously […]

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Westgate Station

Green Line, Green Lights

Suppose you have a train moving along (parallel to) an East-West (EW) signalized arterial. Case 1: If the signals are pre-timed, and the timings are known in advance, the train should never have to stop for the signals (aside from emergency signal pre-emptions and other edge cases). Instead, the train should be able to adjust its speed […]

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Franklin Avenue RR Xing

Buses and Railroad Crossings

Buses are required by law to stop at railroad crossings (except where exempted, such as the light rail tracks on University Avenue in the Twin Cities). This is for safety reasons, the law was implemented in Utah for school buses after a terrible accident. The Deseret News reports: DeVon Andrus of Cedar City wrote, “I endorse everything […]

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