Author Archive | Nathaniel M Hood

What if Minneapolis Enacted a Moratorium in 1895?

Minneapolis didn’t go from single-family homes to towering skyscrapers overnight. It took incremental growth over the course of 160 years to get it where it is today. But, what would Minneapolis look like if we decided to preserve itself in 1895? The intersection of 5th and 2nd Avenue would look drastically different. The intersection on 7th […]

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City Pages: Best Local Blog?

streets.mn has been nominated as a 2014 best local blog by the City Pages! We launched over two years ago in January 2011 as a handful of scrappy bloggers with a logo pieced together in Microsoft Paint (here is what we looked like right after our launch). I remember being ecstatic over the 6,000 hits […]

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Don’t Be Stupid, Be Flexible

We need to create an environment with flexibility. It’s crucial in making our cities better places. Someone painted “ALOHA” – the Hawaiian greeting – into a crosswalk at Lunalilo Home Road and Kalanipuu Street outside Honolulu. With a little paint, an unfriendly suburban stroad crosswalk became slightly more tolerable. But, not everyone is happy. This is a must […]

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Demand Better Urbanism Today! Stop the New Senate Office Building

We don’t get it. The new State of Minnesota Senate Office Building is proof: we have an incoherent approach to urban development and continually fail at creating vibrant spaces. The architecture. The urban design. The lack of planning. The parking garages. The midnight financing. The confusing lease agreement. It is hard to imagine a scenario playing out […]

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2013 Best Neighborhood for Families in St. Paul: Mac-Groveland

The Mac-Groveland neighborhood has been voted the best neighborhood for young families in St. Paul by Streets.MN readers (inching out Hamline –Midway and Highland Park by only 2 and 3 votes).   Profiling Mac-Groveland is difficult, especially on the evening of December 23rd as one prepares for Christmas. It’s a nice place, what else is there to say? There is […]

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2013 Best Adaptive Reuse of a Building or Infrastructure: Town Hall Lanes and Schmidt Artist Lofts

And the winner is …   _______________ ADVERTISEMENT ________________ If you like Streets.MN, please consider joining! We would love to have your support. Thank you! Now, continuing our “Best of” Series … _______________ ADVERTISEMENT ________________   It’s a tie! Town Hall Lanes (34th & 50th, Minneapolis) and Schmidt Artist Lofts (W. 7th & St. Clair, St. Paul) both secured 32% of the […]

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The Bypass of Commerce

Let me start off with a question: Do Nicollet or Courtland need bypasses? __ We have a cultural misunderstanding about the economic benefits of mobility. There is no better example than the State of Minnesota’s new $300 million “Corridors of Commerce” program designed to foster “economic growth with transportation investments.” This is a noble goal and it’s […]

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What is the Value of Closing a Street?

We need to move beyond Open Streets. Open Streets closes down auto-oriented streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul along major corridors and opens them up to pedestrians, cyclists, strollers and skaters. The transformation is astonishingly beautiful. But, when the streets turn back into uninhabitable congested roadway the following day I’m left asking myself “What’s the point?” Herein lies […]

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