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Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Unveils Greening Awards Summer Finalists

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District today released the 5th annual Greening and Public Realm Awards’ summer finalists. Winners will be decided by an online vote at through Sept. 19, and the winning organizations will be announced announced on Sept. 24. The Greening Awards are an effort by the DID to inspire local businesses and organizations […]

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A New Meadowbrook Regional Park

Much as Minneapolis has turned back to the Mississippi River, different cities and groups are turning back towards Minnehaha Creek, gathering up land that would have fallen prey to developers. I’ve had a fantasy that a new regional park could be cobbled together from this patchwork to make the first regional park in the inner […]

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How Much Energy Could Minneapolis Get from Solar?

Solar PV seems to be the current darling of the renewable energy world.  But how much “resource” is really out there?  How much should cities rely on the development of local solar resources to meet their climate and energy goals?  What trade-offs should urban cities make between desirable things like tree canopy and maximizing solar energy resources?  GIS tools […]

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Net Zero: Opportunities for Neighborhood Development

Last month during three events—an 8 to 80 event focused on the Ford Site,  the 20th Annual Great River Gathering, and the U.S. Green Building Council of Minnesota’s annual Impact Conference, Mayor Chris Coleman touched on a concept that holds a lot of opportunity for the City of Saint Paul: net zero. But what does […]

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Predictions for Super Bowl 2018

I predict the Packers will win, prompting the biggest riot the city has ever seen! No, seriously, I support hosting the 2018 Super Bowl in Minnesota. After all, we need to start paying off our billion-dollar, publicly financed stadium that was supposed to be paid for with non-existent gaming revenues. Looking at the behavior of […]

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How To Mitigate Grand Avenue’s Parking Problem

The curious case of Cupcake. It’s two years old now, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time I meander past Grand and Milton. This is old news. Now, we have a doggy spa. Three parking spaces. That’s the difference between cupcakes and family-friendly self-service dog shampooing. The successful University Avenue retailer was looking to expand on Grand […]

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Being Smart with Street Signage

While walking along a sleepy residential street in my St. Paul neighborhood, I noticed something ugly about a traffic circle. There are eight signs in total; four warning of the upcoming traffic circle and four instructing each direction which way to navigate the circle. We need to design residential streets in a manner where most signs are not required. Here’s another […]

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