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You Have to Watch ‘Show Me A Hero’

Watching a new David Simon show is like opening presents on Christmas Day. I loved The Wire (of course), and Treme hit all my favorite sweet spots: jazz, New Orleans, street life, and affordable housing debates. So needless to say, I’ve been watching Show Me A Hero with a big grin on my face, savoring […]

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MnDOT and Saint Paul’s Apology Doesn’t Change Anything

On July 17, The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Saint Paul mayor Chris Coleman apologized for bulldozing the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul to build Interstate 94. Beginning in 1958, the freeway destroyed nearly a thousand homes and businesses and it displaced thousands of people at the core of a predominantly African American neighborhood. It […]

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Free Idea: Main Street Minnesota

You know what I don’t think we have enough of on Streets.mn? Huge, improbable, thought-provoking ideas. We’re all familiar with Nicollet Ave and a lot of the buildings that reside on it. It’s the Main Street of Minneapolis, representing a lot of what’s great about both cities. However, that’s Minneapolis; it’s not all of Minnesota and […]

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1948: Educating Road Users in Amsterdam

1948: Educating Road Users in Amsterdam

When cities and counties in Minnesota propose to redesign a street in order to calm traffic, improve accessibility to biking, or create more inviting environments for walking, a gaggle of angry opponents often shows up to voice its objections. “We’re not like Portland! We’re not like Amsterdam!” they say. Well, neither was Amsterdam not too many […]

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The homeowners are not the victims of a Halloween prank. Rather, the house in the 1200 block of Jefferson is stripped to its skivvies in preparation for a rebuild that likely involves an expansion.

More Discoveries Around the Airport

Friday, October 24, 2014 19 miles Macalester-Groveland, West End, Downtown, West Side Halloween is but a week away and there were some creative decorations displayed on today’s jaunt. The house at 1236 Jefferson is a great example. Next stop for Halloween fun, 487 Michigan Street in the West End. The Česko-SlovanskýPodporujícíSpole, C.S.P.S. Hall for short […]

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Map Monday: 1970s Minnesota Bikeways

Yeah I know it’s Tuesday… Cool old bike maps from the 70s courtesy of the Hennepin County Library: See the rest, including some cool kitschy cover art, over at their Tumblr. 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, […]

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I Thought I Heard Goats

Saturday, September 27, 2014 Frogtown, Como, Highland Park The stunning September weather continued for another weekend, bringing enough sun and warmth to almost blot out thoughts of putting my bike away for the season. The points of interest started in Frogtown with the Church of Saint Columba, the iconic Catholic church on Lafond Street. I […]

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On the Edge of Downtown

Macalester-Groveland, West End, Downtown 13.4 Miles September 20, 2014 There are sales galore in Mac-Groveland on this beautiful Saturday. I made two stops on the same block of Palace Avenue in Mac-Groveland today, both for ornamentation so unusual they could (and may still) be recognized on the “Quirky Saint Paul” page of this blog. First, […]

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