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Map Monday: Treaty Lands of the Upper Midwest

Here’s a good map from a recently launched web project called The Ways, which explores the history of Native American nations, treaties, cultures and stories, put together by some folks in Wisconsin. Check out this historic map of treaty rights: Here’s the description of treaty negotiations from the site: Beginning in the early nineteenth century, […]

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Chart of the Day: Duluth Population over Time

Here’s a chart from Perfect Duluth Day, my favorite website about the Zenith City, showing the population from 1860 to the most recent census:   Even more than the Twin Cities, Duluth was a real boom town. It’s crazy to imagine what living there must have been like when the population was growing exponentially. The population peaked in […]

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Why Jaywalkning Is a Crime

Why Jaywalking Is a Crime

Have you ever wondered why people driving cars get really angry, aggressive, and flip you off when you’re trying to cross the street on foot or or by bike? There’s a reason for that. In this episode of Adam Ruins Everything. . . Adam reveals the derogatory origins of jaywalking and explains how the auto industry […]

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On the Way to Jail: Part 2

Last Friday, published Part 1 of author Wolfie Browender’s adventures exploring the now-defunct Ramsey County jail. If you missed it, go check it out and learn about inmate moonings and buttonless elevators! This post continues his journey exploring the jail from the outside and chronicles his journey home. June 16, 2015 – Highland Park, […]

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Map Monday: HOLC Redlining Map of Minneapolis

Via Historyapolis, here’s one of the most important Minneapolis maps you’ll ever see, a section of the original Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) map of Minneapolis from the 1930s. This is from  the great Historyapolis post, which talks about attempts to change the racially-segregated housing structure: The system demanded that realtors serve as the border […]

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America’s Love Affair with the Automobile: Not much Change in 100 Years

As I was beginning to draft a new article about pedestrian safety and the need to change the car culture in Minnesota, including drivers’ sense of entitlement to roadway use to get to their destinations as quickly as possible, my husband brought me this article written by his grandmother, Sara Hirshfield Kessel, for the Buffalo (NY) […]

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Booted From the Hollow; Bounced From the Flats

Saturday, April 18, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Hamline-Midway, Frogtown, Payne-Phalen (Swede Hollow), Downtown, West End, Highland Park Garages: intentionally functional but not usually stylish and seldom worth more than a glance, but today I saw two within a couple of blocks of each other that break the stereotype. It’s not a garage in the strict sense of […]

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