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Lessons from the 2011 Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts

What is the true price of our dependence on automobiles? Those in favor of pedestrian-oriented planning say repeatedly that a large contribution to our automobile economy is the cost of driving is simple too cheap. Although gas prices continually rise, they still lack to reflect the current amount of resources we have, and the impact […]

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Magic Highway, USA (1958)

In continuing the theme of the automobile PR campaigns, Walt Disney shows us the history of American motoring, highway engineering, and gives us a look into the future. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming […]

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Bottleneck Fix: Turn (Don’t Merge)

One highly trafficked intersection in Minneapolis was layered with interstate lanes in 1971. Although the freeway was buried below, ramps and merging lanes complicate the streets above. This historically influential neighborhood was transformed into a transitory space for the automotive world.   Minneapolis can regain this missing district with one driving modification: ‘turn, instead of […]

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“The mixture of races in this district is detrimental”: North Minneapolis in the 1920s

This “Social Composition of North Side Neighborhoods”  provides a window on urban planning in Minneapolis in the 1920s. The primitive diagram shown here was drawn by a researcher associated with the Women’s Cooperative Alliance, which assembled an encyclopedic analysis of moral conditions in the city in 1925. The Cooperative Alliance was a consortium of women’s […]

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AAA Jaywalking Film: “Dick Wakes Up” 1954

Earlier this week, contributor Janne Flisrand wrote a popular post questioning why complete strangers sometimes freely offer their negative perceptions about people who ride bicycles on city streets. Most of the comment thread focused on a back and forth over the relative severity of the problem of people disobeying the law while riding bicycles […]

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2320 Colfax in 2014.

Preserving Despair at 24th and Colfax

The sad story of Mike Crow Mike Crow has owned 2320 Colfax Avenue South and the house next door for over 20 years. Recently, he’s had health crises and says it’s “impossible” for him to do the work that’s needed to run the rooming house. “Rooming houses are much more labor intensive than other types […]

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“They Know they are Undesirable as Neighbors”

On December 3, 1920, the Secretary of the Minneapolis branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People penned a letter to her organization’s headquarters in New York City. She was writing to request any literature available on “residential segregation. Especially court decisions.” Two weeks earlier, this small chapter of the national civil […]

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