Archive | Land use

It’s Time For Hopkins to Be Selfish

Hopkins has been the model of cooperation for the past few years. The city collaborated with Hennepin County on a Shady Oak Road expansion despite harms to longstanding businesses. It accepted the Southwest LRT’s operations and maintenance facility even though the city suffered the biggest hit to tax base of any community along the line. […]

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Wisconsin Is Alright

The following is a meditation on a personal experience and should not be cited authoritatively in academia. It sat half-written in drafts for about six months, and after Wisconsin’s loss to Duke earlier this week, it felt like a nice thing to finish. Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, is my second favorite state. It occurred to me […]

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A Look at St. Louis Park’s Form Based Code Efforts

Note: in case of annoyance with acronyms feel free to just stop reading, open a can of alphabet soup, and blindly arrange the noodles. Basically the same thing, right? So Jeremy, my token Young Republicans of Minnesota advocate and dear friend, brought it to my attention that the real impact of light rail investment (i.e. […]

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Measuring the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area, and Getting Real with the Map

Some of the many conflicts currently wracking the state of Minnesota Metro vs. Outstate Urban vs. Suburban vs. Rural J. Crew vs. Hollister vs. Carhartt Peel-and-stick brick vs. Beige vinyl siding Cars vs. All else Who in the metro is paying to repave roads in Koochiching County, or, to phrase it incorrectly, where specifically do […]

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Zoning’s Impact on Minneapolis Form

I’ve been re-reading the book Zoned Out on the bus ride to and from work lately, and it got me thinking about Minneapolis and our zoning history. While our whole city follows a rigid grid built largely along streetcar lines, some neighborhoods are clearly more dense than others. Minneapolis implemented its first zoning code in 1924, two years […]

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A Twin Cities Paving Moratorium

Last Wednesday (February 4)  I attended a public presentation by Ramsey County engineers for a proposed redesign of the Randolph and Lexington Avenue intersection. They are proposing to spend a million and a half dollars to purchase four properties on the northeast corner of the intersection and bulldoze them to make space for a dedicated […]

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