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In Defense of the Elk Run Interchange

It’s easy to laugh at the Elk Run “Interchange to Nowhere” with it’s roundabouts to cornfields, traffic signals with no traffic, and pedestrian push-buttons that don’t work.  While acknowledging we’ve wasted some money on the extent that we’ve built it to accommodate  vaporware, I prefer to look at the big picture and think of it […]

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Franklin Avenue at Lyndale Avenue looking Westbound (side view)

Frank-Lyn – Thinking About Streets and Places in Three Dimensions

The development at the intersection of Franklin and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis has gotten a lot of attention, but primarily because of buildings proposed at the corners, to replace under-developed buildings at this highly accessible, emerging locale. The intersection itself has gotten little consideration. It is an at-grade 4-way traffic signal. However, Franklin Avenue finds itself in a valley at […]

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17 Minutes, One Red Light Second At A Time

I once had a quite lengthy conversation with a traffic engineer—about seven seconds. We were discussing if an intersection should include no-turn-on-red to increase safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians using an adjacent MUP. The engineer’s concern was that this would delay drivers by an average of seven seconds each. This was fascinating, as it […]

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Charles, Churches, and Culture – Part 2

May 24, 2014 17.9 miles Macalester-Groveland, Lexington-Hamline, Frogtown, North End I spent much of the first portion of this ride in Frogtown and on Charles Avenue specifically. (It was named for Charles Rodney Rice, a merchant and brother of developer Edmund Rice.)(1) You’ll find details of that part of the ride in “Charles, Churches and […]

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