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Transit Budgets Expose Hidden Costs of Roads

Transit projects make for easy political targets because of high construction costs. They have prices in the many millions of dollars, and occasionally tip into the billions, which brings critics out of the woodwork. It’s difficult to know whether certain projects are justifiable or not, particularly because different modes of transportation concentrate and spread out […]

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It’s Not a Bottleneck, It’s a Turkey Neck

Around these parts, it’s not an unpopular belief that the Hennepin-Lyndale Bottleneck is a bit – ah, how to put it? – oversized. The City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department does not appear to share this belief, as they’ve submitted a design for the Bottleneck that retains its massivity. When a loved one has a […]

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Vilhelm Moberg in Chisago City

Main Street – Chisago City and Lindstrom

Chisago City is, not surprisingly, a City in Chisago County, and has just under 5,000 people. Just to the west Lindstrom has just over 4,400 people. Neither of these cities however, possess the County Seat, which is the tiny Center City, with 628 people. All three cities share US Highway 8 (Lake Boulevard) as their […]

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The for sale sign in the front yard of 869 Fuller Avenue.

A Cinderella Story

May 20, 2014 Lexington-Hamline, Summit-University 10.3 Miles Part 1 of 2 Today was as close to perfect as you can get. The temperature sat just shy of 80 degrees with low humidity and the air filled with a delightful bouquet of violets, crab apple and choke cherry blossoms occasionally mixed with the enticing scent of […]

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The Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The Minnesota Department of Public Transportation has released a draft of its new five-year Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) at I encourage people to read the plan and comment on it. The public only has until July 8 to make comments. Comments should be sent to Below are my own comments. They’re super wonky […]

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"The Rock"

A Crash Lesson in Crash Causes

A friend of mine recently had a bike-riding experience worthy of story-telling, and agreed to share it here.  Della Kurzer-Zlotnick, the author, will be moving to Oberlin for college this fall. I’ve just gotten into biking as a primary form of transportation in the last year or two. As a car-free, environmentally conscious recent high school graduate, […]

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Saint Paul’s Oversized Downtown Streets

If you grew up in Minnesota, you may have heard the story of Saint Paul’s narrow streets—In downtown, the streets were so tight that the city eventually decided to shave off the fronts of buildings downtown, in order to make the streets wider. Today, however, many of downtown Saint Paul’s streets are too wide, or […]

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What Conan Teaches Us About Small Streets

I think that sometimes we get caught up in the jargon of urbanism and fail to give accessible, simple examples of why things like small streets matter. Cue Conan. This segment from Conan’s show is a perfect example of the human scale and what happens while just wandering the streets. I tried linking to the […]

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