Archive | Uncategorized

Density

Dense Ideas: Southwest And Other LRT Lines

One criticism often glossed over by SWLRT boosters is that the alignment lacks density. David Levinson expertly laid out the trade-offs in his recent piece. Low population density will limit the value added by the line. The line could still be a success, but its ceiling will be that much lower. It appears Met Council […]

Continue Reading 29

Top Three Problems with MPR’s @MNToday Tweet, and the Big Thing They Did Right

Let’s just get this disclaimer out of the way right up front: I’m an MPR sustaining member. I listen. I give. I heart MPR pretty hard. I’m also a cycling advocate and a Spokeswoman for St. Paul Women on Bikes. This post does not necessarily represent the views of WOB, streets.mn’s writers or board, or […]

Continue Reading 7

Friday Photo – Scale

Most new construction tends to rub me the wrong way, even when it conforms to enlightened urban design principles. It recently dawned on me when trying to come up with a rational explanation for my dislike of the West River Commons development, that the most significant factor affecting my negative reaction was its scale. For […]

Continue Reading 9

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 […]

Continue Reading 5
kidpower_logo_2007a

Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center

As I type this, the birds they are a-chirpin.’ And this morning I saw a mama and papa duck with a look of love in their eyes (bow-chicka-bow-wow). Spring is here! Spring is here! This calls for some outdoorsy family fun. And Saturday’s Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center is bound to offer much of it. Here’s just a […]

Continue Reading 0

Landscape with Automobile

The Walker Art Center’s latest exhibit, Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process, is a refreshing way to explore some of the perennial questions in urban design philosophy. The exhibit includes many of Edward Hopper’s (1882-1967)  most famous paintings and drawings  (like preliminary sketches for Nighthawks, below). “The exhibition also features groundbreaking archival research into the buildings, spaces, and urban […]

Continue Reading 3