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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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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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Fresh Google Aerial Imagery: Some Twin Cities Highlights

If you’ve used Google Maps in the past month, you may have noticed that some parts of the Twin Cities are looking mighty different. Google recently updated their high resolution aerial imagery, revealing scores of new buildings and infrastructure projects under construction in Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you’re zooming in for a close-up, you’ll […]

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Last Week in Mpls podcast #2

Last Week in Mpls is a podcast is where two young-ish guys goof around about local news. It’s hosted by me, Scott Shaffer, and my friend Tom Johnson of Stubble Magazine. This week we talked about the Green Line, layoffs at Target, the free-parking spat at 50th and France, and how hard it is to […]

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The DNR are setting up three groundwater management areas in the state to study problems of our aquifers being drawn down to critically low levels. They presented their plan for this at a meeting on Wed. Interestingly, though not too surprisingly, these issues dovetail quite closely with topics on both Streets.MN and Strongtowns. The bulk […]

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Instagram of the Totino's building

In Defense of the Totino’s Apartments

I recently came across this blog post by Andrew Yarish lamenting that the old Totino’s building is being “razed to make way for trendy apartments.” He doesn’t explicitly criticize the development, but his tone betrays his disapproval. I understand the sentiment — this building is cute. But cute buildings don’t make cities great; instead it’s […]

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Small Units in Minneapolis May Become More Viable

  Minneapolis may eliminate the Minimum Lot Area requirement in many zoning districts, which would make it easier to construct smaller housing units in the city. Minimum Lot Area is one type of density control that requires that a certain amount of land area exist per housing unit. City staff and the Minneapolis Planning Commission […]

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Dinkytown: Successional Urbanism

Great places evolve over time. This is a healthy and historic form of urban growth. Among the constituent elements are a very light hand of government and, often, management genius—as well as normative patterns like the continental survey, the town grid, etc. But the key element is successional urbanism. Start small at the inauguration, and later build […]

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