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The Urbanist’s Dream City

I just returned from a week in Tokyo, which represents the urbanist vision taken to its logical extreme. Imagine density without limit; fast, extremely frequent and flawlessly operated public transit, and narrow streets that preclude big cars so that most neighborhood trips are by bicycle. Also, imagine that there is no litter, even though waste […]

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Minnesota Gadgetbahn – When the Future of Twin Cities Transit Was Up in the Air

The Twin Cities is hosting the Rail-Volution conference this week. As I watched the Rail-Volution attendees gathered in the refurbished Union Depot last night, I thought what a long way we’ve come from the dark days ten years ago when nearly every transportation meeting I attended included at least one proponent of Personal Rapid Transit, […]

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Streets.mn joins the Railvolution

This weekend, you might have noticed groups of well-dressed people with nametags wandering Minneapolis and Saint Paul, looking at trains and apartment buildings with keen eyes. I spotted a LRT tour during University Avenue’s Open Streets yesterday, and then again found a nametag’d couple looking for a cab in downtown Saint Paul last night. (Ha!) […]

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On the Politics of the Rhetoric of Choice

We often hear from transit advocates that expanding public transportation is good because it increases the choices available to people. Framing the issue this way reveals something about the deeper commitments of the supporters, namely that it is a good in itself simply to expand available avenues for people to assert their will. The ability […]

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Comments on the Metropolitan Council’s Draft Transportation Policy Plan

The Metropolitan Council held a public hearing tonight on their draft Transportation Policy Plan. If you care about transit or transportation issues in the region, you should comment (you can do so through October 1). Here are four comments I have on the plan: Our urban areas are significantly underserved by this plan. Even under the “increased […]

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Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Unveils Greening Awards Summer Finalists

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District today released the 5th annual Greening and Public Realm Awards’ summer finalists. Winners will be decided by an online vote at through Sept. 19, and the winning organizations will be announced announced on Sept. 24. The Greening Awards are an effort by the DID to inspire local businesses and organizations […]

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Open Streets Minneapolis - Nicollet

Open Streets Minneapolis – Nicollet Ave Review

Another Open Streets Minneapolis event was a success. This one was Sunday on Nicollet Ave from Lake to 46th Street. There are a few different things I love about these events: They close off a major urban street to motorized vehicles They partner with places like Metro Transit by encouraging you to use sustainable transportation […]

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Cars Feel Like the Future

For you, what’s the most obvious sign that time is passing and has passed? Like when you look around at the average scene in your everyday environment, and you’re able to determine that it’s not the same as five years ago, or a decade ago, or twenty years ago? With one notable exception, I’d have […]

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