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Move MN is a Good Compromise

Last week I wrote a column about Move MN, the transportation bill at the legislature, calling it a “litmus test for pragmatism.” Here was the punchline: If I were a legislator representing Saint Paul, at this point I’d remain on the fence about the Move MN legislation. I’d work hard to get MNDOT to commit […]

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Katherine Kersten: TOD and the Rest of the Stories

Note: This was originally written as a commentary for the Star Tribune.  I agree with Katherine Kersten on Transit-Oriented Development. It does have it’s share of  problems. But she left out the rest of the stories. The first is that what we’re doing today with suburbs and Car-Oriented Development may very well be worse and, […]

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Tax-Cut Urbanism: A Thought Experiment

The holiday season is a magical time. Conspicuous consumption, massive hangovers, and repeated family dinners where people pretend they like one another. For me, it’s also one of the one or two annual moments where I get to argue with my conservative, talk radio addled cousins about politics. And this magical year, after a few […]

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Gamechangers

[Note: It just occurred to me that this post is the opposite of Betsey's! It could be subtitled: "small steps add up to squat."] Last month, I happened across Conrad deFiebre’s review at MN2020 of Car2Go, the latest innovation in car sharing to hit the streets of Minneapolis. Something caught my eye. Here’s the piece: […]

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3/20/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

The Transportation & Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council discusses a lot of interesting stuff but seems to either use too many or not enough words to describe what they’re talking about.  Here is an attempt to add some context to the dry but vital meeting topics.  I’ve been summarizing them here at […]

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2/28/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

The Transportation & Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council is a not-very-interesting meeting where a lot of interesting stuff is talked about.  Here is an attempt to add some context to the dry but vital meeting topics.  I’ve been summarizing them here at streets.mn since the beginning of the year; here’s a list […]

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1/17/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

I know you all have been anxiously awaiting a report on the Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting of Jan. 17th.  Which rough and crumbly streets will finally receive a smooth new layer of asphalt?  Which ancient combined sewers will finally be separated, sparing our rivers the pollution from our societal effluent?  I apologize […]

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Taking local action

Over at Grist, David Roberts lays down the brutal logic of climate change: With immediate, concerted action at global scale, we have a slim chance to halt climate change at the extremely dangerous level of 2 degrees C. If we delay even a decade — waiting for better technology or a more amenable political situation or […]

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