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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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Chart of the day: 2040 Growth Forecasts

In preparation for the Thrive MSP 2040, the update to the regional plan for the 7-county area, Met Council has released draft forecasts showing population, households and employment growth through 2040.  This is a map of the percentage change in population through 2040 in each city/township. Laketown Township is grey because the forecasts show zero […]

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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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Saint Paul Crafts an “8-to-80″ Bike Plan

After years of lagging behind its neighbors, Saint Paul has finally come up with a bike plan. I’ve written many times about why this is important. For example, see these two pieces on the Nice Ride disparity between the downtowns, or this one on the great Saint Paul bike boulevard backlash, or this one on […]

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Mankato Irony: Now Playing

Mankato recently released a new brand for the city called “Mankato: Now Playing.” The new branding opportunity is supposed to promote all the outdoor activities and other great tourist opportunities in the greater Mankato area. As a graphic designer I can’t say that I’m really a fan of the logo, I think it’s kind of […]

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Saint Paul Hits the Streetcar Sweetspot

Saint Paul is planning to build a streetcar! This week the city announced its plans for its first “starter line”, which would run down East 7th Street from Arcade, somehow get through downtown Saint Paul (route unspecified), and end up on West 7th all the way to Randolph. It’s approximately 4 miles long, would cost […]

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