Tag Archives | public space

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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Food Truck Parks: Two Birds, One Stone

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. “Gosh, Bill,” you mutter to yourself as you read this post on your iPhone while stuck in traffic at the 494/Highway 100 interchange. “That whole ‘two birds, one stone’ metaphor is a bit gruesome.” It is. But picture if those birds were chickens, and served up in a tasty […]

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The Paradox of the Placemaking Consultant

A few weeks ago, I attended one of those big civic dinners that take place annually in every city across the country. It was fun! The mayor, all the council members, the business community, key city staff, the planning commission (including me), philanthropic foundation heads, and lots of Saint Paul’s architects, developers, artists gathered in […]

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The Streets.MN Rundown

I’m going to steal a little something out of the Strong Towns Playbook (e.g.: Friday News Digest). Sorry Chuck, I’m stealing your idea! How does the saying go? Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery? Here we go … Sidewalk sales? Yes, please!, on Star Tribune Minneapolis is looking to change an ordinance to […]

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Are Food Trucks Good or Bad for the Twin Cities?

The Case Against Food Trucks I was at an urban planning function a while back when someone asked me, “What do you think of food trucks?” “I don’t know,” I replied. “They seem pretty good to me.” “They’re terrible!” he or she declared. “They suck all the business from legitimate restaurants. They’re ruining cities. Instead […]

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Open Streets 2012 is Back

Following the inaugural Open Streets Minneapolis event in June of 2011, Minneapolis residents will have another opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic on June 10th, 2012.  Open Streets events (based on the Ciclovía from Bogotá, Colombia) bring together families and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop […]

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