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Pierce Butler, American jurist

Piercing Butler

The most famous Pierce Butler was a founding father and US Senator from South Carolina. An apparently unrelated Pierce Butler was the first Supreme Court justice from the state of Minnesota, who became a justice after earning his chops as a lawyer for the James J. Hill interests (Jane McClure writes about him on the […]

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The Diminutive and the Colossal

July 11, 2015      12.05 miles      Highland Park, Summit-University (Summit Hill) The small house movement caught on in the late 1990s. It’s easy to understand, with the dramatic rise in housing prices. Even so, there’s been a steady surge in home size with the average U.S. home growing from 2,521 square feet in 2007 to about […]

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Snarking Violations

Snow can expose things about our car-dominated landscape that wouldn’t normally be so obvious. Much like a sneckdown, a “snarking violation” is when one can clearly observe that a vehicle hasn’t been moved and has violated posted parking ordinances. Over the course of Monday night, the Twin Cities received their first snow storm. I took the opportunity, […]

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Quick Hits: Why We Want Kmart, Dutch Demo Project, and More

I’ve got a very long list of posts that I’d like to write but I don’t have time to write them and I’m sure most readers don’t want to take that much time to read them. So, here are a few in brief. Would Removing Kmart Harm Nicollet Avenue? Nicollet Avenue is a fairly nice […]

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In Growing Cities, Parking Challenges Require Creative Solutions

This article is provided to streets.mn by The Line, an online publication about the creative economy of the Twin Cities. Streets.mn and The Line share content to further conversations on land use and transportation in MSP. As a new wave of people flood cities to live, work and play, many arrive on four wheels — cars, which are creating massive headaches […]

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Collage of a map, dog, tree, mural colors, signage, and Janelle and Scott

Walk This Way: Lake Street and Marshall Avenue

It’s hard to believe that it has been 8 months since my last major thoroughfare walk along Lyndale Avenue. Saturday, November 7, 2015 presented my ideal walking conditions: brisk 50ºF temperature, partial sun, and blue skies. After consulting my walk wish list for ideas, I opted for a stroll along Lake Street/Marshall Avenue. My walking companion for the day was my husband […]

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Four Necessities for the MLS Bus Barn Site

Professional sports stadiums in the United States, as controversial as their funding mechanisms have become, have historically been transformative elements to their surrounding environment. They can induce a once fertile stretch of farm field to become clad with hot oil-fused asphalt for personal vehicles to lay, or can spawn dense, mixed-use communities which urbanists obsess about during their repeated […]

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People on Foot: Step Up to Stop the Carnage!

The tragic death of Kunlek Wangmo last week clearly struck a nerve with many people, especially those who live along West 7th Street in Saint Paul, where she was hit and killed by a car while crossing Saint Clair Avenue on her regular daily walk with her husband. For Nicole Mardell, the incident brought back a […]

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