Sunday Summary – January 22, 2017

As noted in last week’s Summary, the streets.mn board met last weekend, but this week, Board Member Dana DeMaster tells more with Board Update: Creating Connection through Membership: “On Saturday, January 14, the streets.mn board of directors met and the main topic on the agenda was how to grow a better membership program. For the board, […]

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The Trolley Problem (video)

A neat, short, animated video explaining the trolley problem in the context of autonomous vehicles and military drones. A thought experiment in ethics. Vid for TED Ed → twitter.com/eoinduffy → fb.me/MrEoinDuffy DIRECTED BY Eoin Duffy WRITER Eleanor Nelsen AUDIO David Kamp – davidkamp.co ANIMATION: Eoin Duffy Tyler Morgan Super Dasil Mahesh Hovsepyan Karen Cooper Custom […]

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Urban Design and Grocery Stores

With a grocery store proposed as part of a mixed-use development at 46th and Hiawatha (see the Planning Commission submittal to the Committee of the Whole last week for plans), it is time to review good urban standards for grocery store design. Grocery stores are complicated due to issues of customer access, parking, and truck […]

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Sunday Summary – January 15, 2017

It’s been a very light week for posts, but we have one big picture post and one delightfully detail-filled post. In organizational news, the streets.mn board met for its regular meeting yesterday and we continue to work toward greater transparency and additional ways to engage with you, our readers and members. We’ll be working to […]

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Combing Through Minnesota’s Attic

25.6 miles (11.86 miles to MnHS; 13.74 miles back) Macalester-Groveland, Summit-University, Frogtown, North End, Payne-Phalen After months of conversation, coordination, and anticipation I was finally on the way to the Minnesota Historical Society’s Record Center on the North End. There I’d get a tour of the little-known building used to store many of Minnesota’s surprising […]

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Sunday Summary – January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!  The Summary took a little holiday, so this post collects three weeks of good stuff.  Looking ahead, streets.mn is holding a Backyard Ice Skating: The How-to and Why fundraiser on Sunday, January 22.  Billed as a SIMBY – skate in my backyard – event, this is a chance to skate, eat and […]

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9 (More) Ideas to Help Implement Rochester’s Vision of DMC

I would not have guessed that last year’s “9 Ideas” blog post would garner such attention.  The quickly assembled list was a no more than a combination of thoughts and ideas shared between friends and colleagues as well as examples derived from authors and practitioners from across the United States.  Yet the ideas spurred conversation.  […]

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Chart of the Day: US Road Fatality Rates of Increase by Mode

Here’s a depressing chart, ripped from StreetsBlog’s end-of-year post of 2016 high- and low-lights. It uses Federal transportation data to chart the increase in fatality rates for different modes of travel on US roads: According to the Streetsblog post, the rise in fatalities, particularly for people walking or biking, is a worrisome counter-trend: Bucking a […]

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Transit Potential: Arsenal vs. Ford Plant

The Ford Plant and the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (the Arsenal) offer rare opportunities to design new neighborhoods from the ground up. Both will feature a mix of commercial and residential, will be pedestrian friendly, and will incorporate public transit. In terms of transit potential, however, the two could hardly be more different. Transit to […]

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A Christmas Love Letter

When I was pregnant with my daughter my husband worked second shift, and five nights a week I was left to wrangle our then two-year old son by myself. After working all day I lacked the energy to cook, clean, and play with him. My solution was to find different people to feed and entertain […]

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