So, like every other worthy non-profit in Minnesota, we’ve had our hand stretched out, with a plea for your dollars today. We’ve reminded you of all the great content we publish. We’ve even made references to bollards on Twitter. But maybe you find all this begging for cash a little distasteful, even though you love […]
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Happy Give to the Max Day! We’ve already given you a glimpse into what your financial donation means to us at streets.mn — a wholly volunteer-led, volunteer-edited and volunteer-written web site. But, when it comes to it, you’re here because we publish such great content. Think about the posts you’ve read this year. Any of […]
Give to the Max Day is both a really great day and a really irritating one. It’s great because the outpouring of generosity from Minnesotans to causes they cherish is inspiring. It’s irritating because every single cause is asking for that donation. You’re here reading this. We’re asking for you to support streets.mn this #GTMD2017. […]
What direction do you suppose the drivers in the green Kia and dark plum taxi above are looking (and encouraged to look based on road design)? As almost everywhere in the US, they are legally allowed to turn right on red. They are likely in at least somewhat of a hurry and would prefer to […]
This past week was election day bringing new mayors to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, plus some shuffling of the Minneapolis Council and Park Board. Here at streets.mn, we’re looking forward to seeing how new policy-makers will work to change the urban landscape; we’re also looking forward to encouraging you to write about what you see […]
The Diamond Lake neighborhood is in Minneapolis’s southernmost tier, running generally from 55th Street East to 62nd Street East. The west-to-east extent of the neighborhood is even greater than the seven blocks it stretches from north to south. The western border is Interstate 35W and the eastern border is generally Cedar Avenue. That makes for […]
You might have missed Greta Kaul’s excellent article in Minnpost a while back, bringing some data into the conversation about the Twin Cities housing market. It is well worth your time and describes how the rental and home markets have changed over the last 5-10 years. Here’s one of the charts that caught my eye: […]
Back in September, I attended a Nice Ride forum on “the future of bike share” in the Twin Cities. The event was of interest for a few reasons. First, I believe in bike share. We all benefit when more people to choose more often to ride a bike instead of drive a single occupant vehicle. […]
October 10, 2015 12 Miles; Summit-University, Crocus Hill This ride wasn’t long in terms of mileage but it covered substantial amounts of local history and altitude. The front of 744 Ashland, built as the Temple of Aaron Synagogue, and now apartments. This is the rather unusual entrance to the apartment building at 744 Ashland Avenue […]
A History of Bicycle Helmets Advocacy for wearing bicycle helmets is almost as old as bicycles themselves. In the 1880s bicycle clubs began to advocate for the use of helmets. Eventually racers began to use helmets, first leather pith-type helmets, then leather ring-type “hairnet” helmets, but helmets were unknown in non-race bicycling. First modern helmets […]
Today, November 7, 2017 is election day throughout the state. The Minneapolis and St. Paul elections are notable because they include mayoral races and a variety of other posts, such as city council and parks board in Minneapolis. You can review the streets.mn election coverage for the city elections at this handy link: https://streets.mn/category/2017-voter-guide/ You can […]
As Bill Lindeke noted a couple of weeks ago, the streets.mn board needs you to apply to join us! I have served on the board for the last year, after several years of reading, commenting, and contributing. It has been an amazing opportunity to help shape and support an organization I love, and to use […]
Until recently, whenever I heard the term “grand round” scenic bikeway, I automatically thought about the Minneapolis trail system that goes by a very similar name. I probably heard the term “Saint Paul Grand Round” before I realized it was related to the trail system in Saint Paul that connects Shepard Road, the Mississippi River […]
By the time you’re reading this, your devices should tell you Daylight Savings Time has ended and perhaps you’ve reset the non-internet devices. It’s also Guy Fawkes Day, an observance of no relevance for Minnesota, but it could be an excuse for fireworks anyway. Election day is this Tuesday, November 7, 2017 and so listening […]
The podcast this week is a special one. Just like we did four years ago, streets.mn co-hosted a forum with candidates running to be the mayor of Minneapolis. This is a recording that hour-and a half long conversation, which was moderated by Freddy Bell and featured four candidates for mayor: Raymond Dehn, Jacob Frey, Tom […]
Going through some files recently, I came across a City of Minneapolis cordon count from 1948 and 1949. It shows how many people entered and left downtown on a single day in May. I also have a metro-wide traffic study from 1949, which happens to be the year I was born. Among other things, it […]
How can you tell if a neighborhood is safe, friendly, walkable, & successful? Advocates for great streets & neighborhoods look for clues as to what makes neighborhoods great, so what are some clues? Kids are often used as an “indicator species”–meaning, if kids use it, it must be great–and a common test is the Trick-or-Treat […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with David Brauer, a long-time local Minneapolis journalist, all about the upcoming Minneapolis city elections where 13 city council seats and the next mayor will be decided. We sat down at Butter Bakery Café in Brauer’s beloved Kingfield neighborhood the other day to discuss the election, both the […]
Eric Roper had a must-read article in the Star Tribune this weekend about suburban low-wage jobs and the challenge of transit for those workers. It has a bunch of interesting stories for people who think about transit, density, and employment. It also includes this map! It’s worth noting that the total number of jobs in Minneapolis, […]
We Want You to Join the streets.mn Board! Yes, we do want you if you care about urban issues, transportation and land use in Minnesota (folks outside the Metro are encouraged to apply), are willing to roll up your sleeves with our 100% volunteer organization, and are interested in helping streets.mn raise its voice in suburban […]