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Walking All the Streets of Eastern Keewaydin

Near the lake, where I previously walked, Keewaydin’s streets are rarely horizontal or vertical on the map. Between 28th and 34th Avenues South, though, all the orientations are nice and tidy. Enough to bore a cartographer. Perhaps that’s why whoever platted the neighborhood decided to have some fun with the spacing. A double-wide block? Sure, perfect […]

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Getting Lost Going Straight

Tonight I rode my great new winter bike home from the bike shop. I’m not too familiar with most anything south of the Greenway and west of the River, but I got directions to the Hiawatha LRT Trail, and figured I was set from there. “Just head north on the trail ’till I know where […]

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National Links: Amazon’s Reconnaissance

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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A Dangerous Crossing in Coon Rapids

One Month Later: A RRFB Crossing Failed

Just over a month after I wrote a post criticizing county traffic engineers for a half-baked attempt at protecting pedestrians and cyclists crossing busy streets, I unfortunately was proven right by a crossing in Anoka County. On November 20 two girls crossing Highway 47 at Pederson Drive in St. Francis were struck at the crosswalk […]

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Brit Builds an ADU: Who Would Want an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Two years ago my family of three adults, a polyamorous family with my wife and husband, bought a three bedroom, two bathroom house in south Minneapolis. It’s charming and has fantastic 1940s details like coved ceilings, stucco exterior, and a smallish footprint at about 1600 sq ft. I work from home full-time and we have […]

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Minneapolis’ Secret 2040 Sauce was Engagement

Around the country, people advocating to build abundant homes are asking how Minneapolis did it. Why is Minneapolis the city passing a comprehensive plan that ends exclusionary zoning and allows triplexes everywhere? There are a multitude of reasons why. We’ve long had an active urbanist community, fostered by discussion on streets.mn, a nationally recognized bike […]

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Sunday Summary – December 9, 2018

Special streets.mn stuff!  First, Join streets.mn for a Special Gift. streets.mn depends on members for the finanicla support to produce our fine content; join us by December 19 (the date of the streets.mn winter fundraiser) and receive not only a streets.mn notebook but also a streets.mn water bottle as a special thank you. Then, we’d love […]

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Join streets.mn for a Special Gift

Hello, my fellow snow-shoveling, salt-shuffling, sofa-snuggling streets.mn readers! Whether you’re new to the site or a streets.mn veteran, there has never been a better a better time to join streets.mn as a member. Why, you ask? Because if you join today through December 19 (the date of the streets.mn winter fundraiser), you will receive not […]

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Join us for the Streets.mn Winter Fundraiser

It’s that time of year y’all. Streets is throwing our winter fundraiser and you’re invited. We had a blast last year with The Theater of Public Policy and we’re teaming up again to get you fed, make you laugh, and then ask for your money. (Please support our ongoing operational expenses?) So join us. DECEMBER […]

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Chart of the Day: US Cities by Tacos and Transit

Here is a chart that arrived via Carter Rubin’s Twitter feed, showing a simple quadrant graph of US cities on the “transit” and “tacos” spectra. Here is one person’s placement of Minneapolis, ranked according to tacos / transit: Minneapolis revised pic.twitter.com/AHAxuQ1uhJ — Nate (@TheRealFuerst) December 6, 2018   Keep in mind that cities receiving high […]

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Interview with Chris Carlier on Urban Mascots

Urban mascots have been sweeping the internets over the last few years, thanks firstly to the country of Japan and their particular brand of civic pride, and thanks secondly to Chris Carlier, a British photographer with a wonderful Mondo Mascots blog and Twitter account.  Given the latent passion within the streets.mn community for urban mascots, […]

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Podcast #121: Activating Nicollet Avenue with Lisa Middag

Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Lisa Middag, the director of Nicollet Activation for the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. What does Nicollet activation” mean? I’m glad you asked. You’ll find out all about it in just a second, but it’s the person who is charged with bringing street life and economic activity to Nicollet […]

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