Here is a very cool map showing the “average annual carbon footprints” of different parts of the state, down to the level of individual zip codes! It’s put together by the Cool Climate Institute at Berkeley using a carbon footprint calculator developed in an academic paper in the Environmental Science and Technology journal. Here’s the […]
This is Part Two of a phototour of Old Highway 61 to Duluth. Previously we ...
Tonight I rode my great new winter bike home from the bike shop. I’m not ...
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Just over a month after I wrote a post criticizing county traffic engineers for a ...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
July 24, 2016 St. Anthony Park, Como, North End 23 miles Another nice day for a ride, this time to the northern edge of Saint Paul. The first stop – for a window – came in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. St. Anthony Park One of the gorgeous stained glass window at 897 Raymond Avenue. […]
Metro Transit and BNSF are offering a holiday train to St. Paul Union Depot again! As last year, streets.mn is doing a small event for those that wish to ride it. It was quite an enjoyable ride, with some trackage normally not used for current commuter service (though we can always discuss how it should […]
Minneapolis’s Keewaydin neighborhood includes much of Lake Nokomis. Both names come from the “cult of Hiawatha,” as do those of several of the streets. By walking the portion of the neighborhood to the west of 28th Avenue South, I included the parkland surrounding the lake. In the route map, the blue tint indicates the full […]
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 […]
After material delays and over 6 months and $2M in the making, the Nicollet-Boom Island bridge is open again! In one way, it’s just a footbridge. We had a neighborhood one growing up in Rochester. I don’t remember much of it other than being a 10-year old and using it as a quick shortcut to get […]
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 […]
The current debates over the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan and inclusionary housing raise some interesting ideas for consideration about the city and Twin Cities metro area overall. First, more housing at all levels of affordability is critical to the future of the city, not for the sake of density itself but rather the city’s ability […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
Here is a fun and graphically minimalist approach to mapping cities in different states, from the Barely Maps website created by Peter Gorman. These “maps” show the largest cities in any state as stars in constellations, with the largest city as the large star, the lines demarcate a larger distance): Here is Minnesota: And our […]
[This post originally appeared on my blog.] On Monday, Nov. 26, the West St. Paul city council considered a site plan for construction at Garlough Environmental Magnet School as part of the 2018 school district bond referendum improvements. In addition to classroom and facility additions, the plans include adding a second driveway and expanding the […]
Welcome to December on streets.mn. Aiming to provide some twinkling lights in the darkness this winter, streets.mn’s annual fundraiser and all-around FUNdraiser is coming up fast. Get tickets here, then join us December 19, 2018 for an evening of fun with The Theater of Public Policy, sparking conversation, cool people, and delicious eatables and drinkables. […]
The Twin Cities region has been slow to establish transitways compared to peer cities. While there have been a few new transitways since our first major transit project was completed, the region has a long way to go and will likely need major funding changes for more routes to be completed and in a reasonable […]
Jordan is a mid-sized neighborhood, about 25 miles of walking, and I had already toured the western and southeastern thirds. One more segment let me see the rest of the places where folks live, study, work, and enjoy nature. I began at the corner of Fremont and Lowry Avenues North and wound my way back to that point as […]