Archive | February, 2012

Three Arguments Against the Stillwater Bridge, and Two Reasons It Will Pass Anyway

We’ve already covered the Stillwater Bridge debate like a North Dakota blanket both here, and on our individual blogs. So it comes as a big of a disappointment that the vote on an unprecedented  violation of environmental regulations to make a new freeway past Stillwater and over a new freeway bridge into a new freeway […]

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Washington Mall Extended

Washington Avenue Mall will open in a couple of years along with the Central Corridor LRT. It will cover the space from Walnut Street to Coffman Union on what is Washington Avenue. The new Mall will prohibit private passenger cars, while allowing Buses and Bikes. Today the remnants of Washington Avenue SE to the Mall’s […]

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Upcoming Metro Transit Meetings

Big changes are coming up at Metro Transit, which in Minnesota means big meetings.  Next week will be the first meetings on the new Rapid Bus concept, aka Baby BRT.  I wrote about this last fall on streets.mn’s predecessor site, TC Streets for People, and twice on my personal blog.  The following week will see […]

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How Much is 11th Avenue Worth?

The newest description of the Minneapolis Vikings Stadium proposal is that it will be constructed “at or near” the the existing Metrodome site. There has been discussion of the possibility of building a new stadium slightly east of the existing dome, which would allow the dome to continue to be used during some or all […]

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Safe Routes to Schools: Getting the Message Right

Safe Routes to Schools is a state and federal program that assists communities in fixing development problems that make it unwieldy for children to bike or walk to school. Through competitive grants and education, Safe Routes encourages communities to bring back the practice of getting to school under kid-power, reducing obesity and greenhouse emissions. One […]

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Get involved in regional planning

If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities regional planning agency, is stirring.  They’re getting ready to update the Regional Development Framework.  The RDF provides the basis for pretty much everything the Metropolitan Council does around four “systems”: transportation, aviation, water resources (including wastewater collection and treatment) and regional parks and open […]

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Not on My Bike Path!

Midtown Greenway Coalition email subscribers, twitter followers, or website visitors will have seen this notice at some point today:  Let the Sun Shine In The Midtown Greenway Coalition fights excessive shadowing on the Greenway. What the Coalition is fighting is the shadowing of the Greenway that would result from the proposed development of a 6-story mixed-use […]

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2/14/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

If you need an intro, please see the last three summaries. 1-4.  Street Resurfacing in Linden Hills and Ventura Village, plus three blocks of 1st St S  This meeting contained public hearings on street resurfacings reported here earlier.  The owners of 25 properties on or near Linden Hills Blvd will be removed from the assessment […]

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What happens when a street is just no good?

Having a quality streetscape is beyond important, and one essential elements of this is having buildings that address the street. But, what if the street isn’t any good? Should buildings still address it? What happens when a street is just no good? The River Crossing Apartments in St. Paul are pretty good. It’s St. Paul’s largest project […]

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Experimental Cities: DIY, Pop-Up, and Temporary Design

Anyone who hasn’t been to New York City in the last few years will immediately notice a few changes to the urban landscape. Most obviously, Broadway Avenue, New York’s “main street,” has a whole new look and feel around Midtown Manhattan. The Bloomberg Administration, let by his transportation Commissioner, has transformed Broadway into a decent […]

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