Archive | August, 2012

So You Say You Want a Sidewalk?

“You’d think with all the taxes we pay that they could have put in a sidewalk.” That is the exasperated comment from my mother-in-law as she and I were driving past the local playground near their house in the Milwaukee suburbs with my kids in the back seat. She has a very good point. The […]

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Streets.mn Podcast #6 – Ten Chances No Hustle with Patricia Healy McMeans

  In this week’s episode of the Streets.mn podcast, I’m talking with Minneapolis artist Patricia Healy McMeans about Ten Chances No Hustle, a month-long residency program that’s just wrapping up this week. The residency took place in an old bakery storefront on Minneapolis’s Nicollet Avenue that had been empty for years. I became intrigued by […]

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The Limits of Pop-Up Urbanism

Over at my blog, I wrote today about some of the problems that both Minneapolis and St Paul have had in constructing bike infrastructure in over the past few years. In both cases (a cycle track and a bike boulevard), the city had drawn up a decent plan but had botched the implementation. Instead of […]

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The City of Saint Anthony Falls

Joined to the western half of Minneapolis (and the United States) by the I-35W Bridge, the Northeast and Southeast quarters of Minneapolis were once the City of St. Anthony. This area includes St. Anthony Main, but not the current City of St. Anthony (St. Anthony Village), or the neighborhood of St. Anthony Park in St. […]

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Bill’s Skyway Revolution Tour

Our hero leads the revolt … with an educational walking tour!  Chaos soon erupts … NOTE: *A big thanks to Bill Lindeke (of Streets.MN and TC Sidewalks) for the great Minneapolis skyway tour (courtesy of the Soap Factory’s Common Room). For the record, in real life, talk of revolution was light, but the tour was […]

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Nicollet Again & Still; A Word with Council Member Lilligren

This last Friday I had the pleasure and opportunity to interview Robert Lilligren, Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member who presides over the blight known as the “Sea of Parking” and it’s associated K-Mart at the intersection of Nicollet Ave and Lake Street. As you walk into Council Member Robert Lilligren’s office, one of the first things […]

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Vacant Property Ordinances: Help or Harm?

Vacant homes. Drive through certain neighborhoods in either Minneapolis or St. Paul, and you’ll see quite a few of them. No one likes to live next door to a vacant house.  A high vacancy rate is not good for any neighborhood. And the cities don’t like it. As a result, they have enacted regulations around vacancies, […]

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Golfing in the City of St. Paul

Golf is a humbling game, especially when you lose to a 98 year old. [Above: The menacing 2nd hole at the Highland 9 in St. Paul. I bogeyed, which is good for me] Public golf courses are in the red. For that matter, golf courses in general. There is even dispute going on right now […]

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The Original Highway Code

As a very brief aside today, I wanted to share this delightful little book I acquired a year or so ago. It is called, The Original Highway Code: Reproductions of Highway Code Booklets from the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, and it is an amazing little trip back to the not-so-distant past of highway design. For those of you […]

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Streets.mn Podcast #5 – Talking NiceRide Marathon with Ed Kohler

I’m re-starting the Streets.mn Podcast, after many months of loitering. This episode is an interview local blogger Ed Kohler, about his recent Nice Ride marathon. Ed took a Nice Ride subscription and visited all 145 station stops in a single day, which is (quite frankly) amazing. Here’s a link! You can subscribe on iTunes as […]

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