Archive | September, 2012

Metro Transit tweaks planned Central Corridor bus routes

In preparation for the opening of Green Line light rail 2014, Metro Transit has been busy over planning out how to rearrange connecting bus routes. Since the light-rail line will take over as the primary service in between downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, operator hours currently dedicated to bus routes 16, 50, 94 will […]

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Streets.mn Podcast #11 – Janne Flisrand Explains the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

This episode is a conversation with Janne Flisrand about the state of bicycling in Minneapolis in general, and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition in particular. Janne is a long-time bicycle advocate in Minneapolis and one of the key organizers with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. I caught Janne, at her suggestion, during last week’s Park(ing) Day event, […]

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Three Lessons from Minneapolis’ Pyrrhic Victory on Lake Street

An interesting vote took place this week in Minneapolis City Hall that illustrates a lot of reasons why cities have been struggling in America today. Item #22 on the agenda for the Transportation and Public Works Committee, way down at the bottom of the list, was a resolution supporting the “35-W Access project.” The project is […]

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Hey drunkies, walk safe.

MNDot Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Years after the semi-successful Share the Road campaign for bikes, MNDot is launching a new edition — Share the Road Pedestrians. The new program has some pluses, and some head-shaking moments: Yay: MNDot asserts that “Pedestrians and motorists are equally responsible for pedestrian safety.” Boo: Site does not mention the cases in which a bicyclist […]

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Eyes on the Street and a Beer in Hand

Most people associate the term “beer goggles” with an inebriated state of affairs in which a member of the opposite (in some cases same) sex appears more attractive. As an urban nerd, I think “beer goggles” can apply to urban places, as entire cities can look more attractive after a drink, particularly when you are […]

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Affordable housing is existing housing

We see gobs of money spent on new “affordable housing”. Ok, “gobs” is not a very precise term. Marlys Harris reports in streets.mn affiliate MinnPost that nonprofits are pushing for 4500 units of affordable housing on the Central Corridor. You can do the math on how much that would cost. Let’s define “affordable housing”. Obviously […]

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How should the next regional plan address climate change?

  You could argue the update of the regional framework now being undertaken by the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council (now called Thrive MSP 2040) is the most significant piece of land use policy that will be developed this decade.  The framework guides the development of various policy plans, which in turn shape the development of […]

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Shared Space: A crazy idea?

What exactly makes an idea crazy? Perhaps more importantly, why do we so often assume that all crazy ideas automatically bad or not worth exploring? As the old adage goes, great ideas pass through three stages: first they are ridiculed, then violently opposed and finally accepted as being self-evident. Today I am going to try […]

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What does our skyline say about us?

*Follow Streets.MN on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook! A recent article in The Atlantic Cities got me thinking about our two skylines. Minneapolis [Image from Toledocatalyst.com] What do they say about us? The writer of the Atlantic piece would probably place us under the “oligopolis ” category, defined as; Found primarily in North America, […]

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Streets.mn Podcast #10 – The Future of Student Housing with Andrew Hasek

The next Streets.mn podcast is here. Just in time for back-to-school classes, Nate Hood and I sat down and chatted with Andrew Hasek, who is a student organizer trying to fight the recently approved St Paul student housing ordinance. We met up at the Blue Door pub last week, early enough in the afternoon to […]

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