Archive | November, 2012

Better balance in transportation possible as legislature swings to DFL

Just two years after the Minnesota State Senate and House of Representatives came under Republican control in the Tea Party wave of 2010, both houses flipped back to Democratic-Farmer-Labor majorities in the election this past Tuesday. This was a big surprise to local news outlets, who had expected Republicans to retain the upper hand. The […]

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TOD at 38th Street Means Closing the Bus Turnaround

Would it be possible to close the bus turnaround at the 38th Street Station? The clear upside is it would free up a big chunk of asphalt for development. Assembling the Metro Transit and Cardinal Bar sites with the single-family homes along 29th Avenue would create a contiguous site of at least 1.75 acres. That […]

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Do Sidewalks Make You Vote Democratic?

A few months ago, I read the following tweet by über-famous polling guru, Nate Silver: @fivethirtyeight Heuristic: if a place has sidewalks, it votes Democratic. Otherwise, it votes Republican. It’s something I’ve heard before. Bill Bishop’s fascinating book about political and neighborhood also points to the deep connection between urban form and political affiliation. Central cities […]

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Dreaming of the 7th Street Mall

  Nicollet Mall is the best part of Minneapolis. If not, it is definitely the best part of downtown. It is the best example of successful urbanism that we have, and its close proximity to the Minneapolis Convention Center has redeemed the reputation of the city for countless reluctant visitors. To readers of this blog […]

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It Can’t Happen Here

Because we, the righteous, live in the blessed Midwest, we do not face God’s Wrath We are protected against all such natural disasters. CNN can entertain us with Disaster Porn while we comfortably eat popcorn in our homes. The local news can try to frighten us with “Superstorm Sandy, can it happen here?” stories, but […]

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Beyond Park and Portland

After much discussion and advocacy, Park and Portland Avenues have been restriped by Hennepin County as (mostly) two-lane streets (down from three) with a buffered bike lane.  At least two streets.mn’ers advocated for this change, and public sentiment seemed to support the change.  Time will tell how successful this conversion is in terms of making […]

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