Archive | February, 2013

The National Bike Summit’s Legislative Record: Progress or Hype?

The National Bike Summit, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, is scheduled for next week — March 4-6, 2013 — in Washington DC. As happens every year, the NBS is the “most important one yet!” where attendees voices are needed to maintain the “momentum” of the bike movement. It’s the “advocacy event of the […]

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Uptown – It’s All About Good Urbanism

Several things jumped out at me as I read through yesterday’s Star Tribune article about Uptown and the tension of its recent level of development. I’ll address three here, and they have everything to do with what a colleague of mine calls a “failure of frontage.” First, with the somewhat controversial mixed-use project at 1800 […]

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Don’t be Misled by Parking Space Economics

Donald Shoup’s famous parking policy book arrived the mail last week. Even though I’m about 5 years late to the party, the book still seems revolutionary. I still remember the first time I realized that parking dominates local neighborhood conversation. I was young and naïve and just starting to pay attention to Twin Cities’ urban […]

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Podcast #26 – thirty two magazine’s urban zeitgeist with Katie and Guy Eggers

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Katie and Guy Eggers, the founders and publishers of thirty two magazine, a new literary monthly based in Minneapolis. As they describe it, thirty two is Minnesota’s forward looking culture and ideas magazine, filled with stories about how Minnesota connects to globe, stories about contemporary changes in art, […]

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Just-in-time consumption: Does the `pint of milk test’ hold water?

Just-in-time production revolutionized manufacturing, enabling both a reduction in inventories as supplies arrive only shortly before needed, and an improvement in quality as poorly made inputs are no longer stored for long periods of time, but can be quickly identified and feedback provided to the supplier. The widespread adoption of the just-in-time process is itself […]

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Fastest Metropolitan Area in the United States (outside of California)

If I told you that the Minneapolis-St. Paul- Bloomington Metropolitan area had the highest average speeds (outside of California) of the fifty largest metropolitan areas in the United States, would you be surprised? I was. According to data released with the 2012 Texas A&M’s Transportation Institutes’s Urban Mobility Report, Powered by Inrix, Table A-8 reveals […]

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Minneapolis

Seeking a photo curator

  Are you a photographer, videographer, or just a lover of urban images?  Streets.mn is seeking a volunteer to help us curate our flickr group.  Through flickr, we’d like to collect great images of places, transportation systems, and just interesting things in Minnesota and beyond. Flickr is a great resource for blogging – you can […]

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Paul Bunyan State Trail

Best Practices for Traffic Control at Regional Trail Crossings

I’m short on time today, and writing from northeastern Nevada (where the big news today is that the entire county is having issues accessing the internet). So please forgive me if this post seems a bit hurried. I’ve uploaded a document called Best Practices for Traffic Control at Regional Trail Crossings. The document tries to establish some […]

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The Streets.MN Rundown

I’m going to steal a little something out of the Strong Towns Playbook (e.g.: Friday News Digest). Sorry Chuck, I’m stealing your idea! How does the saying go? Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery? Here we go … Sidewalk sales? Yes, please!, on Star Tribune Minneapolis is looking to change an ordinance to […]

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Podcast #25 – A Green Future for Saint Paul with Mayoral candidate Roger Meyer

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Roger Meyer, the Green Party candidate running for Mayor of St Paul. Roger Meyer is a longtime activist in the Merriam Park neighborhood, and has worked as a consultant for the YMCA and many district councils on issues ranging from mental health, transportation, to education. Fellow Streets.mn author […]

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