Archive | February, 2013

Streets Weekend: Rail Museums of the Twin Cities

We talk a lot about transportation and transit here at streets.mn. Trains are ever and always in the mix, what with Hiawatha and Central Corridor Light Rail, Northstar Commuter and Amtrak in late-stage construction or in operation — and with other lines under consideration. Trains are not toys. Yet, they are absolutely and totally toys. […]

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I Love Some of Our Streets

This week’s Streets.mn love-fest has produced good content. Curiously, none of its content involves any of us writers proclaiming love for the streets in our Twin Cities or suburbs. We talk about trails and parks, which Minnesota does very well. Brendon Slotterback loves trees that line our streets and Andrew Owen loves accessibility that comes […]

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Podcast #24 – The Genesis of Car Country with Christopher Wells

This podcast this week is a conversation with Christopher Wells, a professor of Environmental Studies at Macalester College in St Paul. Christopher has just published the book Car Country, an environmental history of the American automobile landscape. In his book, Professor Wells narrates a history of the birth of American automobile society, focusing in particular […]

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I love Minnesota accents

The nasal vowels, the multifunctional but monosyllabic ya’s and sure’s, the rs so deep they threaten to suck in the entire sentence… I love Minnesota accents. We’re not supposed to be ironic on the I Love series, and I’m not even going to try to defend its aesthetic merit. But whenever I return to the […]

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I love the U of M

I love the University of Minnesota. With 50,000 students plus large contingents and staff, it is a city within a city, and one remarkably distinct from the rest of the Twin Cities.  There’s a tremendous degree of pedestrian activity each day, particularly between class periods.  The better parts of campus are highly permeable, with small […]

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I Love State Trails

I love Minnesota’s many beautiful state trails. According to the DNR web site, there are 24 state trails (including the developing Brown’s Creek Trail). Hundreds of miles of trails – some paved, some natural surface, some urban, most rural, some hilly, most flat. When I moved to Minnesota in 2005, I had no concept of […]

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I Love Gardens

As we’ve moved through our week-long streets.mn lovefest, a variety of human made and natural features have been lauded, ranging from the very human parks (Rice Park) and cities (St. Paul), and the very natural features of trees and the Mississippi River. Today, I’d like to laud that intersection of human and nature: the garden. […]

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I Love St. Paul

As a lifelong Minneapolitan I’ve lived a scant 1.5 years in St. Paul. They were wonderful, and nowadays I frequently visit St. Paul for shopping, dining, entertainment and just to get perspective on my own city. St. Paul has a wonderful opportunity to create a new neighborhood and catalyze that through preservation of a piece of […]

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I Love the River

I’d never been waist-deep in the river before. I’d followed my friend down the bluff, going down the wooden stairs, tracing along riverfront pathways until they stopped at a dark pool. At this point, the Mississippi breaks into a bunch of small slow-moving streams, a maze of islands, and this path stopped at a large […]

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I Love Accessibility

Last year on streets.mn, David Levinson wrote about a study which projected what accessibility in the Twin Cities might look like in 20 years under a variety of planning scenarios. I think accessibility is pretty great, and so I was very happy to get to work with David on another accessibility-focused project. “Access to Destinations: Annual […]

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