Archive | February, 2013

I Love Trees

One of the reasons I choose to live in an older neighborhood is the trees.  Living on or moving down a tree-lined street with canopy coverage from curb to curb is just great.  Minneapolis, Saint Paul and many suburbs are blessed with large, old trees.  Minneapolis was recently recognized by American Forests as being one […]

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I Love Rice Park

“This week (Valentine’s Week), we have challenged ourselves at Streets.MN to be positive, which is really much harder than complaining (you see, already I am complaining about having to not complain). So we have a theme, about which we are not entitled to be snarky, What I love about Minnesota.” – David Levinson, I Love […]

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I Love My Commute

This week (Valentine’s Week), we have challenged ourselves at Streets.MN to be positive, which is really much harder than complaining (you see, already I am complaining about having to not complain). So we have a theme, about which we are not entitled to be snarky, What I love about Minnesota. So what I love about […]

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Podcast #23 – Minneapolis Ward 10 with City Council candidate Lisa Bender

A special extra podcast for you, a conversation with Lisa Bender, who is running for the Minneapolis City Council in Ward 10, which stretches from Lake Calhoun and Uptown north-east to the Minneapolis Art Institute in the Whittier neighborhood. Among other things, Lisa has been an urban planner, nonmotorized transportation advocate, and coordinator of the […]

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Podcast #22 – Debating Dinkytown Density with Chris Meyer

This podcast this week is a conversation with Chris Meyer, a former University of Minnesota student, Dinkytown resident, and member of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood board. Chris is one of the people working on a solution for problems surrounding density and parking tensions in Dinkytown, the mixed-use neighborhood right on the edge of the large University […]

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A transit solution in the sky

Since we won’t build rail transit investments where they are really needed, and we can’t even study better bus service because we might build slower streetcars, we have to get creative if we want transit improvements in Minneapolis’ densest and least car-dependent neighborhoods. Enter 32 Magazine and Frog Design, with the urban gondola.  32 Magazine […]

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University Avenue’s Evil Twin: 4th St SE

Gather around, students and colleagues. I am going to tell you a story about a magnificent avenue called University, and its less acknowledged disgruntled twin, 4th Street. Once upon a time, these two thoroughfares happily ran side by side. 4th Street housed one of Twin City Rapid Transit’s most used streetcar lines, and University Avenue […]

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7-story mixed-use development planned for Totino’s site

The Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) has put up a document describing the development planned at the former Totino’s site in Northeast Minneapolis, the namesake of General Mills’ Totino’s pizza brand. The pizza joint had been a landmark of the city, but the building has fallen into disrepair. There are efforts […]

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