Archive | April, 2013

The road to Maple Plain is legislated with good intentions

As the legislature slogs through another session, the House Transportation Finance Committee has a queue of bills to sort through. Most of these would provide specific appropriations to fund a single transportation project. A few may succeed on their merits and statewide significance, some may gain popular support resulting in a project’s inclusion in a bonding […]

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Why I’m proud to be “offended” by the judgemental map of Minneapolis

I’m sure the frequent readers of streets.mn have already viewed last week’s buzz map of Minneapolis. It depicts Minnesota’s largest city with a solid touch of satire and preconceived notion poking-fun-of. If you haven’t seen it, here it is below: Obviously, this post may make you feel differently from your next door neighbor. You may […]

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Why Do We Need Laws To Prevent Parking in Bike Lanes?

Seriously, why? Today’s Star-Tribune features an article about current legislative activity at the state Capitol oriented to banning parking in bicycle lanes. Really? Why is this even an issue? It’s already legal to park there? Why? Is it legal to park in traffic lanes? No. Is it legal to park blocking alleyways? Don’t think it […]

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Podcast #31 – Minneapolis Ward 13 with City Council Candidate Linea Palmisano

The podcast this week is another in our string of city council candidates interviews, a conversation with Linea Palmisano, who is running for City Council in Minneapolis’s Ward 13. Ward 13 is made up of the neighborhoods in the South West corner of the city, on the far side of Lake Harriet to the Richfield […]

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The Metropolitan Council’s anti-urban headquarters

  This is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities regional planning agency. It’s located in downtown Saint Paul. Notice anything about how it’s laid out? If you ever walk past, it may take a moment, but you’ll soon realize that the building doesn’t have any entrances onto the street. There are doors […]

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Bikes and Businesses Must Unite

Like the Streets.mn Voter Guide, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition has posted answers to bicycling related questions posed to city council and mayoral candidates. Question six asks “when would you vote against or overrule a BAC recommendation?” I read those responses carefully, and as expected, most candidates didn’t really take that one on or provide a […]

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What To Do with Pro-Car Populism?

I was catching up with an old friend the other day, an economic geography professor who moved away for a job at a big West Coast university. We were eating dinner and swapping stories. “What are you working on now?” I asked. We exchanged little bits about our lives, homes, friends in common. Somehow as […]

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We are Car Country

Join local author Chris Wells (recent Streets.MN podcast interviewee) for a reading and discussion of his new book, Car Country: An Environmental History, at 7 p.m., April 30, at Common Good Books in St. Paul. “Witness the emergence of [America’s] automobile-dependent landscape in the pages of this book, and you will never again see the world around you again […]

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Living in Car Country

For most Americans, driving is routine. This isn’t to say that it’s impossible to get around by other means—by bus, say, or by bicycle—but in most places, compared to driving, such alternatives tend to be inconvenient, uncomfortable, inefficient, and sometimes even unsafe. As a result, when most Americans need to go somewhere, they reflexively reach for […]

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The case for (and against) public subsidy for public transport

This post is co-authored with David King (a displaced Minneapolitan who lives in New York, and who blogs at Getting from here to there) In most of the United States and much of the world, public transport is publicly subsidized. Everyone in an area pays for transit whether or not they use it. This was not always the […]

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