Archive | June, 2013

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Podcast #37 – Augie’s Mobster Hennepin with Neal Karlen

The podcast this week is a conversation with Neal Karlen, a local author and archival gadfly who has written a number of books on obscure chapters Twin Cities history. We talked about his latest work, called Augie’s Secrets, which tells the story of the eponymouse Augie Ratner, who ran Augie’s nightclub on Hennepin Avenue from […]

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A Bid for Bus Lanes

Take a look at the two images below. If the squiggly red lines didn’t refer to a specific mode, but instead to some pure form of transportation like a wire for an electron, and you had to choose one to rely on to transport your electric self around the city, which would you choose? Those […]

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The Kunstler Schism

The best line from everyone’s favorite Bill Murray / Richard Dreyfus psycho-comdey What About Bob occurs when Murray’s character (Bob) first enters Dreyfus’ office, sits down, and begins answering the doctor’s questions: Dr. Leo Marvin: Are you married? Bob Wiley: I’m divorced. Dr. Leo Marvin: Would you like to talk about that? Bob Wiley: There […]

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If not gentrification—what?

Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of going to the Guthrie Theater for a reason other than a Vikings Stadium design unveiling. I was there for a performance of Clybourne Park*, which, according to Wikipedia, is a modern response to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun. For those who don’t click […]

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Good Urbanism vs. Good Urbanism… Who Wins?

In a fight between good vs. good, who wins? That is the current question at hand for the latest development near the University of Minnesota. CPM Development, the company that is currently building the Elysian and will build the WaHu Student Housing (hopefully only a working title) soon, has issued a request for a zoning […]

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Bloomington to Apple Valley Red Line bus service opens tomorrow

The Twin Cities is welcoming a new transit service on Saturday: The METRO Red Line bus service along Cedar Avenue from the Mall of America in Bloomington to the eponymous Apple Valley Transit Station. The 10-mile route will have five stops: Aside from the endpoints, it also hits Cedar Grove Transit Station at Nicols Road […]

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Peer-to-Peer Urbanism & New Urban Mechanics

Last night, I attended a Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association meeting featuring Nigel Jacob, of the Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Boston. He spoke about the means by which the office streamlines innovation to create crowdsourced and peer-to-peer solutions to make cities more livable and enjoyable for residents. Urbanization is increasing worldwide, […]

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Tactical Urbanism Builds Better Blocks and Streets

Tactical urbanism is already here in the Twin Cities, and it has the opportunity to change the way we look at our neighborhoods and cities, and most importantly, how we improve them. In early June, Andrew Howard and Team Better Block came to a high-traffic section of East 7th Street in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood and brought […]

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