Archive | July, 2013

“Transport for Suburbia” applied to Minneapolis / St. Paul

Even if the entirety of suburbia is the worst urban planning move in history, one thing is for sure: suburbs aren’t going away. I live in a suburb, in a cul-de-sac even! Believe you-me no one is about to tear down all these houses and start over. So we’re going to have to learn to […]

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We Need to Stop the Southwest Corridor

It’s hard being a mass transit proponent in a medium-sized Midwestern city. It’s hard being an urbanist in state whose legislature is filled with mostly rural and suburban representatives. And it’s hard being a person who tries to grasp complex issues in 2013 in general. All these things (and more) make it rather hard to […]

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Ice Cream by Foot in St. Paul & Afield

On Monday, David discussed the challenge of walking anywhere when one lives in the neighborhood bordered by MN280 and I94. Because it’s July, and I operate on “any excuse necessary to discuss ice cream,” today we will discuss vendors of ice cream in St. Paul and in the Twin Cities where you can — and […]

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Map: The Neighborhood You’re From & Life Expectancy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, possibly best known for all the NPR sponsorship they perpetrate, also do a lot of research. They have recently published maps that show how socioeconomic factors that can be correlated to the neighborhood that you are “from” can influence your life expectancy.   Their conclusion: Where we live, work and […]

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How to Improve the Urbanism of the New Vikings Stadium

The Stadium Implementation Committee meets July 18 and several more times in to September to advise on key design decisions related to the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. This post is primarily concerned about the relationship of the stadium to its surrounding urban environment. In late May Oslund & Associates presented the landscape plan for the stadium, […]

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Minnehaha Avenue Traffic Projections

Hennepin County is planning to reconstruct Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis and is asking the community about a couple of design options.  According to our own Sam Newberg, who attended the last community meeting and has some great questions for the County, the County is suggesting traffic will grow at 1% per year on Minnehaha for […]

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Mind The Gap: The Importance of Bridge Approaches

It goes without saying that bridges are important. No matter what mode your travel, bridges are often the only way to get across a river, train tracks, a giant freeway, or (in other parts of the world) a canyon or harbor or whatever. Paying special attention to bridge design makes sense. And in general, Minneapolis […]

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Nobody walks to Saint Paul

Let me tell you about two trips from my home, in Minneapolis, just three blocks from the St. Paul city line. The first was with my kids to use the Desnoyer Park Playground, which is (sadly) nicer than any walkable playground nearby in Minneapolis. The kids ask for it by name. Google Maps places it […]

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Exurban Enlightenment

I had just moved back from Edinburgh, Scotland and found myself transplanted in a friend’s spare room in Indianapolis. I was young, naïve and while educated and employed, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. All it took was a place called Emerald Springs, a dying subdivision about 20 miles outside central Indy. There aren’t a lot […]

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Pedestrianize Nicollet Mall? or: Is transit in the heart of Minneapolis?

Almost fifty years ago, the City of Minneapolis actually did something for its residents who use transit. It created an exclusive guideway for buses down the center of the main shopping street Downtown, reducing buses’ exposure to congestion and (probably) speeding up trips (a little, sort of). Since there private cars are not allowed on […]

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