Archive | August, 2013

The Best $1 Million Idea for St. Paul

The Minnesota Idea Open is offering $1 million to one of three finalists, narrowed down from a pool of entries by judges ranging from a legislative aid to a celebrity chef. Here’s the best idea: The St. Paul Art Train The idea is to create a “Creative Enterprise Zone” that encourages “the growth of creative enterprises in […]

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The State Fair’s missing sidewalks

For Streets.mn’s “Our Fair State” series during the Minnesota State Fair, I don’t really have a good story to tell about an out-state event. I do, however, live less than a mile from the State Fairgrounds and wanted to share a little of what this heavily pedestrian-oriented event is like to be around the other […]

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Friday Photo – Horrible Bus Stops Edition

Hi Streets.mn, Here I am, the other half of Streets.mn’s Flickr page moderation duo, ostentatiously starting the fist of my bi-weekly photo posts with a whole bunch of my own photos! I hope you’ll forgive me – I just thought it might be a nice introduction to me and my sour take on this realm. […]

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Almost Bike Lanes

Bike lanes, generally, are a minimum of 5 feet wide. But a lot of roadways have shoulders that are less than five feet in width, which can be problematic for cyclists when this space is mistaken for bike lanes. Shoulders in the range of 2′ or less are narrow enough that it is pretty clear […]

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Street Signage and the Pedestrian Environment

We talk a lot on this site about the impact of street design of safety and a sense of place. Things like wide lanes, one way streets, signal coordination and car parking all degrade the neighborhoods they pass through, as they prioritize vehicle throughput over everything else. A similar problem is the use of highway-scale […]

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Miesville, MN: Small Town Baseball At its Best

This summer, I fulfilled a years-long dream of riding my bicycle to a Miesville Mudhens game. For those not keeping up on Minnesota’s “town league” baseball tradition, the Mudhens are one of the many small town ball teams that play for a few months in the summertime. What separates Miesville from the rest of the […]

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

In honor of the Minnesota State Fair as a bookmark at the end of summer, I’m here to tell a tale of what I did on my summer vacation. I drove west, naturally. My family piled in to the car and drove to Colorado. The great American road trip, we put 2,300 miles on our […]

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log slide overlook in grand marais. those two black dots in the middle? my boys.

Michigan UP: Closer (and more breathtakingly beautiful) than you might think.

(I’m going to preface this post by saying: Yes, I know this isn’t technically summer in “Our Fair State,” but it’s NEXT to our fair state and that oughtta count for something, right?) Did you realize the Porcupine Mountains are a mere five and a half hours away? Drive, drive, drive, Bam! you’re there. What’s in […]

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Podcast #43 – A Vision for Minneapolis with Mayoral Candidate Mark Andrew

The podcast this week is a conversation with Mark Andrew, one of the leading candidates to replace R. T. Rybak as mayor of Minneapolis. Mark Andrew is a lifelong Minneapolis resident, former Hennepin county commissioner, owner of a S’Mores stand at the State Fair, and environmental entrepreneur for Greenmark, a consulting company. He also co-founded […]

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