Archive | August, 2013

Podcast #41 – Improving Minneapolis with Mayoral Candidate Cam Winton

The podcast this week is a conversation with Cam Winton, who is running for Mayor of Minneapolis. As you’re probably aware, incumbent three-term mayor R.T. Rybak is not running for re-election, and the race this year is a wide open contest. Can Winton, a wind power entrepreneur from Southwest Minneapolis, has been running one of […]

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Rethinking the Minneapolis Transit Hub

Transit planners for the Minneapolis – St. Paul region are designing a hub and spoke rail system centered on Minneapolis. Primarily LRT based, the Blue Line (Hiawatha) is complete, the Green Line (Central Corridor) is largely complete. The Green Line extension (SWLRT) is having trouble, and the Blue Line extension (Bottineau) is a few years […]

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The Dinkytown Greenway Finally Pedals Forward

“It isn’t the longest bike trail in the city, but it is probably the most important.” These were the words of R.T. Rybak yesterday afternoon to the nearly 200 bicyclists at the official opening ceremony of the Dinkytown Greenway. And a bold statement such as that one deserves a seconding motion, which I will make […]

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A rail identity crisis in Minneapolis

This is what the region’s planned light-rail system looks like if you cut it off at the city limits of Minneapolis. It includes the Hiawatha, Central, Southwest, and Bottineau lines. While the first two largely stick to arterial corridors, Southwest (the planned Central/Green Line extension) and Bottineau (the Hiawatha/Blue Line extension) go as quickly as […]

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Geocaching in the Twin Cities: A family-fun treasure hunt.

Until a few months ago, I thought geocaching could only be done in certain places. But then my brother (aka: Uncle Mike) came over and rounded the kids up for a geocaching adventure—right in our own urban neighborhood. For those not in the know, geocaching is a high-tech global treasure hunt that involves placing or looking […]

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Dinkytown Will Be Saved… From Ugly Parking Lots

The votes are in! At this morning’s Minneapolis City Council meeting, the desk voted 9-4 to deny the recommendation of the Zoning & Planning Committee, which was to not allow the rezoning of the plat of land from C1 – Neighborhood Commercial District to C3A – Community Activity Center District. In other words, the zoning […]

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