Archive | October, 2013

This Town is not Named After a Bird!

  Nestled into a metropolitan area with suburbs like Golden Valley, Richfield and Eden Prairie most people think Robbinsdale was named for a bird. They are wrong. Robbinsdale was named for man, a b-i-i-i-i-g man! A Civil War veteran, politician, entrepreneur was he… Andrew B. Robbins carved the village of Robbinsdale out of the surrounding […]

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City centers, according to Google Maps

On my oh-so-few minutes of free time every week, I tend to try to enjoy myself with a relaxing activity. No, I tend to not play Call of Duty or crash on the couch to put on the latest episode of insert-much-acclaimed-AMC-show-here. Instead, I open the lovely Google Maps, search a random city, and drop […]

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Density and the transit puzzle

How would you choose a route for a transit line? It’s a difficult task, particularly in a region as big as the Twin Cities. Developed land stretches out for miles and miles before finally tapering off into farmland or patches of wilderness. Some parts of the region have natural geographic constraints due to rivers and […]

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The BIG K-Mart

Friday Photo – Multiplicity

What’s one of the most annoying things for people who care about urbanism? The fact that normal people don’t even notice it. But a photograph creates an aesthetic object which invites scrutiny. The more banal the photograph, the better. One is confronted directly with something that would ordinarily be background noise. I imagine someone looking […]

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Flashback 1970s: Wetlands Protection

In 1970, officials in Freeborn County, Minnesota, informed farmer Bill Bryson that they planned to drain a marsh on his property to make way for a new road. But Bryson was fond of his marsh and didn’t want to see it destroyed. He sued the county under the new Minnesota Environmental Rights Act. Five years […]

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Podcast #47 – Minneapolis Mayoral Forum on the Future of Transportion

The podcast this week is a special one, a recording of the recent Minneapolis Mayoral Forum co-sponsored by Streets.mn, Urban MSP, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and a few different student groups from the University of Minnesota. It was held last Tuesday at the Humphrey School on the West Bank campus, and we were delighted to […]

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Bicycle Parking

Hooray, Hooray: New Minnesota Bicycle-Friendly Communities Named

The League of American Bicyclists recently named a new round of Bicycle Friendly Communities and businesses. Several Minnesota communities have jumped through the hoops and made this list, including Richfield, Winona and Duluth. Previous awardees include Greater Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Paul, Bemidji, Grand Marais, and Grand Rapids. Minnesota itself ranks #4 among the 50 […]

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The Secret to Good Main Streets – On-Street Parking

Take one look at this photo and tell me why the businesses along this roadway struggle. This is Wautoma, Wisconsin, a town of just over 2,000 in east Central Wisconsin, deep in the heart of Packer-land. Wautoma is nice, with some lakes and recreation nearby, and the Moose Inn (Friday fish fry!) located just east of […]

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Halloween at the Art Park: A spooktacular way to see sculptures.

With this Saturday’s Halloween at the Art Park, everybody wins: The sophisticated grownups get to explore the sculpture garden during Caponi Art Park’s last open weekend of the season. The little ones get candy—plus a whole lot of fun. What kind of fun? How does a trick-or-treat tour of the park’s spooky sculptures sound (for […]

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