Archive | November, 2013

Begging for Simplicity

Pedestrian actuators call for a pedestrian signal at an intersection which is semi-actuated (where the green-time goes to the mainline except when a vehicle is on the side street, subject to a maximum cycle length and a minimum green time for the side street) or fully-actuated (where the green time is allocated to approaches which […]

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Vote for Minnesota’s Best of 2013 (Part 2)

This is the second part of the Streets.MN Best of 2013 Competition. (part 1 is now closed) Votes are due 11:59 pm, November 30, 2013. Category 9: 2013 Best Adaptive Reuse of a Building or Infrastructure Category 10: 2013 Best New Building or Development Category 11: 2013 Best Way to Attain Automobility Category 12: 2013 Best […]

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Bike Boxes

A bicycle/motorcycle conflict on the streets of Minneapolis turns into a cordial conversation and a greater understanding of turning movements at complex intersections. This is a short film I produced two years ago for Bike Walk Twin Cities introducing bike boxes to MSP.

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Podcast #51 – Minnesota’s Exceptional Climate with Kenny Blumenfeld

The podcast this week is a conversation with Kenny Blumenfeld, a writer, storm chaser, and climate scientist who has taught meteorology and geography at the University of Minnesota and Metro State University for years. I have had the pleasure of reading Kenny’s semi-fortnightly weather reports, that offer details of weather events while explaining the complex […]

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Call for Nominations: Category 20: 2013 Best Riparian Corridor

Category 20: 2013 Best Riparian Corridor   Minnesota “10,000   Lakes” – so sayeth our Plates, Purify yourself Apollonia, our musical Prince baits, But Riparian means the banks of a river. It’s rivers, which to lakes, are purity’s giver.   Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Riparian Corridor.    

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Minneapolis skyline at Night (_DSC6919a)

Friday Photo – Cult of the Skyline

Type Minneapolis, or the name of most other U.S. cities (just not Detroit) into Google image search. Try Houston or Denver or Seattle. What do you see? Endless shots of glowing skylines. The downtown towers jut futuristically into a moody sky. The cars blur into fiber-optic wisps – the city appears to be an orgy […]

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Call for Nominations: Category 19: 2013 Best Rural Trail

Category 19: 2013 Best Rural Trail   A walk in the country, a path in the wood A trail on the prairie,  which is most good?     Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Rural Trail.

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Call for Nominations: Category 18: 2013 Best Sports Venue

Category 18: 2013 Best Sports Venue   The Vikes, The Gophs, The Wolves, The Wild, The Twins, MN United FC, The Saints, all Say Stadia, Areans,  Bring About Wins For this claim, politicians always fall       Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Sports Venue.

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Call for Nominations: Category 17: 2013 Best Minneapolis / St. Paul Neighborhood for Young Families

Category 17: 2013  Best Minneapolis / St. Paul neighborhood for young families   You’re young, you married you reproduced, untarried Your kids have you harried Where would you most like to remain unburied.         Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Minneapolis / St. Paul […]

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