Archive | November, 2013

Riding To Lunch In Shoreview

Shoreview’s cycleways are quite inviting; for residents, folks in neighboring communities, and those just passing through. They’re also inviting for the thousands of people who work in Shoreview, but most of these workers don’t have bikes at work to ride. Shoreview recently took a step towards becoming one of the first suburbs, possibly in the […]

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2013: Streets.MN’s “The Best of 2013” – Call for Categories

Long time streets people will remember that we ran a best of 2012 series. Last Year’s Posts: 2012 Best Opportunity to Do Something Useful: Dinkytown Trench 2012 Best Current Muliti-Million Dollar Public Works Project: Central Corridor LRT 2012 Best Farmer’s Market: St. Paul Farmer’s Market 2012 Best Skyway/Underground System: Downtown Minneapolis 2012 Best Trend (Hint: […]

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Minneapolis Mayoral Forum on Future of Transportation [COMPLETE VIDEO]

Sorry about the delay, but the complete, uncut, professionally-produced video of our Streets.mn Mayoral Transportation Forum (co-hosted with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, UrbanMSP, ITSO, and MUSSA) is up and available on youtube. If you’re still wondering about who to vote for on Tuesday, you might spend a few minutes and watch five candidates answer some […]

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Evolution of the Twin City Rapid Transit Streetcar System (1880-1954)

  Based on the data used in Xie, Feng and David Levinson (2010) How Streetcars Shaped Suburbanization: A Granger-Casality Analysis of Land Use and Transit in The Twin Cities.Journal of Economic Geography 10(3), pp. 453-470   This article presents a Granger causality analysis of the coupled development of population and streetcars in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis […]

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Minnehaha Avenue – Compromise, Frustration, Begrudging Acceptance (Maybe I’ll Take My Kids Fishing Instead)

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin sent me a pointed email in response to my latest post about Minnehaha Avenue. He was frustrated that I didn’t mention the one bicycle advocate at the September 30 public meeting who spoke up, saying “these will be the best bike lanes in the city.” As well, I failed to mention lane widths […]

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Then & Now: Adolph’s Bar, Robbinsdale (1980/2013)

Opened before World War II, Adolph’s Bar was run by Flo Ann Tauber and was a popular spot on 41st & West Broadway for many years. Unfortunately, the bar burned down on September 15, 1988, and the spot on which it sat is now home to the downtown Robbinsdale fountain plaza. vintage photo and information […]

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Then & Now: The Mall of America site

Here are some more pics from the Borchert Aerial Map Archive of the Mall of America site in Bloomington by the Minnesota River. You can see it change from farmland to baseball stadium parking lots to mall parking lots, the airport grow, Bloomington homes fill in, freeway strip development, and the river valley. (Sorry about […]

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The Attack of the Hipster Tomatoes: Getting Real With Local Foods

Re-designing our cities to support local food production and healthy living has been a very popular topic of late, happening against a backdrop of grassroots efforts to create networks of growing, distribution and consumption.  It is interesting to watch this process unfold, seeing how farmers, advocates, and urban design professionals are envisioning and (sometimes) working […]

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Southwest Light Rail: What Are We Trying to Accomplish?

The Southwest Light Rail debate puts transit advocates in a difficult spot. Do we champion any transit expansion even if its benefits are questionable and opportunity costs very high? Why support a major project that benefits a relatively small group of people while doing nothing for anyone else? If the reason for rejecting the Nicollet […]

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