Archive | December, 2013

2013 Best Riparian Corridor

2013 is drawing to a close, and so is the streets.mn Best of 2013.  The last, but certainly not least, “best of” post for 2013 is for riparian corridor.  Readers voted, and the results are in. Not too surprisingly, the readers chose Minnehaha Creek.  The Creek’s watershed drains 181 square miles, and includes 129 lakes, 27 […]

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Whose streets? Hennepin County’s streets!

On the map above, the thick black lines with numbers in circles represent county roads in Minneapolis. These are roads that are designed and maintained by Hennepin County and can’t be changed without the OK of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, the majority of whom have no constituents in Minneapolis whatsoever. These urban streets […]

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2013 Best Rural Trail: Superior Hiking Trail

As urbanists, many of us love us some Minneapolis and some Saint Paul, and even some Duluth, Rochester and Mankato. But there’s nothing like getting out of town and looking at some stars, maybe a moose or two, and leaving bus routes far behind. For our readers, the top place to do this is the […]

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Main Street – Albert Lea

Caveat: This is at best drive-by urbanism, I didn’t do any investigative reporting besides citing Wikipedia and visiting and photographing. While we did get out of the car, I don’t claim to know what makes the town tick, but even at a short glance, some issues can be identified. Albert Lea is a city in […]

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Friday Photo – Rural Minnesota in the 1920’s

I came across this set of old photos from flickr user Ted Sherarts. The description of the set reads: “An old friend and retired newspaper reporter, Lawrence Spears agreed to the posting of these pictures from his collection of family photos. Most were taken in rural Minnesota in the 20’s and early 30’s.” Many of […]

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Strengthening our region’s response to climate change

On December 4th, the Metropolitan Council, meeting as the Committee of the Whole, discussed a draft of Thrive MSP 2040, a version of which will soon be the latest long-range planning document for the region. State statute requires the development of this plan every ten years, and local comprehensive plans must be “compatible” and “conform” […]

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Our 36 greatest hits (2013)

Below are the 36 most popular posts on Streets.MN in the Year 2013, as judged by number of page views.  Read them again for the first time. 2012 Best Mid-Late 20th Century Enclosed Shopping Mall: Mall of America We need to stop the Southwest Corridor I-94 Congestion: A Simpler And Safer Solution? Six Less Obvious […]

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2013 Best Sports Venue: Target Field

Sports venues remain a major piece of shared culture in 2013 USA.  Thousands of strangers gather together on gameday, sharing only a passion for their sporting team on the field (or court, rink, etc), and perhaps a love of beer and hot dogs.  We revel in victory as one, despair in defeat together, and the […]

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