Archive | December, 2013

2013 Best Civic Booster: R.T. Rybak

In 1930, noted Minnesotan Sinclair Lewis received the Nobel Prize in Literature mostly for lampooning Minnesotan provincial boosterism. In some ways, not much has changed. We still set the bar pretty darn high when it comes to hometown homers. And this year, just in time for his denauguration, Streets.mn readers have voted to give a […]

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Flashback 1970s: Metrodome Groundbreaking

This cartoon, published in the Minneapolis Tribune in 1976, is a reminder of just how long and ugly the battle to build a domed stadium in downtown Minneapolis really was. The Twins and Vikings started pushing in the early 1970s for a new home to replace old Met Stadium in Bloomington. It wasn’t until December 20, 1979, […]

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2013 Best Campaign Stunt: Jeff Wagner’s Cedar Lake ad

With 53.49% of votes, Jeff Wagner’s message of “Wake the **** up, Minneapolis” easily won this year’s “Best Campaign Stunt” award – no 34 rounds of balloting needed. Mr. Wagner received the most national attention out of the entire slate of mayoral candidates in 2013. He was featured on MSNBC, Deadspin, Al Jazeera America, Daily […]

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5 or so Books about Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use You Should Read

You are reading Streets.MN, you might have something to do with Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use, and you are probably literate. Here are some books you should read. Lost Twin Cities – Larry Millett Twin Cities by Trolley by John Diers and Aaron Isaacs Main Street by Sinclair Lewis Minnesota in the 70s by Dave […]

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Future Best Place in Duluth? NorShor Theatre

My jazz hands are flailing! The NorShor Theatre is coming back! Honestly, I haven’t been a Duluthian long enough to have had the privilege to attend a show or 10 there, but I believe this gem of a venue will soon be a vital piece of the Twin Ports region again. Restore NorShor posters are […]

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Seemingly sprouting from the grass and trees is a Civil War Memorial. The triangular Summit Park is surrounded by John Ireland Boulevard on the west,  Summit on the east and Kellogg Boulevard to the north.

Life On Selby Hill

I am riding my bike on every block of every Saint Paul street and blogging about what I see and who I meet. In late October I completed my third season of riding. This post is the second of two stories about the nearly 14 mile trek to Summit-University, Ramsey Hill and Cathedral Hill on August […]

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The Yard Part 4 – A Vision for an Active Urban Park

The Yard must be an active urban space, regardless of design. During the Park Committee meeting last week, co-chairs David Wilson and Tom Fisher went around the room asking people about their favorite park. Examples given included Hyde Park in London, the High Line in New York and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The most common […]

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2013 Best Bus Route for People Watching: The #21

There are precious few great places for people watching in this recluse town, but outside of the state fair, I’d put the bus up there with any of them. Where else are you going to see an old white woman and a young black man sitting down shoulder to shoulder for a half hour on […]

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The Coming Downtown Apartment Bust – By the Numbers

I’ve been distracted enough by the cold and holiday parties, I’d forgotten about the downtown apartment building boom.  That is, I forgot until I found myself chatting with an architect working on the apartments part of that giant, recently approved, Downtown East project at a holiday party last weekend. We started talking about what amenities […]

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Main Street – Owatonna

Caveat: This is at best drive-by urbanism, I didn’t do any investigative reporting besides citing Wikipedia and visiting and photographing. I don’t really know what makes Owatonna tick, but even at a short glance, some issues can be identified. Owatonna is [the county seat of] Steele County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 25,599 at […]

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