Archive | December, 2013

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2013 Best Way to Obtain Automobility: Car Sharing

For 2013, streets.mn readers (or more accurately, poll-voters) chose “car rental subscription service” as their top choice for achieving transport by automobile.  I assume this means what most of us would call a “car-sharing” service.  With 40% of the vote, this option beat out “own a motor vehicle” with the second most votes (for 30%). […]

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Then & Now: Brookdale Mall Site (1967/2013)

I won’t give you a history lesson today on Brookdale Mall, or go on and on about lackluster out of state ownership, or the changes in the socioeconomic status of the area around the mall over the years. Let’s just look at the facts: Brookdale Mall: Born in 1962, Died in 2010, Demolished in 2011. […]

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Time-Lapse of Green Line (Central Corridor) LRT

  A Time-lapse Tour of St. Paul’s Green Line from cynick St. Paul’s new light rail line, aka “The Green Line”, will finally start running some time next year. Meanwhile, I couldn’t wait to see what travel on the new line will be like, so I made a moving time-lapse of it by walking the […]

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Mikael Colville-Andersen – Why We Shouldn’t Bike with a Helmet

The bicycle helmet debate has been raging for a long time–even on the pages of Streets.mn. In this presentation from 2010, Mikael Colville-Andersen talks about how important the bicycle is for liveable cities and how bicycle helmets are threatening bicycle culture.

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Completing Richfield’s Streets

The City of Richfield has all the bones of a good place to walk. It has higher density than any other major suburb. It has a nearly intact urban grid. It has better transit service than any other suburb, and in some regards, better than most of South Minneapolis. But as almost anyone who has […]

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Would you spur swimmers to the beaches of Amity Island?

Jaws, the blockbuster thriller film from the mid 1970’s was the highest grossing film ever until Star Wars was released two years later. The mechanical shark, the beach scenes on Amity Island, and the music score brought it all together.  The dynamic between the obdurate mayor (Richard Vaughn) and the police chief (Martin Brody) largely […]

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2013 Best New Development: 222 Hennepin

At the turn of the 21st century, there were zero (0) grocery stores in Downtown Minneapolis. Today, there are three. A couple months ago, Ryan Companies completed 222 Hennepin, a full-block development at the corner of Hennepin and Washington Avenues, previously home to a Jaguar dealership. The property had been sitting vacant since the mid-aughts […]

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Podcast #53 – Saint Paul Trending with Mayor Chris Coleman and Councilmember Dave Thune

The podcast this week is a pair of conversations about Saint Paul, Minnesota’s capitol city. The first is with Saint Paul’s very own mayor, Chris Coleman, about his development and transportation plans for his upcoming term. Coleman was handily re-elected last month, and we chatted about the long list of exciting projects going up in […]

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