Archive | January, 2014

Plymouth Goes Dynamic

My workweek takes me from Plymouth to Chanhassen and back again about three times each week.  Traveling south in the morning isn’t a bad commute, especially since MnDot widened 494 south of 394 a few years ago.  That extra lane accommodates all but the very peak of morning rush hour for travel south of Highway […]

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Friday Photo – South Minneapolis

Tim Kiser has taken a good, hard look at South Minneapolis. Since the site he uses doesn’t let you embed photos, I grabbed a screenshot of one, so I hope he doesn’t mind. I strongly recommend checking out the whole set! I can see South Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis Conservation Districts are a Terrible Idea

You can feel the pace of change in Minneapolis these days. Cranes perch overhead like crows. It seems each week brings the pronouncement of another new building. During her campaign, Mayor Betsey Hodges claimed she wanted to see 500,000 people living in Minneapolis by 2025.  And unlike most political promises, this one seems like it could […]

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Critical Transit Podcast 42: Bike Winter

Like many streets.mn writers, I maintain a transit web site of my own.  I’ve been asked to post selected episodes of the Critical Transit podcast here, starting with an informal conversation about winter biking. Please share your thoughts and winter cycling advice.  Critical Transit Podcast Episode 42 is an informative panel discussion with four winter […]

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Planning: How Did YOU Get to Work this Morning

Urban, transit, parks, traffic, highway, communications and more, much more – all require planning. A lot of planning to work successfully. Reading about the events in Atlanta this week made me think more about this. A couple of inches of snow and some slick ice caused epic traffic jams, gridlock, pain, boredom, and sadly, even […]

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Can We Save the Suburbs? A Look at NSP’s Living Streets

As of recently, a good deal of attention has been given to re-examining the way we perceive the design of our suburban streets.  While this idea of ‘retro-fitting’ our sprawled cities has come about for various reasons, in particular, the notion of storm water management has become of rising concern in Minnesota’s land of lakes. To […]

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Nicollet Mall Can Live Up to its Potential

If we really are sincere about making Nicollet Mall a premier must-see destination, and one of the most vibrant public spaces in America, a few things must happen. Whether or not we spend $40-plus million to rebuild the street and then more to route a streetcar down the middle, we should completely overhaul the zoning code […]

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Parking Minimums Need To Go

Managing a city is a very difficult thing to do. It is a task fraught with chicken-and-egg problems. Vibrancy won’t increase without density, density won’t increase without vibrancy – things like that. To add to the difficulty, cities are created and shaped by many different people with many different interests. The most perilous part of […]

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Great River Water Park: Making a Splash with the Littlest Fishies

A few years back, I spent many-a-winter Mondays at the Oxford Community Center Great River Water Park  with my little dude and his pals. It was always great fun but more importantly, it was warm. And it was winter. In Minnesota. The Kids’ Pool is perfect for smaller swimmers. There’s a little water slide, a rope […]

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The Lower Bridge to St. Anthony

The Lower Bridge used to cross the Mississippi between 10th Avenue in Minneapolis and 2nd Avenue in old Saint Anthony. The bridge was built in 1874 as part of the Minneapolis and Saint Anthony merger agreement. This iron truss structure had a 17-foot roadway and sidewalks on both sides. Construction on a new 10th Avenue […]

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