Archive | January, 2014

Last Week in Mpls podcast #2

Last Week in Mpls is a podcast is where two young-ish guys goof around about local news. It’s hosted by me, Scott Shaffer, and my friend Tom Johnson of Stubble Magazine. This week we talked about the Green Line, layoffs at Target, the free-parking spat at 50th and France, and how hard it is to […]

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Uber Changes in NYC – Not Minnesota

The Internet Is forcing improvement on NYC taxi’s, whether they like it or not. Too bad Minnesota is fighting these improvements (Cover Photo: http://shot97.com) Anyone who’s visited NYC knows that various forms of public transportation are the norm and that none rank very high on the pleasantness scale. Subways can be quite grimy, and swelteringly […]

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Streets.mn Voter Guide – Ben Schweigert

Here’s part three in our series of Voter Guides for the open seat in Hennepin County’s 3rd District. — 1.) As a Hennepin County Commissioner, what would be your top transportation or land use priority? I want a future for our county where it’s easier for us to use our cars less. This election gives […]

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Podcast #56 – Ayd Mill Road 101 with Mike Madden

The podcast this week is a conversation with Mike Madden, co-founder of the grassroots neighborhood group Neighborhoods First. Our discussion was intended to be a intro course on the Ayd Mill Road, call it AMR 101, all about the history of the road from the 1860s all the way to the 21st century, where the […]

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Save Dinkytown’s Public Realm

Dinkytown has been in the news again recently about a large-scale redevelopment proposal on one of the core blocks. There is much controversy over density, lost parking (perceived or real), and preservation. Those are all relevant issues with no absolute right or wrong answer but some very good possible solutions. But let’s not forget the pedestrian […]

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A New Nickname For Minnesota’s New Stadium

The stadium formerly known as the “Hubert H. Humphrey III Metrodome at Mall of America Field” (HHH3M@MOAF) “Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome” (MOAF@HHHM) obviously screamed out for shorthand, or a nickname.  So most of us just called it “The Dome,” much to the chagrin of the HHH3M@MOMAF MOAF@HHHM brand managers. […]

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Main Street – St. Paul (7th St. W. (Ft. Rd.) (Mn. 5))

“Whoever designed the streets (in St. Paul) must have been drunk. I think it was those Irish guys, you know what they like to do.” – Jesse Ventura on Late Night with David Letterman We start in St. Paul, where 7th Street W. (running on old 8th Street) crosses 6th Street, and then 5th Street. […]

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Sunday Summary – January 27, 2014

Here’s a roundup of last week’s streets.mn posts, in case you missed any. But even if you caught all of these the first time around, you might want to revisit them for the stellar comments. Mass transit Two state legislators wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling streetcars “faddish” and “obsolete.” Sam Newberg wrote a […]

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Chat with MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle

Late last year, I met with Charlie Zelle, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss options for potential state funding of bike share in Greater Minnesota. After our discussion, Charlie agreed to a short interview for minneapolize.  The Commissioner is passionate about creating solutions for Minnesota that include all modes of transportation and […]

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