Archive | February, 2014

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Friday Photo – Buildings and Time pt. 2

Two weeks ago I posted about the importance of considering where in time a development occurs. Another key consideration is the overall rate at which development occurs. In the Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs wrote about the necessity of varied building ages for a healthy neighborhood. The basis of her argument […]

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Chart of the Day – Transit Ridership by Route

This chart is actually a map.  It’s a map of average weekday ridership by transit route, as of April 2009.  MetroGIS Data Finder used to keep this data, but I haven’t been able to find an update.  If anyone knows where I can get an updated version of this data, let me know in the […]

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Does Climate Decide the Strength of our Biking Community? A Look at Geography, Safety, and Psychology

In my previous blog post, Minneapolis’ Secret to Enticing Residents to Bike in the Tundra, I investigated the means by which Minneapolis has become infamous for its large biking community.  Sitting inside my drafty room five months later, with the weather indicator on my computer indicating a grueling -10 outside, I think it best to […]

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“They Know they are Undesirable as Neighbors”

On December 3, 1920, the Secretary of the Minneapolis branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People penned a letter to her organization’s headquarters in New York City. She was writing to request any literature available on “residential segregation. Especially court decisions.” Two weeks earlier, this small chapter of the national civil […]

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Eastern Market in Washington D.C. – The Art of Walkability

Exactly what do we mean when we say crazy stuff like “center of gravity,” “critical mass” and “transit village” when describing whether a neighborhood or transit station area is successful? Good question. I said those things last week in Eric Roper’s insightful Star Tribune piece about the progress of development around the Lake Street station in Minneapolis. […]

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Announcing the Hennepin County 3rd District Commissioner Candidate Forum

Several candidates are running for the open seat on Hennepin County’s Board of Commissioners, and we want voters to be clear on where the candidates stand. In partnership with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability,  streets.mn is presenting a nonpartisan forum for commissioner candidates to share their views on the future of transportation […]

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Latest Dinkytown Vote Leaves a Bad Taste in My Mouth

Between the proceedings of last cycle’s Zoning & Planning Committee meeting and full City Council meeting, I have been rather upset. Organizing my thoughts to form a coherent argument for the purpose of this post has been a real struggle. For those who have not been following this specific development proposal closely, let me provide […]

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Sledding at Columbia Golf Course? “Totally EPIC!”

We’ve always loved the sledding at Columbia Park Golf Course. And that was before I realized that that building there? IT SELLS SNACKS! Boasting the steepest slopes in NE Minneapolis, Columbia Golf Course offers different sized hills for all levels of sledders. Looking for the big kahuna? Once parked, just climb the hill to the […]

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Move MN is a Litmus Test for Pragmatism

How you feel about the Move MN proposal tells you a lot about your politics. I don’t mean the overblown left-right spectrum. Rather, Move MN serves as a litmus test for the politics of compromise. Are you an idealist or a pragmatist? How optimistic are you about the future of the liberal state economy? Do […]

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