Archive | February, 2014

St Paul Bicycle Plan: Good Enough?

I’m of two quite opposed minds on the St Paul Bicycle Plan. One of these minds is excited about it and can’t wait to see it implemented. The other, contrary to Rebecca Airmet’s Valentine, is disappointed that it falls so far short of what I’d hoped for.  (Then again, my wife gives me a valentine […]

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Neighbors vs Neighborhood Retail, Privacy vs Public Space

I recently chaired the most controversial meeting of my short urban planning ‘career’ (or the unpaid equivalent). ~30 residents and business owners from CARAG came to our Land Use and Transportation committee meeting for a good old fashioned zoning debate.  The property in question held C1 zoning until 1999, when Minneapolis rezoned many isolated commercial […]

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Lord Gordon-Gordon

“He who sells what isn’t his’n, must buy it back or go to pris’n.” – Daniel Drew (attributed) Beginning with the New York & Harlem Railroad, Cornelius Vanderbilt started accumulating a network to connect New York with Chicago, which by 1870 comprised the New York Central & Hudson Railroad, then valued at $100,000,000, the most […]

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Sunday Summary – February 23, 2014

A quiet week on streets.mn compared to the last few, but some technical challenges on the streets.mn site (plus the latest snowstorm or two) may be to blame.  Here’s the summary of the week’s transportation and land use posts: Regular features: The Sketch, a new feature, presents urban sketches from Ken Avidor and (soon) other […]

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Could Interstate Lids Unify University Neighborhoods?

Streets.mn writer Chris Iverson did an op-ed in the Minnesota Daily and appeared on the Daily Circuit this week: Could interstate lids unify University neighborhoods?:   Constructing interstate lids over I-35W would better connect the Dinkytown and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods near the University of Minnesota, says a Minnesota Daily columnist. Chris Iverson, senior in civil engineering […]

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Hüsker Dü – Makes No Sense At All (video)

Hüsker Dü is one of Minneapolis’s most iconic rock bands and listening to them always makes me feel like I missed out because I wasn’t even a teenager yet when they hit their prime with the 1985 release of Flip Your Wig. On the contrary, this video for Makes No Sense at All does not […]

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Minneapolis Should Get Out of the Golf Game

Golf is a game. It’s entertainment. “It’s a good walk spoiled,” Mark Twain said, apocryphally. Could government provide a service that’s less essential? It’s hard to imagine. Nevertheless, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) runs six golf courses. Once upon a time, these courses made money, but those days are gone. The MPRB recently […]

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