Archive | March, 2014

Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project

After reviewing some of the preliminary plans for the upcoming Hennepin-Lyndale Reconstruction Project, it seems like this is going to be primarily a road paving project.  I was hoping that more improvements would be made for those of us who walk, bike, and use mass transit in this corridor.  I’m honestly a bit skeptical about […]

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Let’s Be Pro-transit

I’ll start by saying I have strong feelings about Southwest LRT. So do some people on this very blog. You probably do too. However, I won’t be contributing further to the gallons of spilled real and virtual ink or weeks of public testimony.  I’d like to talk about how we can set the stage for […]

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Institutionalizing Complete Streets

We continue here with highlights from our recently completed research on complete streets planning and implementation (read Part 1).  The research report, entitled Complete Streets from Policy to Project:  The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales, examines the emerging practice around complete streets in eleven jurisdictions across the U.S.  Drawing on over […]

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Sunday Sketch – My Ten Favorite Indoor Places to Sketch in the the Twin Cities

Twin Cities sketchers, cooped up for months can rejoice that the brutal winter of 2013-14 is over. The bad news is we still face at least a month of cold, damp spring weather. So today’s post is about ten of my favorite interior places to sketch in the Twin Cities. Missing from this list are buildings […]

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In the Suburbs – 1957

Earlier this week a “Chart of the Day” post by Matt Steele about the always debated SWLRT project sparked 47(!) comments at the time of this writing. Part of the discussion in the comment thread touched on the idea of “The American Dream” incarnated as suburban living. The argument that people in the U.S. want […]

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Sunday Summary – March 29, 2014

The Sunday Summary is being written on Saturday while the summarizer travels from the streets of Jyväskylä, Finland (where there has been no winter whatsoever) back to the streets of Minnesota (where there is all of Finland’s winter in addition to the usual season); late-breaking posts will get wrapped up next week. Big ideas Continuing threads: […]

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Friday Photo – Light Rail Moses

No one can agree on whether SWLRT sucks too much to exist, or if it’s just OK enough to merit being built with a bunch of free money. But I think we can all agree that a light rail train going through a sea of parking and office towers says Minneapolis the way Painted Ladies […]

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A Next Year’s Resolution on Sidewalk Ice & Pedestrian Safety

Tis’ the season we go from snowy sidewalks, to slushy, and then icy ones. And in many ways that’s a hopeful sign. A promise of warmth and fun, of walks around the lakes, Open Streets, Nice Rides across the Stone Arch, and everything else you can fit into 7 months of t-shirt weather. So while […]

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