Archive | March, 2014

Does Less Parking Space Mean More Incentive to Walk?

In late February, according to KSTP, Minneapolis had already received 57 inches of snow. Because of this, for the last month, Minneapolis has enforced a city wide ban on even side parking for all non-emergency snow routes, in addition to the narrow streets of  Bryant Avenue between Lake Street to 50th Street, and Grand Avenue […]

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Then & Now: Lyndale and Hennepin

As you all know, the city and Hennepin County are re-paving the intersection of Hennepin and Lyndale by Loring Park and the Walker Art Center. A while ago, I did a “Then & Now” on Loring Park. Today let’s zoom in on the intersection of Hennepin and Lyndale…  [Click on images to enlarge.] The two […]

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Chart of the Day – Southwest LRT Routing

The Kenilworth Corridor (3A) was selected as the Locally Preferred Alternative for Southwest Light Rail in 2009. During those discussions, national transportation blog The Transport Politic published three maps comparing the chosen 3A alignment with the 3C Alt 2 alignment which would have served Uptown and Whittier. The decision is far in the rearview mirror, […]

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Ice, Mud, or Puddle!

Welcome Minnesotans to another round of Ice, Mud, or Puddle! Just when our tundra homeland relents on its annual attempt to kill us with skin-peeling winds and lung-piercing temperatures, it turns the entire state into a swirling cauldron of glare ice, inescapable mud, and bottomless puddles. Pretty much every block has a stretch of sidewalk […]

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Best Local Blog For Particular People? Vote Us. Support Us.

Have you voted yet? As previously noted, Streets.MN is up for Best Local Blog in the CityPages Readers’ Choice Awards. We’re facing tough competition, including dogs and food — we love dogs and food too. But, without trying to sound like narcissists, we hope you love us too. Voting goes through April 4. You can […]

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Last Week in MPLS episode 8

In episode 8 of Last Week in MPLS, Scott welcomes Tom back from Alabama and they talk about: Meat and three Druid City Brewing The 61-car pile-up Brian Hart David Foster Wallace biopic, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Rosenberg, shooting in the Mall of America Bob “Again” Carney, Jr. and the mayoral race “Touching up” […]

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Turning Over a New Leaf – or – A Cycling Advocate Buys a New Car

I freely admit that the title of this post is courtesy of a few of my Twitter friends who like to turn a phrase and are better at it than I. Earlier this week, my wife and I leased a new Nissan Leaf from our local Nissan store. At my age, I’ve bought and sold […]

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“The mixture of races in this district is detrimental”: North Minneapolis in the 1920s

This “Social Composition of North Side Neighborhoods”  provides a window on urban planning in Minneapolis in the 1920s. The primitive diagram shown here was drawn by a researcher associated with the Women’s Cooperative Alliance, which assembled an encyclopedic analysis of moral conditions in the city in 1925. The Cooperative Alliance was a consortium of women’s […]

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West River Commons (Still) Sets a High Bar for Minneapolis

In a recent streets.mn post, one commenter was accused by another of being paid by Michael Lander and loving Michael Lander. Allow me to show you why I believe we need more projects by developers like Michael Lander. Like it or not, Minneapolis, development is happening, and we need to encourage more talented developers who have an eye for creating or […]

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In Favor of the Southwest Moratorium

Call me inconsistent, but I’m conflicted regarding the Southwest Moratorium. Considering my previous positions and ideology, it seems hypocritical to support a freeze on all new construction permits in the five neighborhoods that Linea Palmisano represents. I had an uneasiness with my immediate supportive reaction after news of the moratorium broke, especially since so many of my […]

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