Here’s the quick guide to the past week on streets.mn on a warm, sunny Easter Sunday
- In Defense of the Dinkytown “Riots” uses first-hand reporting to suggest the spontaneous street gatherings in Dinkytown could have been mitigated if the pedestrian facilities were improved; comments debate the crowd management infrastructure as well as the riot rhetoric.
- TCF Bank to Leave Minneapolis for Sad Warehouse is a photo essay of TCF’s new location in Plymouth plus a request for comments. The comments are many and varied…transit, free parking, availability of amenities (such as lunch), contrasting other corporate moves toward the center
- Dense Ideas: Southwest And Other LRT Lines provides more review of the SWLRT and the density (or lack of it) along the line as well as the bias/assumption that the purpose is to bring suburban residents into the city for work or vice versa, but not serve the neighborhoods.
Politics (and more big issues):
- Does the DFL Support Transit and the Environment? or, although density and Democratic party support are strongly correlated, do Democrat and DFL policy represent the interests of urban voters when it comes to transportation, environmental issues, housing, and more? Check the cartoon for the answer.
- Advocating for Good Urbanism at City Hall: 2320 Colfax continues the story of the property at 2320 Colfax begun a few weeks ago on streets.mn as the application for demolition of an historic resource was decided Thursday by the Minneapolis City Council. Even if this issue is now moot, there’s some good advice for land use advocates.
Series: Critique of the ITDP’s BRT Scorecard is the last installment in a series which looked at the ITDP scoring of the Red Line and Campus Connector and now scores the scorecard itself. Swinging slightly south, the EU Bicycling Information Collection Initiative series stays in Germany for its 4th installment Munching on Munich’s Climb to Cycling Prowess (following Seville, Ferrara, and Berlin).
Audio: Are streets too inviting to cars? flags streets.mn’s Bill Lindeke’s appearance on MPR’s Daily Circuit show and
- Charts of the day continue to break out pieces of MnDOT’s 2012 Annual Transportation Performance Report ’s report with Shipments, Freight Mode Share , Rail Shipments, Port Shipments, and Air Quality
- Video: Orson Wells on a (possible) hazard of driving in Touch of Evil Opening and another short video on transportation economics How can we cure congestion?
- More aesthetic offerings include: Rural Revelations in Country Cemeteries – another photo essay cross-post from Minnesota Prairie Roots and an art show Enjoy the Ride: Adam Turman’s Solo Show a year’s worth of cycling art
Finally, for this lovely sunny Sunday we have posts on Bicycles and Springtime: Nice Ride Q&A: Funding Exists for 17 New Stations celebrates the opening of bike share season by talking to Anthony Ongaro, Nice Ride’s Director of Marketing, about what’s new with Nice Ride and bike sharing etc.; The Best Laid Plans maps an early Spring bike ride around St. Paul and shows us some of the sights and people along the way.
Have a great week!