Suggest a Story

If you have an interesting story, but you can’t write about it, or you think someone at should consider it, add it to this list: Suggest a Story.

We make no commitments, but appreciate the ideas.

11 thoughts on “Suggest a Story

  1. Kassie

    I clicked on the link to the “suggest a story” google doc, but for some reason can’t add to it. I can’t figure out how to get it out of “view only.”

    I’d like to see a story about places in St. Paul without sidewalks. Most of the city has them, but the newer neighborhoods have them much more sporadically. On the East Side, once you get east of Earl, they seem to come and go. Case in point:

  2. Andrew Andrusko

    There are a lot of good ideas but the Suggestions Google Doc is also being messed up by ‘Anonymous Giraffe’ and a couple of other random users. (See #21).

    I added suggestions #18 – #20, #23 – #25.

  3. mplsjaromir

    How about a story about a hypothetical heavy rail transit line that ran from Big Lake to Eden Prairie, roughly following Northstar line and the SWLRT route south of downtown Minneapolis? It could have bi-directional frequencies of 15 minutes all day, with far fewer stops than light rail. What would be the obstacles? Too disruptive for the neighbors? Too many headaches dealing with the railroads? Not enough institutional support from Metro Transit? Too expensive?

    Transportpolitic ran a story about Toronto’s move to have their commuter rail act as a regional mobility service, rather than a strictly commuter service.

    Obviously this is fantasy, but maybe we could emulate Paris’ RER, London’s Cross Rail, Europe’s various S-bahns. Fast, frequent, spaced transit that runs through the CBD and makes connecting suburbs an easy proposition. Even if this was done with buses it would be an improvement over all the lines we have that terminate downtown.

  4. Rosa

    I keep meaning to drag my camera out and document/praise the new bike route signage that’s popped up the last year or two. Most recent was the signs that let me find the Dinkytown Greenway from just a vague “it’s down by the river near the Guthrie somewhere” starting point. Since I keep not doing this, I’d really like it if someone else did.

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  6. Brian Finstad

    I could not add to the list either. Please add this idea:

    I notice many streets that are transit corridors or very high traffic also tend to not have boulevards. Bryant Ave S, Penn Ave N, Emerson Ave N, 31st Street. Being they don’t have boulevards, they do not have boulevard trees even though there is MORE need for protection and shade because they are areas of higher pedestrian use and particularly because those boarding traffic have to stand in the sun or rain waiting for their bus. This often creates friction between transit riders and homeowners when those waiting for the bus try to sit on steps or in lawns underneath trees. Lack of boulevard trees also make these streetscapes less appealing when someone is looking to invest in a home on those streets, often giving those streets a “seedy” appearance.

    It would be nice if there were a comprehensive effort to get each front lawn planted with a tree to compensate for the effects of lack of boulevards. Of course not everyone may want that, but if it were part of an initiative where the trees were purchased and planted at no cost, many would. The benefits are far more for the public than the occupants anyhow.

    1. Matt SteeleMatt Steele

      Actually, Friends of 46th Street has been looking into the feasibility of that idea for 46th, a street with no boulevards (sidewalks on the curb), fast traffic, and no shade. Excellent idea!

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