Archive | August, 2014

Better Block, PARKing Day and Cities for People

On Saturday September 20th I’m helping put together a Better Block event at the corner of 42nd Street and 28th Avenue. September 20th is also PARKing Day and Max Musicant at the Musicant Group is planning a large PARKing Day event in southwest Minneapolis. Both events are one day, and use public space on sidewalks and […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis City Budget

This is a great new bit of data journalism from the Star Tribune you can explore… the city budget in square-chart form. Check out the size of the Public Works budget. Anyone have any good ideas on how to save taxpayers some money?

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Northfield Wins the Silver Medal

We’re number 2! Northfield ranked second on Livability.com’s Top 10 list of Most Livable Small Cities (the top spot went to Los Alamos, NM).  It’s fun to win something unexpectedly and gratifying to have an unexpected voice tell the world what a great town Northfield is. Add the additional media coverage around the region spawned […]

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Cycleway Fundamentals: Safety, Momentum, Comfort

Sometimes in designing walkways and cycleways and streets and roadways it’s easy to get caught up in details and lose sight of the overall goals. I even ran into this problem as I was writing this and had to continually de-detail. It’s human nature I guess. Fundamentals are important because it’s important that we understand […]

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A New Meadowbrook Regional Park

Much as Minneapolis has turned back to the Mississippi River, different cities and groups are turning back towards Minnehaha Creek, gathering up land that would have fallen prey to developers. I’ve had a fantasy that a new regional park could be cobbled together from this patchwork to make the first regional park in the inner […]

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Chart of the Day: Change in Road Fatalities in Different Countries

Just a chart comparing the US “progress” on ending road fatalities against other countries. One of the things that makes per capita road deaths hard to compare for the US is our high rate of overall miles travelled. Fatalities measured against miles traveled (as opposed to population) makes the US seem safer. That said, we haven’t […]

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Sunday Summary – August 24, 2014

Here’s everything from streets.mn this week sorted and summarized: Important ideas, political edition:  Seeing Minneapolis with the NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride took state legislators for a ride.  Let’s hope the bikes-eye view of Minneapolis cycle infrastructure sparks interest in building better bike infrastructure (and appropriating sufficient funds to do it).  Writing your state legislators to follow-up […]

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The Big Show

If you want to see the biggest transit show in Minnesota, or anywhere between Chicago and the West Coast for that matter, hop a bus to the new State Fair bus terminal between now and Labor Day. Almost half of fairgoers arrive by bus, and those are now concentrated on the northwest side of the […]

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Bike Friendly Cities: Copenhagen

A newish video about bicycling and Copenhagen. Published on Aug 8, 2014 Where better to start our series on Bike Friendly Cities than in Copenhagen – a city with over 215 miles of bike paths that was declared the world’s best city for cycling a few years ago? We talked with everyone who is anyone […]

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