Archive | September, 2014

Non-Conforming Use Permits and the Schmidt Self-Storage Facility

Earlier this month, the Saint Paul Planning Commission engaged in a fascinating debate over a proposal on West 7th Street to build a self-storage facility next to the remodeled Schmidt brewery site. The issue was a discussion about whether or not to approve a non-conforming use reestablishment, and there were split votes in both the […]

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Writers’ Round-up: Advisory Bike Lanes

[From time to time we have a great email conversation open up on the streets.mn-writers list serv. Here’s the round-up of the discussion.]  Today’s topic? Advisory bike lanes! IMO Advisory bike lanes are really interesting because, if they work, they would offer a design solution half-way between shared space and our line’d regime, and offer […]

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Chart of the Day: Road Funding Sources at Different Governmental Scales

This chart is taken out of this amazing new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, called Intergovernmental Challenges in Surface Transportation Funding. The report covers the challenges that are facing governments around road and transit construction and maintenance, paying especial attention to the shifting relationships between Federal, state and local funding streams. For example, here are funding source […]

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Monday Photo: Paris vs. Dallas and Mankato

Here is the Tweet seen round the globe, or at least in urbanism circles … streets.mn writer, Matthias Leyrer, went viral two weeks ago with this directed at a co-worker heading to France for holiday (feel free to check it out and RT it some more). This even sparked a clever Google Streetview Mashup (by Ben Lundsten). […]

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Podcast #71: Saint Paul Meets Copenhagen with Amy Brendmoen and Jessica Treat

The podcast this week is a conversation with Amy Brendmoen and Jessica Treat about their recent visit to Copenhagen Denmark. Amy Brendmoen is a City Coucilmember for Saint Paul’s Fifth Ward, which is made up of the Lake Como, North End and Railroad Island neighborhoods. Jessica Treat is the executive director for Saint Paul Smart […]

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Map Monday: Population Change 2000 – 2010

This data is starting to get a bit old, but (thanks to a link from Aaron Renn’s great article on race and demographics in Indianapolis), I was clicking around this morning using the NY Times’ interactive census and demographic map. Here is a map of change in population for Minnesota as a a whole, and the […]

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Dancewalk! The Better Way to Cross Snelling Avenue

Recently, some crosswalks in Saint Paul have seen pedestrians raising the flag in hopes of a safe crossing. With this video, the SoulPancake Street Team suggests the dance walk as a superior way to cross the street. Might this be a more effective way of catching the attention of distracted motorists while crossing the street?

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One Way to Deal With a Desire Line

Soon enough it will be Winter. Again a landscape covered with white powdery snow will reveal where travelers want to go. The first figure is an aerial shot of the former environment around the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The second figure is in front of (behind) McNamara . Though there is […]

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Improving LRT Signal Timing in Downtown Minneapolis

Although St. Paul’s traffic signals deserve most of the blame for slowing the Green Line, there’s room for improvement in Minneapolis as well. To be fair, Minneapolis deserves praise for its signal timing through the University of Minnesota campus, where trains are seldom delayed. They’ve also established a very good progression for westbound trains from […]

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Sunday Summary – September 28, 2014

All the week’s posts arranged, explained and prioritized to help you read what you need: Important ideas department: Streets.mn has trying to expand the conversation about transportation and land use by increasing equity and intentionally including voices not usually heard. This week, On the Politics of the Rhetoric of Choice analyzes how we describe public transit (and how […]

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