Archive | December, 2014

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The Polar Express – Clip: Hold on Tightly (2004) | HD

To the dismay of my four year old daughter, The Polar Express is no longer available on Netflix streaming so it’s not playing at a near constant loop at my house this time of year. The movie stretches the imagination of the possibilities of passenger train transportation. In this scene we see the Polar Express […]

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Friday Photo – More Roads Please

Two old brick apartment buildings face each other across the 35W trench North of Franklin Ave: I happen to know two friends whose respective apartments in these buildings face one another. So close are these buildings, that when one of them ran out of eggs in the morning, he just texted the other, who tossed him […]

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2014 EU BICI Series Exports for Minnesota

The 2014 EU BICI series at streets.mn featured reports, photos, and video accounts via personal observation of 13 cities within 8 different countries: Cambridge (UK), Berlin and Munich (Germany), Seville (Spain), Ferrara, Bologna and Padova (Italy), Zurich (Switzerland), Copenhagen and Odense (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), Houten and Delft (the Netherlands). Individual posts highlighted structural and policy peculiarities of cycling […]

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A Few Questions the Planning Commission Should Ask About TOD at Hiawatha and Lake

In early December, Hennepin County and L&H Station (“the development team”) submitted plans for the development of L&H Station at 2225 East Lake Street, at the southwest quadrant of Lake Street and Hiawatha, a six-acre site immediately adjacent to the Lake Street station of the Blue Line. Below is the ground level plan submitted. In […]

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Selling Parklands to Save Them

Yesterday on Twitter I suggested selling part of Iris Park in Saint Paul to developers for housing. Right across from Fairview Ave station is this desolate park. I say sell part of it off for building. http://t.co/QoqWrw1UTr — Evan Roberts (@evanrobertsnz) December 17, 2014 The reaction was mixed. Lots of people love Iris Park; I […]

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Is There a Fix for Cathedral Hill’s Parking Woes?

In a 7-0 vote, the St Paul City Council recently approved a somewhat controversial liquor license for The Salt Cellar restaurant on the NW corner of Selby & Dale in Cathedral Hill. The controversy and lots of gnashing of teeth was over Bill Lindeke’s favorite sport—parking. The Salt Cellar has 13 spaces while city code […]

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Passenger Rail to Northfield?

Although freight trains move through Northfield daily, it’s been about 45 years since the last passenger trains stopped at the Northfield Depot. Now grassroots efforts to restore passenger rail from the Twin Cities to Northfield and points south are gathering steam. Even talking about taking the train to Northfield has been difficult.  From 1910 until […]

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Chart of the Day: US Homeownership by Race 1994 – 2009

There was a fascinating post the other day on Matthew Kahn’s excellent Environmental and Urban Economics blog that detailed some counter-intuitive data about racial inequality in the US. One of the charts seems fitting for this site: This is one of a few charts that Kahn uses to illustrate that, despite everything, the gap in racial equality […]

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What If We Took Half the Seats Out of Buses?

You clicked this post! Thank you! I am sorry for titling it with a question. That’s terrible. However, I have a question: What if we took half the seats out of buses? Sorry if that sounds crazy! But do you take the bus? A local route in one of the cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) […]

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