Archive | January, 2015

Some Optimism for 2015

I’m optimistic and excited about 2015. We have a whole new year of opportunity laid out before us and it looks to be a good year for bicycling in MN. We’ll likely see some new and better bicycling facilities around the Twin Cities and elsewhere in Minnesota. That will mean a few more people walking and […]

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The Beautiful Inconsistencies of a Grand Avenue

Gerber Jewelers is a small business situated on one of St. Paul’s most desirable streets and it’s trying to extend its storefront to the sidewalk. “Gerber Jewelers’ bid to extend the front of its building at 945 Grand Ave. to the sidewalk has been rebuffed. On a 7-0 vote … St. Paul City Council rejected […]

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Chart of the Day: Perceived Comfort for Bike Lane Types

If you’ve been paying attention to bike infrastructure over the last few years, you know that protected bike lanes (aka cycletracks) are trending. We’re planning on building more of these in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota, and of the key reasons why is that they help people feel more comfortable and protected while they […]

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Map of the Day: Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zipcode

Today’s map shows an estimate of a household’s carbon footprint based on consumption of various goods and services.  You can explore the map here.  The maps and data come from the CoolClimate Network at the University of California Berkeley.  One thing that becomes clear as you explore the map: the carbon emissions from goods and […]

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A License To Walk

Some people inside and outside the bicycling community believe that we should require cyclists to get licenses and/or register their bikes with the state. License and registration fees would help pay for bicycle infrastructure and ensure that all cyclists are adequately trained in correct riding techniques. Motorists like this idea because they think cyclists don’t […]

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Sunday Summary – January 25, 2015

Here are the all week’s posts summarized and sorted for strategic reading. Why read the Sunday newspaper when the Sunday Summary has the stuff you really need? Telling good stories Urban Living is Good for Your Health is a good story about how our built environments shape behavior without technical details, policy language or other formalities. Living […]

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NOIR: ‘Walking’ (Original Song Version)

Whoa. This is a streets.mn meta-moment, I think. Back in August of 2014, I posted a video that I had previously digitized from a VHS tape supplied to me by fellow streets.mn contributor, Ken Avidor: Walking, That’s What We Do! I recently happened upon another video (posted here) on Youtube that is apparently the original version of […]

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Brazilian Auto Insurance Ad–Texting While Driving

Here’s a short insurance company advertisement from Brazil. According to the company’s website, 25% of car crashes in Brazil are caused by motorists using their cell phones while driving. DPVAT – “Motorista” Published on Dec 11, 2014 Cliente/Client: Seguradora Líder Título/Title: Pedestre Agência/Agency: Master Roma Waiteman Produtora/Production Company: Arte Lux Diretor/ Director: Paulo Koglin Animação […]

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I Don’t Want to be Like You, Either

A few days ago was Greater Mankato Growth’s “Day at the Capitol.” Unfortunately the Capitol building is undergoing some much needed renovation so we were actually at the Double Tree in St. Paul. Cool place. Anyway, during a discussion with someone, they told me that “You just want us to all live like you, downtown […]

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New Ulm: The Urbanists Utopia

Streets.mn occasionally profiles small towns and cities throughout Minnesota, case studies that show that urbanism is not a war between the metro and Greater Minnesota. On the contrary, it is often from the Main Streets of small towns that urbanists gain valuable insight. For example, streets.mn has previously profiled New Ulm because of a battle […]

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