Archive | March, 2015

Muckraking on West River Parkway

A lot of magic can happen in nine months: A woman can create life. A child can pass through puberty (well, sort of). A Vikings team can win a Super Bowl. But to make West River Parkway safe again for traffic? Unfortunately it will take well over a year. It wasn’t originally supposed to be so. […]

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Reduce Affordable Housing Need in Three Steps

This is part 3 of a series on the interaction between the rental housing market and rents. Read part 1, “How I Set Apartment Rents,” and part 2, “Housing Markets? Humbug!“ I’ve dedicated the last 15 years of my life working on affordable housing policy. Mostly, I’ve worked where some sort of subsidy helps make it (more) affordable. In […]

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streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 3 – The Streets Sixteen

If you’re just tuning in, welcome to Round 3 of streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, get to vote on your favorite goings on in the world of Twin Cities urbanism. I’m here with my co-host, Jim, and we were just discussing the results of Round 2. What a round. Lots of upsets, Nick. Lots […]

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No Outlet: A Review of Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about the design (recognizing its isolating design and nature as private property may have some relationship about how shop managers and police think about the presence of […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Five, The Knights of Metroria

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Great Collapse, Dan Petosky learned from his travel companions Sara Raleigh and Archer Sturmley the catastrophic collapse of the industrial era in the United States.  In this week’s episode, Sara explains how the suburban survivors of the Twin […]

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Sunday Summary – March 29, 2015

Marching out of March and into April, here’s the week on streets.mn beginning with March Madness, of course. So, while you should be working and March Madness is not yet a national holiday, use the commercial breaks from March Madness (the basketball variety) to keep up with streets.m(ad)n(ess) and this week’s round 2 results:  Policy & Potpourri and Development & Transportation. Bikes […]

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Magic Parks

Feeling like you’re ready for some green to return to the Minnesota outdoors? Me too. Let this very brief promo video I made for the Minneapolis Saint Paul regional parks system whet your appetite and imagination. Summer is coming.

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Chart of the Day: Street Lighting and Safety Perception

This chart’s methodology might not be that great, but it’s studying the oft-overlooked topic of street lighting. Check it out: The chart is from the Minnesota Daily, where issues around public safety have been on the radar following a few crime incidents. Here’s what Elizabeth Smith, the Daily writer, has to say: An estimate in July 2014 […]

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We Can Make 28th Avenue Better for People

Driving 28th Avenue from 38th Street to Minnehaha Parkway in south Minneapolis is a pleasure, a little too much so. Traffic is relatively light compared to so many busy streets in the city, the speed limit is 30 MPH, the road surface was repaved last year and is nice and smooth. The only likely place […]

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Transpo Convo: “What’s stopping others from using transit more regularly?”

[This is part of streets.mn’s “transpo convo” series, which aims to be an oral history of getting around the Twin Cities, one person at a time.]  Compiled below are statements recorded from people who have the means to drive and choose to usually drive over taking mass transit: “When I first got married, I used […]

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