Archive | April, 2015

Trail Users Shouldn’t Have to Stop

Can we have an honest conversation about stop signs for trail users? I take the Greenway from Whittier to St. Louis Park every weekday, and one of the very worst parts of my commute is where I cross Humboldt and Irving avenues, as illustrated below: I bet you can guess why: it’s because of those […]

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Søüthstår: What If the Southwestern Suburbs Were Served by Commuter Rail?

On Monday I talked about Shørtstår, transforming a section of the Northstar commuter rail line into actually useful transit. As with all transit right-of-way problems, “the railroads would never agree” was raised. And that is certainly true if all you do is politely ask. However states are actually bigger and more powerful than railroads, though […]

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The Case of the Disappearing Crosswalk

Crosswalks have been disappearing in the suburbs. As part of its ADA transition plan, MnDOT conducted an inventory of all 1171 signals with pedestrian push-buttons, with a plan to have all of the intersections in compliance with the ADA by 2030. Some high priority areas will be retrofitted as stand alone projects, but other intersections will […]

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Chart of the Day: Data for Every City in the Metro

Hats off to the Met Council! When they’re not busy with pedestrian bridges and light rail planning, they provide amazing amounts of easily digestible data about Twin Cities communities. Check out the interface, which generates charts for different cities at the click of a button… Here’s the one for my home city of Mendota Heights, just south […]

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Alexandria’s New High School: An Upgrade?

The new high school in Alexandria, MN was highlighted as a model of innovation in a piece by Jenna Ross in Sunday’s StarTribune. This $73.2 million high school, recently heralded “the Googleplex of Schools” by technology magazine Fast Company, reflects a broader shift in education and is already becoming a template. Students have given more […]

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Chart of the Day: Urban Growth vs January Temperature (US)

Here’s a chart from a NY Times story about how growth continues in the sunbelt cities, and not so much in the Northern parts of the country: For the record, the Twin Cities are growing faster than many other cities in the midwest or upper midwest, but the take-away from the Times piece is this: […]

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For Sale: Pedestrian Safety Kit (ONLY $49.99)!

FOR SALE: Pedestrian Safety Kit – $79.99 … NOW Only $49.99 The City of Robbinsdale’s Mayor Regan Murphy has officially proclaimed May as “Step To It” Month. Robbinsdale joins communities in Hennepin County that aim to encourage residents to live healthier lifestyles and record their movements. Read the Full Proclamation here. To win this friendly competition, residents are going […]

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Map of the Day: Average Jobs/Population Density Along SWLRT

With yesterday’s announcement that the price tag for the proposed Southwest LRT line (or “Green Line Extension” if you prefer) has jumped to $2 billion, there’s been a lot of chatter both inside and outside of Streets.MN about what this holds for the project. Some have said the corridor should be dropped as it was […]

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1990 Southwest Plan

“All Options on the Table” with Southwest Corridor

Lots of news on the Southwest Corridor lately. You may have heard about it: The question of which route is chosen is important not only for the light-rail system Hennepin County wants to build, but also for the rest of the metropolitan area in terms of rail transit philosophy. That’s because this southwest route offers […]

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SWLRT: A Retrospective Link Roundup

Have you heard the news today, oh boy? (Okay, yesterday.) The costs of the SWLRT are ballooning — up to $2B, in fact. By the math, that’s 333 Vikings pedestrian bridges, and change. Between ongoing legal and political battles from city, county and suburbs, to newly-identified soil contamination that’s worse than anticipated, to an improved […]

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