Archive | April, 2015

Map Monday: Blue Line Station Plan

Here’s a map, tweeted by a reader, of the original blue line station area plan, next to the now-defunct HHH Metrodome, c. 1999: Kind of interesting given the recent debate (spurred by Nick’s post) over the pedestrian bridge by the Viking’s stadium. My initial reaction is that plans stay on the books long after they’re first proposed, and never completely disappear.

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Walking Saint Paul

While many streets.mn writers focus on the pleasures and challenges of bicycling in the Twin Cities, I bring the same kind of passion to walking. So I was delighted to open up my Sunday New York Times and find a special issue of the NYT Magazine devoted to Walking New York. The issue presents many perspectives on walking in New York, […]

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Streets Observations – Austin, TX

Austin, TX is a pretty cool city. I was recently visiting the liberal heart of the reddest state, and was able to peruse the streets of the city during a warm & humid afternoon. In many senses, Austin and Minneapolis are eerily similar: both cities contain major world-class research universities, a growing knack for progressive urban design, […]

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The “Lowside” of the Road (Non-Automotive Survey Results – Part 1)

The moon is red and you’re dancin’ real slow Twenty-nine miles left to go The chain monkeys help you with your load You’re rollin’ over to the lowside of the road –Lowside of the Road, Tom Waits innesotans, which side are you on?  Left, right or just “the lowside”?  If you believe the results of a recent […]

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Shørtstår: What if the Northstar Were a Local?

Imagine you were in a region that was growing and had a transportation problem. Imagine you had a grade separated rail line into the heart of the city, connecting with other rail lines. Imagine this line already had two stations constructed. Imagine this line passed through some high density neighborhoods without stopping. Imagine you already ran […]

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Great NY Times Article on Walking

This week’s New York Times Sunday magazine is devoted to the subject of walking in New York City. While most of the articles are personal narratives or think pieces, “How Do We Protect New York City’s Pedestrians?” is the best thing I’ve ever read on ped-auto conflict and how a shift in engineering philosophy can […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Nine, Inside Bicyclopolis

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Gates of Bicyclopolis, Sara gave Dan and Archie their first glimpse of the city and a tour of the outer green belts that surround it. In this week’s episode, our travelers get a tour inside the city from their […]

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What is the Capacity of the Green Line?

While reading an excellent article by Yonah Freemark, Why should Chicago focus growth near transit?, I thought the Twin Cities should do the same thing. Taking advantage of existing capacity is far more cost effective than building new capacity (and yes, this applies to all modes). But what is the existing capacity of the Green […]

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Sunday Summary – April 26, 2015

This week’s posts cover a lot of territory – some posts continue discussion on subjects which started in other local media, a few more keep expanding on-going conversations on streets.mn and some new stuff. Here’s the week carefully curated for your consideration (and comments or follow-up contribution). Hot topic: Ugly buildings and urban design On Ugly […]

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