Archive | May, 2015

Parachute Cloth Mural Builds Community in South Minneapolis

How can a new school introduce itself to a community? Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in south Minneapolis is using principals of placemaking and robust community engagement to create and install a 2,000 sq. ft. public mural to say “hello” to their neighborhood. Folwell, located at the border of the Corcoran and Standish neighborhoods (20th Ave S […]

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Story of the Century: Hipster Cyclists vs. Suburban Cops in Pedal Pub Melee

On May 6, 2492, assuming we haven’t made any major changes, the eight planets of the solar system will align. Until then, we’ll have to entertain ourselves with lesser celestial events, like Halley’s Comet, or with what is possibly the most perfect news story to ever hit the Twin Cities. By now, you will have […]

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Minneapolis is Building the Wrong Streetcar

Imagine your city had miles of publicly-owned, mostly grade-separated right-of-way. A long, linear stretch of land formerly carrying trains through it every day. A “sub-way,” if you will. What would you do with it? Minneapolis has such a place. You all know it as the Midtown Greenway. Between 2000 and 2006, over 5 miles of multi-use trails […]

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Bike Saint Paul

As the city of Saint Paul struggles to implement its bicycle transportation plan, let’s take a moment watch a couple of guys bicycling the hills of Saint Paul. Bike Saint Paul. Fun little edit of bombing hills in Saint Paul with Morgan Pease and Andy Arkelin of fastcrusade.com. Shot in one afternoon. My first time […]

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Trimming Southwest Light Rail

Following a resounding rejection of the recent cost estimate, Metro Transit staff has offered up a menu of options to trim $341 million from the cost of the Green Line Extension in the Southwest Corridor to keep the budget at $1.653 billion. The options were evaluated against these criteria: Follow SWLRT Design Criteria, including criteria […]

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Roadkill Bill – The Sacrifice

The struggle to complete the Bicyclopolis saga continues unabated. In the interim, Streets.mn will reprise a colorized Roadkill Bill comic strip every Sunday. This week’s comic strip from 2001 serves to remind us just how far we’ve come in the intervening years to make streets safe for children and other living things.  Click on the comic to […]

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Sunday Summary – May 24, 2015

It’s been a very quiet week here on streets.mn; perhaps we’re hung over from the busy end to the legislative session or anticipating the Memorial Day/Commencement weekend. Holiday weekend ideas For a holiday weekend, what better than a critique of CHS Field, a Perfect Cap for Lowertown, home of the Saint Paul Saints (where you could […]

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What’s the Right Metric for Transportation Safety?

This week, Walker wrote an excellent post comparing crash statistics and the structural responses to incidents by mode in the wake of the Amtrak derailment. It’s a great read with great questions, and we are reminded once again how safe we’ve made rail and air travel relative to other modes. But one thing sticks out to me […]

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