Monthly Archives: May 2015

Walking in Saint Paul — What Will It Take to Make It Safe and Pleasant?

In the last couple of years, I have begun walking pretty much every day. I  walk to go to nearby meetings or to buy fresh produce, bread or fish. I walk to the bus or the Green Line to reach more distant destinations. I walk for exercise aiming to reach 10,000 steps a day, and […]

9th Street Protected Bike Lanes: An Unacceptable Missed Opportunity

It appears that Minneapolis Public Works has decided against putting a protected bike lane on 9th Street in downtown. I found this out in a reply to an email I sent asking about the design of the new protected bikeway: Public Works has decided not to pursue the 9th St protected bikeway project in 2015. […]

Cleveland Avenue Shows St. Paul’s Need for Parking Creativity

I wanted to piggy-back off of Bill’s great piece on Lowertown’s perceived parking problem, where he notes that people walked nearly a mile from their parking spot on Energy Park Drive to Midway Stadium and were completely okay with that but parking a couple blocks away from CHS Field and walking through a vibrant downtown is somehow asking too […]

Chart of the Day: Sidewalk Biking and Protected Lanes

Here’s an interesting chart from People for Bikes that brings together some research on how protected bike lanes affect “sidewalk riding” in a few cities. It’s important to keep this in mind, that a good bike project isn’t just about bicyclists, but also about improving the pedestrian and sidewalk experience. Nobody on foot or on […]

Why I Do Not Support Move MN

Back in 2011, I coined the term “infrastructure cult,” not to be bombastic but to highlight a destructive mindset that has crept deep into the cultural narrative of America. The notion, fully captured by fellow Minnesotan Tom Friedman in his book, That Used to Be Us, is simple: investments in infrastructure create growth, jobs and prosperity. […]

Uptown Art Fair

An Exit Interview with a Minneapolis Urbanist

This summer, Minneapolis will be losing a longtime advocate when Thatcher Imboden moves to Seattle to take a job with Sound Transit. Thatcher currently works for Hennepin County doing transit oriented development work, and he will be working in a similar capacity out in Seattle. Thinking it would be kind of fun to pick the […]

Walk This Way: Lyndale Avenue

Completed in March 2015, this walk is one of many  I have planned along major Twin Cities thoroughfares. On the day of the walk, I tweeted my adventures using #LyndaleWalk. Walk stats Distance: 20.2 miles Elapsed time: 7:21:41 Moving time: 5:41:32 Average pace: 16:52/mile FitBit step total for the day: 45,012 steps The route After reading A midday escape on Lyndale […]

Lowertown’s Parking Problem is Lowertown’s Walking Opportunity

In Saint Paul, parking remains one of life’s great mysteries. The longer I live here, the less I seem to understand the things people say about parking and walking. Logic seems to twist and transform like hallucinated dragons. For example, last month’s spate of articles on the “Saint Paul parking problem” were full of interesting […]

Who Benefits From Other Peoples’ Transit Use?

In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.” This is a fascinating […]

Map of the Day: Average Jobs+Population Density in Hennepin County

A couple weeks ago, I posted a map showing average jobs+population density along the planned Southwest LRT corridor. By request, I have created a similar map for Hennepin County as a whole: This map was created in the same way as my previous map, taking 2010 Census population data and 2011 jobs data (also available […]