Archive | September, 2015

Shop Closer to Home

I’m trying to get a new theme working, doing only posts with a thesis short enough include in a four word title. The good news is, you can stop reading now, because you already know what I’m going to say. For those of you not heeding my advice and plunging headlong into the next paragraph nontheless, I’ve been thinking […]

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Where Have All the Masons Gone?

The quality of masonry in the built environment has dropped significantly in the past century. I would like to blame this on the rise of the Anti-Masonic Party and William Wirt, unfortunately for my desire for a tidy history, that was in 1832, and preceded the decline of masonry by about a century. Furthermore, freemasonry and stonemasonry in practice are not terribly […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis Bicycling / Nice Ride Ridership Mashup

Here’s an idea I had as part of the conversation during the Nice Ride crowdsource kickoff meeting. What would an existing bicycle ridership map look like superimposed over a Nice Ride station map? Here are the two maps I was using. The first is from a Federal study showing a ridership model (based on bike counts from […]

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Roadkill Bill – Using Cars Wisely

There has been a pause in my headlong rush to finish Book 2 0f Bicyclopolis. I have been drawing an illustrated map and poster for the extremely awesome Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl in Lowertown taking place October 10, 2015. In the meantime, here is another vintage Roadkill Bill comic exploring the effects of cars […]

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Sunday Summary – September 27, 2015

Here’s the week on streets.mn.  It feels like it’s been a pretty light week for new posts – but the usual mix of current issues, ongoing analysis and some fun – and discussion has been continuing in the comments sections on last week’s post Why Aren’t We Building Affordable Housing Anymore?  You can also get geekier […]

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Midway Murals

Midway Murals

Hamline Midway resident Jonathan Oppenheimer and Saint Paul City Council President Russ Stark explain the recently completed Midway Murals project in this short video produced by the City of Saint Paul Communications Services.

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What Would a streets.mn Bumper Sticker Say?

Here’s an idea that wormed its way into my head during the streets.mn writers’ picnic the other day. If streets.mn made bumper stickers, what would they say? Some ideas: My other car is a [blank] If you can read this, [blank] Honk if you love [blank] ???    

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What Do You Want BikeMN’s Priorities To Be For 2016 ?

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is the largest and most prominent bicycling advocacy organization in Minnesota and the only one  I am aware of focusing on the entire state rather than a single city or the Twin Cities metro. As a result, the Bike Alliance is in the perfect position to make Minnesota one of […]

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Seven Things You Need To Know About Nice Ride

“Bike share is pretty new, and there are a whole lot of things about Nice Ride that aren’t really solved yet.” – Bill Dossett   You might have noticed that streets.mn and Nice Ride Minnesota are trying something new: getting ideas from you, the interested public, about how best to plan our metro’s innovative bike sharing system. We […]

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Blue Line vs. Green Line – Ratings and Critiques

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has published an updated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Scorecard. Now I know this post is about Light Rail Transit (LRT), but the scorecard was rewritten in a way that makes it easier to evaluate rail systems as well as bus systems, and after all they are only […]

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