Archive | October, 2015

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Kudos to the University of Minnesota and City of Minneapolis

We at streets.mn have been fairly critical of the excess of traffic control devices on the Washington Avenue traffic mall [1][2][3]. We have questioned the purpose of all the lights, including mid-block walk signals, when there is no motorized cross-traffic. The response from users of the traffic mall has been a great many violations of […]

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Map Monday: Agricultural Ecosystems of the Lower 48

I came across a post reporting a recent study on U.S. farm data and found a dramatic loss in crop diversity, as the study then points out lack of crop diversity has implications with how farms handle evolving climates. This map was used to breakdown the U.S into agricultural resource regions.   Minnesota is one […]

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Sunday Summary – October 4, 2015

A relatively light week for posts here on streets.mn, but perhaps that’s a chance to remind readers to look at (or contribute to) our events calendar, consider writing for us, continue the discussion on our forum, and/or become a member of streets.mn.  Then take a look at the From the Network links on the right […]

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Another St. Paul Pedestrian Death: a Personal Statistic

It always starts with a phone call. Mine came when I was camping in the Everglades. It was 2009 and at 17 I was ignoring my mother’s phone call. After relentless ringing the phone was held up to my ear. “Your sister was hit by a car…and…she’s not going to make it.” My mother’s voice […]

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Upstream Impacts of Electric Vehicles Depend on Kicking Coal

In a previous post on my blog, comparing the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of electric and fossil-powered vehicles generated a number of comments (via social media and the blog) to the effect of: “Power plants may be dirty, but you’re leaving out the upstream impact of refining the fossil fuels to power an internal combustion engine (ICE) […]

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Booted From the Hollow; Bounced From the Flats

Saturday, April 18, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Hamline-Midway, Frogtown, Payne-Phalen (Swede Hollow), Downtown, West End, Highland Park Garages: intentionally functional but not usually stylish and seldom worth more than a glance, but today I saw two within a couple of blocks of each other that break the stereotype. It’s not a garage in the strict sense of […]

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Mn-Pass Lacks Electronic Toll Collection Interoperability and Technology

On Oct 1, 2012 the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation came into effect, which among other things mandated that all Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) facilities on federally funded highway be interoperable by Oct 1, 2016. That would mean that someone from Maine could use their toll transponder in California. […]

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Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Could Save Us From Ourselves

Hey, what’s this? We’re on 46th Street in South Minneapolis, heading to Minnehaha Park–looks like we’ve got some cones and some metal pipes and a whole bunch of that sidewalk braille along the curb, kind of like at a…train station. That’s no train station–it’s an arterial bus rapid transit station, under construction. What’s arterial bus […]

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