Archive | December, 2015

Snarking Violations

Snow can expose things about our car-dominated landscape that wouldn’t normally be so obvious. Much like a sneckdown, a “snarking violation” is when one can clearly observe that a vehicle hasn’t been moved and has violated posted parking ordinances. Over the course of Monday night, the Twin Cities received their first snow storm. I took the opportunity, […]

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Here’s Your New Year’s Resolution: Go Out and Walk More

New Year’s Resolutions are so hard to come up with. But luckily I have one for you, and no matter who you are, with very few exceptions, it’s a good one. In 2016, walk more. Walking is a great thing to do, good exercise, calming, relaxing, and it connects you with the places and people […]

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Minnesota Needs More Ghost Towns

Cargill may be headquartered in Minnesota now, but it got its start 150 years ago in a small Iowa town. Conover was one of many prairie communities that sprang up as the railroads ventured westward. It was sketched out in 1864 as the McGregor Western Railroad moved into the area and incorporated in 1866. The town […]

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Sunday Summary – December 27, 2015

Streets.mn is caught in the Christmas vortex with only a few new posts this week, but I’ve taken the liberty of adding some links to older, but related content since easy intertextuality is one of the benefits (?) of the internet. The last minute has passed, of course, but Last Minute Christmas Gifts For Your Favorite […]

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Blame Our Streets

Last Sunday, December 20, 2015, while dozens of volunteers, elected officials, and staff and supporters of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition gathered to celebrate what has been an incredible 2015 for biking in Minneapolis, just a few miles away in St. Paul a tragedy was unfolding as another pedestrian was struck by a vehicle – this […]

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Chart of the day: Car2Go Pilot Performance in Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis has a pilot program for a number of car-sharing providers to use on-street spaces. The pilot ends in February of 2016. The City posts results of the pilots. I’ve built some comparisons over time from those results for Car2Go. The chart above is total miles drive and number of trip starts. […]

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts For Your Favorite Urbanist

Need a final item for the urbanist you love? Here are some quickies. A City Bike My wife and I have a lot of bikes from speedy road and track bikes to mountain and hybrid. Our Workcycles Opafiets (mine above) and Gr8 (Jan’s) are overwhelming our most ridden. The bakfiets in the background above would […]

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The Star Tribune presents “The Pedestrian Menace”

I like the Star Tribune. They do good work, and have had a lot of quality articles on urban design over the last year. But this last weekend, the front page of the Star Tribune had a big headline front and center, the prime A1 slot, declaring “A Deadly Year for Distracted Walkers in Minnesota.”  […]

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The Past and Present of Bloomington’s Oxboro Neighborhood

I’ve lived in the Oxboro area of Bloomington my entire life, 3/4 of a mile from the major commercial area at 98th St. and Lyndale Ave. Although most of my shopping is done at big box stores in other areas, this is where I go to the bank, get lunch at the drive-thru, drop off mail at the […]

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How to Spend the Next Billion on Transit

The Twin Cities is gearing up to spend quite a bit of money on transit infrastructure over the next five-to-ten years. By my count, the Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT), Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT), Orange Line BRT, and Gold Line BRT will run a tab of nearly $4 billion. Some of these lines are more […]

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