Archive | January, 2016

Bill McGuire and R.K. Midway Preview New Soccer Stadium

[This article first appeared on Northern Pitch.] Members of the City of St. Paul’s Snelling-Midway Community Advisory Council (CAC) were given a glimpse into the vision that developers have for the 34.5 acre Midway Center and bus barn site and that vision will create transformational change. Bill McGuire, owner of Minnesota United who are on […]

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The Lee House: Preserving a Relic of Racism

There is a modest, white house at the corner of 46th Street East and Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis’s Field neighborhood. The architecture of the 1923 home eludes classification — its low-pitched rooflines hint at the craftsman style, but the white exterior, columns, and pediment seem neoclassical. The house lacks the charming stone work and […]

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Straightening Your Route

While I don’t ride it as a regular, I have on occasion* found myself on the number 2 bus.  It offends my sensibilities as a transportation planner. It runs along Franklin Avenue from near Hennepin Avenue S to the University of Minnesota and then runs along 8th St SE to Hennepin Avenue SE. Each of the […]

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Sunday Summary – January 10, 2016

We’re back after the holiday lull with some big comment generators, some Charts of the Day, and more good stuff. If you’re still thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, you might commit to writing for us (one time, intermittently, regularly), or becoming a member, or just finding out more in the deeper discussions on our Forum. […]

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Fixing the 280

Minnesota 280 was first opened in 1959, an element of a freeway network that was not fully realized. It was designed before Interstate standards became standard.  It is an important route, providing access from I-94 west-bound to I-35W northbound, a link that is otherwise missing from the network.  Wikipedia writes: Highway 280 was authorized on […]

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Chart of the Day: The “Walkability Premium”

Via City Observatory, here’s a chart showing the so-called “walkability premium” for different US cities, defined as the correlation between increasing “walk score” and housing prices. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are at the very bottom (along with New York, weirdly). This is a strange list. Here’s how Joe Cortright describes walkability and home value in the original post: […]

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Saint Paul’s New Meter Hours

Saint Paul has extended the hours of enforcement on its downtown parking meters starting this week, and already I have seen results which made me gleeful. The City Council had an event at the Ordway Theater. Being the horrible urbanist that I am, I drove myself, and no one else, to the event and began […]

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Chart of the Day: Community Solar Applications in 2015

Via Fresh Energy’s blog, here’s a chart showing the number of “community solar” applications that are in the pipeline since Xcel Energy began the program in 2014. (This is accurate as of December.) While there’s a lot of interest in the program (which allows individuals or organizations to purchase solar electricity without having to build […]

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Bloomington’s Oxboro Neighborhood, a Vision for the Future

Previously I wrote about the past and present of my neighborhood, the Oxboro neighborhood of Bloomington. There’s been a few modest improvements for bicycles and pedestrians, including the addition of countdown pedestrian signals and this new sidewalk to the VEAP social services building with a rectangular rapid flashing beacon, and new marked crosswalk to cross […]

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Let’s Make Hennepin Lovable

Our chance to make Hennepin Avenue lovable is coming. I love living on “Hennepin Avenue,” a Minneapolis landmark so important I need say no more. Everyone has attended a show at one of its grand historic theaters. Or waited for a bus there. Or done the company/birthday dinner at Fogo de Chao. Or attended MCTC. Or visited […]

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