Archive | February, 2016

Calling All Writers! — You’re Invited to the Workshop this Saturday

streets.mn is calling all writers – current writers and streets.mn readers who think they’d like to write for streets.mn (or might like to or have thought about it even just a little bit).  Please come to the 2nd Writers Workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-4 pm in Room 155 in Blegen Hall on the University of […]

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Map Monday: Northeast Minneapolis “President Streets” Pros and Cons

Minneapolis street naming conventions seem straightforward, but they’re not. One good example are the “president streets” of Northeast Minneapolis, where the streets assume the names of the presidents in order. (It’s the same idea as in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, in fact.) Two years ago, Kristin Delegard filled in the streets.mn audience about some of the history […]

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A History of Downzoning

The year is 1995. A landlord is renovating his triplex when a concerned neighbor appeals to the neighborhood association for help. The organization comes to the rescue, deciding¹ that “because the building has been vacant for over a year, the nonconforming use expires and the building should revert to a duplex.” The neighborhood was Lowry […]

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Sunday Summary – February 14, 2016

It’s Valentine’s Day, but we won’t presume anything about how streets.mn readers celebrate, ignore or reject this holiday. However, we think this week’s (and every week’s) posts care passionately about some piece of the transportation and land use relationship and hope you’ll be inspired: Continuing conversations Several weeks ago, streets.mn published a preview and review […]

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Welfare Queens, Performance Incentives, and Public Transportation Planning

If you ever attend pub quizzes you will be familiar with the question format where three things are listed and participants must say how they are related. Quick – welfare queens, performance incentives, and public transportation. How are they related? Stumped? Read on to find out. Myth of the Welfare Queen The myth of the […]

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Changes Finally Coming to the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha Intersection in Minneapolis

This is my first post for Streets.mn, so first a few things about me: I have a degree in engineering (electrical). That means that math is my first language; English is my second. It also means I think in lists. So, I like bulleted lists—I just tend to find those easier follow. I also have […]

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The Theory Behind the 1935 Saint Paul Slum Map

I’ve seen the amazing Minneapolis slum map a few times on the internet, including a nicely colored version with much more legible text. Anyway, from the Met Council’s compelling Choice, Place, and Opportunity report, detailing racial inequality in the Twin Cities, here’s the Saint Paul version of that map. Source: Calvin F. Schmid, “Social Saga […]

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Self-Driving Vehicles for Minnesotans with Disabilities

The following organization may be of interest to streets.mn readers: On January 16th, over 50 people came to the Self-Driving Vehicles for Minnesotans with Disabilities kick-off event and explored how we might make self-driving vehicles accessible, reliable and affordable to many Minnesotans with disabilities. Representative Jason Isaacson (in person), and Senator Matt Schmit (by pre-recorded video) declared their support […]

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Chart of the Day: American Life Expectancy

Via Planetizen, here’s a CDC chart showing the main causes for decreased life expectancy in the US. The “big 3” have seen some changes recently: Here’s what Irwin Dawid, writing for Planetizen, has to say. Gun, drugs, and motor vehicles are by no means strictly American causes of death, but they affect American far more than […]

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Counterpoint: Expanding the Existing Drive-Thru Ban Won’t Hurt Minneapolis

Minneapolis Council Members Lisa Bender and Lisa Goodman have introduced a change to city ordinances to broaden the coverage of Pedestrian Oriented Overlay districts. This includes a ban on drive-through fast food, banks, pharmacies, and other businesses. Eric Roper at the Star Tribune gave a pretty good run-down of the situation, followed by about 500 commenters raising the […]

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