Archive | June, 2016

Community of Hope

Recently, I walked past a home in southwest Minneapolis with the word “HOPE” in all caps affixed to the exterior. I’ve recently been playing with the idea of pairing photos I snap on my walks with songs. Kind of a twist on The Current’s Coffee Break, one of my favorite segments on Oake & Riley […]

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Minneapolis City Council “Outraged” Over DNR Downzoning to Benefit Elected Officials

Two members of the Minneapolis City Council have expressed serious concern over what they see as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources pushing special land-use restrictions that would protect the proverbial backyards of certain unnamed elected officials. The comments were made during a June 9 Zoning and Planning Committee discussion about new rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area. The […]

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Field Report from YIMBYtown 2016

This weekend I attended the first ever YIMBY conference in Boulder, Colorado. The YIMBY movement (that’s “Yes In My Back Yard!”) is an effort to make housing more affordable in cities across the United States and around the globe. Many people are struggling to pay rising housing costs and are being displaced due to ongoing […]

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A Stroller on the A Line

I ride the bus with little kids, and being able to bring a stroller on board makes the ride a lot easier for me. For this, I like the Green Line the best, with its level boarding, wide walkways and space for a stroller. I have been very excited for the A Line to start […]

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Map Monday: Saint Paul Streets Ranked for Road Diet Potential

I’ve been following the progress of erstwhile streets.mn commenter and cartographic wunderkind Al Davison via Twitter as he has been putting together a map project showing the road diet potential of Saint Paul’s 4-lane streets. This kind of map is a big deal given the increased conversation around pedestrian safety in Saint Paul. (See also today’s […]

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Maryland Avenue Pedestrian Safety Meeting Recap

On May 23rd Erin Durham was killed while trying to cross Maryland Avenue at Greenbrier Street. Just a few days later on June 7th Channy Kek was killed in a crosswalk trying to cross Cayuga in the same St. Paul neighborhood. The Payne-Phalen Transportation Committee hosted a community forum on June 9th to get information […]

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Weird City Links: Housing Trilemmas, Sharing Resources and More!

Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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Sunday Summary – June 19, 2016

Today is Father’s Day and if you believe the marketing, fathers would like to barbecue, get gifts of neckties and tools and wear something saying “World’s Greatest Dad.” For streets.mn-related Father’s Day gifts, could I suggest taking a ride on the newly opened A Line, biking with kids, or walking around your Dad’s favorite place […]

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Building a Better Bike Community

June marks my eighth month biking in the Twin Cities. 30 Days of Biking made it part of my daily routine.  I work at the University and my daily commute involves a portion of the Greenway and Riverside.  There are beautiful days and gross days, days when I scream into the wind, days when I […]

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Meet Mexican urbanist Gustavo Gutiérrez next Wednesday, 22 June

Five years ago, Gustavo Gutiérrez was arrested for the infraction of riding his bicycle at night in his hometown of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Today, there are 25 new miles of bike lanes in Aguascalientes and a strong bicycle lobby whose members participate in local government and in the national bicycling movement. As an advocate for sustainable mobility, […]

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