Now that the election is over, streets.mn readers can consider how to get busy with the results and think about how to address transportation and land use issues with a Republican-controlled Minnesota legislature, the red shift in Washington, and whatever changes took place in your local units of government. As you think, why not write about it for us? streets.mn welcomes all submissions which help advance our mission of expanding the conversation about transportation and land use; please think about adding your voice to the discussion.
Here’s the week on streets.mn:
Mapping Renters and Owners in Central Saint Paul is Ethan Osten’s response to a recent experience at a neighborhood meeting where there were “some audible expressions of surprise when someone quoted the statistic that well more than half of the neighborhood’s homes and apartments are rented and not owner-occupied, one of the highest percentages in the city. This, however, made me wonder: what do these numbers actually look like?” Issues about renting and owning, renter representation on neighborhood associations and more have been covered on streets.mn; see here for some of them.
In Grander Rounds, Matt Eckholm maps out a “bike beltway” saying, “The implementation of Saint Paul’s Grand Round has only just begun, and even Minneapolis’ well established and beloved Grand Rounds is still missing a final segment. A pragmatic person might say that now is not the time to consider a metro-wide, bicycle ring road to serve as the cycling equivalent of I-694/494.” Fortunately, Matt finds many of the pieces are already in place and draws some lines to connect them.
Here’s the second post from the Macalester course Bicycling the Urban Landscape; this piece is by Abraham Asher. Bicycling In Our National Politics advocates for making bicycling a national issue, saying “The rhetoric we hear from our politicians informs our thinking about what is normal, and what is American, in very powerful ways. We’ve seen that throughout history. Bicycling needs to become mainstream.”
Finally, the latest roundup of links from The Direct Transfer: National Links: The Perfect Intersection, Halloween Metrics, and Pedestrian Shaming.
Fall appears to be going to persist a bit longer in Minnesota, so this is a great chance to close the computer on the election analysis and get outside and talk to your neighbors about your streets.