This past Thursday was Give to the Max Day – thanks to all who gave! Even though Give to the Max DAY is over, two posts this week were written by streets.mn board members telling why they care about streets.mn and they’re worth a read if you would like to consider making a donation: Making streets.mn Even Better (Dana DeMaster) and Why streets.mn Matters to Me (Hannah Pritchard).
But wait, there’s more to come. streets.mn 2016 Fundraiser: Save the Date! announces the upcoming social event and fundraiser on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 PM with mystery guests, a 50/50 raffle, and refreshments. Get your tickets here and we’d love to see you there.
Map Monday: Minnesota 2016 Presidential Election Results provides county-level results from the 2016 election. Bill Lindeke observes “one of the big takeaways from the election is how stark the rural-urban divide has become. For many reasons, there is more division and disagreement between people who live in cities and people who do not than any time in the last century.” Also read the several lengthy comments from various points on the political spectrum. streets.mn does not currently have many writers outside the blue urban areas; if you can add new perspectives, write for us.
Rochester architect Adam Ferrari has two posts this week. First, The Beast with No Backs looks at the redevelopment proposal for Rochester’s Miracle Mile area. When the Miracle Mile strip mall was built, it faced a 2-lane Highway 52 which has grown to be a 6-lane divided highway. Redevelopment plans continued to make the highway the front until the Kutzky Park neighborhood on the other side asked for the development to relate to the neighborhood. Looking at this opportunity, “it seems short sided to have an urban development face a major highway and not a growing, densifying, urban residential neighborhood.” The proposal comes back to the Rochester City Council in late November. Add to this hope for a more human-scale Rochester with Adam’s short Made for Walking video from the Mayo Clinic Transform 2015 Symposium.
Bike Tour of Saint Paul
Wolfie Browender has been taking us on photo tours of Saint Paul for several years now and here’s the latest trip around Saint Paul By Bike: Inside Scottie’s Place. As winter weather blows into Minnesota, go back to August 2015 and Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland, and Summit Hill. As always, there are many stories in the buildings, places, and people along the way.
International Links: Finland Mobility, Earth Moving, and More! is the latest from The Direct Transfer.
Thank you again to all who gave on Give to the Max Day or joined us as members at any other time; streets.mn is a 100% volunteer organization and we depend on your financial support and your contributions of time, writing, and work on our committees. Thanks and have a great week!