Archive | December, 2016

Map Monday: Twin Cities Multi-Family Density

One of streets.mn’s loyal readers pointed me toward this great map from a recent report at last week’s Met Council meeting. Here’s the map:   Inside the metro urban service area, multifamily density averages 35 units per acre, whereas all housing (all types) averages 6 units per acre. It’s also interesting to see how many multifamily units […]

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False Choice Between Bike Lanes and Heroin on Glenwood

Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang would like you to choose one or the other. On Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council voted 9-4 to approve the Glenwood Avenue North Reconstruction Project. Council members who voted against the proposed plan were Lisa Bender, Alondra Cano, Cam Gordon, and Elizabeth Glidden. Bender spoke in her best urban planning […]

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Potential Paths for Passenger Rail in North Dakota

My last few posts have looked at the rail networks in Minnesota and Wisconsin to look for opportunities for adding passenger service where little or none exists today. I also examined the system in Norway, a country with a similar population to Minnesota and Wisconsin, yet with a much more functional and robust intercity public […]

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The empty land where the Ford Plant once stood in St. Paul as seen in this aerial photo taken on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

In Defense of Livability on Cretin Avenue

As the public forums churn on to test visions of how the former Ford Plant property might be developed, I find little evidence of complementary planning to alleviate the impact on the communities surrounding the Ford site.  At a recent gathering, participants questioned and clucked about the ingenious, elegant, sustainable, and green options envisioned in […]

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Sunday Summary – December 11, 2016

Streets.mn Fundraiser: THANK YOU! recaps the streets.mn December 1 Fundraiser – about 50 people attended and $1400 raised! Thanks to those who helped put on the event and those who gave. Don’t forget you can still donate to streets.mn at anytime to help us achieve our goals of upgrading the website and hiring an editor. Walking […]

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When I was in high school, my favorite teacher was a 6’5″ bald man who went by the nontraditional title of Johnson the Tall. He annually attended the Conference of the Parties starting in 2009, spent most of his winter weekends racing sled dogs in the boundary waters, and wore some of the most competitively intricate Norwegian sweaters […]

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Intersection at 43rd and Nicollet (facing north)

Preventing Future Fatalities on Glenwood and Nicollet

Last Sunday, as Barbara Ann Mahigel crossed Nicollet Avenue to meet her husband for their 52nd anniversary dinner celebration, a car fatally struck her. Her death raises important policy questions for the City of Minneapolis. How will the City’s elected officials and staff honor the memory of Barbara by doing all they can to prevent […]

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Intentional Communities: Racist by Default?

For over six months, I’ve been worried about an upcoming ordinance allowing “intentional communities.” Recent City Council committee discussions, at Community Development & Regulatory Services (CDRS) and then Zoning & Planning, have brought these concerns into focus. In summary, this ordinance would expand the definition of family in the zoning code to include so-called “intentional […]

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Do We Really Want Funding For Bicycle Projects?

We hear frequent calls for more funding for bicycling — for painted bike lanes, door zone bike lanes, sharrows, protected bikeways, bicycle parking, giant motor traffic intersections for Trader Joe’s, programs to encourage people to ride and any number of things. We don’t need all of that special funding. We may specifically not want that special […]

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Podcast #94: The Future of Renewable Energy Policy with J. Drake Hamilton

This week’s podcast is a conversation with J. Drake Hamilton, a Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based non-profit that works at the intersection of energy and environmental policy. J. and I sat down to talk about what the climate change conversation might look like over the next few years, in a political landscape […]

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