Archive | January, 2017

Combing Through Minnesota’s Attic

25.6 miles (11.86 miles to MnHS; 13.74 miles back) Macalester-Groveland, Summit-University, Frogtown, North End, Payne-Phalen After months of conversation, coordination, and anticipation I was finally on the way to the Minnesota Historical Society’s Record Center on the North End. There I’d get a tour of the little-known building used to store many of Minnesota’s surprising […]

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Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health.  It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die.  It’s your zip code. This fact has sent shockwaves across the county.  The chief aspiration of American democracy is that everyone deserves an […]

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Sunday Summary – January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!  The Summary took a little holiday, so this post collects three weeks of good stuff.  Looking ahead, streets.mn is holding a Backyard Ice Skating: The How-to and Why fundraiser on Sunday, January 22.  Billed as a SIMBY – skate in my backyard – event, this is a chance to skate, eat and […]

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Podcast #96: The Urban Effects of Amazon.com with Spencer Cox

The podcast this week is a conversation with Spencer Cox, a Geography PhD student at the University of Minnesota who is studying how amazon.com is changing the urban landscape in America. Cox has spent the last few years researching amazon, both its logistics and employment practices on the exurban fringe and the way that Amazon […]

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9 (More) Ideas to Help Implement Rochester’s Vision of DMC

I would not have guessed that last year’s “9 Ideas” blog post would garner such attention.  The quickly assembled list was a no more than a combination of thoughts and ideas shared between friends and colleagues as well as examples derived from authors and practitioners from across the United States.  Yet the ideas spurred conversation.  […]

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Chart of the Day: US Road Fatality Rates of Increase by Mode

Here’s a depressing chart, ripped from StreetsBlog’s end-of-year post of 2016 high- and low-lights. It uses Federal transportation data to chart the increase in fatality rates for different modes of travel on US roads: According to the Streetsblog post, the rise in fatalities, particularly for people walking or biking, is a worrisome counter-trend: Bucking a […]

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Our Winter Sidewalks Are Broken

Snow emergencies are a big deal here in Minneapolis. You hear about it on the TV news. There’s an app–tens of thousands of people have installed it on both iPhone and Android (“avoid the cost and hassle of a ticket and tow…”). People are very interested in not having their cars towed, so people become very interested in […]

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Transit Potential: Arsenal vs. Ford Plant

The Ford Plant and the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (the Arsenal) offer rare opportunities to design new neighborhoods from the ground up. Both will feature a mix of commercial and residential, will be pedestrian friendly, and will incorporate public transit. In terms of transit potential, however, the two could hardly be more different. Transit to […]

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