Archive | February, 2017

Western Bottineau

Editor’s Note: Max Hailperin is walking each of Minneapolis’ 87 neighborhoods, in alphabetical order. He chronicles his adventures at  allofminneapolis.com and we’re sharing them here at streets.mn, at a pace of one or two walks per week. Because I previously walked the portion of the Bottineau neighborhood to the east of the railroad tracks, my focus […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report – March 2017

The retrenchment begins With this quarterly schedule change, Metro Transit has begun trimming bus service, and this is probably the first of many cuts. There are two reasons for this: After the longest run of annual ridership increases since before World War I, bus ridership has dipped. This appears to track with much lower gasoline […]

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Into the Weeds on Safety and Cell Phones

Recently state representatives Mark Uglem and Frank Hornstein introduced a bill to the Minnesota Legislature to criminalize talking on a handheld cell phone while driving. The benefits of this bill are sold to be increased safety, particularly from having two hands ready and on the wheel at all times, and easier enforcement of the texting […]

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National Links: Your Best Friend the Autonomous Vehicle

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 – February 26, 2017

The streets.mn board held its regular meeting yesterday, February 25, 2017. On the agenda: electing new board members (we’ll announce their names very soon), discussing how to change our policy and practice at streets.mn to make the comment section a place where you all help carry out our mission to expand the conversation on transportation […]

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Eastern Bottineau: Prayer After the Storm

Editor’s Note: Max Hailperin is walking each of Minneapolis’ 87 neighborhoods, in alphabetical order. He chronicles his adventures at  allofminneapolis.com and we’re sharing them here at streets.mn, at a pace of one or two walks per week. The Bottineau neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis has three straightforward boundaries: the Mississippi River on the west, University Avenue NE […]

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Tripping all the way to Target

My phone dinged insistently. It was the Target CVS pharmacy, texting me yet again to come pick up my prescription. I had been avoiding this trip all week because it required going to the big box store capital of Northeast Minneapolis, the Quarry.  Rather than face the prospect of traversing the enormous parking lot by […]

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The Case Against “Neighborhood Character”

If you are involved in your community’s discussions about roads, development, or zoning, you have undoubtedly heard one of the most ubiquitous and troubling phrases to populate those discussions: “neighborhood character.” To me, “neighborhood character” is a nothing phrase.  It is a flowery facade to hide ugly or undeveloped opinions behind.  When I say that […]

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Podcast #97: Cities, Welfare, and Block Grants with Dana DeMaster

The podcast this week is a conversation with Dana DeMaster, a program evaluator who focuses on poverty and public health programs at the State and County level. Dana is also on the streets.mn board, and a long-time advocate for better bicycling in Minnesota. We sat down a while ago to discuss how cities and counties deliver […]

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