Archive | October, 2017

Podcast #107: Minneapolis Elections Explainer with David Brauer

The podcast this week is a conversation with David Brauer, a long-time local Minneapolis journalist, all about the upcoming Minneapolis city elections where 13 city council seats and the next mayor will be decided. We sat down at Butter Bakery Café in Brauer’s beloved Kingfield neighborhood the other day to discuss the election, both the […]

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Map Monday: Metro Area Change In Volume of Low-Wage Jobs

Eric Roper had a must-read article in the Star Tribune this weekend about suburban low-wage jobs and the challenge of transit for those workers. It has a bunch of interesting stories for people who think about transit, density, and employment. It also includes this map! It’s worth noting that the total number of jobs in Minneapolis, […]

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Minneapolis themed artwork by Kevin Cannon

Sunday Summary – October 29, 2017

We Want You to Join the streets.mn Board! Yes, we do want you if you care about urban issues, transportation and land use in Minnesota (folks outside the Metro are encouraged to apply), are willing to roll up your sleeves with our 100% volunteer organization, and are interested in helping streets.mn raise its voice in suburban […]

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Corcoran, Day 2: Art and Businesses

My first day in Corcoran included everything north of 33rd Street as well as a few blocks of more southerly area near Hiawatha Avenue. For day 2, I filled in the remainder using a path that started and ended at the corner of 36th Street and Cedar Avenue, supplemented by a few spurs shown in red. I […]

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We Are Metro Transit: Snap a selfie before it’s too late!

In front of Minneapolis City Hall, some of my favorite things are currently on display: Minneapolis landmarks, public transportation, and selfies. “We Are Metro Transit” is a public art installation that will be temporarily displayed at Government Plaza Station from mid-October through mid-November. One side of the display features artwork depicting transportation and downtown Minneapolis […]

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Come to the streets.mn Co-Hosted Minneapolis Mayoral Forum on Saturday

Dutiful readers of streets.mn might remember that, four years ago, streets.mn co-hosted a Mayoral forum with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition (now known as Our Streets Minneapolis). At the time, there was a heated race for mayor of the state’s largest city, and it was fascinating to see the various candidates debate key development, land use, […]

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A Ride On The 865 to East Bethel

Note: Service Changes that went into effect on August 19th mean that this trip is no longer possible by public transit.  Riding transit for fun is a pastime of mine. Prior to living in the Twin Cities, I was living in San Francisco, where I grew up in a low-income, relatively car-free household. The only […]

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Two Dumb Signs of Downtown Saint Paul and Three Rules of Signage Design

Signs are a fascination of mine. For one thing, signs are all around us. Pretty much everything is a sign: the tiniest graffito, the chalk mark on the curb, the entire skyscraper… they are all signs in some way. Deliberate urban signage, though, is a category unto itself: the official sign, deemed legitimate by conforming […]

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In the Fabled Land of Big Developer™ Giants

It seems like every time someone wants to build a multifamily residential building, there has to be a public brawl about density and character in front of the City Council first. It’s completely unnecessary, but you get used it.   This week I wasted another perfectly good Wednesday night of my quickly evaporating twenties in […]

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A broken Reddy-Go

Stationless Bike Sharing in Sydney

Since I have moved to Sydney, which is to say, very recently, Sydney has seen the emergence of stationless bike sharing. I saw this in China in May, and now it is here. Technology deploys very quickly these days. I signed up for the first entrant, Reddy Go quickly, and gave them a deposit, but didn’t get […]

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