Archive | November, 2017

Southeast Diamond Lake

In the 1950s, houses took root where peonies had grown. In the 1960s, Highway 62 separated a couple blocks of Minneapolis from the rest. Other city territory was ceded to the airport. And in 2017, my six-mile walk through the southeastern portion of the Diamond Lake neighborhood wound its way through all of this. The […]

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A Different Collection of Plates

Oct 19, 2015 Union Park, Hamline-Midway 8.8 miles Even though it was nearing the end of the season for a blogging bike ride, Mother Nature was with me this glorious October day as the temperature peaked at 76 degrees. It had taken more than a year to get this interview arranged. By the time I […]

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Map Monday: Two Maps Showing Minneapolis Racial Segregation

Here’s a pair of maps from two sources at the University of Minnesota, both showing a similar picture about race and diversity in Minneapolis, though from different angles. The first, from the Institute for Metropolitan Opportunity: In a blog post on the map, researcher Will Stancil writes: Predominantly nonwhite communities form two distinct “blobs” on […]

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Three Complaints and Three Ideas for Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Future METRO System

It’s busy times for the Metro Transit system in the Twin Cities. Although the roadblocks seem endless, the Southwest Green Line light rail extension is agonizingly inching towards construction next year. The Bottineau Blue Line extension is seemingly on pace to start construction sometime a year or two after that. The Orange and Gold Line […]

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Sunday Summary – November 19, 2017

Thank you for Giving to the Max on Thursday, November 16 – you can, of course, still donate to streets.mn today or any day via the button to the right. To recap, Give to the Max Day 2017 – What Your Donation Means to streets.mn, but if you can’t give money, here are Other Ways to Give […]

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Chart of the Day: Lifecycle CO2 Emissions for Electric, Small, and Midsize Cars

Electric cars like the Tesla Model S are an amazing technological leap forward, but by themselves don’t change the automobility picture. Here’s a chart from a recent Financial Times story [subscription only!] about a “lifecycle” carbon footprint study, which looks at CO2 from production and recycling of cars in addition to their emissions while they […]

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Are Roundabouts Safer for Pedestrians?

Urban planners and some bicycle and pedestrian advocates tell me that “roundabouts are safer than traditional signalized intersections.” It comes up in the context of conversations about pedestrian-friendly urban street design. I hear this line a lot and see it on websites and in social media posts. In most cases, folks are parroting various viral […]

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Other Ways to Give to @streetsmn

So, like every other worthy non-profit in Minnesota, we’ve had our hand stretched out, with a plea for your dollars today. We’ve reminded you of all the great content we publish. We’ve even made references to bollards on Twitter. But maybe you find all this begging for cash a little distasteful, even though you love […]

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Five Reasons to Give to the Max: The Posts You Read to the Max

Happy Give to the Max Day! We’ve already given you a glimpse into what your financial donation means to us at streets.mn — a wholly volunteer-led, volunteer-edited and volunteer-written web site. But, when it comes to it, you’re here because we publish such great content. Think about the posts you’ve read this year. Any of […]

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Give to the Max Day 2017 – What Your Donation Means to streets.mn

Give to the Max Day is both a really great day and a really irritating one. It’s great because the outpouring of generosity from Minnesotans to causes they cherish is inspiring. It’s irritating because every single cause is asking for that donation. You’re here reading this. We’re asking for you to support streets.mn this #GTMD2017. […]

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