Archive | December, 2017

Saint Kate’s Parking Lot Wants to Pave the Trees

A friend, who happens to be a Saint Catherine’s alum, told me a tale about the not too distant past. The city of Saint Paul was looking to run Prior Avenue straight through Saint Kate’s campus. Things like that take time and as soon as the nuns at the school heard the city’s plan they worked […]

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A Festive Thanks For the streets.mn Winter Fundraiser!

Tuesday night, we held our Fourth Annual Winter Fundraiser & Festivity, and it was a fabulous night. This year’s edition was held at the A Mill Artist Lofts in the 7th floor party room, which featured an excellent view of downtown and the river. Inside, our special guests Frederick Melo of the Pioneer Press and […]

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Chart of the Day: Share of US Rental Construction by Price

Today, Curbed has a great summary of a recent report on affordable and rental housing in the US, that comes out of the annual Harvard report on rental housing. The report and the piece are full of eye-opening charts and data, but here’s just a sample:   Compared to ten or twenty years ago, a […]

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Chart of the Day: Extreme Poverty in Senegal

So, technically Senegal is not in Minnesota. But a streets.mn reader passed this map along to me, via the Phys.org science blog, and I thought I’d share it! Here’s the problem: the vast majority of “mega-cities” in the world are located in the Global South, where rapid growth and a lack of equitable economic development […]

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A Defense of Metro Transit’s Superb Owl Transit Plan

A few weeks ago, we learned (many of us via Twitter, and more on that later) about Metro Transit’s plans for transit access the day of the “Big Game.” We learned (via the NFL’s web page and Metro Transit’s web page) that the plan was to restrict gameday transit traffic on all of the Blue […]

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Saturday Morning Adventure on Central Avenue

Saturday mornings in the Hop household. Contrast a typical weekday morning with an easy going day, full of relaxation and adventure. Its Saturday today.  Time for an adventure! Sometimes we make errands an adventure too. Ordinary daily tasks can certainly be turned into a fun time for the little ones. Imagination and mindset are the […]

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The Great Bicycle Helmet Controversy

A month ago we took a look at the history of bicycle helmets and data on their usage at various locations in Minnesota. But should a bicycle helmet by mandatory, or even worn in the first place? Everyone points to the original study saying they reduce head injuries by 85% or tells anecdotes about how […]

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National Links: Apple Criticism, Boomtowns, and Better Transit

Every day at The Overhead Wire 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 – December 10, 2017

There’s still time to Buy Your Ticket Today for the streets.mn Winter Fundraiser Party! for Tuesday night. Click through to buy your ticket (or click the button to the right) and read six great reasons Bill Lindeke gives for why you should attend. If you can’t join us, there are many ways to enjoy the season […]

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Northeast Diamond Lake

Returning to the Diamond Lake neighborhood for a third day, I took a circuitous loop (shown in blue, with supplemental spurs shown in red) through the northeastern corner of the neighborhood. In addition to the neighborhood boundaries of 55th Street and Cedar Avenue, this area is shaped by two parks: Lake Nokomis Park on the northeast and Edward C. Solomon […]

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