Archive | January, 2018

Remnants of Stonebridge

May 20, 2016 Macalester-Groveland, Desnoyer Park 10 Miles Stonebridge. Today, it’s little more than a two block long street in Macalester-Groveland. From the 1910s into the early ‘30s, however, Stonebridge was the grandest estate in Saint Paul. To this day, the mystique of Stonebridge remains fascinating to local historians because of estate’s size, extravagance and […]

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Walk-Up Windows and Great Urban Places

If you can order a coffee from a window while standing on a sidewalk, you just might be in a great urban place. On a recent trip to Santiago, Chile, I walked out of our AirBnB and just up the sidewalk was a coffee shop with a window facing the sidewalk. The street happened to […]

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Welcome Five New Board Members to streets.mn

Today, we’re sharing some behind-the-scenes info from streets.mn. I’m pleased to announce that in December, the streets.mn Board of Directors unanimously voted to welcome five new members to the board. They are: David Zeller, the marketing manager for HourCar. He has experience with business partnership development with non-profits, membership development, event planning, fundraising, and volunteer coordination. […]

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Biking Like a Kid Again

In my youth, after leaving the omnipresent gaze of supervising adults, but before having regular access to a car, I explored the world on a red single speed bike called the Hawthorne. When I found it, the Hawthorne had been stripped down, abandoned, and thrown into the creek near my home. It had no fenders, […]

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Map Monday: US States by Migration Patterns

Here’s a map that divides US states into four categories according to whether or not people are moving in or out of the state, and where those people are coming from. Via Alex Bauman on Twitter and the great state of Oregon, you can see that Minnesota turns out to be an “insular” state, along with […]

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National Links: Infrastructure Plans and a Graphic Designer Needed

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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Standing on the frozen channel between Bde Maka Ska and Isles, looking north to the island through the bridge under Lake of the Isles Parkway. The sky over the island and the trees glow with sunset, but the sky visible above the bridge is an early twilight blue, with trees reaching inward on both sides.

Sunday Summary – January 28, 2018

Much of Minnesota had a snow day (or two) last week which provides the inspiration for some of this week’s content (both prose and pictures) in addition to some big ideas about projects and policy. Next Sunday, the Super Bowl happens in Minneapolis (without the Vikings on the field) and the impact of that event […]

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How the Snow & Sidewalks Saved Me $11,445.99

I live in St. Paul on the border of West St. Paul, just off Smith & Annapoils. I walked to the grocery store (I heart you, Oxendale’s) on Tuesday morning because I live in a walkable neighborhood so I do that. On the way home I was passing a local barbershop (The Hair Shoppe) and […]

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Downtown West, Day 3

Leaving everything from Washington Avenue to the Mississippi River for a fourth day, I planned a nice, systematic route to finish off the rest of what I hadn’t walked on days one and two. And then reality happened. As a result of construction, the block of Nicollet Mall between Washington Avenue and 3rd Street was closed even to […]

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Chart of the Day: New Housing Permits, Minneapolis versus Saint Paul

Via Scott Shaffer’s Twitter, here’s a chart showing new housing permits pulled in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. If you’re a fan of new housing in Saint Paul, the chart is a bit depressing. Shaffer made the chart in response to the recent news that a proposal for new apartment building on Grand Avenue has been […]

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