Archive | January, 2018

Acme Comedy: The Parking Crisis That Wasn’t

In 2016, Acme Comedy Co was the subject of the most high-profile movement to save a parking lot in recent Minneapolis history. If the owner of an adjacent parking lot was allowed to turn it into apartments, Acme’s owner predicted he would be forced to move his business out of Minneapolis to a parking-rich suburb. […]

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National Links: Subway Costs, Hinterland Connections, and Upzoning

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 – January 7, 2018

Happy New Year!  For a quick look back at 2017 on streets.mn, take a look at 2017: By The Numbers which includes the top posts as well as a snapshot of who reads streets.mn. Minneapolis With the new year, Minneapolis has a new mayor, Jacob Frey. To help him get started, here are three letters from the Urban […]

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Return to Downtown East: Mill City

The Mill City Farmers Market, Mill City Museum, and Mill Ruins Park were among the principal attractions for a second day in the Downtown East neighborhood, most of which I had walked on a previous visit. The map shows three loops in blue, each connected to the next by a purple segment, as well as two red spurs off of […]

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Downtown East: Not Just a Stadium

Bank, bridge, book arts, bordello, and brewpub. Hotels and high-tech. Lofts and linseed oil. Mill ruins, museum, and medical clinics. Shelter, supportive housing, and sculptures. Theater and threshers. Downtown East has it all, from the 19th century to the 21st. And yes, one big indoor football stadium that has gotten a lot of attention surrounding […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis 4-year Population Growth, Young and Educated

For the first chart of 2018, I have something from the erstwhile City Observatory website, and Joe Cortright’s work there outlining demographic and housing trends. This latest is about urban growth within the educated 25-34 demographic. Here’s the chart, with Minneapolis highlighted: [Click here for the full dataset.] Cortright argues that this national trend is […]

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St. Paul Smart Trips Educates Colleges on Use of Cars

Ask urban homeowners what they dislike most about living near a college campus and they likely won’t cite noise or partying but parking — especially the inability to park consistently in front of their houses when school is in session. Macalester College in St. Paul is sensitive enough to the potential town-gown tension that it is running a […]

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2017: By The Numbers

For fun, we thought we’d share some highlights from the year that has been on streets.mn. Audience Facts: We had more than 250,000 unique visitors to the site. They read, on average, 2.38 pages. We served up more than 1 million pages of content! 35% of our visitors were between ages 25 and 34, with […]

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