Monthly Archives: March 2018

Living in Union Depot

May 21, 2016 Lowertown, Downtown 15 miles The grand and solemn Saint Paul Union Depot is a train station. Although this seems patently obvious, Union Depot in fact took a 43 year break – from 1971 until 2014 – as the train station for Saint Paul. Today, Saint Paul Union Depot is a transit hub, […]

Introducing Deep North Podcast is excited to partner with Minnesota’s newest independent podcast, Deep North, to tell stories from the food scene, the art scene, and the sidewalk scene of MSP, reimagining the city’s potential to enhance the lives of those who call it home.   “Brilliant. Just what people here need to know—to knock them out of their […]

A Tale of Two Development Proposals

At the March 6th Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, two renderings of future Minneapolis developments were unveiled. One of these renderings was the long awaited new Thrivent Headquarters – a half block development that will be accompanied with paired developments on the remaining half block. Similar to the fantastic Kraus-Anderson HQ redevelopment, in methodology at least. […]

Map Monday: US Black Homeownership Inequality

Here’s a maddening and entirely believable map from a think tank called the Urban Institute out of DC. It shows the size and scale of the gap in homeownership rates between African-Americans and whites in the US. As described by the report’s authors, “the dots’ color represents the magnitude of the disparity, and the dots’ […]

The Quarterly Transit Report–March 2018

There’s little to report about the March service change, mostly fine tuning. That’s not surprising, considering it follows a major effort to beef up service for the Super Bowl. The only change of note is the rerouting of eastbound express routes 294, 350, 351, 361 and 364 from downtown St. Paul via the 6th Street […]

National Links: Urban Emissions Higher Than We Thought

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 that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

Sunday Summary – March 11, 2018

If you haven’t already, mark your calendar to attend the annual Writers Workshop on March 24. Not sure you want to be a writer? Consider the impact of writing for Heidi Schallberg wrote a post about the chilling effect of requiring people to state their full name and address at Saint Paul public meetings; this […]

The Trunk Highway System layout in Minneapolis and St. Paul, 1920s

A History of Minnesota’s Highways Part Two

Previously this series covered federal and private involvement in Minnesota’s highways from the pioneer days into the 1920s. Now it’s time to cover the involvement of the state. As early as 1890 there was state involvement in highways, with the state contributing funds towards the Old Cedar and Bloomington Ferry Bridges. A 1898 constitutional amendment allowed […]

Southern East Harriet

The East Harriet neighborhood is named for its position relative to Lake Harriet, and Lake Harriet is of course named for Harriet, but who is Harriet? I’m grateful to the Frontier Army Museum for making available the image of an oil painting, believed to be by John Wesley Jarvis circa 1815, from which I extracted this detail. Certainly […]