Archive | September, 2018

Where is Everyone Going to Live?

The forces of the housing status quo are sharpening their knives in advance of the release of Minneapolis 2040 Draft 2. As we begin a new chapter in this never-ending conversation, let’s go back to the basics. First, you should know that the current zoning code in Minneapolis basically allows one of two things: Big […]

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Sunday Summary – September 23, 2018

Happy Autumn (as of 8:54 pm last night). streets.mn will be at Open Streets again this Sunday (for which we’ve arranged cooler weather, you’re welcome) – this time on Nicollet – why not stop by and see us. We also have another urban scavenger hunt photo challenge (complete with valuable prizes) to help you get […]

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We Read The Comments Special Edition: Comments Bingo Cards!

When controversy happens… when tempers flare… we read the comments, so you don’t have to. Perhaps you are aware we sometimes read comments. The last batch depressed Julie pretty hard, so now she’s writing about herself in the third person as some kind of disassociative act. But the other day, she had an idea! An awful […]

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Nicollet Open Streets Urban Scavenger Hunt Photo Contest

Here’s another photo contest for another Open Streets. If you’re walking around Nicollet Avenue this Sunday, stop by our table and say “hi.” Feel free to chat about sidewalks, urbanism, the nice weather, the future of Minneapolis, or anything else that’s on your mind! Rules for contest: While you’re at Open Streets, walk around, grab […]

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How to Drive Around Buses

I’ve had a little cold and it’s been rainy, so after spending the summer months blissfully bike commuting, I’ve spent this week as I do the coldest parts of winter, riding the bus. Doing so, as always, is a reminder: none of you know how to drive around buses. Yes. You. You’re doing it wrong. […]

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Commonalities of the Northstar and Red Line

From a physical and operational standpoint the Northstar Line and Red Line are a night and day difference, but from an implementation and performance standpoint they are actually quite similar. The Red Line operates every 20 minutes (it used to be every 15 minutes) and had 267,000 rides in 2016 . While the Red Line hasn’t […]

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Walking All the Streets of Hiawatha‘s Minnehaha Falls Area

Minnehaha Regional Park is well known; the adjacent Veterans Home ought to be as well. Both are in the southernmost part of the Hiawatha neighorhood, where Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River. Like the rest of the neighborhood, they lie between Hiawatha Avenue and the river. Unlike my first three walks, they lie south of Nawadaha Boulevard. However, this final […]

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Car-Free Day Car-toons

Saturday, September 22 is World Car-Free Day! OurStreets Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Downtown Council and a few local groups are celebrating it on Friday, September 21st. In honor of this blessed event, I’m posting a few car-toons. The U.S.A. (including Minnesota) remain “The Land of the Cars!” Here’s a new American flag proposal so outsiders will […]

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How You, and All of Us, Can Escape Car Dependency

I’m coming up on my two-year anniversary of being car-free in Minneapolis. But it didn’t happen at the snap of my fingers. Selling my car was the last step in a gradual, deliberate process that involved becoming aware and making decisions based on how I move around the city (and the world), and no small […]

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Chart of the Day: MSP Non-Minnesotan Domestic Migration, 1991-2016

Here’s a chart from, Aaron Renn, an urban economic consultant who has been critical the Twin Cities for some time now as not being attractive enough to national movers and shakers. In his recent blogpost, he writes about how domestic in-migration to the metro area is up slightly, but why he does not think much […]

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