Monthly Archives: November 2018

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St. Andrew’s Church and the American Landscape

Editor’s note / correction: The original post did not state that Bob Roscoe is a paid consultant on this project. Per editorial policy #14, possible conflicts of interest should be disclosed before publication. regrets the error.   Many places of worship are built for unambiguously ecclesiastic use for the religious function of its […]

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Along Old Highway 61 to Duluth: A Phototour, Part One

Sometimes the fun is the journey, not the destination, and thus my series of phototours of scenic, notable, or historic highways and the sights found on or nearby. After a few much shorter ones for my former North Star Highways site, I did a full one on US 14 across southern Minnesota. Next up is […]

Pianos Contribute to the Sidewalk Ballet in Downtown Minneapolis

Hands-down my favorite part of downtown Minneapolis this past summer was the pianos on Nicollet Avenue. Not necessarily a new idea, to be sure, but I was struck by the talent of seemingly random players and the joy it gave passers-by. Any given morning on my walk from the train to the office I’d pass […]

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National Links: Beware the Walled Garden

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.  […]

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Map Monday: Transit Oriented Development Public Parcels Map

Via the Met Council comes this interactive map of transit-oriented public parcels that can be developed. It allows you to search and view publicly owned parcels of land within 1/2 mile of select existing and planned transit facilities. The parcel dataset used for this map was derived from the MetroGIS Regional Parcel Dataset, and is the result […]

Minneapolis Should Embrace Entropy, Dockless Bikes

If you are interested in Twin Cities history, one of the more amusing things this year was the parallel development in Minneapolis and Saint Paul of dockless bike sharing systems. Dockless bikes are a big leap forward in bike sharing technology —  the use of which is something that tech blogger Kottke recently compared to bluetooth […]

Extended Deadline: Opportunity to Apply to Board Ends Wednesday

The Board Development Committee is extending the deadline to apply for the board by 48 hours to 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Express your interest here: Deadline 8am Wednesday, November 14  We’re working hard to make sure our board looks more and more like the people who live in Minnesota’s communities. We’re building our capacity […]


Sunday Summary – November 11, 2018

Join us! Support us! Tomorrow is the last day for you to apply to join the Board; here’s Why You Should Apply for the Board of Directors.  Not ready to join the Board? There are more ways to support, including Give to the Max Day this Thursday, November 15, 2018; here’s more information […]

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Support Give to the Max Day & More!

Winter is coming. So is Give to the Max Day, which will take place Thursday, November 15, 2018. We realize that Give to the Max Day is really noisy on social media, so we thought we’d lay out our case early here: is a 501(c)3 non-profit, fully registered with state and federal tax authorities. Your […]

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Walking All the Streets of Humboldt Industrial Area

The Humboldt Industrial Area has hardly any public streets to walk. The interior is devoid of them aside from one cul-de-sac portion of 47th Avenue North, shown in red on the route map. Even the perimeter isn’t all public right-of-way: the southern border is the historic Soo Line, now Canadian Pacific Railway. That railway is […]