Archive | January, 2019

The Gas Tax is Too Damn Low

The price of gasoline in the Twin Cities is very low right now, averaging $2.22 a gallon across the metro. Cheap gas is a short-term benefit to people who drive cars, but is horrible for just about everyone in the long term. Cheap gas incentivizes people to drive more miles, make more solo trips instead […]

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Ship Shape

August 6, 2016 West End, Downtown, Lowertown 16.3 Miles A trip Downtown via Shepard Road seemed like a good idea. And so I got onto the Sam Morgan trail and took it from Highland Park to Lambert’s Landing on the edge of Downtown and Lowertown. Docked at the Landing was an enormous Army Corps of […]

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Walking Crookston

8am. I just finished walking an hour and a half from the Grand Forks Amtrak station. It’s a Saturday morning at the end of September in 2017, and the night before, I spent 6 hours on the Empire Builder traveling from the Twin Cities. After crossing the bridge to briefly visit East Grand Forks, and […]

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Mattocks Park: A Contradiction of Sorts

[Part of the Saint Paul Field Guide to Public Spaces, put together by a Geography class at Macalester College in fall 2018. See introduction here.] by Julia Bayer Mattocks Park is located in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood a family friendly, relatively affluent, predominantly white residential neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. The neighborhood extends from its western border, the […]

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National Links: Interaction Planning and the Planning Room

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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Get to Know a Four-Lane Death Road: Broadway Street, NE Minneapolis

I’m going to posit that most readers of streets.mn are familiar with the four-lane death road and the very easy method of fixing them, the four-to-three-lane conversion or “road diet”. The road diet is one of those rare free wins in the area of public discourse, or it should be: a solution to dangerous and […]

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streets.mn Happy Hour — Our First of 2019!

With the good news that the federal government shutdown finally is ending, at least temporarily, we are feeling celebratory. We haven’t seen one another this year yet, so let’s get together! Join us for our first streets.mn Happy Hour of 2019 on Thursday, February 7. We’ll be at downtown St. Paul’s newest brewery, Stacked Deck Brewing, […]

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Map Monday: 494 Corridor Land Uses, 1953-76

Here’s a fun historical map showing how land use changed during the boom time heyday of the I-494 strip on the south edge of the Twin Cities. It’s from a chapter out of a book called “The Geography of Urban Transportation,” edited by Susan Hanson and Genevieve Giuliano. The chapter, by Peter O. Muller, is […]

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Sustainable To-Go Packaging: Still a Push in St. Paul

Streets.mn readers care about the environment, right? That’s why we’re counting on you to care about the push for sustainable to-go packaging at restaurants and eateries in St. Paul. St. Paul City Council members are warming up to the idea of updating the city’s ordinance to require sustainable to-go packaging, with an implementation period of […]

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Sunday Summary – January 27, 2019

Brrrr. Currently somewhere below zero Fahrenheit and way way below zero Celsius as I write this and likely to be brutal when published; what a good time to sit warmly inside and read what happened last week on streets.mn. Building small bridges Tamara Jorell tells a story of one particular Breakfast which feeds a few people directly, […]

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