Archive | April, 2019

FAQ: Tax Increment Financing

The recent Seward Commons debate highlighted an important discussion about how the city uses Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. It’s one of the few financial tools cities have and control fully. But it’s not broadly understood. So what is TIF and how does it work? What has Minneapolis used it for in the past? What […]

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streets.mn Midtown Greenway Cleanup – May 4, 2019

Looking for another way to celebrate Earth Month? Want to pitch in to help keep our streets err, multi-modal*, usually-carless freeway in tip top shape? Are you free on Saturday, May 4th? Join us for a streets.mn pick-up/meet-up along the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis and stick around for a bite or a beverage afterwards! We’ll […]

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Biking to Allianz Field on Game Day – Part 1

April 13th, 2018 was the first real test of the transportation plan set forth for fans getting to Allianz Field. I didn’t attend the game, but I was curious how well the plan would actually work. I admit, I had my skepticism.   The Bicycle Routing Plan encouraged cyclists to use connect with Pascal St. […]

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The Basketball Hoop

One morning in 2009, Husband pulled on his grubby work clothes and set out for the garage. He welded when he had the time, and that day, he needed to create a piece for the school’s art gala. Hours later, I glanced out the kitchen window. He had an audience. The two boys from down […]

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Lime, Bird, and Spin Set to Ride in St. Paul

City staff have selected electric scooter network operators Lime, Bird, and Spin for the 2019 season, and the City Council will decide whether to approve those contracts at its Wednesday, April 24, meeting. Read the agenda for the meeting. All three vendors are based in California. Lime (the brand of Neutron Holdings Inc.) is based […]

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Five Reasons Saint Paul Should Not Spend $3,569,917 to Repave Ayd Mill Road

The Saint Paul Public Works “five-year plan” (PW 5-Year Plan) received a not-so-subtle edit this year, moving $3.569,917 dollars slotted for the mill and overlay of Ayd Mill Road in 2021 up to this year, re-paving the city’s most controversial four-lane third rail. To me, the decision runs counter to Saint Paul’s stated transportation, environmental, […]

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A Few More Opportunities for Public Input on the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan

After my last class today, I took a ride on the route 4 bus–including the slow crawl along Nicollet–from Minneapolis College to the Central Library,  where I was able to attend the downtown Community Workshop for Minneapolis’ Transportation Action Plan. This workshop was one of a series of community engagement opportunities to interact with the […]

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We Don’t Need Police to Keep Our Transit System Safe

I hate cigarette smoke, and I know I’m not alone. My dad used to smoke all the time. I vividly remember him smoking while we were waiting for the bus. It was smelly and disgusting. But my dad doesn’t smoke anymore. He has been cigarette-free for close to 20 years. Others seem to have trouble […]

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Brit Builds an ADU: Spring (and the Home Tour) Is Here!

I survived the winter! Back in early April, it was hard to think about building a whole new space, what with the blizzard and all. Looking ahead to the coming summer — and the warmer weather this past week — has kept up my spirits, plus the accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that other people have […]

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Cars Internet Guns and Drones Create Distance

Sunday Summary – April 21, 2019

It’s Spring, finally, with green stuff and everything here in Minnesota. You should go outside and play after you read what happened last week on streets.mn: Current events Andy Singer’s Thoughts on the Mohamed Noor Trial considers how much our car culture can increase the chances of incidents like these because of the effect of […]

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