Archive | August, 2019

Cars are Tragedy not a Boon for Small Businesses

I’ve been going past the red brick triangular building at West 7th and Leech for most of my life, and for pretty much the whole time, it’s been a dilapidated, sad place. For a while in the early 2000s, the building housed a marginal coffee shop. It was once one of many such cafés in […]

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What You Can Do to Ensure the Unhoused Have a Place to Stay in Light of the Green Line Shutdown

Last week, Metro Transit replaced overnight service on the Green Line with buses.   Maintenance needs are the main reason that overnight Green Line service needs to end, according to Metro Transit officials. “We are making this change to allow for safer and more timely maintenance along the Green Line corridor,” said Metro Transit General Manager […]

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Pennsylvania Avenue Revisited

With the news that the City of St. Paul will dedicate half of Ayd Mill Road as a dedicated bicycle / pedestrian path, it is time to revisit Pennsylvania Avenue, which is located just north of the Capitol campus and Regions Hospital.  These two roads are similar in several ways Speed Limit: Ayd Mill speed […]

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Safety and the Power of Public Works

Sometimes I bike commute to work. It’s a 10 mile ride. Part of it on the greenway, which is like a dream (when it is open). But the bulk of my ride is on the streets of St. Paul. I’m not really up for that five days a week; I just don’t need my safety […]

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Minneapolis Needs Better Street Design, but Minnesota Needs Better Enforcement

A few weeks ago Our Streets Minneapolis published a statement of their position on the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan, drawing attention for their view that they did not support greater enforcement of traffic laws. Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s 2020 proposed budget includes funding for a reconstituted traffic enforcement unit with three additional officers, a […]

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Ritzy Rafter in CenHen Opens for Business

On Thursday, August 15, the new Rafter apartment building had its grand opening event. With fine hors-d’œuvres and libations, the parties gathered to celebrate the completion of another real estate development. It is said that the Rafter project is “named in honor of a group, or “rafter,” of wild turkeys known to call Northeast Minneapolis […]

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Sunday Summary – August 25, 2019

Next week is Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer (and the end of the State Fair, too).  Have a good post about how to get back to school?  We’d love to hear it along with any last summer stories. Transit, micro and macro A few weeks ago, we posted an announcement about an […]

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The Midnight Trip From Wayzata Is Gone. But What About The Riders?

Over the weekend, after two years, Metro Transit eliminated the midnight trip on the 645 as part of its quarterly service changes. Metro Transit cited low ridership to justify the cut.  I’ve reported before that the trip came into fruition at the behest of the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce. In fact, Drew Kerr, who is […]

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Extend the Red Line North before South

The Orange Line bus rapid transit (BRT) between Downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville is now under construction and expected to open in 2021. This will bring high frequency bus service to the I-35W Corridor and serve stops in Burnsville, Bloomington, Richfield, South Minneapolis, and Downtown Minneapolis. Transit upgrades include new bus-only ramps from the freeway into […]

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