Monthly Archives: August 2019

Park Vs. Parking

Uptown’s Mall: More Park, Less Parking

If you’ve ever been to Uptown’s The Mall, you might not have realized it’s a park administered by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. It can feel more like a nicely landscaped parking lot with a generous grassy median. The drive-able portion of The Mall seems to serve the function of letting drivers hunt for […]

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12 Ideas to Improve Downtown Mobility

I was walking through the skyway near Nicollet Mall on Monday and watching the backed up traffic below. Single occupancy fossil fuel vehicles, car commuters, were “blocking the box” and preventing buses full of other commuters from getting home on time. The flow of pedestrians at every signal cycle was more than the number of […]

Greenway Closure

Why did Centerpoint Energy Close the Greenway for 10 Days?

On July 23rd, Centerpoint Energy closed the Midtown Greenway without providing any advance notice to the users of the trail. No signage was put in place in advance of the closure, and they did not notify the Midtown Greenway Coalition. They simply erected barricades and ripped up the trail. The detour provisions provided were wholly […]

Cathedral of St. Paul

Bike Routes to Get In and Out of Downtown St. Paul

Bill Lindeke recently posted a definitive ranked list of the Best Bike Lanes from Downtown Saint Paul to the West. The list was empty, and it was a good joke, because it’s true. Having bike commuted in and out of Downtown Saint Paul for the last 2.5 years, I’ve also got opinions about which routes […]

Philly Highway

National Links: QR Codes Just Slow Everyone Down

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 D.C. region. […]

Lot 22

Brit Builds an ADU: The Surveyor and the Height Problem

Hey! It’s been a while, huh? We are out of spring and well into summer, and our project finally is getting into the swing of things. I owe y’all a few updates. When we last left off, we were concerned about what type of accessory dwelling unit (ADU) was possible on our property. So, we […]

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Waiting For a Sign: ‘Don’t Block the Intersection’

The secret is out. Drivers are needlessly, pointlessly blocking downtown intersections, causing backups of Metro Transit buses, as Bill Lindeke detailed in an article for MinnPost (“Is there a solution for the buses vs. blockers bottleneck in downtown Minneapolis?“). The problem is acute at certain points, such as where Nicollet Mall meets Washington Avenue South […]

Bruno And Sasha In Pool 2

Sunday Summary – August 11, 2019

A couple of streets.mn events are coming up.  On Friday, August 16,  Join Us For Happy Hour + One Final Ride On The Midnight Bus From Wayzata the next week we’re hosting Post-a-Palooza – Thursday, August 22! where you can “Join streets.mn contributors for a post-a-palooza, which will basically be a co-working session/happy hour focused on […]

Nice Ride Electric Assist Bike Side View

Review: Nice Ride Electric-Assist Bike (2019)

On Monday, July 29, Nice Ride launched its electric-assist bike or “ebike” pilot. The press release gushed about how riders could “supercharge” their rides, and also highlighted Nice Ride’s new “Nice Ride for All” program for low-income riders. The program gives annual memberships to Nice Ride to people on either nutrition assistance (SNAP) or transit […]

Blackstack

Post-a-Palooza – Thursday, August 22!

Do you have an idea for a post that you’ve been sitting on for a while but haven’t brought yourself to actually write, or maybe a half-written post that you’re not sure how to finish? Have you wanted to write for streets.mn but aren’t quite sure what to write about? Join streets.mn contributors for a […]