Sunday Summary – September 22, 2019

It has been a very quiet week here on streets.mn.  You could help us have busier weeks in the future by writing for us…about your experience at the Climate Strike last week, the latest decision/project/development in your community, or how Fall is a great season for streets on foot, bike, scooter, or transit.  Here’s last week:

Chris Steller highlights Smart Growth America’s Foot Traffic Ahead report on walkable urbanism by calling out one finding:  Report Ranks Mpls.-St. Paul’s Walkable Urban Spaces 4th for Social Equity.  After looking at several years of this annual study, the post reveals how social equity is measured: “housing cost (which they define as “percentage of household income for a household earning 80 percent of the area median (AMI) required to pay for housing”); transportation cost (“percentage of household income for a household earning 80 percent of the AMI required to pay for transportation”); and rental/for sale housing (percent of housing that’s rental, with a 50/50 split between rental and for-sale housing considered ideal).”

Bloomington’s Comprehensive Plan: Forward 2040 by Monte Castleman looks at some of the highlights in the recently adopted plan including housing (concentrating high density housing at a few nodes and adding senior housing), neighborhood commercial centers, redeveloping industrial areas, community centers, and transportation

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Bloomington plan: Forward 2040

Regular features

Roundabouts: Conrad Zbikowski introduces us to another Minnesota roundabout in Meet a Roundabout: U.S. 61 in Forest Lake.

Walk about: Walking All the Streets of Loring Park, Day 1 with Max Hailperin.

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Harbinger of a cold winter: local trees begin to grow feathers

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