Archive | April, 2020

The Problem with the Oakland Street Closures

A while back. I wrote about the importance of streets and sidewalks during the pandemic, and how I thought the Oakland Slow Streets project was a great model for cities to follow. As you’ve probably heard, in Oakland, California the city has installed small barriers on over 74 miles of mostly residential streets, creating a […]

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Sunday 3-5pm: Virtual Happy Hour featuring Saint Paul By Bike

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! We’re hosting another Virtual Happy Hour via Zoom from 3-5pm. Put it on your calendar and drop on by. Our special guest will be Wolfie Browender, a prolific writer, bicyclist, and photographer who has been quietly and consistently putting together wonderful stories via his website Saint Paul By Bike and here on […]

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Introducing: Minneapolis Stay Healthy Streets!

Effective April 29, the City of Minneapolis will begin creating “Stay Healthy Streets” in the 3 geographical areas of the City (North, South, Northeast). From the Minneapolis Website: Streets on these routes will generally be closed to thru car traffic but remain open for local resident access. On-street parking will generally be retained; some connection […]

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Every Tunnel Tells a Story: the Underground Passageways of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Here’s a question: Why does Saint Paul have so many more tunnels than Minneapolis? Because we keep Saint Paul boring! Indeed, Saint Paul’s geography has featured the subterranean since the very beginning when Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant staked his claim at Fountain Cave. And although Saint Paul was well positioned at the northernmost navigable point […]

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Perspectives on Walking Through a Plague

Before the plague hit and people began sheltering in their homes, walking was something most of us took for granted. It was something we did to get to the car or the bus stop. These days, though, walking is a special treat, the highlight of the day. I’ve taken to going on walks with my […]

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Want Equitable Cities? We’ll Need More Women in Transportation Planning

The majority of people who use public transit in the United States are women, yet transportation planners and engineers are predominantly men.  The underrepresentation of women in planning has created cities in which women’s needs are not met. This begs the question, what would public spaces and transportation look like if women had a greater role in […]

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What’s With the High Heels?

The world around us is strewn with evidence. I’m no detective, but when I see strange objects scattered around my life, I want the backstories. Like that positive pregnancy test ditched in our alley years ago, a pair of men’s boxer shorts discarded near it. What happened there? Curiosity ignited me, but there was nothing […]

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Tonight 6-8pm – Virtual Happy Hour feat. Twin Cities Freeway History

Hey! We’re hosting another virtual happy hour tonight, from 6 to 8pm. Our special guest tonight will be Adam Froehlig, who is going to share some of his fascinating research on local freeway history around 7. If you like, you can ask all those burning questions you’ve been harboring about Interstate 335, the Midtown Greenway freeway, […]

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In Honor of Earth Day 50, Stepping Up is Easy: A Virtual Cleanup

What day is it? It’s hard to know anymore, in the face of the pandemic response and seemingly austere regimen. Did you know that this week marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration? It officially began with the coordination of a nationwide environmental forum by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, in response […]

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Celebrate Earth Day with Climate-Focused Actions

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Climate Action.” Here at streets.mn, we have a lot of ways we’re taking action on climate breakdown, including the formation of our Climate Committee, a carbon audit, hosting trash clean-up events, and, as always, climate-focused articles from our wonderful […]

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