Walk the Talk: Microtransit, Zoning and Street Revamps

Editor’s note: Walk the Talk is Streets.mn’s carefully curated, highly partisan collection of both serious and fun-loving events, community meetings and opportunities for engagement that we think will interest our readers. Email your ideas to Hawken Habig, one of our daily editors, at [email protected].

Door to Door, Microtransit in the Twin Cities Webinar – Tuesday, March 28, 12 p.m.

A poster for the Move Minneapolis webinar containing information outlined below.

Within the past several years, transit agencies across the Twin Cities have rolled out microtransit services, including Metro Transit’s North Minneapolis test program earlier this year. Microtransit is a form of public on-demand rideshare, composed of a fleet of minibuses. Move Minneapolis has invited a panel of microtransit experts to discuss the ins and outs of the increasingly popular transit mode for a webinar on Tuesday, March 28, from 12 to 1 p.m. Learn more about the event, including how to register, on the event page.

Central and University Avenues Planning Study

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is in the midst of planning improvements to the University Avenue (Highway 47) and Central Avenue (Highway 65) corridors from their intersection in Northeast Minneapolis to Highway 10 in Anoka County. Several design concepts are being considered for both streets, including travel lane reductions and the addition of better bike and pedestrian infrastructure. MnDOT is currently seeking feedback on the project through an online survey, which will be available until May 1. In addition, sign up for email updates and keep up to date on upcoming in-person and virtual meetings on the study page!

Let’s Talk: Reclaiming Outdoor Spaces at Penumbra Theater – Monday, April 3, 6 p.m.

Poster for the Let's Talk series.

Penumbra Theater – a performing arts center in St. Paul focused on cultural diversity and representing African American experiences – will be hosting a presentation and discussion addressing racial discrimination in access to outdoor spaces on Monday, April 3, as part of the “Let’s Talk” series. It will begin at 6 p.m. with an opportunity for refreshments, followed by the 90-minute presentation. You can find more information on the event, and purchase tickets, here. (Note: masks are required!)  

St. Paul 1-4 Unit Housing Study Webinars – March 28 & 30

A poster which reads "weigh in on 1-4 unit housing study phase 2 amendments;. The study is evaluating the potential to add zoning flexibility to support the creation of additional smaller, neighborhood-scale housing types in more palces across the city. Learn more: STPAUL.GOV/1TO4STUDY."

In an effort to remedy the city’s housing shortage, St. Paul is conducting a study of potential changes to the zoning code that would dispose of certain regulations for one-to-four-unit homes. Examples include allowing more homes per lot, accessory dwelling units and physically smaller homes. Currently in Phase 2 of the project, the study team will be hosting two informational webinars on the project in March: one on March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., and another on March 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you’re unable to attend, you can also send comments to [email protected]; learn more about the project and how you can contribute here.

Photo at top courtesy of LeNor Barry on Unsplash.

About Hawken Habig

Hawken is a student of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a copy editor at Streets.mn. He also composes Streets.mn's bi-weekly event listing "Walk the Talk;" email any ideas for events or opportunities to [email protected]!