4/3/12 TPW Committee: Parking > Biking

Sorry I’m a bit late with the TPW Committee this cycle.  Actually it’s a good thing, because they had a special meeting on Thursday the 12th that I’ll cover below.  As always, if you’re curious, see the rest of this year’s summaries here. The big news in this TPW Committee is that Minneapolis is continuing […]

1/31/12 TPW Committee: Which way for Bottineau?

If the first two TPW summaries I posted here at streets.mn seemed a bit arcane (outfall structures?  asphalt contracts?), this one should have at least one meaty topic.  In fact, one topic is so meaty that I’m going to upend two millennia of mathematics to begin with #9, then briefly summarize the rest afterwards.  Stay […]

3/20/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

The Transportation & Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council discusses a lot of interesting stuff but seems to either use too many or not enough words to describe what they’re talking about.  Here is an attempt to add some context to the dry but vital meeting topics.  I’ve been summarizing them here at […]

2/28/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

The Transportation & Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council is a not-very-interesting meeting where a lot of interesting stuff is talked about.  Here is an attempt to add some context to the dry but vital meeting topics.  I’ve been summarizing them here at streets.mn since the beginning of the year; here’s a list […]

2/14/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

If you need an intro, please see the last three summaries. 1-4.  Street Resurfacing in Linden Hills and Ventura Village, plus three blocks of 1st St S  This meeting contained public hearings on street resurfacings reported here earlier.  The owners of 25 properties on or near Linden Hills Blvd will be removed from the assessment […]

1/17/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

I know you all have been anxiously awaiting a report on the Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting of Jan. 17th.  Which rough and crumbly streets will finally receive a smooth new layer of asphalt?  Which ancient combined sewers will finally be separated, sparing our rivers the pollution from our societal effluent?  I apologize […]

1/10/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee

The Transportation & Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council is a mouthful of a committee, both in its name and in the depth of the issues it covers.  This series aims to both condense the items for quicker understanding and provide context where necessary… and I won’t be able to stop myself from […]

Dreaming of Hennepin/Lyndale

I had the most beautiful dream a couple months ago. In my dream I was strolling through the Loring Park neighborhood in Minneapolis. It was a lovely warm summer evening, and I wandered past the mix of mansions, apartment and commercial buildings and through the park we all know. Then a strange thing happened. In […]

The Traffic Engineering Case for Three Lanes on 3rd Avenue

There has been a lot of discussion about the number of travel lanes needed on 3rd Avenue South lately (click here, or here). The Transportation and Public Works committee was presented with a four-lane design for the section south of 8th Street last week, and sent the matter on to City Council with “no recommendation.” […]

Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Bikeways 1997-2013

The animated gif is probably the most important thing that ever happened to historical maps. A recent powerpoint presentation to the Transportation & Public Works committee had an awesome series of maps showing the change in the bikeway network from 1997 to 2013 …(and beyond!) and I just couldn’t resist (and had some time on […]