How to Improve the Vikings Pedestrian Bridge With One Easy Step

On July 2nd, it was announced that the Minnesota Vikings have offered to shoulder half of the burden of building a pedestrian bridge over Chicago Avenue and the Downtown East light rail station. While this doesn’t necessarily exonerate the bridge from the sharper criticisms of Nick Magrino’s story on the issue (particularly on how converting […]

Downtown Commons Site sketch

Downtown East Commons is a Blank Slate, Except for the Vikings. And the Traffic.

On Tuesday night, a healthy crowd of local downtown residents and other interested parties gathered in the rustic lobby of the Mill City Museum for the first of several public meetings about the forthcoming Downtown East Commons park. It was a fun atmosphere, with the palpable enthusiasm that comes with the chance to shape big changes […]

Predictions for Super Bowl 2018

I predict the Packers will win, prompting the biggest riot the city has ever seen! No, seriously, I support hosting the 2018 Super Bowl in Minnesota. After all, we need to start paying off our billion-dollar, publicly financed stadium that was supposed to be paid for with non-existent gaming revenues. Looking at the behavior of […]

Super Bowl Bid Bust: Why Are We Destroying The Yard With The Pole Building?

You may have seen the artist renderings.  The drawings lay out a vision for The Yard, the planned four-acre urban park adjacent to the mammoth new Vikings Stadium.  In the winter versions, the park is shown populated by happy, hearty Minnesota families  skating, admiring ice sculptures, making snow angels and generally laughing in the face […]

Demand Good Urbanism in Downtown East

On our way to the ceremony unveiling the plan for the five-block Star Tribune property in Downtown East, my son Shaw and I got off the train at the Downtown East/Metrodome station and I was asked directions by an older couple. They were looking for Periscope, the ad agency, at 10th and Washington. Obliging, I agreed […]

Photo of flat shallow snow to the horizon, a groomed cross country ski trail on the right and a set of footprints leading up the the photographer's point of view on the left.

Sunday Summary – January 28, 2018

Much of Minnesota had a snow day (or two) last week which provides the inspiration for some of this week’s content (both prose and pictures) in addition to some big ideas about projects and policy. Next Sunday, the Super Bowl happens in Minneapolis (without the Vikings on the field) and the impact of that event […]

Sunday Summary – January 21, 2018

Last January, we published the first of Max Hailperin’s alphabetical walks through Minneapolis neighborhoods with Armatage (take another walk with him below) as well as a couple of posts about winter sidewalks which are always relevant in the winter here (winter storm on the way as I write this). Also from the archives, you can […]

Sunday Summary – January 7, 2018

Happy New Year!  For a quick look back at 2017 on streets.mn, take a look at 2017: By The Numbers which includes the top posts as well as a snapshot of who reads streets.mn. Minneapolis With the new year, Minneapolis has a new mayor, Jacob Frey. To help him get started, here are three letters from the Urban […]

What Is City Pride Worth?

This past week, the National Football League approved the request of the St. Louis Rams to relocate to Los Angeles. This, despite an aggressive push by St. Louis and Missouri political and business leaders to keep the team through the partial public financing of a brand new stadium along the Mississippi riverfront. This news story […]