GIF of the Day: Hennepin-Lyndale Bottleneck Through the Years

Reconstruction of Minneapolis’ Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck has begun. There will be traffic tweaks and some much needed bike/pedestrian improvements, but this reconstruction won’t be a radical makeover of the kind Scott Shaffer proposed over a year ago. Scott suggested we “drop the spaghetti bowl” (a “mess of undulating streets and arcing flyover ramps to and from the […]

Walker Art Center a Culprit in Badness of Hennepin/Lyndale Bottleneck

Walker Art Museum, from the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge over the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck The Hennepin/Lyndale Bottleneck: Not great by any measure. The City of Minneapolis is working on a plan to, basically, repave it. Many well-written thoughts about that project and whether or not it’s a good idea and what we’d do if we […]

It’s Not a Bottleneck, It’s a Turkey Neck

Around these parts, it’s not an unpopular belief that the Hennepin-Lyndale Bottleneck is a bit – ah, how to put it? – oversized. The City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department does not appear to share this belief, as they’ve submitted a design for the Bottleneck that retains its massivity. When a loved one has […]

The Case of the Missing Lyndale Bike Connection

[…] improve our cities for very little money. A couple blocks from my humble apartment, the City of Minneapolis is moving ahead with a rebuild of the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck that looks to be a real improvement for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. Just south of that, though, is another thing we ought to do something […]

Call for Action on the Bottleneck

Nice view of the Hennepin United Methodist Church. We’ve been having a lot of talk on this site about the Lyndale-Hennepin Bottleneck, the potentially amazing but actually crappy intersection between Loring Park, the Walker Art Center, Downtown and Uptown, and directly over I-94. Brendon penned a call to arms pointing us to this problem over […]

Hennepin/Lyndale Bottleneck Revisited

[…] and green space line the riverfront. The other three sides of downtown are cut off from the rest of the city by highways and by the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck. These areas are less attractive. These man-made barriers dissuade potential downtown visitors from heading to or passing through what should be a focal point of our […]

What to Expect at Monday’s Bottleneck Meeting

[…] and pedestrians.     (2) Automotive Lane Elimination Giving more lanes to drivers lets them spread out, but eventually they have to merge together – causing our bottleneck. Between Franklin Ave, and Dunwoody Blvd, people are moving in all sorts of directions. Sometimes, drivers have to merge across four lanes in order to make […]

The Enormity of the Hennepin/Lyndale Spaghetti Bowl

[…] spaghetti bowl facing northeast. Standing in the spaghetti bowl facing south. A panhandler jogs across the street in the background. Standing in the spaghetti bowl facing the bottleneck to the north. If we sloppily copied the land use of the surrounding neighborhood and pasted it into the HLSB, it would look something like this: […]