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

[…] frontage in red
The phrase “considerably alter” maybe implies that it would be expensive, but it’d certainly be some fraction of the cost of even the most minimal bottleneck repaving, currently budgeted at about $9.1 million dollars, and a much smaller fraction of the Walker’s $152 million dollar endowment.
But there’s a lot to do here.
Here […]

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 two years […]

Hennepin/Lyndale Bottleneck Revisited

[…] visitors from heading to or passing through what should be a focal point of our city.
There is some small degree of hope on the horizon: the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck is due for a make-over. The feds awarded the project $7.3 million and the City of Minneapolis will host a public open house on March 25 […]

What to Expect at Monday’s Bottleneck Meeting

The next Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project Public Open House is Monday, Aug. 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room, Walker Art Center.    Maybe we can’t expect the intersection of our dreams yet (mine: Turn Don’t Merge) in the Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction  project, but there are a few key elements that neighbors must insist on seeing […]

Hennepin Lyndale History

animated gif of hennepin lyndale bottleneck through the years

The Enormity of the Hennepin/Lyndale Spaghetti Bowl

[…] in the 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:
Mmmm, grids.
If […]