Then & Now: Lyndale and Hennepin

As you all know, the city and Hennepin County are re-paving the intersection of Hennepin and Lyndale by Loring Park and the Walker Art Center.
A while ago, I did a “Then & Now” on Loring Park. Today let’s zoom in on the intersection of Hennepin and Lyndale

The two streets used to come together rather […]

Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project

[…] indication that they should not proceed past that point.   One example of this behavior occurs further south, at this intersection where traffic from 94 can get to Lyndale or Hennepin:

While this intersection isn’t perfect either, cars tend to not stray into sidewalks or bike lanes largely due to signal placement and signage.  (Of course, […]

GIF of the Day: HennepinLyndale Bottleneck Through the Years

[…] fill it in with businesses, homes, and people.
There was such a time, before the spaghetti bowl, and I have GIF’d it (using maps from this archive).

For those susceptible to GIF-induced seizures:
They didn’t have spaghetti bowls or GIFs back in 1938. animated gif of hennepin lyndale bottleneck through the years×333.png Hennepin Lyndale Bottleneck […]

The Evolution of the HennepinLyndale Commons

I gave this presentation to the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) Annual Meeting in May 2014. Several people requested that it be made available to the general public, so I have created this brief overview for Streets.MN in anticipation of a HennepinLyndale Reconstruction Project Open House Monday August 4th, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Walker Art Center. Special […]

What if we closed Hennepin?

[…] right turns awkward at best, especially with high traffic counts. Current vehicle traffic counts on Hennepin (2011) are 25,927 two-way at Hennepin just north of 25th street. Lyndale currently carries 14,680 two-way just north of 26th street (though the counts on Lyndale are highly variable, and just a few blocks north it supposedly carries […]

Hennepin Avenue Hopes: Visions for a People-Centered Corridor

I’ve been daydreaming of Hennepin Avenue’s redo since its reconstruction was first announced a few years ago. Using streetmix (a free browser-based app), I created a cross-section of what I think Hennepin should look like, as a people-oriented community corridor and transit route designed as if science matters. The terrifying scientific consensus on the timeline […]

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 had […]

The Case of the Missing Lyndale Bike Connection

[…] users. Just south of that, though, is another thing we ought to do something about.
There is a small (one long block!) but glaring gap in cyclability on Lyndale Avenue in South Minneapolis between the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck and Franklin Avenue. The cycletrack that begins at Loring Park and travels along the east side of the […]

Lyndale at 25th

For Lyndale, The Time is Now

Last night, I attended a listening session for Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, focused on the serious safety issues between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue. The event was organized by the county commissioner for the area, Marion Greene. Dozens of neighbors spoke about their experiences walking, driving, and biking on Lyndale.

The neighbors covered a lot […]

SUV blocking sidewalk curb cut with Metro Transit bus in background on Hennepin Ave S

A Hennepin for the Next 50 Years

[…] dismissed as activists, when all we want is a safer, more livable city.   

Hennepin can be a model for future street reconstructions, even for County owned streets like Lyndale and Lowry Avenues. It’s time to break with the mistakes of the past and start getting it right–right now. Because we’ll be living with this next […]