Author: Daniel Choma

Daniel Choma

About Daniel Choma

Daniel Choma is a community advocate, a jazz musician, and a former bible salesman. He rides bikes, plays drums, and tells jokes. He can consume a bag of jelly beans faster than almost anyone.

From the Fairest Creatures We Desire Increase: Notes on MetroTransit’s Fare Raise

On October 1st, Metro Transit will increase fares on all buses and trains by 25 cents.  While that small dollar amount may seem inconsequential, this decision comes as a culmination to a protracted debate.  Transit advocates have argued that the fare increase unfairly and disproportionately affects the poor. Proponents do not necessarily disagree, but argue […]

Three “Game Changer” Streets Projects Worth Checking out Right Now

The summer is here and this usually means that I end up writing a streets.mn article that is light and airy like a white wine.  So without further adieu, I present to you a listicle. Eat your heart out, Buzzfeed. Here are the three game changing streets projects you should research, comment upon, and dream about as […]

Rochester, MN : A Question of UBER importance

Although I live in Minneapolis now, I grew up about 90 miles south of Minneapolis in Rochester, MN.  For those of you that aren’t aware, Rochester is a neat little place.  It’s also a strange little place that has been in a state of change for a number of years now. The folk song of […]

Close your Facebook: Go Get Heard!

Without a doubt, now is an emotional and scary time to live in the Twin Cities.  The widely circulated video-recorded death of Philando Castile has put the Twin Cities in a political and emotional uproar. Everybody is obviously running a little hot right now, so I hope readership will forgive me for speaking with cohesive candor […]

An Open Letter to Saint Paul Business Owners from an Average Millennial

Dear Saint Paul Business Owners, My name is Dan.  I’m 31 years old and I lived in Saint Paul for nearly 8 years.  During that time, I was a patron of many local businesses (I still am actually), as it’s a personal value of mine to support local businesses and give back to my community.  […]

Dream a Little Dream of Me: Minneapolis’s 10th Ave Bridge

Recently the 89th Minnesota Legislature reconvened to start what certainly bodes to be an important session in regards to transportation legislation.  There’s already been some good rhetorical talk about the best ways to ask for money and there has already been a great deal of city plans asking for money. I’ll let the grad students and college […]

Advocacy Maxims for 2016

As the snow began to melt away this weekend and Punxsutawney Phil chuckled lightly to himself over his secret long standing pen pal relationship with Paul Huttner, I donned my beloved summer bicycle and started to pedal while contemplating the beginning of another season: Advocacy season. As we stare down the barrel of a new (and […]