Author Archive | Dana DeMaster

Real Public Engagement

In a recent post, Jason Brisson highlights the conflict between “top-down” planning, where experts provide the direction for a project, and “bottom-up” planning, where community members drive (ha, ha, drive, get it?) the project. I do not think this is an either/or issue where technocrats tell a community what it needs versus a community, no […]

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streets.mn Voter Guide – Dai Thao

We were pleased to receive responses to our Saint Paul mayoral questionnaire from Dai Thao on the eve of the city convention. 1. How do you get around in Saint Paul? Driving, walking, light rail, and biking. 2. In your opinion, what is Saint Paul’s greatest transportation challenge? How would you plan to address it […]

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streets.mn Voter Guide – Elizabeth Dickinson

The first Saint Paul mayoral candidate to submit a response to our questionnaire is Elizabeth Dickinson.  1. How do you get around in Saint Paul? I get around by walking, biking, driving a Prius, and by using light rail and bus. 2. In your opinion, what is Saint Paul’s greatest transportation challenge? How would you […]

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We Read the Traffic Congestion Report’s Comments So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens….when tempers flare….we read the comments, so you don’t have to. Today the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s Think Tank, released the report, “Twin Cities: Traffic Congestion: It’s No Accident.” The Star Tribune gave it above the fold coverage in their article, “What’s to blame for Twin Cities traffic congestion: regional growth […]

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Women/Trans/Femme Writers Gathering

The mission of streets.mn  is to expand and enhance the conversation about transportation and land use through research and informed commentary. There are many ways to think about “expanding” and “enhancing,” from a wide-variety of blog posts to events to podcasts to the people who write the posts. streets.mn wants writers with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences so that […]

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Victoria Park: A Short History of Intentions

The vigorous and spirited debate about the future of the Ford Plant site in Highland Park got me thinking about another large, polluted, previously industrial site in Saint Paul. The history of development of Victoria Park, which is bounded by West 7th Street, Otto Avenue, and Shepard Road, offers a lesson in plans changing over […]

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Metro Transit Fare App – A Review

I recently started using Metro Transit’s new app after my Go To Pass ran out of funds. It was an opportunity to give it a trial before refilling my pass. Here is my review. Ease of Use The biggest benefit has been not having to keep track of my card or make sure my card […]

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Winter Playground in the Realm of Boreas

This coming Saturday, February 4th is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s Torchlight parade. If you have never been, I highly encourage you to go. I brought my friend, Mary, for the first time last year and this was her review: “This is the strangest parade I have ever been to, but it is the best […]

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Board Update: Creating Connection through Membership

On Saturday, January 14, the streets.mn board of directors met and the main topic on the agenda was how to grow a better membership program. For the board, the first goal of a membership program is to develop a stronger relationship with readers, writers, and other users of streets.mn. The second goal is the fiscal […]

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A Christmas Love Letter

When I was pregnant with my daughter my husband worked second shift, and five nights a week I was left to wrangle our then two-year old son by myself. After working all day I lacked the energy to cook, clean, and play with him. My solution was to find different people to feed and entertain […]

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