Author Archive | Dana DeMaster

What the North Star Can Learn from the Lone Star

This past week I attended a conference in Austin, Texas. I had only ever been to cruddy parts of Texas before, but was excited to see a city I had heard great things about. People told me about the great music scene, amazing food, and beautiful parks. I knew they have bike share and had […]

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Commuter Story: Danger Girl Bikes To School

(Editor’s Note: We asked our readers and writers for their commuter stories. This is Daphne’s, aka Danger Girl.) Who Am I I’m Daphne, but I prefer to be called Danger Girl. I go to kindergarten and I like playing with tape. My Bike I have a Trek Cub that used to be my brother’s. Where […]

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A Five Step Guide to Having “The Talk”

Last night I had “The Talk” with someone about biking and walking. Like other Capital T Talks, to be most effective this one needs to be handled with delicacy, tact, a positive attitude, and without shame. Here is my five step guide to having a successful Talk about Biking and Walking. The Talk usually starts […]

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We Read the Star Tribune Comments So You Don’t Have To: Minneapolis Planners Should Remember Some People Need to Drive

When controversy happens… when tempers flare… we read the comments, so you don’t have to. Having spent the last day reading all the streets.mn article comments (as my job as Head Moderator in Chief), I could not get enough so I headed over to the Star Tribune is Op Ed version. Like I don’t have enough […]

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If I Ran the World: West 7th Street

If I ran the world, West 7th Street would be great. In addition to cool shops and bars, a long history, and excellent transit, West 7th Street would have a series of linear parks. Parks with benches. Parks with tables. Parks with trees. Anyone could walk or hop a street car from one cool shop […]

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Beyond the Big Yellow Bus

When I was in school as a child I took the bus. Nearly everyone I knew took the bus or walked. Now, my children are in the very small minority who walk or bike to school. Many children are still bussed to school, but my memories of 1985 do not include a long line of […]

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streets.mn Voter Guide – Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Trahern Crews

Here is the latest in our Saint Paul mayoral candidate questionnaire. These responses are from Trahern Crews.  1. How do you get around in Saint Paul? Bike, Walk, Bus & Train. 2. In your opinion, what is Saint Paul’s greatest transportation challenge? How would you plan to address it while in office? Traffic congestion, the […]

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streets.mn Voter Guide – Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Sharon Anderson

The filing deadline for Saint Paul mayoral candidates was August 15. Four more candidates filed on August 15 and we sent our questionnaire to the three with email addresses available on the Secretary of State’s website. The newest candidates to enter the race are Greg Copeland, Trahern Crews, and Sharon Anderson. Banabas Joshua Y’Shua is […]

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Bemidji: A Town After my Heart

I realize that New Ulm is the urbanist’s dream and I truly do enjoy New Ulm (Herman the German – great!). However, Bemidji is giving New Ulm a run for its money. I adore Bemidji. Work travel used to take me there once or twice a year and now vacations do. Take note, urbanists! Over […]

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streets.mn Voter Guide – Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Pat Harris

Pat Harris is the latest of the Saint Paul mayoral candidates to return our joint questionnaire that was developed in partnership with the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition and Transit for Livable Communities. We are still looking forward to responses from candidates Tom Goldstein and Tim Holden. 1. How do you get around in Saint Paul? With […]

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