Author Archive | Dana DeMaster

As Easy as Riding a Bike

I have recently had the pleasure of watching two people learn to ride a bicycle. I have vague memories of learning to ride a bike around age five. Like many people I rode as a child and stopped as a teenager. I took it up again in my late 20s and have now been riding […]

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A Primer on Housing Programs

After reading two recent articles on streets.mn about housing issues, along with recent articles in MinnPost, and articles on Citylab about the cost of public housing, it seemed that a primer on housing programs might be helpful. While the capable readers and writers from streets.mn would not confuse public housing with Section 8 or other programs, […]

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Welfare Queens, Performance Incentives, and Public Transportation Planning

If you ever attend pub quizzes you will be familiar with the question format where three things are listed and participants must say how they are related. Quick – welfare queens, performance incentives, and public transportation. How are they related? Stumped? Read on to find out. Myth of the Welfare Queen The myth of the […]

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Thanks to Theodore Wirth for My Skating Rink!

I used to live at 33rd Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis which is within two blocks of two parks – Painter Park and Bryant Square Park. Nearly every night in the winter, after dinner I would grab my ice skates and walk over to Bryant Square for a little skating. Usually I would skate […]

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Lesser of Three Evils for my Saint Paul Bike Commute

I recently moved from Hamline-Midway in Saint Paul to the West Seventh neighborhood near Mississippi Market and, at about the same time, changed employers. Rather than biking from near Snelling and University Avenues to Cedar and 10th Streets, I am now biking from near West Seventh and Otto to Jackson Street and Second Street – […]

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Tales from Saint Paul Alleys

When people comment that there really are no differences between Minneapolis and Saint Paul there is one thing I can tell them that always makes jaws drop: Saint Paul does not plow its alleys. It is the responsibility of each block to figure out how to get its alley plowed. Seriously. Want to see neighborhood […]

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Hit By a Car (again) in Downtown St. Paul, or Why We Need the Bike Plan

My six-year old son and I got hit by a car in downtown Saint Paul last night. We’re fine, except for a good scrape on my leg, a busted fender, and a nervous little boy. It could have been worse. Before leaving work on 10th Street and Cedar Street I carefully studied the routes I […]

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