Author Archive | Doug Trumm

What the Minneapolis Election Means for Urbanism

Minneapolis has several high-profile political races that could push the city in a more progressive and urbanist direction. Mayor Betsy Hodges, the incumbent, has drawn a wealth of challengers even though she has overseen some policy successes in her first term. Since all 13 councilmembers are up for reelection, many council seats could change hands. […]

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A DMV Grows in Saint Paul (Inside the Sears Department Store!)

Saint Paul is a weird city. One of its many quirks, which may go largely undetected, is that it has a DMV located deep in the recesses of a Sears Department Store. It’s easy to miss. First you would have to find a reason to go inside a dated looking Sears at Rice Street just […]

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A Stroll Through Langford Park

  Langford Park on a July afternoon is a hive of activity. Kids buzz around the playground, scampering across its jungle gyms and catapulting themselves off its swing sets. Moms hover over the general mayhem trying to enforce some level of order on the chaos. Kids slightly older and with a higher capacity for organized […]

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Density

Dense Ideas: Southwest And Other LRT Lines

One criticism often glossed over by SWLRT boosters is that the alignment lacks density. David Levinson expertly laid out the trade-offs in his recent piece. Low population density will limit the value added by the line. The line could still be a success, but its ceiling will be that much lower. It appears Met Council […]

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