Author Archive | Janne Flisrand

We Must Foster Opportunity on Hennepin Avenue

At the Lowry Hill Ice Cream Social a couple weeks ago, my neighbors asked me what I think about the Peris development proposal by The John and Denise Graves Foundation for affordable youth housing. It’s tucked on an awkward, oddly shaped parcel between Colfax and Hennepin Avenue, right where the freeway exit dumps drivers out […]

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11 Reasons I’ll Attend Thursday’s Fundraiser

The streets.mn annual fundraiser party is coming up on December 1st! You’re invited to join the party (RSVP here) and in return, please do your part and donate. Here are a few reasons I donate – add yours in the comments: I love reading 46+ comment threads, especially the ones parsing “tax levies” and “tax rates,” parking […]

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The Garden and The Rose

The Garden at The Rose Grows More than Food

Let’s grow more food in our neighborhoods. Victory Gardens provided about a third of the vegetables grown in the US during WWII and I appreciate the food I get from my yard. I think even more important is the community-building that grows in urban gardens. I wrote previously about my own cherry tree and I have a […]

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Tescil working on a survey with Deveon Thao

Rider Requests for Better Bus Stops

At streets.mn, our writers notice bus stops, and we aren’t shy to share our own opinions. On the other hand, we don’t seem to go out and ask other people riding the bus for theirs. Luckily, Metro Transit has found some community engagement funding to hire local community members to do “Better Bus Stops” outreach […]

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Me with the sibkid on the tag-along.

Fix the One-Way Trails, Please

My 7-year-old sibkid “K” spent a week with me in the Big City so she could go to day camp. I registered K at a “nearby” program (that K loved). But Lake Harriet Upper Elementary School isn’t THAT nearby. I’d hoped we could practice riding bikes initially, as K is still working on that skill, but […]

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Hennepin Avenue

Behind those Numbers, Transit Stats 101

In January, I wrote a post about Hennepin Avenue arguing that we should Make Hennepin Lovable. (The conversation is ongoing; please share your hopes for Hennepin through this survey.) I argued that the number of human beings using the street is almost as high as the number of cars (with drivers in them) — so […]

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chasm of space for cars

Let’s Make Hennepin Lovable

Our chance to make Hennepin Avenue lovable is coming. I love living on “Hennepin Avenue,” a Minneapolis landmark so important I need say no more. Everyone has attended a show at one of its grand historic theaters. Or waited for a bus there. Or done the company/birthday dinner at Fogo de Chao. Or attended MCTC. Or visited […]

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Signal Timing Transformed My Everyday

  I’ve lived three doors from the intersection of 22nd Street and Hennepin Avenue South for 19 years. I have to cross Hennepin to get to 90 percent of the places I go. For 19 years, my every-day getting-around has been ruled by the insistence of that stoplight rushing drivers north and south along Hennepin, […]

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Minneapolis Default Modal Priority (draft) pedestrian, transit, bicycle, freight, motor vehicles

The Draft Complete Streets Policy is a Good Start for Minneapolis

Since the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) first recommended the City of Minneapolis pass a “Complete Streets” policy in 2011, the city has been slow to actually pass and institutionalize it. I’m happy to announce that things are moving again! I attended an informal gathering to review the as-of-yet not public policy draft where the general consensus was, “A good start.” Admittedly, it […]

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Free Low-Frequency Transit Idea: Rider Simplicity > Cost

I’m on vacation in a part of the world where major towns (population 24,000) have weekend train service every other hour, including stops in many towns of just a few hundred.* I’m using my fair share of this convenient Norwegian transit, including buses, streetcars, and ferries. Here for a reunion, I’m seeing many friends. This […]

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