Author Archive | Julie Kosbab

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We Read Scootergeddon Comments So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens… when tempers flare… we read the comments, so you don’t have to. We decided to read the comments on multiple articles and rate each article’s comments section on a scale of 1-5 stars, where 1 means “reading these made us feel dumber,” and 5 means “we have hope for our civilization and perhaps […]

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On Civic Mascots, Civic Pride & the City of St. Paul

(With major input from Andy Singer, Bill Lindeke, and Tom Basgen,but especially Andy.   Last week, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced that St. Paul’s annual July 4 fireworks are a no-go this year. Naturally, the comments – both on Facebook and on the local news sites – are displeased. Accusations are being flung that […]

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Chart of the Day: Top 2017 Metro Transit Routes

streets.mn Forum user tcmetro reports that Metro Council published 2017 ridership data on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons a few months ago. The data includes the top bus routes and transit ways, with average daily ridership. Among bus routes, the 5 is the mighty workhorse, with the 21 and 18 also topping 10,000 average daily riders. […]

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We Read Carmageddon Articles & Comments So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens… when tempers flare… we read the comments, so you don’t have to. Perhaps you have heard it is road construction season in Minnesota? Exits from I-35W northbound into downtown Minneapolis are closing for important bridge work. Local media has been hyperventilating about the project for days. We are getting regular Star-Tribune coverage of […]

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Sunday Summary – June 3, 2018

Welcome to June, but first, a look back at the last week of May on the site: streets.mn Mission Hopefully, you saw the message from the Board of streets.mn — we’re in the process of updating our mission, and we’d love your input. Please click over and share your vision for streets.mn, and also share […]

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Summit Avenue Fatality: No Charges, No Change?

(most of this post previously appeared on Ride Boldly) On Friday, the Ramsey County attorney’s office announced that no charges will be filed against the school bus driver involved in May’s fatal Summit Avenue crash. Initial gut response: WTF, with a side helping of “you announced this on the Friday before a holiday weekend for reasons, […]

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Chart of the Day: Metro Population Growth 2010-2017

The Metropolitan Council reports net growth of the metropolitan area of 8% in the years between 2010 and 2017, with the greatest growth occurring in “Urban Center communities” — Minneapolis and Saint Paul and the region’s oldest suburbs. Growth in these areas has accounted for one-third of the region’s population growth since 2010. Growth by […]

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Bike to Work Day: A Content Retrospective

May 18 is Bike to Work Day. Are you ready? streets.mn writers have written more than once about bike commuting, and we think their content is a great place to start prepping for Friday. How to Bike to Work: A Beginner’s Guide A new classic by Ian Young, published just this month, it delivers on […]

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Helmets Shouldn’t Be A Question in the Snelling-Summit Bike Fatality

(Also published on Ride Boldly) Yesterday, in St. Paul, a cyclist was killed when hit by a school bus. The accident happened at Snelling and Summit, which is a complex intersection involving service roads. You can get a sense of it from this Google map: The cyclist was headed westbound, straight, per witnesses. The bus […]

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Sunday Summary – May 6, 2018

…that fantastic moment when you wake up on a beautiful Sunday morning and remember that you promised Betsey you’d write this week’s Sunday Summary and forgot. Without further ado, here’s last week on streets.mn: Events: Everyone is invited to a series of Jane’s Walks in St. Paul,  inspired by the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane […]

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