Author Archive | Janelle Nivens

Dangerous Intersection Profile: Lake & Lyndale

Originally posted on Our Streets Mpls as part of a series of blog posts featuring the most dangerous intersections in Minneapolis.  The intersection of Lake Street W and Lyndale Avenue S had the highest total pedestrian crashes (24 crashes) according to the 2017 City of Minneapolis Pedestrian Crash Study. Lake and Lyndale is a signalized […]

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Please Share Your Thoughts about the Lyndale and Lake Intersection

In response to the City of Minneapolis Pedestrian Crash Study, the Pedestrian Work Group for Our Streets Mpls is profiling some of the most dangerous intersections. I’ve chosen to write about Lake Street & Lyndale Avenue and I want to gather people’s stories for my submission. Please consider adding your voice and inviting others to do the same […]

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Zinnias up close

Flower Power Walk

Now that the days are shorter and colder, summer’s blooms have given way to dried seed pods and stems. Gardeners across the state are making final preparations to rest their green thumbs this winter. So, this is a perfect time to post a love letter to all of the people who make walks so enjoyable […]

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Minneapolis themed artwork by Kevin Cannon

We Are Metro Transit: Snap a selfie before it’s too late!

In front of Minneapolis City Hall, some of my favorite things are currently on display: Minneapolis landmarks, public transportation, and selfies. “We Are Metro Transit” is a public art installation that will be temporarily displayed at Government Plaza Station from mid-October through mid-November. One side of the display features artwork depicting transportation and downtown Minneapolis […]

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Flowering trees near Mississippi River

31 Days of Trees

In Minnesota, the month of May has been designated Arbor Month.  As a state, we’ve been celebrating Arbor Day since 1876 and in 1978 we extended the celebration to an entire month. This year, my friend introduced me to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s #31DaysOfTrees Challenge which encourages people to post photos and videos to […]

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Janelle and the books purchased at Moon Palace Books - How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh and Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin

Independent Bookstore Day Walk

Held on the last Saturday in April, Independent Bookstore Day is a national party celebrating the unique role booksellers play in communities across the country. The organizers of the annual event have a great description of indie book stores on their website: Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate […]

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Mosaic mural of people walking on a trail

Minneapolis: A City for Walkers

Co-written by Janelle Nivens and Sarah Tschida Cross-posted on Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition On a recent Friday morning, 30 people attended “Minneapolis, a City for Walkers? A Conversation About Prioritizing Pedestrians” at The Turtle Bread Company in south Minneapolis. Hosted by Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8), this program featured guest speakers Robin Hutcheson, Minneapolis […]

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Loralei Gilmore walking in Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls

Share Your Favorite On-Screen Walking Scenes

As the mercury dips, my appetite for screen time increases. With the recent release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix, I decided to go back in time to watch the original series. The first 30 seconds of “Pilot” is the lead character, Loralei Gilmore walking along the Main Street of the fictional town, Stars […]

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St. Anthony Bridge

Walking the Bridges of the Mississippi River

Did you know that you there are 23 bridges in Minneapolis and Saint Paul that allow you to walk or roll across the Mississippi River? This October, I spent a weekend walking across 19 of them and am in love with this way of experiencing the river and our twin cities. This route was so much […]

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View of Washington Avenue Bridge

Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Gets a Facelift

As a University of Minnesota employee, I walk across the Washington Avenue Bridge every day. It’s often part of my commute but it is also one of my daily walking destinations. The bridge is a focal point for people visiting or passing through the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. In recent years, the bridge’s enclosed walkway has fallen into […]

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