Author Archive | Paul Jahn

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Gentrification and Preservation of East Town Through Google Maps

One of the best ways for me to learn about different neighborhoods is to check them out through Google Maps. Their algorithm is complex enough that it shows map perimeters of Elliot Park and Downtown East, but not quite fast enough to include one for the new(er) East Town, but I digress. A few months ago, […]

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Seattle-Area Transit Vs. Twin Cities Transit

I’ve always been intrigued by the Seattle transit system, mostly because when I lived out there in the 90’s it was more minimal than it is today. It’s really interesting to see how it has grown. As far as bus service, both of the Twin Cites and Seattle areas do very well. They’re both very […]

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Unique Art on the Green Line LRT Platforms

I was always fascinated by a 2011 WCCO article regarding Art Along the Light Rail (Blue Line). I took an #mspwalk in St. Paul the other day, although it was raining so it wound up being a couple hours of getting lost in the skyway. Nonetheless, I took the newer Green Line to the Union […]

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Open Streets Minneapolis – Nicollet Ave Review

Another Open Streets Minneapolis event was a success. This one was Sunday on Nicollet Ave from Lake to 46th Street. There are a few different things I love about these events: They close off a major urban street to motorized vehicles They partner with places like Metro Transit by encouraging you to use sustainable transportation […]

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Open Streets Minneapolis – Sustainable Transportation, Seward Businesses and Even Cute Dogs

Well, the Open Streets Minneapolis Franklin Avenue event was certainly a success. It was filled with local produce, Seward businesses, bicyclists, pedestrians, Nice Rides, concessionaires, cute dogs, a puppet show and even a player piano. Rain did clear some people out but that didn’t happen until well over 4 hours into it. One thing I […]

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Google Maps, Reviews and Other Transit Apps

Different mobile apps help us negotiate our journeys using transit, trails, walking grids, etc.  A few apps even provide reviews of different businesses from the general public or your trusted connections. There are different apps for both, but what I find most helpful is the mobile Google Maps transit option. It’s not so much just […]

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MSP Walking Tour – Get Some Exercise, Spread Some Local Love

For a few different reasons, I started doing urban walks around Minneapolis/St. Paul areas in early July. It started out with just walking, but it got boring. I then figured why not take pictures of local businesses and areas of interest, learn more about my fine metro during these walks and spread some local love […]

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