Author Archive | Scott Shaffer

The Case of the Erased Bike Lane

The streets will speak to us, if we stop and listen. For example, Bill looked at the snowbanks that accumulate in our streets, and came up with some lessons we can learn from them. These seasonal curb extensions are called “sneckdowns” by street scholars, and they cover the parts of our streets that cars don’t use in […]

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The Enormity of the Hennepin/Lyndale Spaghetti Bowl

There are a lot of ways to subsidize a thing. We subsidize homeownership with tax breaks. We subsidize corn production with price floors. We subsidize highway driving by transferring billions of dollars a year from the general fund to the foundering Highway Trust Fund. Whether or not you agree with these policies, they’re visible and […]

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Last Week in MPLS Episode 9

In episode 9 of Last Week in MPLS, Tom and Scott welcome Colleen Powers as a guest. They talk about: Podcasters (but not these ones) having babies FirstTech closing Zen in the Art of Archery “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project RadioShack still being in business Gov. Dayton telling parents of ill children to illicitly […]

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Last Week in MPLS episode 8

In episode 8 of Last Week in MPLS, Scott welcomes Tom back from Alabama and they talk about: Meat and three Druid City Brewing The 61-car pile-up Brian Hart David Foster Wallace biopic, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Rosenberg, shooting in the Mall of America Bob “Again” Carney, Jr. and the mayoral race “Touching up” […]

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Preserving Despair at 24th and Colfax

The sad story of Mike Crow Mike Crow has owned 2320 Colfax Avenue South and the house next door for over 20 years. Recently, he’s had health crises and says it’s “impossible” for him to do the work that’s needed to run the rooming house. “Rooming houses are much more labor intensive than other types […]

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Last Week in MPLS Episode 6

In Episode 6 of Last Week in MPLS, Tom and Scott talked to Matt Decuir of OMG Transit and Break the Bubble. He joined us in person, which is a podcast first! Another podcast first is Scott flopping a joke in the first 30 seconds. Subscribe to the Last Week in MPLS feed. Topics of […]

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Minneapolis Should Get Out of the Golf Game

Golf is a game. It’s entertainment. “It’s a good walk spoiled,” Mark Twain said, apocryphally. Could government provide a service that’s less essential? It’s hard to imagine. Nevertheless, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) runs six golf courses. Once upon a time, these courses made money, but those days are gone. The MPRB recently […]

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Last Week in Mpls podcast #2

Last Week in Mpls is a podcast is where two young-ish guys goof around about local news. It’s hosted by me, Scott Shaffer, and my friend Tom Johnson of Stubble Magazine. This week we talked about the Green Line, layoffs at Target, the free-parking spat at 50th and France, and how hard it is to […]

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Sunday Summary – January 27, 2014

Here’s a roundup of last week’s streets.mn posts, in case you missed any. But even if you caught all of these the first time around, you might want to revisit them for the stellar comments. Mass transit Two state legislators wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling streetcars “faddish” and “obsolete.” Sam Newberg wrote a […]

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Four Things Minneapolis Can Learn from Seattle, Bike-wise

Cross-posted from Bikeways for Everyone Seattle has been working on a bike master plan, and it looks really, really good. Unless a few lawyers get in the way, Seattle city council will vote on the plan in the next couple months. The bike plan calls for drastic improvements to Seattle’s bike network by 2030. Here […]

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