Author: Tim Brackett

About Tim Brackett

Tim Brackett (he/him) is currently a CNC Machinist living in NE Minneapolis. He has been on the board of since 2018 and currently works on the Anti-Racism, Finance, and 10-Year Anniversary committees. Tim recently finished the Community Development program at Minneapolis College and is committed to engaging communities and working collaboratively to build safe, equitable and sustainable transportation choices for everyone. He is an avid concert-goer, bibliophile, non-profit supporter, nap-taker and sour beer drinker.

All Hail the Air Taxi?

The Chicago Tribune’s social media team has been pushing a story about air taxi service from downtown to O’Hare pretty hard on twitter the past several weeks. I bookmarked the tweet to read later, which means I was never, ever going to read it. Then last week, the American Planning Association tweeted out a link […]

Become a Board Member has begun our annual board recruitment drive and is seeking board members for the 2021-22 term. We seek individuals who will improve the board balance of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identities to more accurately represent Minnesota. We also welcome board members from a variety of occupations and perspectives – one must […] happy hour drinks Virtual Happy Hour, With Prize Drawings

Do you like free food for takeaway? Do you need more enamel pins to up your flair game? Do you enjoy hanging out with transit and land-use nerds? If you answered yes to all three, then this coming Friday is your day! is beginning our annual board recruitment phase with a virtual happy hour […]

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Five Facets of Recovery from COVID-19

“It [the pandemic] is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready […]

Stories from the Streets of Hennepin County

There is a gentleman who rides the 747 bus from downtown Minneapolis to the TCF Corporate offices in Plymouth. This gentleman walks with a slight limp, a gait acquired through years of blue collar work performed while standing on concrete floors. When he walks from the bus stop north on Hennepin County Road 61 (Xenium […]


A Few More Opportunities for Public Input on the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan

After my last class today, I took a ride on the route 4 bus–including the slow crawl along Nicollet–from Minneapolis College to the Central Library,  where I was able to attend the downtown Community Workshop for Minneapolis’ Transportation Action Plan. This workshop was one of a series of community engagement opportunities to interact with the […]


Why Give Money to

Hello readers. By now I am sure you are aware we are holding our annual Winter Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 19th (purchase tickets here). While is fortunate to count many among you as supporters, it is entirely possible some of you are asking “Why should I give money to” Let me […]

Open Streets Broadway September Events

As summer winds down, we here at are ramping up for fall with a full slate of events for everyone. Here are the events we have on our calendar for September: Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 12th Join your fellow comrades for a fall-time happy hour get-together! Let’s gather in a particularly transit- and […]

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A Day in the Life of a Car-Free State Fair Employee from the Suburbs

In the summer of 2013–while underemployed and strapped for cash–I took a gig pouring beer for one of the vendors at the Minnesota State Fair. The job was rewarding enough that I have continued working every summer, even though my employment situation has improved since 2013. This summer is my sixth year working the Minnesota […]