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Reconnecting the Grid: Royalston / Downtown / Loring Park

In today’s installment of Anatomy of a Proposed Urban Railway, Adam Miller takes a close look at the Royalston station area. Just to the south of this station area is an area of land isolated from its surroundings, but which has the potential to be a prime link between Royalston, North Loop, Loring Park, Downtown, […]

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My Two Sense: 94 Bus at Rush Hour

I stand in the aisle to make room for all the meat in this freezer.  My arms are extended out in “Y” formation to clutch the cold bars, holding my stance steady as the vessel lurches and rumbles under my feet.  Sticky skins wick with delight. Even above the crying baby I hear the story […]

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Bottleneck Fix: Turn (Don’t Merge)

One highly trafficked intersection in Minneapolis was layered with interstate lanes in 1971. Although the freeway was buried below, ramps and merging lanes complicate the streets above. This historically influential neighborhood was transformed into a transitory space for the automotive world.   Minneapolis can regain this missing district with one driving modification: ‘turn, instead of […]

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Making I-94 Better: Or Toward 3-D Urbanism

Abbey Seitz recently asked What If Interstate 94 Was a Park?. This is an excellent thought experiment. The history of I-94 is well-documented, Matt Reicher vividly described the Birth of a Metro Highway. My own version of the history is below. A brief history of I-94 Between 1947 and 1950 vehicle registrations in the Twin […]

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Streets.MN moving to LA unless new server provided by Minnesota Taxpayers

At a March 32 meeting of the Streets.MN Board, it was announced that Streets.MN was considering an offer to relocate to Los Angeles unless a new modern state-of-the-art server was built in Minnesota. The Board said in its press release: We have lived with our server for nearly 18 months (which is 30 years in […]

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A transit solution in the sky

Since we won’t build rail transit investments where they are really needed, and we can’t even study better bus service because we might build slower streetcars, we have to get creative if we want transit improvements in Minneapolis’ densest and least car-dependent neighborhoods. Enter 32 Magazine and Frog Design, with the urban gondola.  32 Magazine […]

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Addressing a neighborhood gap

Freeway development in the Twin Cities, while considered necessary for economic growth and to address traffic congestion, was not particularly kind to the neighborhoods it went through.  Where it didn’t destroy neighborhoods entirely, it seriously impacted them.  Once construction was complete, the neighborhoods had to contend with the noise and pollution from vehicles using the freeway.  The […]

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Not dead, but buried

About 150 years ago, London, then a metropolis of 2.8 million people, opened the Metropolitan Line, the world’s first subterranean railway. (There are many good histories.) Why did London go underground? It didn’t want its core (The City of London) sliced up with railways going hither and yon. It was not an unconsidered decision, the […]

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