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Baby Biking Book Bleg

Our two year old, known on the internet as Tiny Baby (she’s no longer either of those things, but she was), loves big trucks. She loves the dress she got for Christmas that features big trucks and has pockets. She loves buses and construction equipment. We’ve got books about all of those things. The other day […]

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“A History of Future Cities” Review

I know I can’t be the only one who has wondered, while waiting through a full light cycle for a walk signal only to see that my button pressing was in vain, what it would be like to have the power of Tsar Peter the Great to create through imperial decree a city tailored to […]

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Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers

The early days of motoring were a dangerous time to be a pedestrian. In Philadelphia alone in just 1928, there were over 7,000 pedestrian accidents. The carnage was something that was previously unseen, and its unfortunately become something of the status quo. If you’re interested in hearing more, Freakonomics covered it on a recent podcast. Big Hat Tip: To see more, […]

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The Street Where You Live

The Story Behind “The Street Where You Live”

This post is unlike any I’ve done before because it doesn’t involve a bike ride. Although it veers from the stated goal of the blog, it is related. This post consists of the first part of an interview I did in January 2014 with Donald Empson and his wife, Kathy Vadnais. They are the authors […]

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5 or so Books about Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use You Should Read

You are reading Streets.MN, you might have something to do with Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use, and you are probably literate. Here are some books you should read. Lost Twin Cities – Larry Millett Twin Cities by Trolley by John Diers and Aaron Isaacs Main Street by Sinclair Lewis Minnesota in the 70s by Dave […]

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We are Car Country

Join local author Chris Wells (recent Streets.MN podcast interviewee) for a reading and discussion of his new book, Car Country: An Environmental History, at 7 p.m., April 30, at Common Good Books in St. Paul. “Witness the emergence of [America’s] automobile-dependent landscape in the pages of this book, and you will never again see the world around you again […]

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