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Streets For Drag Racing in Brainerd

Attending Washington High School in Brainerd, Minnesota, my hot rod friends and I used several streets that made good drag racing places. In fact, the street in front of the high school was one of them. The mandatory “Start” location was a fire hydrant near the physics classroom, where several of us hot rodders were […]

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Final Four on Nicollet Mall Shows What Downtown Minneapolis Could Be

On semifinal Saturday, as the game between Virginia and Auburn was about to begin, I followed the streaming crowds backward to Nicollet Mall, where the other half of the fan base was enjoying our new pedestrian mall, now vehicle-free! Traffic was relatively light, and visitors were taking to the sidewalk pretty well. One Final Four […]

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Things To Do In: A Google Exploration of The Twin Cities

The other day, my beloved elder child was looking around on Google for ideas on what we could do on a Friday night that included both his father and I as participants that was not “go to movie” or “bowling.” He used the very sane query “things to do in Blaine MN.” The result? Well, […]

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Chart of the Day: US Cities by Tacos and Transit

Here is a chart that arrived via Carter Rubin’s Twitter feed, showing a simple quadrant graph of US cities on the “transit” and “tacos” spectra. Here is one person’s placement of Minneapolis, ranked according to tacos / transit: Minneapolis revised pic.twitter.com/AHAxuQ1uhJ — Nate (@TheRealFuerst) December 6, 2018   Keep in mind that cities receiving high […]

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Minneapolis Does Not Need More Police

Lyndale neighborhood, the only place I’ve lived and known as home in Minnesota, hosts the Fifth Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department three blocks north of my apartment and garden on Nicollet Avenue. There is a community room meeting the corner of 31st Street with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, an architectural manifestation of the […]

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Driverless Cars and the Cult of Technology

We constantly hear that driverless cars are just around the corner. We’re told they will revolutionize transportation and enable us to continue using our car-based transport and land-use system. If they’re made by Tesla, they’ll be powered by magic, solar-powered, super efficient batteries and we’ll all be able to keep living our hyper-mobile, hyper-consumptive lifestyles […]

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What the North Star Can Learn from the Lone Star

This past week I attended a conference in Austin, Texas. I had only ever been to cruddy parts of Texas before, but was excited to see a city I had heard great things about. People told me about the great music scene, amazing food, and beautiful parks. I knew they have bike share and had […]

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Deep North Podcast – 84 Neighborhoods (Featuring Whittier)

The 84 neighborhoods of Minneapolis/St. Paul  Unique enclaves scattered with shops, parks, museums, and Universities. Boundaries are blurry but when meandering from one to another, distinct identities emerge. On this show, we stroll through one of the 84 neighborhoods that, in it’s odd uniqueness, represents one of the many eclectic corners of MSP.   […]

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A Response To The “Privilege” of The Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan

This post is in conversation with Carol Becker’s post. I decided to write a post instead of a comment.   My name is Nicole Salica and I ride a bike. I know that I have encountered negative consequences for saying this. I don’t ride a bike because I especially like biking. I bike because I […]

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Deep North Podcast – Skyway Schism: Beyond the Binary

 This week on Deep North: The climate controlled hallways that elevate Minneapolis and St. Paul humans to the second floor. The value of these skyways is a contentious issue. Some say they kill street life and hurt small business. Others see the skyways as an asset for less mobile populations, and a comfortable way to […]

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