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A History of Minnesota’s Highways: Part Three

The Construction Programs of the 1920s Previously, Part 1 of this series discussed some early roads in Minnesota’s pioneer era and the privately maintained auto trails in the early motoring era. Part 2 discussed the generation-long ramp-up of state involvement in highway construction, culminating with the inauguration of a system both owned and maintained by […]

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Chart of the Day: US Vacancy Rates versus Asking Rental Price

Via the People’s Policy Project, here’s a chart from a new Harvard study on rental housing in the US. It shows trends in vacancy rate for new apartment construction separated out by price point (rental rates). Voila:   Here’s what Chapter 4 says about the above chart: Newly constructed high-end apartment properties became more difficult […]

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Candidates for Ward 4: Shirley Erstad on Development in Ward 4 and Community Engagement

Writer’s note: On August 14, 2018, St Paul Ward 4 residents will have the opportunity to vote for a new City Council Member in a special election to replace Russ Stark as he accepts a new position within the city. As a Ward 4 resident, I wrote to the candidates to ask them specific questions […]

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Candidates for Saint Paul Ward 4: Mitra Jalali Nelson on Developing Ward 4’s Vacant Areas

Writer’s note: On August 14, 2018, St Paul Ward 4 residents will have the opportunity to vote for a new City Council Member in a special election to replace Russ Stark as he accepts a new position within the city. As a Ward 4 resident, I wrote to the candidates to ask them specific questions […]

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Rent Control activists picketing

Why I Oppose Rent Control

I believe housing is a human right, and that we are facing a housing crisis that will impoverish a generation if we do not act quickly and aggressively.  I would support nearly any policy that would increase access to affordable housing, reduce the number of rent-burdened households, and reduce or eliminate displacement.   But I […]

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Acme's old parking lot next to its remaining parking lot.

Acme Comedy: The Parking Crisis That Wasn’t

In 2016, Acme Comedy Co was the subject of the most high-profile movement to save a parking lot in recent Minneapolis history. If the owner of an adjacent parking lot was allowed to turn it into apartments, Acme’s owner predicted he would be forced to move his business out of Minneapolis to a parking-rich suburb. […]

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Can the West Loop Still Happen?

If you asked one of the thousands of new Minneapolis residents who moved in since 2010 “What are the borders of North Loop?”, you may find they consider the western border to be the 4th Street freeway viaduct. Despite the neighborhood continuing on west up to I-94, the viaduct walls off a landscape of low […]

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Five Reasons to Give to the Max: The Posts You Read to the Max

Happy Give to the Max Day! We’ve already given you a glimpse into what your financial donation means to us at streets.mn — a wholly volunteer-led, volunteer-edited and volunteer-written web site. But, when it comes to it, you’re here because we publish such great content. Think about the posts you’ve read this year. Any of […]

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In the Fabled Land of Big Developer™ Giants

It seems like every time someone wants to build a multifamily residential building, there has to be a public brawl about density and character in front of the City Council first. It’s completely unnecessary, but you get used it.   This week I wasted another perfectly good Wednesday night of my quickly evaporating twenties in […]

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Checking Back with a Saint Paul Snelby Decision

Do you know what happens not nearly often enough? Looking back at urban design debates of the past and checking to see how they played out. For example, streets.mn writer and board member Sam Newberg had a series of posts he had started where he’d look at developments that celebrated their 10th anniversary, and see […]

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