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Safer, Saner Roads by Design

Engineers have a lot of options in how they design our streets and roads, how safe they make them, who they serve well and who they serve poorly. This post will examine why road design is so important, its underlying philosophy and, finally, some specific design options and why various elements are important. A future […]

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Map Monday: Saint Paul Climate Vulnerability

Here’s a map from Saint Paul’s draft Climate Action Plan, which is out right now for comment. It shows a composite of vulnerability to poor air quality, extreme heat, and flooding, as well as some other social factors that vary by neighborhood. Here’s the overall big picture for the city:   The plan has the […]

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streets.mn Greenway Clean-up Follow-Up

Last weekend, a group of us from streets.mn gathered to clean up the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis. We lucked out with gorgeous weather (65 and sunny!), and a good turnout despite many other events going on in the Twin Cities that day. A huge thank you to everyone who came out! We met near the […]

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streets.mn Midtown Greenway Cleanup – May 4, 2019

Looking for another way to celebrate Earth Month? Want to pitch in to help keep our streets err, multi-modal*, usually-carless freeway in tip top shape? Are you free on Saturday, May 4th? Join us for a streets.mn pick-up/meet-up along the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis and stick around for a bite or a beverage afterwards! We’ll […]

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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 […]

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Nice Ride Offers Free Rides on Earth Day 🌍

Nice Ride recently delayed the start of their riding season to Monday, April 22, after unexpected snow in the second week of the month. Along with the Earth Day start, Nice Ride announced a one-day offer for users of the bike share monopoly’s app. Riders will be able to use code EARTHDAY19 in the Nice […]

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The New Neighbors

I’m a casual bird watcher. I feed them in my Minneapolis back yard and keep lists of avian visitors there and at the nearby lake. It’s pretty amazing what shows up. My back yard list has 54 species, plus 42 more seen at the lake. Some are common, many are rarely seen and it’s a […]

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Complete Streets: A Springtime Slideshow

Upon reading this recent post by Alicia Valenti, I decided to take a walk with my camera around my own neighborhood. Here is a “slide-show” (pun intended) of the proceedings: On my walk, I was able to talk with some others about their bipedal experiences of the day. Outside the MPD 3rd Precinct, I spoke with […]

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Sustainable Saint Paul? The Third and Final Part

Presumably you’ve read my first and second article regarding the potential ordinance amendment for “Sustainable To-Go Packaging” for restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and other establishments. If you haven’t please stop reading this article and go read the first 2. Welcome back! The vote in favor or against the Sustainable To-Go Ordinance update was supposed […]

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Map Monday: Natural Springs of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Area

Here’s a cool map taken from the archives of the Minnesota Ground Water Association (yes, that’s a thing), compiled by underground researcher Greg Brick (author of the eye-opening Subterranean Twin Cities). Here Brick has mapped out all the springs of along the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers in the core Twin Cities area. Check it out: In the […]

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