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Pave Saint Paul!

[Disclaimer: This post is clearly a late submission for Snark Week, which you can read all about here and here.] America was founded on parking. In the 1500s, the first white settlers came here from Europe looking for parking. When all the spaces filled up, they moved west in search of more parking. The search […]

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Jumping the Snark?

This past week we at streets.mn experimented with what we called “Snark Week”. While our readership remained roughly constant with recent non-holiday weeks (actually slightly up), some of our loyal readers gave us pushback. Was it perfect? No, nothing is. Was it too much? Maybe. We will probably wield the Ax of Snark a bit more […]

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Changing our Regional Nomenclature is the Right Move

A Public Conversation is taking place about whether our metro area and greater minnesota are part of The Midwest, or if MSP is in fact the seat of a conceptual Northern region unto itself, i.e. the “North.”  Mark Dayton’s son has gone as far as selling hats to spur debate on this issue. It’s hypothesized that […]

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Why I Love Community Meetings About Parking

When you get involved in urban planning, it can be a real learning experience. One of the things you learn is that there are a lot of passionate people who care deeply about their neighborhoods, and want to share their thoughts with their neighbors in constructive ways. When strangers come together through positive dialogue, most […]

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Towards a Post-Meaning Vocabulary in Urbanism

Hi, I’m Nick Magrino, you may remember me from such streets.mn self-help posts as “Chart of the Day: Where Should I Sit on the Bus?” and “Transportation Emojis: An Objective Analysis.” In our complex modern world, everyone gets to have an opinion, but tragically, many people at this very moment do not have their shirts […]

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Glow-In-The-Dark Bike Paths?

<Please note: the below post is submitted as part of the sarcasm theme for posts for today and thus has more than a douse of such> More than a year ago, I went on record questioning some unintended consequences of expensive bicycle facilities. I singled out some Minneapolis treatments. While the $1.6 M per mile […]

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No Correlation Between Minneapolis’ Population and Golden Gopher Football Wins? Think Again!

I like cities, specifically Minneapolis. In addition, I like football, specifically the team that represents my alma mater, the University of Minnesota. Since I like both of these things, I thought: “They MUST be related somehow!” Well, it turns out there has been a correlation between Minneapolis population and Golden Gopher wins per year since […]

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4 Helpful Mnemonics for Remembering Which 21 Bus is Which

Most Metro Transit buses have branch letters following the route numbers, which indicate where the route goes. It’s also ignored by the vast majority of riders, until they find themselves plunked down halfway to where they thought they were going. The various 21s present perhaps the most difficulties. But fear not: you can remember them using […]

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You’ll Never Believe Who The Most-Searched For streets.mn Writer Is…

Our writers are awesome. Some of them, apparently, “incessantly” Google themselves. Others? May have stalkers. Here’s a peek at our most-searched for writers — and the most clicked on writers. Bill, put down the Google. Nick, look into witness protection.

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