Category: Governance

A park atop a roof.

(Inter)National Links: Connected Rooftop Parks

Berlin like many other cities around the world is looking for ways to become more sustainable in this time of climate crisis. The city has been looking inward at its own ecosystem and testing potential solutions, like allowing goats to graze the hills of an old stadium to create more biodiversity or planting seeds of plants that thrive in slightly warmer temperatures than exist now.

Image capture of Minneapolis City Council Public Works Committee hearing from 5/19 of Public Works staff describing the project with audience members in the background holding signs saying, "Don't delay the bus"

Who Controls Minneapolis Streets?

The City of Minneapolis controls around 22 percent of land as part of the public right of way. This includes the sidewalks, bikeways, transitways and roadways. For simplicity’s sake, let’s call this area “streets.” It is space that we all use to move around for leisure or for purpose, to reach our jobs, schools, and entertainment. […]

National Links: Sprawling Across America

Every day at The Overhead Wire, we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list. At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. […]

Learning from the Land Down Under

This post is co-authored with Nathanael Lauster, Author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City. The authors met when Lauster lived in Minneapolis from 2005-6. Lauster is now an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. This post is cross-posted from https://homefreesociology.com/. Exciting […]

Lies in City Planning

In April, Minneapois Public Works released the results of a survey showing strong community support for reopening 38th & Chicago to vehicle traffic. Just one problem: it wasn’t true.

21 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.

No, We Should Not Abolish the HPC. But It Could Look Different.

An essay posted January 15, 2021 on streets.mn entitled “Preserve The Future, Not Just The Past” is a fairly typical critique of heritage preservation and the role of heritage preservation commissions (HPCs) in American cities. The article points to the frequently absurd minutia and short-sightedness of HPC meetings and staff reports, but does not fully […]