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. […]

Assessing the Legacy of Minneapolis’s Progressive Urbanist City Council

The 2021 general election is over. All across the country it was a deeply divisive and angry campaign and the results reflected that dismal process. In Minneapolis, it was no different. It was a bad time to be earnest about the future. The cynics won in a rout. Among the losses were four councilmembers, Cam […]

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Fry with his daughter Frida and wife Sarah

At Open Streets, we asked candidates for Minneapolis Mayor about transit and public safety

With arguably the most decisive Minneapolis election in our lifetime rapidly approaching on Nov. 2, I went to Open Streets Minnehaha this past weekend on a mission to ask mayoral candidates questions submitted by streets.mn contributors.  I got the three main contenders: incumbent Jacob Frey, former state representative Kate Knuth, and organizer Sheila Nezhad. I […]

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 […]