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Bemidji: A Town After my Heart

I realize that New Ulm is the urbanist’s dream and I truly do enjoy New Ulm (Herman the German – great!). However, Bemidji is giving New Ulm a run for its money. I adore Bemidji. Work travel used to take me there once or twice a year and now vacations do. Take note, urbanists! Over […]

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Form & Function: Four Corners – International Falls

This is the intersection of 3rd Street and 5th Avenue in International Falls. Overwhelmingly for me, the best of this is the NE corner where Coffee Landing is located. These buildings are enjoyable to walk by and to view from across the street. They have a great connection to the street inside and out (though […]

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MNDOT — Input On Draft Transportation Plans

MnDOT is accepting comments on three key plans through October 14.  Your input is important. Share your thoughts on the draft Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan Share your thoughts on the draft Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan Share your thoughts on the draft Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan For more information, visit www.minnesotago.org.    

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Would We Really Miss It?

The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports that a critical piece of Minnesota infrastructure would be open today, if not for the legislative deadlock that prevented a comprehensive transportation funding package last session. This bridge serves County Road O, a critical east–west link in Dodge County just south of Claremont. “A bridge in Dodge County has become the […]

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What a Car-free Commute Looks Like in Outstate Minnesota

I’m not sure if my living situation qualifies as “outstate” as much as it feels like it sometime. There is a barn on my property, along with a grain silo. Two of our neighbors have horse pastures, and agricultural is still a large part of the community. But I live in Becker, located in Sherburne County. It is […]

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Life on Foot in our Ninth Largest City

I spent much of this spring exploring the system of bike lanes and trails that South Minneapolis has to offer, as well as the state and county lands here in Sherburne County. Both are relatively new to me despite being a lifelong Minnesota resident. I spent my childhood in Becker, which meant our family made many […]

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Map of possible passenger rail lines from the 2010 state rail plan

Taking the “Transit” Sales Tax Statewide

As I write this, the 2016 Minnesota legislative session is coming to a close, and last-minute discussions are taking place to try and sort out transportation funding. One of the major options is the possibility of a 0.5% metro-area sales tax for transit, an increase from the 0.25% currently collected for the Counties Transit Improvement Board. […]

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9 Ideas to Help Implement Rochester’s Destination Medical Center Visions

Rochester is lousy with plans.  We have vision documents and planning studies all around us.  Yet we are mired in the weeds trying to figure out how we can possibly implement much of what is depicted in these prognosticating documents.   9 | ACCEPT THAT ROCHESTER IS NOT SOMEPLACE ELSE Rochester suffers, in some respects, […]

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The Dirty Words of Urban Design

Previously I have described the inherent qualities of urbanity.  So if you are trying to reinforce or perhaps create from scratch that essence of being urban–determining what typifies the essence of a livable city–where should you begin? I believe that to truly begin to embrace urban is to accept two rudimentary principles.  Two vilified, egregious, […]

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What it Means to be Urban in Rochester

“Cities resemble lovers, offering allure, annoyance, and late-night availability.” -Emilie Buchwald I am a self-described urbanist. I grew up in a city, I have lived near city centers, and I have relished in the urban renaissance being experienced across the United States.  Here in Rochester, Minnesota I have been a passionate advocate for grassroots long-range […]

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