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“A History of Future Cities” Review

I know I can’t be the only one who has wondered, while waiting through a full light cycle for a walk signal only to see that my button pressing was in vain, what it would be like to have the power of Tsar Peter the Great to create through imperial decree a city tailored to […]

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Get on the Bus

The Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) recently dismissed the only transit options that were even slightly logical, and opted to continue forward with studying ways to construct the crowning achievement on a transit system that is backwards and self-defeating. Bill Lindeke recently opined on this site that the proposal is the “best…project in the […]

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Competitive Cycling versus Cycling as Cultural Evolution: Musing on the Tour de France

I have to be honest:  I have always struggled with the Tour de France.  I’ve always hated how during the tour it seems every wannabe racer with a carbon road bike gets out on the bike paths and treats all the other people like they are guests in their own homes. But in spite of […]

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History Theater’s “The Highwaymen” Hit on Some Crucially Unexplored Themes

I am finally putting up my “review” of The Highwaymen, a play produced by the History Theater that centered on the construction of I-94 through Saint Paul’s African-American Rondo neighborhood. Thanks to the generosity of a friend, I got to attend the play during its closing week. I liked it but, since I’m so interested […]

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Map Monday: Dakota and Ojibwe Place Names in Minneapolis

Via Nick Magrino’s Twitter feed, here’s a map of Minneapolis with some indigenous place names. Dakota and Ojibwe languages are different. Minnesota and Minneapolis both feature the same root, the  word “mni”, which means “water.” (E.g. the Lakota phrase mni wiconi, or “water is life” one of the slogans from the Standing Rock movement.) Here […]

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Color burst from the boulevard in front of 193 Griggs Street North, despite the low-hanging clouds that spawned drizzle.

Secrets Within Saint Paul Central

September 18, 2015 9.8 Miles Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Lex-Ham From out of the patchy grey sky came intermittent sprinkles and the threat of heavier precipitation, but none of that was enough to keep me from my 2 p.m. appointment. Working in my favor was the ride wasn’t long, so I’d make it, even in a […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Populations as Percent of their Peak

Via erstwhile gadfly David Brauer, here’s an interesting chart. The 2016 census population estimates came out last week and sparked an interesting conversation on Twitter this week. Here’s the original population chart, via former streets.mn board member / forum founder Nick Magrino: (He got the chart from a recently released Met Council report…) Following the chart […]

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Map Monday: Duluth as the Center of Half the Country

Via Perfect Duluth Day, this is a funny map from a civic booster-era advertisement touting the centrality of Duluth in 1888. The cartographer drew a line separating the country into two geographic catchments, the Chicago half and the Duluth half of the USA. Sort of a fun line to draw, in a way. I guess… […]

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Victoria Park: A Short History of Intentions

The vigorous and spirited debate about the future of the Ford Plant site in Highland Park got me thinking about another large, polluted, previously industrial site in Saint Paul. The history of development of Victoria Park, which is bounded by West 7th Street, Otto Avenue, and Shepard Road, offers a lesson in plans changing over […]

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A Little Media History for streets.mn Readers

I recently watched an amazing 29-minute, on-line documentary film about the last day of lead type at the New York Times. It’s called “Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu” and I recommend everyone watch it.  The date is July 2, 1978 and, for around a hundred years prior to that date, this was how newspapers were put together– […]

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