Category: Infrastructure

The Case for a New Summit Avenue Bikeway

Summit Avenue has the city’s oldest, most historic bike lanes and is the second most popular place to bike in St. Paul. So why push for a multi-million-dollar project to improve the lanes? Because the bikeway can be better — and safer — for all users.

Northern Lights Express

Local View: Arguments against proposed NLX train are ‘insincere’

Also, across the U.S. and around the world, the public and private sectors are investing billions in building and/or expanding passenger-train networks. Passenger trains are bringing their communities, especially transit-underserved communities, numerous benefits. These include the development of businesses in and around stations, which attracts and retains young professionals, many of whom prefer public transit to private automobiles. This all reduces regional economic disparities.

Excavators at the site of a demolished building.

National Links: No More Demolition

For half a century cities like St. Louis felt that demolition was the best way to solve urban ills tied to out-migration and decay. But according to Tony Nipert, this can result in another type of displacement through neglect. And solutions that include rehabilitation only result in more demolition 10 years later if actions aren’t taken to get people into those homes. Other solutions are needed to revitalize neighborhoods in cities.

Summer 2022 Highway News Roundup

Google Maps Silliness Minnesota has about a hundred legally named highways and bridges, written into law in Minnesota Statute ยง 161.14. Some of the early ones like the Viking Trail and the Sioux Trail were possibly intended to mark motoring touring routes. But overwhelmingly the highways are named in memory of local politicians, veterans or […]

Spring 2022 Highway News Roundup

The Chestnut Street Pedestrian Plaza Project to Get Underway in Stillwater As part of the ongoing effort to revitalize its waterfront and reclaim its downtown from the traffic in the wake of the St Croix Crossing opening, Stillwater is prepared to rebuild a two-block section of Chestnut Street leading up to the lift bridge. After […]