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The City of Saint Paul's Asphalt Plant on Burgess Street in the North End.

Garden Parties

July 3, 2016 Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Frogtown), North End 16.7 Miles The creativity of fellow Saint Paulites continues to dazzle and impress. Unique yards and remarkable gardens, the most commonplace form of self-expression I see on rides, is evident in every part of Saint Paul, which this trip proved. With an abundance of streets – more […]

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Painted Lady Butterfly

Sharing Our Streets with Other Living Beings

Walking in my Longfellow neighborhood just after dusk last summer, I saw a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. I turned to see two beady eyes shining out at me from a creature frozen in its horizontal climb across a cyclone fence. What is that, I wondered. My husband Peter recognized […]

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Walking All the Streets of Southwestern Howe

Like the Hiawatha neighborhood to its south, the Howe neighborhood ranges from rail-side grain elevators on the west to the Mississippi River gorge on the east. As shown by the blue tint in the route map, from north to south it spans from 34th to 40th Street East. My route for the first day started and ended […]

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Uht From Lowry Bridge

Upper Harbor Terminal Amphitheater and a North Minneapolis Riverfront

Looking at the surface, an amphitheater at the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) would be fantastic. Selfishly, it’s just over 2 miles from me and the thought of seeing an outdoor concert at 10,000 capacity, and within walking distance is almost a dream. Awesome-O! I was intrigued enough to take a walk on the grid to hopefully […]

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Walking All the Streets of Eastern Holland

Feasts for the eyes and for the mouth awaited me as I returned to the Holland neighborhood two days after touring the western portion. I began at the route map’s point A, the southeast corner of Thomas Edison High School at 20th Avenue and Quincy Street. (As on the prior day, I’ll leave NE off the street and […]

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Lexington Parkway Crosswalks are Unanticipated Pedestrian Plan Collateral

Who would have guessed that a new, more intentional approach to pedestrian safety in Saint Paul would lead to fewer marked crosswalks? Sounds counterintuitive, right? When Ramsey County repaved the stretch of Lexington Parkway that serves as one bookend for the Lex-Ham neighborhood, they used the city’s evolving draft Pedestrian Plan to guide their treatment for […]

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Walking All the Streets of Western Holland

The Holland neighborhood is centrally located within Northeast Minneapolis. Indeed, of 13 neighborhoods in Northeast, Holland and Logan Park are the only two that are surrounded entirely by other Northeast neighborhoods. As shown by the blue tint in the route map, its western, northern, and eastern borders are University, 27th, and Central Avenues, and its […]

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Businesses and Community Along Nicollet Open Streets Minneapolis

One thing I look forward to when going to Open Streets events is to look at local businesses and community involvement along the routes. Open Streets Minneapolis – Nicollet is amongst my favorite. On a single lane street that’s usually too dangerous for drivers to view anything other than the road, these local businesses are […]

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Walking All the Streets of Hiawatha‘s Minnehaha Falls Area

Minnehaha Regional Park is well known; the adjacent Veterans Home ought to be as well. Both are in the southernmost part of the Hiawatha neighorhood, where Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River. Like the rest of the neighborhood, they lie between Hiawatha Avenue and the river. Unlike my first three walks, they lie south of Nawadaha Boulevard. However, this final […]

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Walking All the Streets of Riverside Hiawatha

The strip of the Hiawatha neighborhood between 46th Avenue South and the river is distinctly different from the portions I walked on my first and second days. That’s especially true of the northernmost two sections visible in the route map, each of which was developed later than the main grid of the neighborhood. Between 40th and 42nd Streets East, […]

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