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The Produce of St. Paul’s Past

I had a few minutes to spare in the general vicinity of downtown St. Paul, so I went on by to check out the Penfield. Because at the frequency at which I visit downtown St. Paul, it’s still something “new” over across the river. At the risk of going a little fanboy, it was great, […]

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The Re-Rise of the Local Grocery in Shoreview

Our local grocery wasn’t really very local. It was a 68,000 sq ft Rainbow big-box that closed last fall. This made our nearest general grocery a big-box Cub Foods (90,000 sq ft?) that is three miles farther away (there is also a Fresh & Natural about a mile away that we use often but it does […]

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The Downtown Home-free Zone

As any local resident knows, “what’s wrong with downtown retail” is perennial topic of conversation that seems like it started with the opening of the first of our beautiful suburban malls. Even worse, everyone has an opinion. Unluckily for you, I have the keys to this blog, which means I get to share mine (and […]

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts For Your Favorite Urbanist

Need a final item for the urbanist you love? Here are some quickies. A City Bike My wife and I have a lot of bikes from speedy road and track bikes to mountain and hybrid. Our Workcycles Opafiets (mine above) and Gr8 (Jan’s) are overwhelming our most ridden. The bakfiets in the background above would […]

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We Read the Parking Meter Comments, So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens… when tempers flare…we read the comments, so you don’t have to. This week, there was a contentious meeting in St. Paul concerning proposals to implement parking meters on Grand Avenue. The meeting was “heated,” to use the words of the Pioneer Press. It featured a crowd willing to heckle those speaking. Will […]

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Shop Closer to Home

I’m trying to get a new theme working, doing only posts with a thesis short enough include in a four word title. The good news is, you can stop reading now, because you already know what I’m going to say. For those of you not heeding my advice and plunging headlong into the next paragraph nontheless, I’ve been thinking […]

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Rosedale Expansion is a Great Opportunity for Roseville

The City of Roseville has a great opportunity available. If they take advantage of it. Jones Lange LaSalle, the owners of Rosedale Mall want to add a 140,000 sq ft addition to the NW side of the mall along with developing two or more out lots or pads. To make up for the loss of […]

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Fresno: A City Reborn – Rare 1968 Documentary by Victor Gruen Associates

After having invented the modern American shopping mall with his design of Southdale in Edina, Victor Gruen spent much of his career working to reverse the population movement from core cities to sprawling suburbs across the U.S. This short film covers his work in Fresno which includes many parallels to Minneapolis-Saint Paul in that freeways were […]

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No Outlet: A Review of Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about the design (recognizing its isolating design and nature as private property may have some relationship about how shop managers and police think about the presence of […]

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Destruction for Appetite: The Loss of Corner Stores

Technology holds the promise of raising living standards for all. Yet, history shows that even with innovations as humble as cellophane, the results are often uneven. Today’s urban “food deserts” can be traced back to technological changes that began in our neighborhoods over a century ago. Winkler Foods, Lindour Meats, Lieb Bakery, Constance Candy. These […]

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