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In the Suburbs – 1957

Earlier this week a “Chart of the Day” post by Matt Steele about the always debated SWLRT project sparked 47(!) comments at the time of this writing. Part of the discussion in the comment thread touched on the idea of “The American Dream” incarnated as suburban living. The argument that people in the U.S. want […]

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Beer Delivery by Drone (video)

Yesterday’s 5×8 NewsCut blog by Bob Collins mentions that the FAA has recently grounded a Minnesota business’s innovative use of drones to deliver beer to ice fishing houses on Lake Mille Lacs. It’s unlikely the FAA can keep them all at arm’s length, try as it might. But, theNPR reports, the agency has put the kibosh […]

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Canal Park: Duluth’s Holiday Shopping Destination

A late Thanksgiving, along with a few days dedicated to digging out of snowstorms, has left many holiday shoppers in the northland short on time to gather their gifts. Luckily, Duluthians have Canal Park with its diverse collection of homegrown shops. Whether you are looking for time tested camping gear, locally handcrafted art, or anything […]

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The Future of Block E

Today, Streets.MN’s very own William Lindeke — board member, writer-wrangler, and geographer — was featured on MPR’s Morning Circuit to discuss the future of Block E and the new vision for its use. His appearance is summed up on the MPR site. But Bill’s had a lot to say about Block E right here on […]

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Wellness on Wheels: Lunch Ride Minnesota?

I often ride my bike to Paninos, Taste of Scandinavia, or other places along Hiway 96 in Shoreview for lunch. Good food, nice outdoor seating, and I often see a neighbor or two. Besides neighbors, the tables around me are usually filled with people from businesses along Lexington Ave such as Land O’ Lakes, Boston […]

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Pedestrianize Nicollet Mall? or: Is transit in the heart of Minneapolis?

Almost fifty years ago, the City of Minneapolis actually did something for its residents who use transit. It created an exclusive guideway for buses down the center of the main shopping street Downtown, reducing buses’ exposure to congestion and (probably) speeding up trips (a little, sort of). Since there private cars are not allowed on […]

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50th and France

50th and France is a small shopping district on the border of Minneapolis and Edina. It is characterized by two-story buildings with ground-floor retail. The retail is a mix of local-serving shops, restaurants, and movie theaters and more regional destinations like Sur-La-Table. It was a Streetcar stop back in the day, and has long been […]

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In a West End town, a dead end world

When I first heard about the new development called the Shops at West End (WE), the Pet Shop Boys played in my head. My vision of The West End came from London, roughly the area between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. They are not similarly located, London’s version is substantially closer to the City (2.2 […]

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Just-in-time consumption: Does the `pint of milk test’ hold water?

Just-in-time production revolutionized manufacturing, enabling both a reduction in inventories as supplies arrive only shortly before needed, and an improvement in quality as poorly made inputs are no longer stored for long periods of time, but can be quickly identified and feedback provided to the supplier. The widespread adoption of the just-in-time process is itself […]

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2012 Best Farmer’s Market: St. Paul Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market: Among the oldest forms of direct-to-consumer sales, these truly urban agoras bring the rural to the city, and exist all around the world in some form or another. They bridge the gap between city and country with commerce, and thus, it was inevitable we at streets.mn would ask readers where their favorite […]

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