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Dangerous Intersection Profile: Lake & Lyndale

Originally posted on Our Streets Mpls as part of a series of blog posts featuring the most dangerous intersections in Minneapolis.  The intersection of Lake Street W and Lyndale Avenue S had the highest total pedestrian crashes (24 crashes) according to the 2017 City of Minneapolis Pedestrian Crash Study. Lake and Lyndale is a signalized […]

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Franklin Sidewalk at Park

Does ADA Even Apply to Sidewalks?

I live just off Franklin, and have regularly bussed and biked along it for decades. One day many years ago, I was surprised to see someone rolling down the east-bound traffic lane in a wheelchair. It was on that particularly harrowing section of Franklin between Portland and Chicago. I immediately wondered what was so wrong […]

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Five Days Left! Apply To The Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Are you a joiner? Me neither! Just the same, here I am a first-year member on the Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Since the city is taking applications for this year’s vacancies through April 20th, I thought sharing my PAC experiences thus far could help others deciding whether to apply. What compelled this city policy novice […]

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Utility Pole in the Sidewalk on Franklin

Map Monday: Hennepin County Sidewalks & ADA

I’ve been learning about what the Americans with Disabilities Act requires when it comes to our sidewalks. Here, I want to share my single favorite discovery. Hennepin County has an interactive online map with photo images and descriptions of every intersection, curb cut, signal actuation/beg button, and sidewalk obstruction on county streets. That map is […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report–March 2018

There’s little to report about the March service change, mostly fine tuning. That’s not surprising, considering it follows a major effort to beef up service for the Super Bowl. The only change of note is the rerouting of eastbound express routes 294, 350, 351, 361 and 364 from downtown St. Paul via the 6th Street […]

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Slippery Subject

I was at a retreat at Camp DuNord in Ely, MN this past weekend where outdoor activities were the focus. There was snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sauna-dipping, hiking, stargazing, and just plain old wandering in the wilderness. Fortunately, we had perfect outdoor activity weather – 30’s during the day, dipping down to the single sub-zero […]

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Buses on Washington

Late Winter Beauty in Form and Function at the U of M

The University of Minnesota is known for its academics and beauty in all seasons. A 3rd party site did at least rank it #50 in the Most Amazing College Campuses for 2018. I usually notice the more subtle notes like the perfectly curvy bike lanes along the West Bank campus, the grand piano in Coffman […]

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Walk-Up Windows and Great Urban Places

If you can order a coffee from a window while standing on a sidewalk, you just might be in a great urban place. On a recent trip to Santiago, Chile, I walked out of our AirBnB and just up the sidewalk was a coffee shop with a window facing the sidewalk. The street happened to […]

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Zinnias up close

Flower Power Walk

Now that the days are shorter and colder, summer’s blooms have given way to dried seed pods and stems. Gardeners across the state are making final preparations to rest their green thumbs this winter. So, this is a perfect time to post a love letter to all of the people who make walks so enjoyable […]

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Two Dumb Signs of Downtown Saint Paul and Three Rules of Signage Design

Signs are a fascination of mine. For one thing, signs are all around us. Pretty much everything is a sign: the tiniest graffito, the chalk mark on the curb, the entire skyscraper… they are all signs in some way. Deliberate urban signage, though, is a category unto itself: the official sign, deemed legitimate by conforming […]

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