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National Links: Ford Site TIF, Parking Lots as Golden Opportunities

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. […]

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Saint Paul by Bike: A Short Jaunt to Ford

August 30, 2019 3.9 Miles Highland Park The State Fair, or more accurately, a park and ride lot for the State Fair, gave me the chance to check out a usually off-limits part of the old Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant (TCAP) and grounds. The 22-acre area is between Mississippi River Boulevard and the Mississippi […]

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Hennepin County Endangers Transit Funding

In a shocking 4-3 decision, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (which is to say the Hennepin County commissioners) voted last month to divert transit sales tax revenues to roads. At a time when transit funding is facing a crisis in the state legislature due to Republican opposition, it’s hard to imagine a more cynical […]

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Plymouth Road: a New Piece of Local Bike Infrastructure

[This post originally appeared on the blog American Fiester.] **Fair Warning** This post is about a new separated bi-directional bike path put in locally in the city of Minnetonka, in the Minneapolis metro area. Being a region specific post, it may not be particularly interesting to most people unless you are truly curious to see […]

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For Lyndale, The Time is Now

Last night, I attended a listening session for Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, focused on the serious safety issues between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue. The event was organized by the county commissioner for the area, Marion Greene. Dozens of neighbors spoke about their experiences walking, driving, and biking on Lyndale. The neighbors covered a lot […]

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Dispatch from Black Friday

Every year I make an expedition to the Mall of America on Black Friday with no specific agenda. Living in downtown Minneapolis, I can buy an all-day Metro Transit pass for $5, saving $1.55 in gasoline, 13 pounds of carbon dioxide and a chip out of my soul. We were riding the lemon yellow light […]

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Winter Is Here: More Winter Biking Tips

Last month, Alicia Valenti wrote about her tips and experiences bicycling in the winter as a Minnesota transplant. “I got into summer biking and then didn’t want to stop once it got cold,” Alicia told me recently.   Like Alicia, I’m a transplant who didn’t want to stop biking once it got cold, partly because biking […]

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Sunday Summary – December 1, 2019

Welcome to December!  In streets.mn news/business/events, although prices have gone up, you can and should buy a ticket to the streets.mn fundraiser this Thursday for an evening of urbanist fun including an “epic trivia battle” and more. And this is my Sunday Summary Summation, as I’ve been recapping streets.mn posts since 2014 and as I […]

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Last Chance for Early-Bird Tickets for the streets.mn Fundraiser

Hey! The streets.mn Winter Fundraiser Party is back, is on December 5th (coming up!), and it is RAD this year. Don’t believe me? Well, for one thing, it’s in Saint Paul this time. But don’t worry too much, because it’s right on the Green Line. We’re hosting it at the Black Hart of Saint Paul […]

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Chart of the Day: Federal HUD Funding for Saint Paul, 1978 – 2019

Here’s a chart that just happens to almost perfectly coincide with my lifespan. It shows the amount of Federal HUD dollars that have been spent in Saint Paul over the last 40 years. As you can see, there is something of a trend. The three lines represent three different pots of money: Community Development Block […]

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