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No, Google Maps, I Cannot Bike Down A Staircase

After biking down the Dinkytown Greenway for the first time back in August, my passionate inclination toward bike infrastructure spilled to the world wide web. I wanted to see if there was some way to edit trails in Google Maps, similar to the OpenStreetMap interface where users are able to modify the map using knowledge […]

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Friday Photo – Washington Avenue

  The Green Line light rail project will connect downtown St. Paul with downtown Minneapolis and is set to begin service in 2014. I happen to work on this block so have witnessed the gradual changes over the years as construction of the project progressed. When I found these two images, I was really struck […]

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Street Signage and the Pedestrian Environment

We talk a lot on this site about the impact of street design of safety and a sense of place. Things like wide lanes, one way streets, signal coordination and car parking all degrade the neighborhoods they pass through, as they prioritize vehicle throughput over everything else. A similar problem is the use of highway-scale […]

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Dear Hennepin County

Thank you for your response. I’m sure citizens and voters will take these in to consideration and get back to you with additional questions regarding the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue. And I see we have our first questions now. You cite five pedestrian crashes from 2010 to 2012 and two pedestrian fatalities in 2009 (Question 26, […]

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Open Streets – Minnehaha, and some further comments on the Blue Line and environs

I went with my family to attend Longfellow neighborhood’s Open Streets on Minnehaha on Sunday August 11, 2013. I hadn’t been to an “Open Streets” before, though I had been to various events where streets were closed, and this was like that, but more spacious and far more bikey. We drove to near the northern […]

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Skating the City: a view from high atop small wheels

I must be a fan of small wheels. You may have seen me riding around on my little green folding bike, and I also have even smaller wheels: eight of them, to be exact, in the form of inline skates.  For all the great things we can say about bicycling, in most cases you can’t […]

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Map: The Neighborhood You’re From & Life Expectancy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, possibly best known for all the NPR sponsorship they perpetrate, also do a lot of research. They have recently published maps that show how socioeconomic factors that can be correlated to the neighborhood that you are “from” can influence your life expectancy.   Their conclusion: Where we live, work and […]

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July 4, 2002: Mini Doughnuts for America

In July 2002, I had just achieved the ‘merican Dream (MERICA!) and purchased a house up on Dayton’s Bluff, within easy walking distance of the Dari-Ette, and a block from an arterial cycling route through the city. In those bygone days, Taste of Minnesota was resident on Harriet Island for the July 4th weekend, and […]

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Peer-to-Peer Urbanism & New Urban Mechanics

Last night, I attended a Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association meeting featuring Nigel Jacob, of the Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Boston. He spoke about the means by which the office streamlines innovation to create crowdsourced and peer-to-peer solutions to make cities more livable and enjoyable for residents. Urbanization is increasing worldwide, […]

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Minnehaha Avenue: Why stop at better?

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” -Will Rogers Earlier this week, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis released preliminary design options for a reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue (or County State Aid Highway 48 as the folks on 148 acres in Medina call it) between […]

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