Category: Streets

Three Days of Parent Drop-Off for Back-to-School

I spent three mornings in the last week volunteering to wear a yellow vest and hold a fluorescent poster board, just down the street from my local elementary school. The sign said “SLOW You’re Almost There,” and it was addressed to parents who were driving their children to school. As they approached the curve where […]

Imagine a city without the sounds of cars

I was doomscrolling Twitter the other day, saw this Tweet from a friend, and laughed a bit too loudly: It reminded me that my favorite thing about my visit to Tokyo last year was the least expected: it’s an eerily quiet city! Wherever I go, I try to put into practice one of my favorite […]

Play Streets Promote Equity, Community for All Ages

Lisa Nelson is looking forward to celebrating National Night Out (NNO) this evening with her husband and two children, 3 and 6 years old. Her block on Herschel Street in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood is an ideal place to barricade off traffic while kids run and play, giving parents a reprieve and a rare chance […]

Walking All the Streets of Downstream Marcy-Holmes, Dinkytown

I walked this portion of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood on May 25, 2021, using a route map I drew on March 10, 2020. So yes, a pandemic did happen. I had public health reasons to pause the All of Minneapolis project and restroom access reasons. And I also wasn’t sure I could live up to my […]

National Links: Lumber Prices and Solar Pavement

Every day at The Overhead Wire we sort through over 1,500 news items about cities and share the best ones with our email list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and share them with Urban Milwaukee readers. They are national (or international) links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes […]

North 1st Street looking south toward 4th Avenue North in 1920

Historic Paving Tour of the Minneapolis Warehouse District – Sunday, May 16th

Minneapolis has oft been accused of not having done enough to preserve its historic structures, particularly in reference to the loss of the Gateway District, and especially when contrasted with successful efforts to save ornamentally clad buildings in Saint Paul. The jeers have endured decades of evolution or devolution in the Twin Cities, depending upon […]

Pedestrian feet in a busy crosswalk

Near Side Signals: Thinking Outside the Pedestrian Box

How often do you think about stoplights? Not just to acknowledge that the light is green or red or how many times the “Don’t Walk” hand on the pedestrian crosswalk counter has flashed so you know how long you have to cross, but the design and placement of that signal. (The red hand flashes 17 […]

Man crossing Hennepin and Franklin. Surrounded by cars.

The sights and sounds of Hennepin Avenue

Before the City of Minneapolis comment deadline closes today, let’s consider what Hennepin Avenue currently is. Drowning in a sea of cars. Chaotic, loud, and hard to track where the next danger will come from. All images courtesy of Derek Bauer. Derek spent a few hours documenting Hennepin Avenue at my request. A place for […]

Junket: Tossed & Found's storefront with 'road closed' barriers during Minnehaha Ave Road Reconstruction in 2015

On Hennepin: Good Ancestors Build Better Neighborhoods

For the sake of our collective wellbeing—and the just transition that those little hands are relying on us to deliver—we must allow ourselves to plan not for the past that has failed us, but instead, for a shared vision of a healed community in a thriving future.