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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro Travel Mode Shares

These graphs display the portion of weighted* trips collected within the Minnneapolis-Saint Paul metro area through the National Household Travel Survey. As we can see driving is still the overwhelmingly predominant mode throughout the region, but what is interesting is how much walking there is in comparison to all other non-drive modes! Take a look […]

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April Blizzard – Struggles and Adventures!

The Twin Cities experienced a record snowfall the weekend of April 13th. Neighborhood stores closed early, MVTA actually stopped bus service on Saturday evening! Local Metro Transit Route 10 buses along Central Avenue got stuck at Broadway. A few buses also got stuck on Nicollet Mall — Social media videos show several people pushing the […]

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Road Trip Fail.

A History of Minnesota’s Highways: Part Three

The Construction Programs of the 1920s Previously, Part 1 of this series discussed some early roads in Minnesota’s pioneer era and the privately maintained auto trails in the early motoring era. Part 2 discussed the generation-long ramp-up of state involvement in highway construction, culminating with the inauguration of a system both owned and maintained by […]

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Old 4plexes that add to the neighborhood character

A Response To The “Privilege” of The Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan

This post is in conversation with Carol Becker’s post. I decided to write a post instead of a comment.   My name is Nicole Salica and I ride a bike. I know that I have encountered negative consequences for saying this. I don’t ride a bike because I especially like biking. I bike because I […]

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The Privilege of the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan

My name is Carol Becker and I drive an automobile.  I feel like I am coming out of the closet by saying this. I don’t drive a car because I especially like driving.  I drive because I don’t have a choice. The proposed Comprehensive Plan does not support a balanced transportation system where the needs […]

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Would It Make Financial Sense to Drop A Car?

[This post originally appeared on my blog Think Of It As An Adventure.] One of the things I love about the Longfellow neighborhood – and a big reason I wanted to live here – was its close proximity to everything. That made it possible, in 2010, for my husband and I make the decision to become […]

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A World Class Bike City Should Probably Enforce Laws Against Parking In Bike Lanes

Minneapolis has at times (in 2010 according to Bicycling Magazine, and in 2015 according to Copenhagenize Design Co.’s worldwide index) held the title of the number one bicycling city in the United States. As a commuter cyclist, I often wonder what the number two city must feel like regarding facilities and enforcement. More often than not, […]

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Fall into the (Sidewalk) Gap

This isn’t a 1970’s commercial for GAP the clothing store.  Its the phenomenon pedestrians experience in certain parts of our city, especially the suburbs. This particular segment of missing sidewalk has a lot in common with other gaps in sidewalk networks. It falls in a “dead zone” between ajoining municipalities. Anoka to the northwest and […]

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National Links: Urban Emissions Higher Than We Thought

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 DC region.  […]

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Returning to the Rails in South Dakota

Following an extended hiatus to surf the torrent of government news these days, I’m back with another set of maps to explain the current situation with passenger rail in the U.S. and a possible vision for the future. This time, I’m focusing on our neighbor to the southwest, South Dakota. For my previous posts on […]

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