Category: Travel

A Norwegian State Railways train near the town of Støren on the line to Trondheim.

Lessons from Norway for Minnesota Passenger Rail

When talking about expanding passenger train service in Minnesota and other parts of the U.S., it’s common to be told that our area of the country has cities that are too small and spread out for it to ever work. Supposedly, only the Northeast and a few other heavily-populated areas have the population and travel […]

University of Colorado A Line Map

Mile-High Mishap: Denver Accidentally Misnames New Train

A couple weeks ago, I headed out to Colorado, the Centennial State, with buddy and fellow streets.mn writer Chris Iverson. It’s nice! Second time since the fall. Weather was good. We went out to wander around and also ride a new train line that just opened up, connecting Downtown Denver with Denver International Airport, which is […]

Map Monday – Minneapolis Commercial Street Traffic Trends

Imagine the city came to a local business street or node and proposed something like a bike lane, wider sidewalks, or any other design change that might cause vehicle traffic passing by to choose another route instead. Maybe the city wants to put in parking meters. The expected drop in traffic would be something like 10-20% […]

My wish list: Walk the length of Cedar Ave, Big Parade in LA, and sunrise to sunset walk

Create a Personal Walking/Biking/Rolling Wishlist

If you’re like most people, you have a set of established routes for your work commute, dog walks and grocery getting. It can take extra time and energy to change up that routine. And who has extras of time and energy laying around? One way to break free from your regular strolls, rolls, runs, and rides is to […]

A Busman’s Holiday, or streets.mn Readers on Vacation

There’s a lovely phrase in British [Empire] English: a busman’s holiday. It’s a simple idea, when a bus driver goes on holiday he—the phrase dates to 1893—takes a bus to his destination and might even ride on the box-seat beside a driving friend. Other professions can take busman’s holidays: locum physicians, teachers going to summer […]

Looking Beyond Minnesota (But Beyond Europe, Too)

While Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Minnesota appear at the top of lists for biking, health, literacy, and other enviable qualities, we’re fortunate enough to have at least some policymakers well aware of the lessons we could still learn from our counterparts across the world. In particular, there have been many efforts to apply urban planning […]

Portland: Beyond the Hubbub

All across America, cities are rebounding. Locally, cranes and temporary fencing have created new jungles in parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as thousands of new units push our inner city populations to levels not seen in decades. A new generation of so-called “Millennials” is moving back to the places their parents and grandparents forsook, […]

Urban Boating (Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka)

Lake Minnetonka is one of a few places that combines two of my favorite things: boating and urbanism. Last Saturday my father, my two kids and I took our boat out for a voyage to explore the lake and have lunch in excelsior. While our Lund “Mr. Pike” boat (and Mercury “Classic Fifty” motor) is more than […]