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The Bleak State of Local Journalism in 2020

It breaks my heart to see Minneapolis CityPages, The East Bay Express, The Bay Monthly and dozens of other alternative newspapers and magazines around the country go out of business. It has resulted in hundreds, perhaps thousands of unemployed freelance writers, editors, cartoonists, artists and journalists. Many factors led to this moment but, more than […]

National Links: Barcelona’s 10 Year Superblock Plan

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. […]

Chart of the Day: Pedestrian Fatalities per capita, US v. Others

It’s only been eight months since the last Chart of the Day, but this one is a doozy. the US has terrible road safety record when you compare it to European peer countries. Via Streetsblog, here’s one of the more revealing bits of data, showing which countries have made progress over the last thirty years. […]

A Poem for August 27th, 2020

Weep and know Death, Land of Sky Blue Waters. There will be no butter blocks carved of your daughters. Eighteen hundred siblings are already dead. All else holds its breath so The Thing won’t spread. The places you ate, the places you drank, The places you danced and flirted, The places you studied, and the […]

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Caucus 2020: Why should I? How do I? Who is running?

I made a grievous mistake in my last post. When I originally sent the copy to the editor, I was under the impression that caucuses were going to be held the evening of the primary at 7 p.m., in the same way the preference ballot and caucuses had been on the same day in 2016. […]

By Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA - Precinct 61, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58008907

How to Run a Ranked-Choice Caucus on the Cheap

This is what we woke up to last Tuesday. It didn’t have to be this way. From media reports, it sounds like precinct chairs were downloading an untested app the night of the caucus and running into bugs and connectivity issues. When they tried to call in their results as they had four years ago, […]

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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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Sunday Summary – November 17, 2019

Rather a lot of streets.mn organizational news this week: Give to the Max 2019! took place this past Thursday and you gave!  Thank you to our donors on GTTM19!  The deadline to apply to join the streets.mn board was extended to Monday, November 18 so read about what current board members have to say about […]

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Sunday Summary – November 10, 2019

There’s still one more week to apply to Join the streets.mn Board for Better Places in Minnesota. If you want some more information and/or to meet current board members before you apply Come to the streets.mn Happy Hour, Meet Board Members on November 14th at Venn Brewing.  Also mark your calendar for the annual Winter […]

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Sunday Summary – November 3, 2019

And there’s still time to Join the streets.mn Board for Better Places in Minnesota.  Last week was heavy on Saint Paul election information; if you live in Saint Paul, vote on November 5 (Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night for you Anglophiles – I think fireworks would be an excellent addition to election days if we could find […]