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Acme's old parking lot next to its remaining parking lot.

Acme Comedy: The Parking Crisis That Wasn’t

In 2016, Acme Comedy Co was the subject of the most high-profile movement to save a parking lot in recent Minneapolis history. If the owner of an adjacent parking lot was allowed to turn it into apartments, Acme’s owner predicted he would be forced to move his business out of Minneapolis to a parking-rich suburb. […]

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Chart of the Day: Retail Spending Trends in Wausau

Yes, I know Wausau is in Wisconsin, but this Wall Street Journal article seems both locally important and interesting, and Wisconsin seems close enough to Minnesota right now. Check out this chart, showing growth in online retail in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the US: One big takeaway is that people seem to like small, local businesses, […]

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Who Will Ride A Bicycle On What Type Of Facility

Who Will Ride; How Far, When, On What ?

A very common comment from people is that they don’t ride a bicycle because they don’t feel safe on our streets. This is largely a universal human condition and not limited to just the U.S. Dutch folk feel no more comfortable in various situations than U.S. folk. And this is what drives transportation engineering in […]

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Sunday Summary – November 5, 2017

By the time you’re reading this, your devices should tell you Daylight Savings Time has ended and perhaps you’ve reset the non-internet devices. It’s also Guy Fawkes Day, an observance of no relevance for Minnesota, but it could be an excuse for fireworks anyway. Election day is this Tuesday, November 7, 2017 and so listening […]

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Mississippi River Regional Trail Construction

One of my favorite summer activities is watching all the new bike infrastructure projects as they progress through various stages of construction. There’s a lot happening in 2016, but one of the projects I’m most excited about is the Mississippi River Regional Trail-Spring Lake Park Reserve Segment in Nininger (which I had never heard of before […]

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9 Ideas to Help Implement Rochester’s Destination Medical Center Visions

Rochester is lousy with plans.  We have vision documents and planning studies all around us.  Yet we are mired in the weeds trying to figure out how we can possibly implement much of what is depicted in these prognosticating documents.   9 | ACCEPT THAT ROCHESTER IS NOT SOMEPLACE ELSE Rochester suffers, in some respects, […]

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Legislative Report – Transportation Safety

The Minnesota Legislature is in the middle of a relatively short session. Numerous important topics are being addressed, perhaps none more-so than the transportation package. Non-trivial amounts of Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure are either beyond their original design service life or rapidly approaching that point. Experts have identified an unmet need of approximately $10 billion (with […]

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Top 10 “Least-Read” streets.mn Posts of 2015

On Friday, Bill posted a summary of the top ten most read posts on streets.mn this year, concluding with a musing about whether it would make more sense to do the ten least-read posts. Providing some love to contributions that might have slipped through the cracks struck me as a good idea (and no, not […]

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Riding With Tornadoes

A friend asked me: why everybody can’t simply learn to drive their bikes on the roads? Why do we need all these special bikeways on any roads except the busiest? Why do riders need to be physically protected, why not just a painted bike lane? For perspective, he and I are typical lycra-clad MAMILs doing training […]

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Grand Rounds Branding & Design

The Minneapolis Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is easily one of my favorite urban amenities that makes Minneapolis a great place to live. According to the MPRB website, The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System encompasses 4,662 acres of parkland, including 50 miles of parkways, 51 miles of walking trails, and 51 miles of biking trails. (Unrelated […]

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