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NOIR: ‘Walking’ (Original Song Version)

Whoa. This is a streets.mn meta-moment, I think. Back in August of 2014, I posted a video that I had previously digitized from a VHS tape supplied to me by fellow streets.mn contributor, Ken Avidor: Walking, That’s What We Do! I recently happened upon another video (posted here) on Youtube that is apparently the original version of […]

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A Corner Store Classic

There are certain urban designs that cannot be improved upon. One of them is the neighborhood store with its doorway opening onto the corner. I recently discovered that one of the best examples was repeated a dozen times throughout the Minneapolis neighborhoods that developed in the 1920s. All feature the same decorative brickwork, including a white […]

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Density Without Mixed-Use Baffles Me

Last year I went to Thanksgiving dinner in Chanhassen. A friend of mine bought a house out there and hosted a dinner and, being curious and friendly, I made the trek. I was surprised when I got to my buddy’s place because, though it was in the middle of nowhere, my friend’s house wasn’t a house […]

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Nothing Says Community Like a $6 Entry Fee

I enjoy a good Christmas Market. It’s fun to wander through the booths looking at crafts and talking to other shoppers and shopkeepers (who are usually the craftsfolk responsible for the creations we’re oogling). The wooden toys that are often in abundance are my favorite, topped only by the abundance of treats from homemade stroopwafels to gelato […]

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Towards a Post-Meaning Vocabulary in Urbanism

Hi, I’m Nick Magrino, you may remember me from such streets.mn self-help posts as “Chart of the Day: Where Should I Sit on the Bus?” and “Transportation Emojis: An Objective Analysis.” In our complex modern world, everyone gets to have an opinion, but tragically, many people at this very moment do not have their shirts […]

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Conservation Districts are (still) a Bad Idea

Minneapolis Conservation Districts are back in the news, and they look to have some broader support as the ordinance goes to a full city council next week. We’ve covered the topic at streets.mn before, with a dissenting take, some reasons to support them, and a fun podcast for those who hate reading. Even burgeoning news source […]

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Green Art for the Green Line – Part II

After posting “Green Art for the Green Line” last Sunday, (streets.mn, October 5, 2014) I followed up with Sara Udvig, artist and Executive Director of the Summit-University, to find out more about the images I had shared. She steered me to several websites with a treasure trove of information about graffiti and art interwoven with […]

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Green Art for the Green Line

As I walked along University Avenue from Western Avenue to Lexington Parkway during the Open Streets event a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that all the people and activities were centered around the Green Line station areas at Western, Dale, Victoria and Lexington, where there were local ethnic shops and restaurants, arts and crafts for […]

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The Urbanist’s Dream City

I just returned from a week in Tokyo, which represents the urbanist vision taken to its logical extreme. Imagine density without limit; fast, extremely frequent and flawlessly operated public transit, and narrow streets that preclude big cars so that most neighborhood trips are by bicycle. Also, imagine that there is no litter, even though waste […]

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Strong Towns: This Is Not a Conference

streets.mn members are invited to join the Strong Towns National Gathering. It’ll be local. It’ll be educational. It’ll be September 12 – 14, 2014. This is not a conference, but a gathering. Strong Towns is hosting it’s first National Gathering in two weeks in Minneapolis, but it’s aim is entirely different than that of a “conference“. […]

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