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Reimagining Nicollet Mall for Micro-Mobility

During the NCAA Final Four, Nicollet Mall achieved what the planners had only dreamed of. It was a packed, vibrant hive of pedestrian activation with visitors shooting hoops, dining outside and even riding a Ferris wheel. The festivities ceded the 24-foot-wide bus lanes to pedestrians, and the activities and outdoor dining attracted crowds. Months later, […]

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Walking All the Streets of Southwestern Longfellow

I already remarked that the Longfellow neighborhood is diverse, encompassing residences and industry, art and history, churches and schools, food and drink, and much else—signs on utility poles, for instance. So it came as no surprise that I saw some of those same elements south of Lake Street too. But diversity being what it is, this walk […]

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Walking All the Streets of Northern Longfellow

No collection of words and photos can capture an entire walk, but Minneapolis’s Longfellow neighborhood is particularly resistant to encapsulation. It features a diverse mixture of land uses: residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and recreational. Large buildings and quirky little details. Artworks and functional structures. All very lived-in, seemingly with no two of anything alike. My […]

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Walking All the Streets of Logan Park, Day 2

A distillery cocktail room, two brewery taprooms, and a “modern taqueria” made this return to Logan Park something of a bar crawl. The first installment had included tacos as well, though without an accompanying margarita. (Even for me, 10:15am would have been a bit early.) Another, more substantial point of commonality between the two walks was seeing […]

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5 Ways to Improve the Central Corridor for Everyone

The Metro Green Line undoubtedly has been a boon for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, catalyzing development throughout the Central Corridor. In a few places, however, implementation of the metro’s premier light rail route didn’t create the safe, pleasant multimodal environment that all users could enjoy. In celebration of the Green Line’s fifth […]

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Bike Lanes and Signs at the University of Minnesota – East Bank Construction Projects

I haven’t been around the University of Minnesota-East Bank and the nearby Motley neighborhood for a few months — long enough to notice the jump in construction from what already was happening earlier this year. The first thing I noticed were the neon yellow and proactive bike lane signs stating simply that cyclists “may use […]

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Safer, Saner Roads by Design

Engineers have a lot of options in how they design our streets and roads, how safe they make them, who they serve well and who they serve poorly. This post will examine why road design is so important, its underlying philosophy and, finally, some specific design options and why various elements are important. A future […]

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Walking All the Streets of Logan Park, Day 1

Tacos and kielbasa, 19th- and 21st-century buildings, ski fencing and an apple-bearing cross: All of these accented a sunny and mild meander through northeast Minneapolis’ Logan Park neighborhood. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by 19th Avenue and on the south by Broadway. From east to west it extends from Central Avenue to Washington […]

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Walking All the Streets of West-Central Linden Hills

The Linden Hills neighborhood’s residential and retail development has been influenced by everything from the early-20th-century trolley to the latest fashions. And all of that was evident to one degree or another as I walked the west-central portion of the neighborhood. The map shows the route’s main loop in blue, starting and ending at the intersection […]

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Map Monday: Saint Paul Prioritized for Pedestrian Investment

If all goes according to plan, Saint Paul’s first ever Pedestrian Plan is set to for passage this month. It’s a large document that tries to look at how the city can improve infrastructure and the environment for people walking around. (See also the podcast about this plan.) The plan has a few interesting maps, […]

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