Category: Walking

Walking All the Streets of Central Marcy-Holmes

The central portion of Minneapolis’s Marcy-Holmes neighborhood contains everything from industry to residences, ranging from the 19th to the 21st century. Moreover, the residences span the range from owner-occupied single-family houses to mid-rise apartment buildings.

What are the Pros and Cons of Parkway Lane Closures in St. Paul? Ask, and Be Inundated!

Months before St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced in April that the city would close one lane of four city parkways to vehicular traffic this spring and summer — giving cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs and people pushing strollers a rare opportunity to spread out on the street — Union Park District Council (UPDC) was […]

Walking All the Streets of Downstream Marcy-Holmes, Dinkytown

I walked this portion of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood on May 25, 2021, using a route map I drew on March 10, 2020. So yes, a pandemic did happen. I had public health reasons to pause the All of Minneapolis project and restroom access reasons. And I also wasn’t sure I could live up to my […]

The M.U.T.C.D. Revisited

From the FHWA website:“The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways or MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways and private roads open to public travel”. It is “a compilation of national standards for all traffic control […]

North 1st Street looking south toward 4th Avenue North in 1920

Historic Paving Tour of the Minneapolis Warehouse District – Sunday, May 16th

Minneapolis has oft been accused of not having done enough to preserve its historic structures, particularly in reference to the loss of the Gateway District, and especially when contrasted with successful efforts to save ornamentally clad buildings in Saint Paul. The jeers have endured decades of evolution or devolution in the Twin Cities, depending upon […]

Pedestrian feet in a busy crosswalk

Near Side Signals: Thinking Outside the Pedestrian Box

How often do you think about stoplights? Not just to acknowledge that the light is green or red or how many times the “Don’t Walk” hand on the pedestrian crosswalk counter has flashed so you know how long you have to cross, but the design and placement of that signal. (The red hand flashes 17 […]

Man crossing Hennepin and Franklin. Surrounded by cars.

The sights and sounds of Hennepin Avenue

Before the City of Minneapolis comment deadline closes today, let’s consider what Hennepin Avenue currently is. Drowning in a sea of cars. Chaotic, loud, and hard to track where the next danger will come from. All images courtesy of Derek Bauer. Derek spent a few hours documenting Hennepin Avenue at my request. A place for […]

Taillights passing the author at night, standing on a Hennepin street corner

Hennepin Avenue: A Street for All Ages

Being raised in a family that didn’t default to driving gave me the wind in my hair as a toddler on the back of my mother’s bike; a sense of self-confidence as my father would walk with me to school; the knowledge that I will always have choices in how I get around. But that […]

Ramps, wide green leaves witih reddish bases

Eat Your Greens and Shoots: But Find Them First

As the ground thaws each spring, edible perennial plants wake up and are there for the taking if you know where and how to look. Follow a few rules so you’re safe and there’s enough for everyone.