Category: Walking

Walking All the Streets of Eastern McKinley

Don’t just scroll through this post looking at the photos. At a minimum, even if you don’t read the text, click the links. The most striking sights of this walk—several remarkable murals clustered on a single building—are only represented through links to external sources. I didn’t take any decent photos of them and am not […]

Sidewalk Art at Liberty Community Church

Walking All the Streets of Western McKinley

Visiting Minneapolis neighborhoods alphabetically generally prevents geographic continuity, but every once in a while the next neighborhood turns out to be adjacent. That happened moving from Marshall Terrace to McKinley, though the border down the middle of the Mississippi is traversable only on the Lowry Avenue bridge. I didn’t start with the adjacent part of McKinley; instead, […]

Replacing the Car: Groceries

My mother would do the shopping once a week, filling her cart and car with groceries. We would dutifully unload and put away all the food we may or may not eat over the next week, as this was just how things were done. As an adult, I kept the same practices. Of course I […]

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge and Historical Plaza

Walking All the Streets of Marshall Terrace

Marshall Terrace is a substantially industrial neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis, but from an era when living where one worked was considered normal. Its northern and southern borders are St. Anthony Parkway and Lowry Avenue NE; more consequentially, the neighborhood spans from BNSF’s Northtown (rail) Yard to the Mississippi River. My route started and ended at […]

BNSF Said No to Light Rail, Would They Say Yes to a Trail?

The Blue Line Extension hit a major roadblock when BNSF Railway refused to allow part of the light rail route on their right-of-way. This means delays and a higher cost to the project, but it’s also been an opportunity to reroute the light rail through North Minneapolis. What hasn’t been talked about however, is the […]

National Links: Build a Better Lego Bike Lane

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. […]

Move It!: A Case Study of Mississippi River Boulevard and Trail

By Maura Haas Editor’s note: streets.mn is once again presenting essays on Twin Cities’ public space from students at Macalester College. Read through all the essays from this and previous years here. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a transitional period for public spaces. In the last year, we have shifted how we engage […]

Minnesota’s Deadly Pedestrian Refuge Islands

The way St. Paul Public Works and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) design pedestrian refuge islands is awful. It’s symbolic of how oblivious and uncaring they are about pedestrian and bicycle crashes. It’s also one of many indicators that little has changed in this state during the past 20 years. Consider these pedestrian refuge […]

City Waterworks (1898), 9th St. SE at 5th Ave. SE

Walking All the Streets of Upstream Marcy-Holmes

My final walk in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood brought it together: Marcy and Holmes, electricity and water, flower and bee, art and industry. Less grandly, I walked around in circles looking at stuff. My first walk had covered the downstream section between 10th and 15th Avenues SE, my second the middle section between 5th and 10th Avenues SE, so now […]

I Was Wrong about Ayd Mill Road

It could have happened sooner, but the Ayd Mill Road bike lane and road diet was a start.