Archive | What I love about Minnesota

North By Midwest

In November, I joined an overflow crowd at the Walker Arts Center to hear a panel discussion entitled Midwest? The Past, Present, and Future of Minnesota’s Identity. The discussion stemmed from common questions of identity, and proposed that Minnesota and the Twin Cities secede from the “Midwest” and claim ownership of a new region: the North. […]

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Open Streets Minneapolis – Nicollet Ave Review

Another Open Streets Minneapolis event was a success. This one was Sunday on Nicollet Ave from Lake to 46th Street. There are a few different things I love about these events: They close off a major urban street to motorized vehicles They partner with places like Metro Transit by encouraging you to use sustainable transportation […]

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The Avidors on Minneapolis Saint Paul

A couple of Saturdays ago, I joined many others in filming (digitally) for the One Day On Earth project. I talked with Ken and Roberta Avidor about living a car-free lifestyle at the Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul, their work as commercial artists, and about some of the differences between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. […]

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A Wintry Bike Social

30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April. That means EVERY DAY, regardless of the weather, even when the ground is spongy with weird springtime snow and little ice daggers are stinging your face. So it was on Day Three, when our first Thursday night Bike Social was scheduled […]

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In praise of the prairie

When most people think summer in Minnesota, they think north: lakes, coniferous forests, large noisy black birds.  But Minnesota actually has four biomes, and I would consider the prairie grassland the most neglected when we engage in communal nostalgia for Minnesota summer.  Luckily, we have some great parks on the prairie where you can see […]

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check out the live amphibians and reptiles plus lots of cool hands-on stuff.

Finding Your Inner Caveman: Grog have fun here (grunt)!

You heard it here first: Cavemen might very well be the next big trend (move over owls!). Of course, I base this on nothing but the whole Paleo-diet craze. But who cares?! Your family will want in on this pretend trend with this weekend’s Finding Your Inner Caveman at the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi […]

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Hoppy Easter from Streets.MN!

In honor of Easter, we bring you classic holiday knock-knocks, examined through an urbanist lens. Knock knock! Who’s there? Ether Ether who? ETHER BUNNY! Depending on the weather and your neighborhood, you are more likely to find a siding salesperson at your door than a bunny. If you are fortunate, you will luck out and […]

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A Glimpse of Biking Network Effects

Recently I’ve become the steward of an amazing and rich set of non-motorized transportation data through work with Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC), a local non-profit administering the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP), since 2007 (part of the SAFETEA_LU legislation). This $28M pilot program, awarded to 4 communities around the country and luckily our […]

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I love Minnesota accents

The nasal vowels, the multifunctional but monosyllabic ya’s and sure’s, the rs so deep they threaten to suck in the entire sentence… I love Minnesota accents. We’re not supposed to be ironic on the I Love series, and I’m not even going to try to defend its aesthetic merit. But whenever I return to the […]

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