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Sunday Summary – June 2, 2019

We’re past Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and time for scooters, picnics (stay tuned for announcements of the annual streets.mn picnic), parks, and more. It was another light week on streets.mn as summer gets underway, but here’s last week’s haul: Scooter public service announcement Conrad Zbikowski reviews the state of scooters in Minneapolis […]

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Lime and Spin Roll Out in Minneapolis, Jump and Lyft Arriving Soon

Starting May 13, electric scooters have returned to the streets of Minneapolis. The city green-lit contracts with four network operators, Jump, Lime, Lyft, and Spin, and as of May 13, Lime and Spin are operating in the city. Jump is a brand of Uber Technologies Inc. and Spin is owned by Ford Motor Co. Lime, […]

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Map Monday: Memorial Day Travel Safety

Happy Memorial Day! Today’s map recognizes that not only is this day about recognition of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, but also that many travel both in- and out of state for the day. (Three day weekend for white collar workers, amirite?) Based on the NHTSA data the […]

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Sunday Summary – May 26, 2019

Many thanks to Jenny Werness for being the Sunday Summary Substitute last week and making the Summary more mission-driven, too!  Not many posts this week, but to make sure I have to work harder next week you could write about the end of the legislative session and what it means for our places, or tell […]

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What About Traffic and Parking

I think we can all mainly agree that the things that, correctly, cause us the most concern in the world are traffic and parking. Sure, there are other things that are minor issues (little things like war and human suffering), but none really give rise to the same level of existential dread as having to […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report–June 2019

C Line Starts June 8 The big news on June 8 is the startup of the C Line BRT between downtown Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Center Transit Center (BCTC) via Penn Avenue N. It will largely replace the Route 19, which ran every 10 minutes and will continue to serve local stops with half-hourly service […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota’s Great River Road

Spring is here, spring is here. Life is Skittles and life is beer. Among the other signs of spring in Minnesota, we have both river flooding, and scenic sights along Minnesota’s Great River Road. This includes the Apple Blossoms of La Crescent, eagles, birds and other wildlife emerging for the season. Today’s map features the […]

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How the 2017 Ward 3 Election in Minneapolis Foreshadows Our Local Political Future

Every Monday, I listen to the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast where editors and reporters dive into the week’s news and trends through a data-driven lens. On April 8, the group discussed Clare Malone’s fascinating feature story, “A Tale of Two Suburbs,” about how race and class is dividing cities’ political geography. The podcast discussion focused on […]

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Sunday Summary – May 19, 2019

Every Sunday here at streets.mn our longtime member and Board Secretary, Betsey Buckheit, has been cleverly summarizing the week’s posts. I’m filling in for her this week, and have categorized posts according to the core values of streets.mn: people-centered, future-oriented, justice-driven, and delight-cultivating. Of course, many of our posts fit into multiple categories, or might require […]

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Drive-Through Ban Gets Positive Reception at Minneapolis Planning Commission

On Thursday, the Minneapolis Planning Commission was supportive of a proposed ordinance from Council President Lisa Bender that would prohibit new drive-throughs for banks, drugstores, and fast food restaurants (or any other “facility which accommodates automobiles and from which the occupants of the automobiles may make purchases or transact business”). It’s important to emphasize: if […]

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