Chart of the Day: Mode Share for Select Cold Weather Cities

Via Kevin Gallatin’s Twitter feed, here’s a chart that shows some different “cold weather” cities and their commuting mode-share. Voila: Gallatin plopped the Ford site targets and Highland, Saint Paul status quo into the chart to compare it with similar places around the world. He writes that “some say the Ford Site plan has unrealistic […]

Ford Site Rendering

National Links: Ford Site TIF, Parking Lots as Golden Opportunities

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. […]

Victoria Park: A Short History of Intentions

The vigorous and spirited debate about the future of the Ford Plant site in Highland Park got me thinking about another large, polluted, previously industrial site in Saint Paul. The history of development of Victoria Park, which is bounded by West 7th Street, Otto Avenue, and Shepard Road, offers a lesson in plans changing over […]

In Defense of Livability on Cretin Avenue

As the public forums churn on to test visions of how the former Ford Plant property might be developed, I find little evidence of complementary planning to alleviate the impact on the communities surrounding the Ford site.  At a recent gathering, participants questioned and clucked about the ingenious, elegant, sustainable, and green options envisioned in […]