Urban Design and Grocery Stores

With a grocery store proposed as part of a mixed-use development at 46th and Hiawatha (see the Planning Commission submittal to the Committee of the Whole last week for plans), it is time to review good urban standards for grocery store design. Grocery stores are complicated due to issues of customer access, parking, and […]

Report Ranks Mpls.-St. Paul’s Walkable Urban Spaces 4th for Social Equity

It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, but a recent report puts Minneapolis-St. Paul’s walkable urban places fourth among the nation’s 30 biggest cities for social equity. Social Equity Index rankings aren’t the main focus of “Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros,” but it’s the subcategory where the Twin Cities shine […]

Demand Better Urbanism Today! Stop the New Senate Office Building

We don’t get it. The new State of Minnesota Senate Office Building is proof: we have an incoherent approach to urban development and continually fail at creating vibrant spaces. May I please have my $90 million back? The architecture. The urban design. The lack of planning. The parking garages. The midnight financing. The confusing lease agreement. […]

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New Proposed Northeast Development Checks All The Boxes

[…] vacant, industrially-zoned land across two properties, at 2301 California Street NE and 78 23rd Avenue NE. That night there will be both meetings at the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole and the Bottineau Neighborhood Association. The proposal includes 24 townhomes and 110 apartments, with 17% of townhomes affordable at 80% AMI and 20% of apartments […]

Good Urbanism vs. Good Urbanism… Who Wins?

In a fight between good vs. good, who wins? That is the current question at hand for the latest development near the University of Minnesota. CPM Development, the company that is currently building the Elysian and will build the WaHu Student Housing (hopefully only a working title) soon, has issued a request for a […]

Sunday Summary – June 15, 2014

[…] the new light rail connects the U to the city. Other transit options this week include Reconnecting the Grid: Royalston / Downtown / Loring Park builds on Anatomy of a Proposed Urban Railway: Royalston which is the latest in the series on SWLRT stations which might exist in the future.  You can also ride […]

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Interview with Chris Carlier on Urban Mascots

Urban mascots have been sweeping the internets over the last few years, thanks firstly to the country of Japan and their particular brand of civic pride, and thanks secondly to Chris Carlier, a British photographer with a wonderful Mondo Mascots blog and Twitter account.  Given the latent passion within the community for urban […]

Reconnecting the Grid: Royalston / Downtown / Loring Park

In today’s installment of Anatomy of a Proposed Urban Railway, Adam Miller takes a close look at the Royalston station area. Just to the south of this station area is an area of land isolated from its surroundings, but which has the potential to be a prime link between Royalston, North Loop, Loring Park, […]

Dinkytown: Successional Urbanism

Great places evolve over time. This is a healthy and historic form of urban growth. Among the constituent elements are a very light hand of government and, often, management genius—as well as normative patterns like the continental survey, the town grid, etc. But the key element is successional urbanism. Start small at the inauguration, and later […]

New Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism and Loving Our Cities a Bit More

[…] pretty damn great. Several Minnesotans were there, and we were proud that our very own Chuck Marohn gave the closing speech. You can see a succinct summary of that speech here by Nate Hood.  What I like about it is the glimpse of the future, and that new urbanists are turning away from top-down […]