Urban Highway Removal in Minneapolis?

What are your thoughts? Is urban highway removal possible in the Twin Cities? If so, where? In the Twin Cities, skyways have worked their way into the cultural vernacular probably more than was intended by their original designers. A few connections quickly turned into a culture of second level retail that eventually pulled retail away […]

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Minnesota’s Canadian tailpipe

Here in Minnesota, we don’t have any fossil fuel resources of our own.  There are no oil wells, fields of natural gas, or coal mines anywhere in the state.  While the state has committed to using more and more renewables over time, we have to import most of our energy from elsewhere—and that mostly means […]

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Should the City of St. Paul act as a property developer?

“The St. Paul City Council, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board, voted 4-3 on December 22 to support a complex financing package for the Penfield housing and retail development on the former Public Safety Building block at 10th and Minnesota streets.” [The Highland Villager, Jan. 11-24, 2012, p.1] [The Penfield as viewed from […]

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Three surprising things about Automobility

The recent debate over the ban on cell phones in cars points to the intractable pull that automobiles have on our everyday lives. On this site, and in urbanism cirlces more generally, the car is (justifiably) the target of a lot of criticism. As we think about how to redesign cities, and what we can […]

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In defense of skyways

Crossposted at streets.mn and transportationist.org Photos of skyways by author from Sydney (2), Portland (2), Minneapolis (3), Tokyo (1), and Harrogate (1) respectively. Everyone seems to be hating on Minneapolis’s world-beating skyway network. Sam Newberg is the latest in a recent post at streets.mn: Is it Time to Remove Those Pesky Skyways? : “The following […]

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Fine Cycling in Copenhagen

The Copenhagen Post reports on huge increases in fines for various cycling traffic violations in Denmark: Biking fines, effective Jan 1 Cycling without lights in the dark: 700 kr (US$119.58) Using a hand-held mobile phone while biking: 1,000 kr (US$170.84) Missing or defective brakes or reflectors: 700 kr (US$119.58) Cycling through a red light: 1,000 […]

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Is it Time to Remove Those Pesky Skyways?

The following post shares a similar argument as an article I wrote four years ago for the Downtown Journal (in Minneapolis). I was chastised at the time and suppose I will be again. However, with the recent opening of a new, $3 million skyway link to better connect the Accenture tower to adjacent blocks, as […]

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Peak Drive-Thru

Cross-posted at streets.mn and transportationist.org. Wells Fargo Bank has shuttered the drive-thru bank part of its branch at University and Emerald in Minneapolis (on the St. Paul City Line). [Google Street View image shown.] This may be for several reasons, the branch is immediately across the street from a Central Corridor LRT station (under construction), […]

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Bicycle Infrastructure as Educational Tools

I like the Bryant Avenue shared lane markings. I ride on Bryant Avenue nearly every day on my way to and from work. I see the shared lane markings more or less as training wheels  for cyclists, which is a characterization I expect the City of Minneapolis would probably distance themselves from. I was recently […]

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The New Minneapolis Plan

Crossposted at streets.mn and transportationist.org The Minneapolis Downtown Council recently released “Intersections” a plan for Downtown Minneapolis. I had nothing to do with this plan, and so am free to comment. The plan is organized according to 10 major initiatives for 2025, I will list and comment on them, occasionally with snark, in order [my […]

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Measuring Cycling Growth

Bike Walk Twin Cities released their official 2011 bike and pedestrian counts today. BWTC presented the new data, along with annual counts dating back to 2007. The bicycle counts clearly show a general increasing trend in 2011 compared to previous years. This is good news, since the Federal mandate attached to the $28 million NTPP […]

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Neighborhood Greenways

One of the more interesting aspects of the recently completed Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan is the inclusion of a long-term vision to convert some local roadways to Greenways. The master plan map lays out a network of future Greenways (most facilities we’re currently referring to as Bike Boulevards are envisioned to transition to Greenways over […]

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