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Map Monday: Constellation City Map of Minnesota & Neighboring States

Here is a fun and graphically minimalist approach to mapping cities in different states, from the Barely Maps website created by Peter Gorman. These “maps” show the largest cities in any state as stars in constellations, with the largest city as the large star, the lines demarcate a larger distance): Here is Minnesota: And our […]

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Podcast #114: Painting Suburbia with Carolyn Swiszcz

Carolyn Swiszcz is one of my favorite local artists, a painter, printmaker, and visual artist who works a lot in some of my favorite slash least favorite landscapes: post-war suburbia. I first came across Carolyn a short musical video she made about West Saint Paul Minnesota, a first-ring suburb near where I grew up. As […]

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What the North Star Can Learn from the Lone Star

This past week I attended a conference in Austin, Texas. I had only ever been to cruddy parts of Texas before, but was excited to see a city I had heard great things about. People told me about the great music scene, amazing food, and beautiful parks. I knew they have bike share and had […]

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How to Make City Streets More Friendly

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from author Jay Walljasper’s new book, America’s Walking Renaissance. A bottom-up St. Paul project changes how people feel about their city Laughter, lively music and lip-smacking appreciation of food from many cultures animates St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota as a crowd whoops it up at the Better […]

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Exhibit: “MetroSketchers: Four Years and Counting”

A year ago on Streets.mn, I wrote about the Urban Sketchers movement which seeks to celebrate the cities we live in “one sketch at a time.” One very active, local group of sketchers, the Facebook-based MetroSketchers is having an exhibit of their sketches titled “MetroSketchers Four Years and Counting” at the The Black Dog Cafe & Wine Bar in […]

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Glow-In-The-Dark Bike Paths?

<Please note: the below post is submitted as part of the sarcasm theme for posts for today and thus has more than a douse of such> More than a year ago, I went on record questioning some unintended consequences of expensive bicycle facilities. I singled out some Minneapolis treatments. While the $1.6 M per mile […]

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Ideas for Twin Cities Bike Builders

When I draw cartoons about imaginary bicycles, I try to make the designs believable and think about how they might actually be constructed. In this first example, the projector bike would be pretty complicated to build, perhaps impossible, but the other three designs wouldn’t be that hard and they might produce bikes that would be […]

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The Art of a Downtown

I challenge you, the next time you are strolling Main Street, Anywhere, to look for art. Not just the obvious, as in art created as art. But art that weaves itself into the streetscape, into the fabric that defines a downtown. Notice the colors, the textures, the fonts, the shapes—all those details that we often […]

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