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How Accessible are Minnesota State Parks for Non-motorists?

After living in Minnesota for four years, I decided last year to focus on getting away from the metro area and exploring greater Minnesota. I also decided to take up camping for the first time since childhood in 2017. As someone who is car-free, accomplishing these goals required some creativity on my part. I purchased […]

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Ways Metro Transit Can Improve Its Multimodal/Bike Friendliness

Recently I was riding my regular commute on the 53, and the driver turned down two passengers with bikes. He simply said “you can’t bring it on the bus.” One passenger he turned down was waiting at the very last stop before the bus went downtown and started dropping everyone off, even though there were […]

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The Hennepin Bus Lane Experiment

I’ve been a Route 6 rider for over 40 years, and you’d think I’d be resigned to the long, slow trip down Hennepin Avenue between Franklin and Lake Street. The Wedge/Uptown is prime bus riding country, so you expect to stop every block. Even though you expect a slow trip, it’s frustrating when it takes […]

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Chart of the Day: Transit Ridership Growth for US Cities 2016-17

You might have heard that transit ridership is down overall in the United States of America. Nobody seems to know quite why, though some suspect is has something to do with gas prices or ride-sharing companies or technology or something. Well, the good news is that Minneapolis/Saint Paul isn’t so bad compared to other cities […]

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Would It Make Financial Sense to Drop A Car?

[This post originally appeared on my blog Think Of It As An Adventure.] One of the things I love about the Longfellow neighborhood – and a big reason I wanted to live here – was its close proximity to everything. That made it possible, in 2010, for my husband and I make the decision to become […]

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The Laundry List of Rapid Transit Routes

As we plan a better transit system for the region, we need to understand a few simple facts. 1) Not everyone wants to live in the city. 2) Not everyone wants to live in the suburbs. 3) Not all of the jobs are in downtown. 4) Not all of the jobs are in the suburbs. […]

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Sunday Summary – March 4, 2018

Welcome to March and its basketball and meteorological madness. In news from streets.mn, check out this RFP: streets.mn Seeks Proposals for a Volunteer Support Consultant. Yes, streets.mn is hiring a part-time volunteer coordinator on contract for a six-month pilot to support the organization’s writers. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of volunteer-written posts, learn […]

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Sunday Summary – February 18, 2018

Mid-February, the time we Minnesotans settle in for the rest of winter while dreaming of Spring. But let’s celebrate where we are in the year. Since Valentines Day happened last week, consider what Valentine to Your City you might send. Heidi Schallberg composed a little Valentine to Minneapolis (drawing inspiration from Wausau, Wisconsin): “If I wrote a […]

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It Should Be Easier to Take the Bus

We used to live downtown, where I walked to pretty much everything. Occasionally I’d fire up the ol’ car for a rare trip to a suburban place to shop, but mostly I’d pick up what I needed on Nicollet Mall or Hennepin Avenue. Then we decided to look for a house and considered one pretty […]

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Parking Anxiety and Paranoia

Where Will I Park? Parking is a major concern for people who drive. This concern has shaped how cities have been designed within the past few decades. This concern is tied to a very irrational mindset that leads to unnecessary anxiety and paranoia, which has damaged our cities. Parking Can Be Bad Due To Limited […]

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