Tag Archives | community engagement

Why did Centerpoint Energy Close the Greenway for 10 Days?

On July 23rd, Centerpoint Energy closed the Midtown Greenway without providing any advance notice to the users of the trail. No signage was put in place in advance of the closure, and they did not notify the Midtown Greenway Coalition. They simply erected barricades and ripped up the trail. The detour provisions provided were wholly […]

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Minneapolis’ Secret 2040 Sauce was Engagement

Around the country, people advocating to build abundant homes are asking how Minneapolis did it. Why is Minneapolis the city passing a comprehensive plan that ends exclusionary zoning and allows triplexes everywhere? There are a multitude of reasons why. We’ve long had an active urbanist community, fostered by discussion on streets.mn, a nationally recognized bike […]

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Sunday Summary – August 6, 2017

streets.mn usually covers paved, metro-area streets, but this weekend, the action is on the gravel roads. The first DAMn gravel race has just concluded with cyclists starting in South Dakota at midnight on August 5, riding across the narrowest bit (240 miles) of Minnesota on gravel roads and ending in Wisconsin by midnight August 6. […]

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Sunday Summary – July 9, 2017

By the next Sunday Summary, the annual picnic will be over and I can summarize what you missed. Wouldn’t it be more fun to join us at The streets.mn Summer Picnic is July 15! (and the short, informal meeting with the board beforehand) than just read about it later?  A short holiday week means a smaller haul of […]

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Real Public Engagement

In a recent post, Jason Brisson highlights the conflict between “top-down” planning, where experts provide the direction for a project, and “bottom-up” planning, where community members drive (ha, ha, drive, get it?) the project. I do not think this is an either/or issue where technocrats tell a community what it needs versus a community, no […]

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Our Meetings Suck

Dear planners: I love you, but our meetings suck. That might hurt a little to hear, but the good news is I’m here to tell you why it’s not our fault (entirely), why we suck (specifically), and how we can do better. I am a regional transportation planner. Before that, I worked in the sales world for […]

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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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Chart of the Day: Emotional-Affective Trajectory of Public Engagement

Here’s a chart from Augsburg University sociology professor Lars Christiansen’s latest article, in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, which describes the “emotional-affective trajectory” of a bike infrastructure project. In lay terms, it describes how the public engagement was experienced for participants and policymakers as it evolved through the public process. Here’s the chart: Here’s Christainesn’s description of the […]

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Improvements Necessary in Order for Minneapolis’ Open Data Portal to Thrive

In an effort to increase transparency, the City of Minneapolis has started publishing data that it routinely collects during the course of day-to-day activities. This concept of “open data” has picked up steam as the utility of this data is discovered. By freely publishing this data, institutions create a tool for citizens to piece together […]

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Podcast #80: Amusingly Approaching Public Policy with Tane Danger

The podcast this week is a conversation with Tane Danger, the co-founder of the Theater of Public Policy, which is a highly unique combination of public policy conversations and improve comedy. The Theater of Public Policy, or T2P2 as it’s known, has been around for a few years in the Twin Cities, bringing notable political, institutional, […]

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