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Brit Builds An ADU: Home Tour 2019 Follow-Up

The long-delayed Home Tour review post! I visited only two houses #24 and #25 on the list for 2019. Both are ADUs, but #24 was attached, and #25 was detached. Both were very interesting, and also very different from each other. 4000 12th AVE S., the twenty-fourth stop on the home tours for this year, […]

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New Bollard Day for 26th Street!

This post was cross-posted from the Our Streets Minneapolis blog. The Our Streets Downtown Protected Bikeways work group would like to thank the City of Minneapolis Public Works employees that recently restored the bollards to 26th Street! Up until a week ago, there were only thirteen plastic bollards designating the bike lane on 26th Street […]

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Tiny House

National Links: Rising Prices Threaten MicroMobility

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. […]

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Nicollet Mall at U.S. Bancorp Center, facing south. Photo taken August 11, 2019.

Reimagining Nicollet Mall for Micro-Mobility

During the NCAA Final Four, Nicollet Mall achieved what the planners had only dreamed of. It was a packed, vibrant hive of pedestrian activation with visitors shooting hoops, dining outside and even riding a Ferris wheel. The festivities ceded the 24-foot-wide bus lanes to pedestrians, and the activities and outdoor dining attracted crowds. Months later, […]

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Freeway At Night

The Tower Lights of the Freeways

The Moonlight Towers While traveling along the freeways you may have noticed that some lights are mounted on huge towers rather than short poles. The idea of lighting a large area with high-mounted lights dates from the dawn of the electrical era, with carbon arc lights. Here’s one from San Jose. And here is one […]

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Black labrador retriever in pool with tennis ball in mouth

Sunday Summary – August 18, 2019

Do you have a draft post for streets.mn you’d really like to finish?  Or maybe an idea which needs to get started?  Or just want some writerly conversation and assistance?  All will be available at streets.mn’s first Post-a-Palooza – Thursday, August 22! at Blackstack Brewing.  How can we help you create great content?  For some […]

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Mpls Ice Cream Shop

Walking All the Streets of Southwestern Longfellow

I already remarked that the Longfellow neighborhood is diverse, encompassing residences and industry, art and history, churches and schools, food and drink, and much else—signs on utility poles, for instance. So it came as no surprise that I saw some of those same elements south of Lake Street too. But diversity being what it is, this walk […]

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Park Vs. Parking

Uptown’s Mall: More Park, Less Parking

If you’ve ever been to Uptown’s The Mall, you might not have realized it’s a park administered by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. It can feel more like a nicely landscaped parking lot with a generous grassy median. The drive-able portion of The Mall seems to serve the function of letting drivers hunt for […]

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12 Ideas to Improve Downtown Mobility

I was walking through the skyway near Nicollet Mall on Monday and watching the backed up traffic below. Single occupancy fossil fuel vehicles, car commuters, were “blocking the box” and preventing buses full of other commuters from getting home on time. The flow of pedestrians at every signal cycle was more than the number of […]

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