Tag Archives | Hennepin Avenue

We Must Foster Opportunity on Hennepin Avenue

At the Lowry Hill Ice Cream Social a couple weeks ago, my neighbors asked me what I think about the Peris development proposal by The John and Denise Graves Foundation for affordable youth housing. It’s tucked on an awkward, oddly shaped parcel between Colfax and Hennepin Avenue, right where the freeway exit dumps drivers out […]

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The Way of Paving

In 1893, Court Avenue in Bellefontaine, Ohio became the first American street paved with concrete. George Bartholemew is still celebrated for his “artificial stone” pavement. Bartholemew convinced the Bellefontaine City Council to try it around the Logan County Court House by posting a bond that guaranteed the pavement would last at least five years. The […]

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Sunday Summary – February 5, 2017

Welcome to February! First, the streets.mn board is extending an invitation to all our readers to consider nominating themselves to Join the streets.mn Board. For the first time, the board decided to move beyond tapping its own networks to asking the people who read our site to volunteer to help run the organization, too. In this […]

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Hennepin Avenue: A Case Study for Minneapolis’ Complete Streets Policy

The City of Minneapolis is planning to reconstruct a relatively short section of Hennepin Avenue between West Lake Street and 36th St West in 2018. The northernmost block of the project passes through the core of the Uptown Business district, flanked by regional and local shopping and dining options most people recognize – the wonderful […]

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Exclusionary Zoning: the New Redlining

In the 1930s, Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis was a redlining boundary. Banks were instructed to give loans to people who wanted to live west of Hennepin, but the neighborhoods just east of Hennepin were labeled “definitely declining” and people who wanted to buy a home or renovate one were systematically denied loans. The redlining categories […]

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Sunday Summary – May 29, 2016

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember the women and men who have died serving the United States (even while we criticize policy), observe the end of the legislative session (even while we criticize policy) and celebrate summer (even if we debate policy on picnics). It’s been a busy week here on streets.mn, and here is all […]

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Hennepin Avenue Survey Results: Part 1

At the beginning of last month, with the help of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, The Downtown Neighborhoods Association (DMNA), the Minneapolis Pedestrian Alliance and streets.mn, I conducted a survey to collect thoughts on the reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue in 2020 to help inform the design process. More than 400 people responded. The DMNA collected 37% of the responses, […]

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Sunday Summary – May 8, 2016

This week, you can read What’s Next for streets.mn and How You Can Help Us Get There. Back in December, the streets.mn board did some strategic planning and plotted a direction for our future. We really do need your help; streets.mn is 100% volunteer (although hiring someone to help with volunteer management is in the […]

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Hennepin Avenue Reconstruct II: Even Better

I’ve written previously about the infinite improvement that the proposed concept for the Hennepin Avenue Reconstruct represents, here. Of course, my hopes for it are as eternal as the empty lot at Block E once felt. I’m leaving out the possibility of lane reductions; the mess of laws and customs governing those is beyond my […]

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Sunday Summary – April 17, 2016

It’s been a very light week here at streets.mn; perhaps our writers were playing outside during this first very warm, very Springy week or staying inside doing their taxes while looking longingly at the sunshine.  After catching up on streets.mn posts, you can celebrate the 100th birthday of our National Park system during National Park Week at […]

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