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The History of the Midtown Greenway

The Midtown Greenway trail in Minneapolis has been named the best urban bike trail in the nation, used by thousands of cyclists every day. It helped spark the biking revolution in the Twin Cities, and led to hundreds of millions of dollars of economic development along its route. Join the founder of the Midtown Greenway Coalition and original visionary for the Greenway, George Puzak, to learn the history of the Greenway and how a small group of citizens helped build the trail that is nationally and internationally famous. George will be joined for the presentation by Soren Jensen, executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition.

Admission is free. The Vault will be open from noon to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

We are located in the education annex of Saint Mark’s Cathedral on Loring Park and across from the Walker Art Center. Look for the CMM curbside sign and blue “Welcome” awning. Bike and car parking is available in the lot, as well as on the street.


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Urban Design and Grocery Stores

With a grocery store proposed as part of a mixed-use development at 46th and Hiawatha (see the Planning Commission submittal to the Committee of the Whole last week for plans), it is time to review good urban standards for grocery store design. Grocery stores are complicated due to issues of customer access, parking, and truck […]

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Transit Potential: Arsenal vs. Ford Plant

The Ford Plant and the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (the Arsenal) offer rare opportunities to design new neighborhoods from the ground up. Both will feature a mix of commercial and residential, will be pedestrian friendly, and will incorporate public transit. In terms of transit potential, however, the two could hardly be more different. Transit to […]

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Sunday Summary – December 18, 2016

2016 is disappearing quickly — Only one Sunday Summary left before 2017 (and next Sunday falls on Christmas). Before the end of the year, we’d like to encourage you to join us as a member of streets.mn; your donation is tax-deductible and will help us make website and editorial improvements. Or, write for us. streets.mn […]

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Northeast Minneapolis Art-Sustainability Incubator Coffee Talk

Stop by Water Bar for your morning coffee and sit in with our co-directors and staff of Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association for a short presentation and discussion on the proposed Northeast Incubator project. This collaborative public project is in its early stages of development, and our collaborative of artists, scientists, and neighborhood organizers is looking to gather feedback from others with connection to the northeast neighborhoods and interest in art, as well as sustainable and equitable urban design, development, and community-building efforts. We’re also looking to build working partnerships with other interested organizations, businesses, and residents in northeast Minneapolis who would like to see this project happen.

Read more about the Northeast Incubator project, which is a pilot project to explore the potential of cross-pollinating art, sustainability education, urban design, and community-building practices in Northeast Minneapolis.

A short presentation about the concept and about an upcoming opportunity to pilot the project will be followed by open discussion. We’ll have coffee on hand, all are welcome!


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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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Introducing the B & E Lines in Minneapolis

Hello, all! I write today to bring your attention to a very interesting and good PDF (portable document format) on the Metropolitan Council’s website that talks a lot about arterial bus rapid transit (aBRT), also known as the only clearly good thing that we’re doing right now, transit-wise. These “aBRT” lines are buses that have […]

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Intentional Communities: Racist by Default?

For over six months, I’ve been worried about an upcoming ordinance allowing “intentional communities.” Recent City Council committee discussions, at Community Development & Regulatory Services (CDRS) and then Zoning & Planning, have brought these concerns into focus. In summary, this ordinance would expand the definition of family in the zoning code to include so-called “intentional […]

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“Intentional Communities”: A Path to Legal Status for White People

Over time, average family sizes get smaller, and old houses get emptier. But in Minneapolis’ lower-density zoning districts, no more than three unrelated people can live together as a household; in higher-density districts, the limit is five unrelated people. For people who want to live with three or more friends in a big old house, this is a problem. As a […]

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