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There’s No Parking Emergency at West St. Paul’s Garlough

[This post originally appeared on my blog.] On Monday, Nov. 26, the West St. Paul city council considered a site plan for construction at Garlough Environmental Magnet School as part of the 2018 school district bond referendum improvements. In addition to classroom and facility additions, the plans include adding a second driveway and expanding the […]

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Walk to School Day 2018: Our Streets Are Broken

October 10 is Walk to School Day 2018. Per the official web site: International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of […]

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Sunday Summary – September 17, 2017

By the next Sunday Summary, early voting will have begun in Minneapolis and Saint Paul elections.  There’s a new addition to the 2017 Voter Guide with a response from Saint Paul mayoral candidate Trahern Crews this week: streets.mn Voter Guide – Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Trahern Crews.  Another light week, but here’s the haul: Three Things […]

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Here to There Episodes 7 (SOCIAL COHESION | circulator) & 8 (ACCESSIBILITY | wheelchair)

After a brief hiatus, Here to There is back with two new episodes. In episode 7, we take on the complex issue of social cohesion and the ways in which mobility and transportation impact the ability of individuals or groups to thrive as members of society. In the first half of the episode, we join […]

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National Walk to School Day

From our friends at bikeMN:

More than 100 Minnesota schools and thousands of students will participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. We’re excited to see kids’ interest in alternative forms of vehicle transportation growing as they choose walking and bicycling more often.

This year Minnesota Safe Routes to School is sponsoring a Walk to School Day Photo Contest! Take pictures of your students walking or bicycling to school and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #mnwalks. The photos that receive the most likes by October 14 will win $25 gift cards from MnDOT!

This annual event, sponsored by the Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to get outside, increase their physical activity, teach pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce traffic congestion and strengthen connections between families, schools and communities while walking and biking to school. Wondering if your school has an event planned? Check out which schools are registered here.

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Alexandria’s New High School: An Upgrade?

The new high school in Alexandria, MN was highlighted as a model of innovation in a piece by Jenna Ross in Sunday’s StarTribune. This $73.2 million high school, recently heralded “the Googleplex of Schools” by technology magazine Fast Company, reflects a broader shift in education and is already becoming a template. Students have given more […]

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Tech High: A Tradition of Excellence, A Future in Flux

The other day I was wondering to myself, what makes the St. Cloud “metro” area different from the Twin Cities, aside from the obvious size difference? I think one of St. Cloud’s great qualities is how it changes from edge to edge – it has its historic downtown paying homage to the city’s beginnings, a […]

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New Ulm Referendum Passed; Now What?

Well, it happened. The referendum allocating $47 million dollars for a new high school along with renovations to current schools passed with a narrow margin of 52 votes. Is it the end of the world? No, absolutely not. If I’ve known people from New Ulm to be anything, it’s responsible with their money and investments–we’re Germans […]

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Mankato and the Death of Neighborhood Schools

We need an entirely different approach to where we locate schools and how we build them. Our current model – notably in small and mid-sized towns – is that of the destruction of our neighborhood schools in favor of the suburban campus model. The campus model is a burden on our system: built on an inhuman scale, unwalkable by design, with […]

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