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Take the Crosswalk to Nowhere While You Still Can

  Over the years people in Minneapolis and Saint Paul have dubbed several dubious landmarks “Bridge to Nowhere” and “Skyway to Nowhere.” As fashionable nicknames and features of the cityscape, they come and go. But one such landmark has quietly persisted for decades: Minneapolis’s Crosswalk to Nowhere. You find it at the intersection of Main […]

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Dangerous Intersection: Franklin Ave E and Chicago Ave S

UPDATE: Hennepin County will be updating the curb ramps at Franklin and Chicago as part of their ADA curb ramp project in 2021. The sidewalk bordering Peavey Park will be made ADA compliant as part of a Park board project. In 2017, the City of Minneapolis released its first pedestrian crash study, this study includes […]

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Dangerous Intersection: Hennepin & 4th, 5th, & 6th Streets

[This post originally appeared on Our Streets Minneapolis blog as part of highlighting the most dangerous intersections Minneapolis. The author is Paul Jahn.] Below are photos from the intersection of Hennepin Ave and 4th Street N, 5th Street N, and 6th Street N. 4th street is the 17th most dangerous intersection for pedestrian in Minneapolis, 13 reported […]

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Sunday Summary – April 22, 2018

It’s Earth Day! Earth Day is a great time to think about the kinds of places we want to live which are earth-friendly. Lots of information about walking, climate change, and big sustainability ideas this week: Walking Lots of walking-related posts this week! Enjoy our finally Spring-y weather and take some long urban walks with […]

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Does ADA Even Apply to Sidewalks?

I live just off Franklin, and have regularly bussed and biked along it for decades. One day many years ago, I was surprised to see someone rolling down the east-bound traffic lane in a wheelchair. It was on that particularly harrowing section of Franklin between Portland and Chicago. I immediately wondered what was so wrong […]

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Fall into the (Sidewalk) Gap

This isn’t a 1970’s commercial for GAP the clothing store.  Its the phenomenon pedestrians experience in certain parts of our city, especially the suburbs. This particular segment of missing sidewalk has a lot in common with other gaps in sidewalk networks. It falls in a “dead zone” between ajoining municipalities. Anoka to the northwest and […]

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The Park Board is Failing Pedestrians

Almost two and a half years ago, I wrote this post about how the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway is full of obstacles for people walking and rolling through in wheelchair, on a mobility device or on a bike. The first point of this new post is to point out that exactly nothing […]

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Navigating the Streams of Sidewalks

Regular transit users experience the public realm in a very personal way. Instead of cruising through at 30+ MPH, transit users and pedestrians are taking in all aspects of the streetscape. This time of year, snowbanks start to recede and water starts to fill the sidewalks. If your lucky you’ll be able to slide across […]

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Want to Build Community Spirit? Let it Snow!

My husband and I were not even married yet when a primary pet peeve of his revealed itself. He said we had to shovel our sidewalk “so the cement showed,” from edge to edge. I wrote it off as some masculine obsession, akin to wasting a lovely Sunday polishing a car, until I took up […]

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A New Corner on Nicollet

Another day, another thought on Nicollet Ave S, I’m open to suggestions on what topics to cover, I have a dozen but I also like crowd sourced thoughts. To be honest, writing and photographing Nicollet Ave could be a forever project for me. It has been at least a self project for a while as […]

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