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Sunday Summary – April 8, 2018

Of course, last week was April Fools’ Day, but the Summary preceded the joke. Here’s the streets.mn Foolish offering from Bill Lindeke adding yet another hazard to the SWLRT process: Endangered Kenilworth Shark Another Hurdle for Light Rail Planners.   Housing How Many Homes Does Minneapolis Need? asks Anton Schieffer. Looking beyond the discussions of building affordable housing, […]

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Winter Bikeway Priorities in St. Paul

When you live in Minnesota you come to expect that there will be snow during winter. We’ve crafted numerous adaptations to provide comfortable winter living, including the declaration of a “snow emergency” when streets are difficult to pass with a personal car. Is it also an emergency when you cannot travel by bicycle (or walk)? […]

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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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30 days of Winter Biking

I hate winter. I can’t help it; I’ve never loved it, even though I’ve lived in MN my entire life. I don’t like cold, I have winter driving fears (my only auto accident was in the winter) and I worry about everyone I love and care about. In fact, winter driving conditions helped bring about […]

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Standing on the frozen channel between Bde Maka Ska and Isles, looking north to the island through the bridge under Lake of the Isles Parkway. The sky over the island and the trees glow with sunset, but the sky visible above the bridge is an early twilight blue, with trees reaching inward on both sides.

Sunday Summary – January 28, 2018

Much of Minnesota had a snow day (or two) last week which provides the inspiration for some of this week’s content (both prose and pictures) in addition to some big ideas about projects and policy. Next Sunday, the Super Bowl happens in Minneapolis (without the Vikings on the field) and the impact of that event […]

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Sunday Summary – January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!  The Summary took a little holiday, so this post collects three weeks of good stuff.  Looking ahead, streets.mn is holding a Backyard Ice Skating: The How-to and Why fundraiser on Sunday, January 22.  Billed as a SIMBY – skate in my backyard – event, this is a chance to skate, eat and […]

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Sunday Summary – February 7, 2016

It has been a very light week here at streets.mn, but a very busy one in the Twin Cities. Indeed, it has been a spectacular winter week here in Minnesota: streets.mn writers were involved with the international Winter Cycling Congress (and other readers and writers attended, I’m sure) held in Minneapolis February 2-4, there was […]

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Chart of the Day: Historical Twin Cities Snow Depth Probabilities

Via climatologist (and former streets.mn podcast guest) Kenny Blumenfeld, here’s a chart showing the percentage probability of having snow on the ground in the Twin Cities. How weird is it to have no snow on December 18th? Here’s your answer: As you can see, it’s rare but not unprecedented to have seen no snow this […]

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Snowlessons

We can learn a lot from snow. I had a lot of thoughts as I drove around during and after our instant winter (text is above photos). This is Grand Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. Kind of a two mile long sneckdown. That’s almost 9′ width from the first car to clear asphalt and everywhere was […]

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