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streets.mn Voter Guide – Dai Thao

We were pleased to receive responses to our Saint Paul mayoral questionnaire from Dai Thao on the eve of the city convention. 1. How do you get around in Saint Paul? Driving, walking, light rail, and biking. 2. In your opinion, what is Saint Paul’s greatest transportation challenge? How would you plan to address it […]

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If the Center of the American Experiment Wants to Fix Congestion, They Should Fight for Telecommuting

According to a Star Tribune op-ed that’s already been heavily covered by streets.mn, we’re in for a summer long bombardment of messaging financed by local partisan think tank Center of the American Experiment. Despite reams of research that argues otherwise, motorists will see billboards, bumper stickers, and radio ads proclaiming that the only way to fix […]

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Three “Game Changer” Streets Projects Worth Checking out Right Now

The summer is here and this usually means that I end up writing a streets.mn article that is light and airy like a white wine.  So without further adieu, I present to you a listicle. Eat your heart out, Buzzfeed. Here are the three game changing streets projects you should research, comment upon, and dream about as […]

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East Yard Cooperative Tiny Home Village Info Session

Learn more about the planned cooperative tiny home village near Payne & Phalen (627 Bush Ave). Hear about the vision for this intentional community from developer Loren Schirber.

The East Yard Tiny Home Cooperative will be located on the East side of St. Paul at Bush and Payne Ave. It will be located in an urban area on a 3 acre piece of land. The area is near rail road tracks and industrial commercial properties and The East Yard will have a gritty industrial feel. It will contain 35 – 40 permanent on the grid tiny homes that are between 280sf – 530sf with affordable cooperative ownership opportunities. The East Yard will also contain a community center, garages, shared vehicles, twelve self-storage units, and shared resources such as community gardens, chicken coops, and bee hives.

At the heart of this intentional community will be the community center. This will be a space where people can gather. There will be a large open floor plan centered on the kitchen where parties can be hosted and events can be held. Shared laundry facilities will also be available. The second floor will have 2 bedrooms available for rent for guests and will house the onsite property manager. The developers hope to acquire and move the historic Francis M. Williams House from across the street at 656 Bush Ave. An extensive historic remodel will be undertaken to add a front porch and remodel the interior.

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So Much Depends on the Next Six Weeks on Maryland Avenue

I’ve spent years beating the safe streets drum on this site and elsewhere. Of all the dangerous streets the Twin Cities, the ones that upset me the most are the 4-lane urban arterials, aka the “Four-Lane Death Road™“. These are found everywhere in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, particularly in poorer areas of town, and I’ve been calling for […]

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A Relatively Good Bicycle Plan For Snelling From MnDOT & St Paul

Part 1 of 3 MnDOT held an open house recently to discuss plans for Snelling Avenue between Hewitt and Como Avenues. First, thanks to MnDOT for their choice of local business location — great staff and cappuccinos at Gingko Coffee. The plan they presented is better than I expected and actually quite good compared to […]

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The Reclamation of Snelling Avenue

Snelling Avenue is a wound on Saint Paul.  A north/south gash bisecting the city’s west side.  It’s a road that fails to serve anyone outside of a car in any meaningful way, but at most times fails the driving public it has been built to cater to.  Snelling has a grim record. Pedestrians crossing anywhere […]

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New Signs Encourage Walking along the Green Line Corridor

This week, signs are being installed along the Green Line corridor that are meant to encourage more walking to and from the light rail. Here’s how they got there. How the project came up My wife and I moved to St Paul in 2013, buying a condo on Grand Avenue close to Hamline. Despite living […]

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St. Paul’s Universe of Alternative Facts

With last week’s City Council 4-2 vote to remove two traffic circles from the planned Idaho bicycle boulevard, most (Bostrom, Prince, Thao, Tolbert) of the elected officials of the City of Saint Paul have dragged the city into Trump territory, relying on alternative facts to support their decision. Except where Trump’s spokesperson used “alternative facts” […]

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“Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”

Janette Sadik-Khan served as transportation commissioner for the city of New York during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor. She was in charge of most of the streets, roads, bridges, tunnels, and ferries responsible for moving a population of over eight million people. As such, she was responsible for the maintenance and programming of more infrastructure […]

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