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streets.mn Vote Guide – Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the latest of the Saint Paul mayoral candidates to return our joint questionnaire that was developed in partnership with the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition and Transit for Livable Communities. We are still looking forward to responses from candidates Pat Harris, Tom Goldstein, and Tim Holden. 1. How do you get around in Saint […]

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The SAE J1772 plug of a Level 2 electric car charging station

Xcel Energy Should Help with the Electric Car Rollout

It’s been a good few weeks for electric cars. Elon Musk’s first Model 3s are about to roll off the assembly line. Rival automakers are lining up to prove they’re not out of the game, with VW claiming they’ll undercut the Model 3 on price and Volvo declaring they’ll be phasing out the internal combustion engine […]

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The Riverview Transit Study Prioritizes Everything Except Good Transit

The Riverview Corridor study made news last week, after planners revealed the six alternatives that have survived the study’s analysis from which a final recommendation will be chosen. At the Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo has a good summary of what remains, and the paper ran a separate article on the absence of light rail from […]

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High rise apartment building by older apartment building at Highland & Woodlawn, St. Paul

Chart of the Day: Mode Share and Housing Type

Using the Metropolitan Council’s Travel Behavior Inventory, which is data from surveys of trips people actually make in this region, we can look at how travel differs based on housing type – and there are noticeable differences. This chart looks at all trips (not just a commute) made by residents of the central cities – […]

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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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