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The Story of Saint Paul’s Selby Avenue Tunnel

As Saint Paul’s population grew in the late 19th Century, people began moving out of the city’s core and into residential areas adjacent to downtown. The Selby Avenue streetcar line was built in 1888 to provide people with transportation from their homes on top of the hill to the offices, factories, and shops downtown, and to […]

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Sunday Summary – May 31, 2015

It’s the last day of May, students are graduating, kids at the school bus stop are wearing shorts and counting days…yes, it’s almost summer.  But after a little Memorial Day lull, we here at streets.mn are back at work bringing you perspective on the news of the day, some fun, and some big picture thinking; […]

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Minneapolis Should Skip Streetcars

Streetcars: They’re hot right now. However, in Minneapolis, in 2014, in the places they are proposed, they are also probably not a good idea. Or at least, they are certainly not a good use of hundreds of millions of dollars in transit funding that’s already too scarce and ill-budgeted. Will Not Improve Mobility The specifics […]

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Where do Bicyclists Fit in this Picture?

(The following is from an email sent to Saint Paul Smart Trips and my City Council Representatives. I was asked to post it here.) This is the lead photo from the email sent out by St. Paul Smart Trips encouraging me to support streetcars in St. Paul by attending a public meeting. I was not able to […]

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Map of the Day: Historic Streetcar Grid vs. Current Density

This isn’t a chart, but it’s a great map that the folks over at MN2020 put together, juxtaposing the historic streetcar grid against current densities. (It’s worth remembering that historic 1950 densities in Minneapolis and Saint Paul were far higher than is reflected here. Much of the dense housing was bulldozed, and current household sizes have […]

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