The Streets.mn picnic has become an annual tradition every August and a great way to come together as a community.
Social problems on Los Angeles transit, the history of Minneapolis city boundaries and more in this week’s National Links.
I may have failed at my goals for winter biking, but I’ve managed to make biking over 14% of my personal modeshare!
The Twin Cities has the worst housing shortage in the nation, as reported by the Star Tribune. This comes as no surprise to many who were in search of a home this past year. Home buyers were met with competing offers tens of thousands over the asking prices. This has escalated the average home sales […]
Neighborhoods are designed, slowly and constantly, by the people who live in them. We make decisions about what gets built and who gets to use it or live in it through a network of community meetings, zoning boards, and city and state governments. In the process we create something we call “housing policy”. I have […]
Many suburbs have retrofitted bicycle infrastructure, usually so that vulnerable users won’t slow automotive throughput. Along the way, many of these projects have spawned tunnels, which are always fun.
Last week’s article calling for a ban on slip lanes in Saint Paul is spot on. Too many of our city streets are built like highways, endangering pedestrians and bicyclists by design. The comments on the article, however, turned toward pedestrian bridges, in particular the bridge at Aldine over I-94, as an alternative to walking […]
Like many of the maps I find I came across a webpage via Twitter, hat tip to @stateofthecity. The webpage takes data from the Global Human Settlement Layer and runs it onto Google Maps. This is the result, Human Terrain by Matt Daniels (@matthew_daniels). I immediately panned to tool over to Minnesota and geeked out. Something I […]
The first time I rode an electric-assist bicycle (ebike) was around 15 years ago. My workplace, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, actually had ebikes as part of their vehicle fleet. Our work site is a mile away from downtown Saint Paul and a little over a mile away from the Capitol, and many people have […]
This is the first part of a new series on the history of Minnesota’s highway system. This is not intended to be exhaustive or strictly chronological. Rather the idea is to present certain milestones and points where source material is available and that I think readers will find informative or interesting. There’s also a few […]