Follow Up: How to Blow $20,000,000 on 1,100 People

After basking in  my 15 minutes of internet fame when my post hit the front page of Streetsblog (which was here on streets.mn first), I was quickly shaken from my pedestal by pro-roaders, one of whom accused me of doing “no research” and “spewing bullshit.” I’ve come to address such concerns of “the haters” that I’ve encountered on the interwebs […]

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The North Minneapolis-Southwest LRT Connection

The Southwest Corridor will dramatically improve the transit connection between North Minneapolis and the southwest suburbs. Today, if a Northside resident wants to travel to Hopkins, a one transfer bus ride is available during rush hour every 20 minutes, and it takes 46 minutes to get there from the corner of North 7th Street & […]

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Transpo Convo with Bill

Transpo Convo is an ongoing series in which I interview people about their transportation use.  This second installment features highlights from my conversation with Bill D., in which we chat about icy winter riding, revamping roads for greater cycling infrastructure, and how to build effective cycling advocacy. Bill lives in the Kenny neighborhood in Southwest […]

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Make a B-Line to the Metropolitan Council

An anonymous reader writes in:    If anyone is available to attend a Met Council meeting at 4 pm (Wednesday July 23), this could get interesting. Met Council/Metro Transit had most of the $28 million for the B line (West 7th) in place, but at the last minute Ramsey County (with St. Paul as second) did […]

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The Subpar (Public!) Land Uses of Downtown East

After many decades as a sad parking crater, the eastern side of Downtown Minneapolis is being rebuilt. The next few years will see the completion of the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, a two-ish block public-ish park, a two-ish block set of matching office towers filled by Wells Fargo employees, a block-sized ~1,600 space parking ramp, […]

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Chart of the Day: Distribution of Parking Revenue

This is a chart from Donald Shoup’s parking tome, The High Cost of Free Parking. Here’s Shoup’s explanation [from Chapter 12]: Consider the lower left corner, which represents the current situation in almost every city: all curb parking revenue goes into the general fund and nothing goes to the neighborhoods. … Because everyone objects to paying for parking, […]

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The One Where I Pick on the Disabled

I was at a meeting a while back about a new parking policy in downtown Saint Paul. The city was changing its policies about handicapped parking. Until very recently, anyone with a handicapped parking placard on their dashboard was allowed to park for free all day downtown. As it turned out, that was not such […]

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Fixing Permit Parking (with Econ 101)

Yesterday there was a great post about coupon parking, and how it can be used in parking critical areas to make use of an entire street’s built parking infrastructure instead of using only permits to exclude people from using the spaces. The economics of most markets look similar to the following chart, as price rises, […]

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How Much Energy Could Minneapolis Get from Solar?

Solar PV seems to be the current darling of the renewable energy world.  But how much “resource” is really out there?  How much should cities rely on the development of local solar resources to meet their climate and energy goals?  What trade-offs should urban cities make between desirable things like tree canopy and maximizing solar energy resources?  GIS tools […]

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Sunday Summary – July 20, 2014

Everything posted on streets.mn this week linked in one convenient post: Highly visual posts on crossing the street:  Ignore the Red Hand of overregulation, You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee (or, how to get off the island), and Speeding Up the Green Line suggesting fixes for “unnecessarily restrictive traffic signals” to keep the train moving […]

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Sunday Sketch – The Ruins of Saint Paul

‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.” From Ozymandias by Percy Blythe Shelley (listen to Bryan Cranston’s recital of the poem on You Tube) I  love drawing ruins. Ruins […]

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The Bike Brothers (video)

Via kottke.org >. In 1986, the BBC produced a short documentary film on the Taylor brothers, a trio of professional cyclists from the 1930s and 40s. The three of them operated a bicycle shop, which turned out handmade bikes for decades. Delightful. Don’t miss one of the brothers putting the racing stripes on a frame […]

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Bikes and Skyways

I think this Skyway Bike Race is from Red Bull Ride the Sky 2007. (via Mulad ) Another perspective here: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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