A bicycle/motorcycle conflict on the streets of Minneapolis turns into a cordial conversation and a greater understanding of turning movements at complex intersections. This is a short film I produced two years ago for Bike Walk Twin Cities introducing bike boxes to MSP.
The podcast this week is a conversation with Kenny Blumenfeld, a writer, storm chaser, and climate scientist who has taught meteorology and geography at the University of Minnesota and Metro State University for years. I have had the pleasure of reading Kenny’s semi-fortnightly weather reports, that offer details of weather events while explaining the complex […]
Category 20: 2013 Best Riparian Corridor Minnesota “10,000 Lakes” – so sayeth our Plates, Purify yourself Apollonia, our musical Prince baits, But Riparian means the banks of a river. It’s rivers, which to lakes, are purity’s giver. Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Riparian Corridor.
Type Minneapolis, or the name of most other U.S. cities (just not Detroit) into Google image search. Try Houston or Denver or Seattle. What do you see? Endless shots of glowing skylines. The downtown towers jut futuristically into a moody sky. The cars blur into fiber-optic wisps – the city appears to be an orgy […]
Category 19: 2013 Best Rural Trail A walk in the country, a path in the wood A trail on the prairie, which is most good? Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Rural Trail.
Category 18: 2013 Best Sports Venue The Vikes, The Gophs, The Wolves, The Wild, The Twins, MN United FC, The Saints, all Say Stadia, Areans, Bring About Wins For this claim, politicians always fall Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Sports Venue.
Category 17: 2013 Best Minneapolis / St. Paul neighborhood for young families You’re young, you married you reproduced, untarried Your kids have you harried Where would you most like to remain unburied. Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Minneapolis / St. Paul […]
If the streetcar project in Cincinnati is indeed cancelled, as newly-elected mayor John Cranley promises, it won’t be the first time that city has cancelled a transit project already under construction. A subway under construction in the 1920s was halted, and the website dedicated to that history is well worth checking out. It should also give […]
Let me start off with a question: Do Nicollet or Courtland need bypasses? __ We have a cultural misunderstanding about the economic benefits of mobility. There is no better example than the State of Minnesota’s new $300 million “Corridors of Commerce” program designed to foster “economic growth with transportation investments.” This is a noble goal and it’s […]
Saint Paul is planning to build a streetcar! This week the city announced its plans for its first “starter line”, which would run down East 7th Street from Arcade, somehow get through downtown Saint Paul (route unspecified), and end up on West 7th all the way to Randolph. It’s approximately 4 miles long, would cost […]
Category 16: 2013 Best Place for Utilitarian Walking Utilitarian walking, walking to actually get somewhere, as opposed to the alternative, walking for the sake of walking, is the topic of this category. To get from i to j, pedestrians and walkers all, where is the best place to walk, winter, spring, summer, and fall? […]
Category 15: 2013 Best Place for Utilitarian Pedaling On road, we ride to work, to shop on side, we glide we move, non stop. Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Place for Utilitarian Pedaling.
Shopping or no shopping, things get a little kooky-busy this time of year. If only you could have, say, 4 1/2 hours to get a few things done, then maybe the holidays wouldn’t be so filled with frazzle. Enter: “Holiday Daycare” from Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. No, your kiddos won’t be babysat by a […]
This is in response to Kevin Krizek’s recent post, “Diminishing returns of off-street bicycle facilities,” in which he warns Minneapolis against building bike infrastructure that is expensive and ineffective. I share his sentiment, but we disagree on what bike advocates want, and on which measures are the most cost-effective. In this post, I want to make […]
“The Yard” The proposed $400 million East Downtown corporate Wells Fargo office, housing, retail, parking and park complex being proposed by Ryan Development is chugging along, having just received unanimous support from the Minneapolis Planning Commission. At the center of this project – literally and figuratively – is “The Yard” a two block (likely […]
This year, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of America’s first, and essentially its only, New-Town-In-Town. It also happens to be in our own backyard, Riverside Plaza. More often known negatively as the Crack Stacks, Ghetto in the Sky or Little Mogadishu its conception as a response and remedy to the issues stemming […]
Call for Nominations: Category 14: 2013 Best Civic Booster It’s not about your Honda needing a battery jump But rather who most helped development get a favorable bump. Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the category: Best Civic Booster.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns speak in White Bear Lake. I also got to go out afterwards for a bit with Chuck and a couple of other Streets.MN writers; Nate Hood and Justin Foell. Fun time. The crux of Chuck’s presentation was the increasing […]
Category 13: 2013 Best Campaign Stunt. A gimmick to get the eye of TV Something for some publicity An exploit to make the Daily Elect me mayor of this fair city. Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for Best Campaign Stunt of the 2013 Election Season, for any […]