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Better Bridges for Stronger Communities

A close up look at efforts to improve the built environment on and around the many bridges over Interstate 94 in Saint Paul. Documentary by Matty Lang of the Friendly Streets Initiative’s community engagement and placemaking work with neighborhood partners in Saint Paul in 2015-2016. Better Bridges is a Friendly Streets Initiative project in collaboration […]

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A Different Approach to Helping Homeless Families

Being homeless is tough. Being homeless with children is something I do not even want to imagine. Yet, in its 2015 study of homelessness in Minnesota, the Wilder Foundation counted 3,296 homeless children with their parents. This is considered an undercount as these were children who were found and counted. In that same year, Ramsey […]

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Welcoming Three New Board Members to streets.mn

Thanks for reading streets.mn. Over the last year, the board has made a series of changes to our process and procedures aimed at improving transparency and capacity of our volunteers, both on and off the board. The efforts are aimed at helping achieve our mission — expanding the conversation about transportation and land use in Minnesota —  […]

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The Overhead Streetlights of the Local Streets Part 2: Clamshells and Cobraheads

This is Part 2 in an overview of overhead street lighting. Earlier we talked about NEMA lights, which are still commonly used in St. Paul. Today we cover some of the newer form factors.  “Clamshell” Street Lights Because of their large circular filaments, incandescent street light bulbs needed to be mounted vertically. But no such […]

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MNDOT — Input On Draft Transportation Plans

MnDOT is accepting comments on three key plans through October 14.  Your input is important. Share your thoughts on the draft Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan Share your thoughts on the draft Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan Share your thoughts on the draft Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan For more information, visit www.minnesotago.org.     Streets.mn is a non-profit and is […]

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Just Ryde’n Around

  August 14, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Lexington-Hamline, Como Park 16.2 Miles   Cleveland Avenue, because of its proximity to my house, is the north-south street on which I ride most often. Despite that, I am still surprised by a sight or two on or near Cleveland. On Selby Avenue, three houses east of Cleveland, […]

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Minneapolis Skyways Offer an Escape from Reality

“Since the first skyway opened in 1962,” Kim Ode writes in her piece on the expansion of the Minneapolis Skyway System, “the elevated passages have signified escape, whether from traffic noise, stoplights or the weather.” Yet there is another kind of escapism at play here: an escape from the demands of empathy, social responsibility, and […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Region by Racial “Community Type”

Here is a fascinating map from Myron Orfield’s Institute for Metropolitan Opportunity that categorizes the Twin Cities’ metro region into four different groups based on racial diversity and density. I like this map’s simplicity and focus, and also the fine grain at which it makes its distinctions. For example, you can see how different parts of Saint Paul […]

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Metro Transit Upgrades Route 2

Metro Transit recently announced upgraded service for Route 2 in Minneapolis, effective this week. There are about 25% more daytime buses per hour versus last week. This means that the average wait time for the 2 fell from 7.5 minutes to about 5 minutes. Zig-zagging to success The 2 is a pretty weird route, for three […]

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Sunday Summary – August 28, 2016

It’s State Fair Time!  Before you get to the cheese curds, Pronto Pups, and new food-on-a-stick, you have to get to the Fairgrounds.  Here’s express bus info and official bike to the Fair advice accompanied by a reprise of this streets.mn post Forget Biking to the State Fair – has anything changed since 2014?  For more Fair inspiration, […]

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Night Owls and Early Birds

Every day in the Twin Cities there’s a gap in Metro Transit service.  Most routes typically go offline from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., but not all.  Those lines that continue to run 24 hours are classified as “Night Owl” routes by Metro Transit.  Considering, though, that there are only six of these routes out […]

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Experiencing Open Streets Franklin

I’ve gone to Open Streets Minneapolis events since the beginning – my favorite memory from the first one was watching then Mayor R.T. Rybak ride the Nice Ride ice cream tricycle down Lyndale Avenue, churning ice cream the whole way! The events have evolved a lot since then, and have become more than just celebrations […]

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Preferred Redesign for Saint Paul’s High Bridge Includes Protected Sidewalks, Calmer Traffic

If current plans move forward, the new High Bridge will feature calmer car traffic, bike lanes, and a separated sidewalk after reconstruction in 2018. Members of the MnDOT community advisory committee for the project were presented with two concepts at a recent meeting with project manager Tara McBride. One concept keeps basically the existing design […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report–August 2016

Service Improvements As funding is available, Metro Transit is implementing the Service Improvement Plan (SIP) that was approved last year. Looking beyond the high profile improvements like LRT and Arterial BRT, the plan calls for increasing frequencies on the urban local bus routes that have always been the backbone of the system. This recognizes the reality that regular […]

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Sunday Summary – August 21, 2016

Summer is winding down and along with the back-to-school sales, streets.mn has some back-to-school inspiration from a new column featuring Macalester College student writers. Features like these are developed by readers like you and we welcome your posts, suggestions for new content, and other ideas for expanding the conversation on transportation and land use. New […]

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