Robert St. S. in St. Paul Friday August 15, 2014. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

West Saint Paul Mayor Tries to Kill Robert Street Pedestrian Amenities

According to a recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the reconstruction of Robert Street in West St. Paul is bumping up against some cost overruns. Says newly elected Mayor Dave Meisinger: “So the numbers are increasing and increasing and increasing,” said Meisinger, who was elected in November after campaigning against the ballooning cost […]

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The Rent is Too Damn High in Mankato

Maybe you saw it, maybe you didn’t. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies published an interactive map listing (essentially) the worst place for renting in each state, that is to say, the highest cost place to rent in each state. Guess who scored a big ‘ol fat numero uno for Minnesota. You got it. […]

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36th and Bryant are Finally Connected

It was Spring 2015. Winter was done and my bike was ready to go. I’d heard that a two-way protected bikeway had been installed on 36th St W during the previous fall and was excited to get out and try it. I’m obsessed with bicycle infrastructure and had never ridden a two-way protected bikeway before, so this […]

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See A Garden, Meet A Neighborhood

Have you ever gone by a house and seen a yard that you want to explore, but are afraid to ask? Do you like to plagiarize ideas from others’ yards (I do)?  If so, local garden tours are for you. This past Saturday was the Saint Anthony Park Garden Club’s tour. Ten gardens and gardeners in […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Temperature, Dew Point, Wind Direction, Precipitation Forecast

This isn’t a weather report. Well it is, but that’s not the point. Check out what MPR’s Paul Huttner’s great blog says about “climate disruption.” First your forecast: OK, that’s summer. But the real eye-raising part is Huttner’s link to the Weather Channel’s list of top 25 cities for climate disruption. For some reason, Minneapolis […]

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This is the best image of nature taking its course. Arthur, along the Freeway. The Bike Route is clearly on the side of the road, but no one has successfully ridden this trail in years I imagine.

A Sad Bike Route in Minneapolis

The danger of designating infrastructure is that it requires use and maintenance. Sometimes the infrastructure designated is not particularly useful or used. And lack of use makes it less useful for others, as it leads to entropy. One such piece of infrastructure is a well-signed (though well-hidden) “bike route” in Prospect Park (map). Some is on-street. […]

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Map Monday: Global Internet Usage Cartogram

Via The Guardian, here’s a cartogram showing the population of the online world, as well as the saturation levels of different countries: As you can see, geographic area is replaced by # of users. Here’s the methodology: Each hexagon represents 470,000 internet users and the countries are shaded by the proportion of their respective populations […]

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Traffic Signal Timing and Phasing

This is Part Three in a series on traffic signal controllers. Part One covered an overview of a hardware, and Part Two continued with general issues of why they don’t always have features we’d like. As of note about terminology, I’ve generally used the term “vehicle” and “vehicle operations” to match engineering terminology, despite that fact that […]

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Roadkill Bill: Kritical Mass Kids

In the midst of a busy month of traveling and sketching, the work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 continues unabated. In the meantime, here’s an ancient Roadkill Bill comic that explores a subject that should be familiar to every streets.mn reader from age nine to ninety. Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a […]

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Sunday Summary – July 12, 2015

Last week was a light holiday week, but streets.mn writers have returned from vacation with more meatier posts this week and some rousing discussion in the comments, too. As usual, we have some reviews of current events like Minneapolis’ recent decisions about parking reform, observations about life on the streets, and some bigger picture posts […]

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The sidewalks of Rotterdam bow to no street.

Kerb your Enthusiasm

Walking along the sidewalks of Minneapolis and St. Paul, every block the pedestrian must undulate, going down to meet the road, walk across (a sometimes marked, sometimes unmarked) cross-walk, and then up a curb, or at best a curb-cut, to meet the level of the sidewalk again. Why does the pedestrian need to lower themselves to […]

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Don’t Talk To Me

This piece was adapted by the author from a post originally written for MMCCLL. I would like to take public transportation more. I’m lucky to have a car, but for cost, environmental, and parking reasons (mostly parking reasons), I try to bike or take the bus whenever I can. My most frequent route is to […]

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Chart of the Day: Projected SWLRT Boardings circa 2007

At this point is seems like endangered water under the expensively reconstructed bridge, but (via Brendon Slotterback’s Twitter), here’s a chart from a 2007 document from back in the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) planning daze. Here are the projected boardings for the different modes and alignments that were on the table at the time: As Slotterback says, “Route 3A (the […]

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Unreasonability at the Green Line Central Station Makes LRT More Dangerous Everywhere

In downtown Saint Paul, there is a station on the Green Line light rail (LRT) called “Central“. This station is very useful! There’s a skyway connection, and it allows core office workers and casual activity users access to the Metro system. Parked diagonally across a city block, there was always going to be some awkwardness. […]

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