Vilhelm Moberg in Chisago City

Main Street – Chisago City and Lindstrom

Chisago City is, not surprisingly, a City in Chisago County, and has just under 5,000 people. Just to the west Lindstrom has just over 4,400 people. Neither of these cities however, possess the County Seat, which is the tiny Center City, with 628 people. All three cities share US Highway 8 (Lake Boulevard) as their […]

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Minneapolis through Portland Eyes: Great Place, but Not Yet Bike Paradise

A woman lounges on the bike-frame bike rack outside Modern Times, Minneapolis’s answer to the New Deal Cafe. “Can I take a photo?” I asked. “Hell yeah,” she said. Photos: M.Andersen. Crossposted from BikePortland, where this ran Friday under the headline “Minneapolis is a very nice city for biking but it is definitely no Portland.” Now, […]

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Sunday Summary, July 13, 2014

New series: Transpo Convo with Mohamed is the first post in a series interviewing people about their transportation choices and habits.  This inaugural conversation includes discussion of Twin Cities bike infrastructure, transit pricing plus some comparisons with Nairobi. Green Line coverage, continued: Green Line Signal Priority Q&A asks the geeky questions about Transit Signal Priority with […]

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Payne-Phalen: Our Community

Arlington Hills Library started opening their library after hours to kids who needed a place to hang out and needed fun activities to do. A video project was started because of the news of the City & Neighborhood Film Festival. The kids were handed video cameras to go into their community and interview residents. The […]

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Stockholm’s Steep Climb to Double Cycling Mode Share

The EU BICI series moves to Northern Europe; Stockholm this week. Previous posts include Seville (Spain), Bologna, Ferrara, Padova (Italy), Berlin , Munich (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), and Cambridge (U.K.). The cycling environment of Stockholm—the self-proclaimed “Capital of Scandinavia”—endures incessant questions about how it cannot achieve Copenhagen-like status. Quick responses point to the barriers provided by the 14 major islands (more bridges, bottlenecks, and pinch points). Others point to how […]

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Chart of the Day: Lyft/Uber vs. DUIs (in S.F.)

This is information from San Francisco charting the implementation of the alternative taxi services with DUI rates. Something to think about when pondering similar changes in cities across the country. [via Washington Post.] 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 […]

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The for sale sign in the front yard of 869 Fuller Avenue.

A Cinderella Story

May 20, 2014 Lexington-Hamline, Summit-University 10.3 Miles Part 1 of 2 Today was as close to perfect as you can get. The temperature sat just shy of 80 degrees with low humidity and the air filled with a delightful bouquet of violets, crab apple and choke cherry blossoms occasionally mixed with the enticing scent of […]

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Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers

The early days of motoring were a dangerous time to be a pedestrian. In Philadelphia alone in just 1928, there were over 7,000 pedestrian accidents. The carnage was something that was previously unseen, and its unfortunately become something of the status quo. If you’re interested in hearing more, Freakonomics covered it on a recent podcast. Big Hat Tip: To see more, […]

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Transpo Convo with Mohamed

Welcome to the very first Transpo Convo!  This is a brand new ongoing series in which I interview people about their transportation use.  In this first installment I share a few highlights from my conversation with Mohamed F., where we gab about bike lanes, transit pricing, and what Metro Transit could learn about rider experience from Nairobi’s matatu culture. […]

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A Stroll Through Langford Park

  Langford Park on a July afternoon is a hive of activity. Kids buzz around the playground, scampering across its jungle gyms and catapulting themselves off its swing sets. Moms hover over the general mayhem trying to enforce some level of order on the chaos. Kids slightly older and with a higher capacity for organized […]

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Charts of the Day: Bicycling, Income, and Ethnicity

These two charts come from the US Census (ACS data), via this nice little post over at Vox. Two hopefully un-surprising facts: poor people are most likely to bike and walk, and per capita, bicycling is most popular with Latinos. (Of course, Minnesota-specific data would look a lot different than this…)   Streets.mn is a […]

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A Minneapolis Housing Boom Explainer

Minneapolis is hot! The Metropolitan Council recently noted that we popped back up above 400,000 residents after adding almost 9,000 people between 2012 and 2013. The area along the Midtown Greenway has been completely transformed in the past decade–eleven separate projects, ten of which are residential, have been built along its Uptown stretch since 2004. […]

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The Art of a Downtown

I challenge you, the next time you are strolling Main Street, Anywhere, to look for art. Not just the obvious, as in art created as art. But art that weaves itself into the streetscape, into the fabric that defines a downtown. Notice the colors, the textures, the fonts, the shapes—all those details that we often […]

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Video: Urban Rail, Signage, and Signaling

Here on Streets.MN, much has been discussed about pedestrian crossings, signage, and traffic signals on the Green Line. Because of this, it may be useful to look at what our European peers are doing. This urban railway in Slovakia is more of a tramway, but as you can see it has some dedicated right of […]

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