Rethinking 66th Street

Note: I chair the Richfield Bike Advocates, and represent that group as a non-voting liaison to the Richfield Transportation Commission. However, I am not speaking on behalf of either group. Tonight, the Richfield City Council will make a major design decision that will affect more than 20,000 people every day. The City Council will consider whether or […]

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Forlorn Holidazzle Market

Nothing Says Community Like a $6 Entry Fee

I enjoy a good Christmas Market. It’s fun to wander through the booths looking at crafts and talking to other shoppers and shopkeepers (who are usually the craftsfolk responsible for the creations we’re oogling). The wooden toys that are often in abundance are my favorite, topped only by the abundance of treats from homemade stroopwafels to gelato […]

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A trolley in Fort Worth

That’s Transportainment

Transportation and entertainment are ever inter-twined. Every movie is a road trip*, and not just the obvious ones, like Thelma and Louise or National Lampoon’s Vacation, or Apollo 13. The linear narrative of  movies is constrained to follow the single dimension of time, marching ever forward. While attempts at braking the strict linearity are possible […]

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Sunday Summary – December 7, 2014

The past week was Snark Week on which proves to be self-summarizing: Introducing Snark Week kicks it off and Jumping the Snark? wraps it up (all the snark-posts are here). Readers’ feedback on how we can let off steam now and then in the funniest and least frustrating way is very welcome.  Real posts There […]

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Henry Winkler as Fonzie "Jumps the Snark" on a Cunningham family vacation to Hawaii in Happy Days.

Jumping the Snark?

This past week we at experimented with what we called “Snark Week”. While our readership remained roughly constant with recent non-holiday weeks (actually slightly up), some of our loyal readers gave us pushback. Was it perfect? No, nothing is. Was it too much? Maybe. We will probably wield the Ax of Snark a bit more […]

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Why I Love Community Meetings About Parking

When you get involved in urban planning, it can be a real learning experience. One of the things you learn is that there are a lot of passionate people who care deeply about their neighborhoods, and want to share their thoughts with their neighbors in constructive ways. When strangers come together through positive dialogue, most […]

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Glow-In-The-Dark Bike Paths?

<Please note: the below post is submitted as part of the sarcasm theme for posts for today and thus has more than a douse of such> More than a year ago, I went on record questioning some unintended consequences of expensive bicycle facilities. I singled out some Minneapolis treatments. While the $1.6 M per mile […]

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Caption Contest!

This wonderful photo came across our desks yesterday via Metro Transit’s Twitter: Caption contest! Place your ideas below. They will be evaluated according to sarcasm. 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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Spruce Tree Center, Saint Paul Minnesota Painting by Carolyn Swiszcz, 2001

Midway Airport

The St. Paul Ports Authority, in concert with Metro Transit, has decided to replicate Chicago’s successful example and build a new airport at Midway. Just as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is on the Blue Line, the new St. Paul Airport at Midway [Airport Code; SPAM] will be conveniently located at the junction of the Green Line and the […]

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No Correlation Between Minneapolis’ Population and Golden Gopher Football Wins? Think Again!

I like cities, specifically Minneapolis. In addition, I like football, specifically the team that represents my alma mater, the University of Minnesota. Since I like both of these things, I thought: “They MUST be related somehow!” Well, it turns out there has been a correlation between Minneapolis population and Golden Gopher wins per year since […]

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Search Volume - Writers

You’ll Never Believe Who The Most-Searched For Writer Is…

Our writers are awesome. Some of them, apparently, “incessantly” Google themselves. Others? May have stalkers. Here’s a peek at our most-searched for writers — and the most clicked on writers. Bill, put down the Google. Nick, look into witness protection. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]

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