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Tue, 11/01/2011 - 2:38pm | by blindeke
Here's an article on the 2003 land use plans on file with the city about the Metrodome site. They've planned a mixed-use TOD high density area surrounding a park and a "centennial lakes" style lake near the burdgeoning Guthrie condo area.
What do you think? Is this a pre-housing bubble plan? What might it look at in the current market? Read more >
Mon, 10/31/2011 - 11:46am | by blindeke
Halloween is a very urban holiday. Sugar-craving kids demand walkable streets with sidewalks and complete streets.
According to a recent "study" done by a realty website, Minneapolis ranks as the #11 best trick or treating city. (The "study" measured home value, walk score, density, and crime rates.) Likewise, Richard Florda has said MSP ranks #7 on its "trick or treat index", which he uses as a proxy of urban vitality. All I know is that it's really hard to trick or treat without sidewalks and nice neighborhoods, and Minneapolis and St Paul have them spades. Read more >
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:48pm | by blindeke
Wed, 10/26/2011 - 8:56pm | by nmhood
The apartment building abuts a drive-thru Taco Bell, BP gas station, an abandoned gas station, a strip mall and a large “park-n-ride” for the airport [on the upside,Buca's is within walking distance]. The complex is an island, and I can’t blame the developers for taking that route. Would you want to open your front door and walk out towards a “park-n-ride” across the steet?
Wed, 10/19/2011 - 11:35pm | by nmhood
It’s like we’re starting to connect the dots, but we aren’t quite there yet. I wonder if parents in Eagan were reading the Strong Towns blog last week? KSTP reported yesterday that they were contact by concerned parents in Eagan about pedestrian safety at a local school [Walk Score: 29].
[NOTE: I can't embed this video, so you'll have to make due with this: http://www.kstp.com/article/12303/?vid=2948385&v=1]
Sun, 10/16/2011 - 11:24pm | by nmhood
Transitional urbanist. That’s me.
First of all - I am a hypocrite. While advocating almost all things urban, I live in a single-family house in a neighborhood of mostly single-family houses. My surroundings were built at various times between the 1880s to the 1950s and range from historic Victorian farm houses to run-of-the-mill ramblers. The intermingled housing styles look vastly different, but have one connection; their function as a single-family house. Read more >
Mon, 10/10/2011 - 12:28pm | by blindeke
Sun, 10/09/2011 - 10:10am | by nmhood
Children don’t walk to school because they lack sidewalks and safe street crossings. This claim by the experts is true, but doesn’t tell the whole story. Suburban neighborhoods often have no sidewalks besides the occasional winding pathway that connects one edge of the subdivision through a poorly defined park towards the other end in a curvy, non-direct way and large suburban road crossings can be scary. The crossing near Bailey Elementary in Woodbury has a crosswalk, but no stop lights to halt the 55 mph traffic. Read more >
Fri, 10/07/2011 - 10:50am | by blindeke
A Cycling Critical Mass
Riding around the University of Minnesota in the morning these days, you find yourself experiencing actual traffic jams of bicycles, when dozens of cyclists back up at Pleasant Street before the traffic cop waves the bikes through.
It's a delightful experience to be riding a bike and not to feel alone, but part of a much larger movement. You almost feel normal!
Wed, 10/05/2011 - 2:18pm | by cchristensen
On a daily basis we interact with the living history of urban renewal through our local roads. Roads, streets, corridors, highways, and interstates are a great example of the many faces of history that shape the story of our communities. Read more >