This story is not unique: a mid-sized Midwestern town is preparing to adopt a 50-year-old neighborhood. If you read between the lines, news of annexation often times read as case studies against low-density suburban development. This article from Mankato demonstrates (unintentionally) why these types of subdivisions can be so problematic. All quotes related to the annexation were taken from […]Read more "This isn’t an annexation. It’s a bailout."
Getting even a modest pedestrian improvements can be an uphill battle. We have a design bias and process that is inherently unfriendly to pedestrians and bicycles. While we’ve made great strides in the last decade, it’s still a constant (and frustrating) battle. Take a recent incident in Minneapolis as an example; a simple concrete median that protects pedestrians and bicycles is about […]Read more "The Fight for Pedestrian Safety"
My very first post here at Strong Towns was on July 13th of 2011. Time flies. In this post, I dove into a project that was underway here in Minnesota. It’s finished now, and the results shouldn’t shock anyone reading Strong Towns. The question isn’t whether the $125 million was wasted, but how wasted it […]Read more "Wasted: Before and After 125 Million Dollars"
Before we start, I wanted to insert a shameless plug. I am starting a newsletter (via TinyLetter) that includes 2 short, smart, witty paragraphs each week, and 1 local Twin Cities recommendation. You can sign up here. “There’s no parking!” – Concerned Citizen I wish I had a bus ticket for every time I heard […]Read more "4 Easy Steps to Squash the “There’s No Parking” Complaint"
It’s a real drag. There is no parking in St. Paul’s hippest and hottest neighborhood: Lowertown. So, I thought I’d go downtown on a bustling Saturday afternoon and document the shortage …Read more "There’s No Parking in Lowertown"
Snelling Avenue is a must-see urban landmark in St. Paul. By “must-see”, I mean it’s unavoidable. For any cyclists living in St. Paul, it is an inevitable monster that at some point you’ll need to fight the seemingly endless hordes of fast moving traffic. I decided to fight that traffic from south to north, through the entire City of St. Paul. […]Read more "A Dangerous Journey Down Snelling Avenue"
Available on the Star Tribune! Here. The Twin Cities pizza chain Davanni’s is celebrating its 40th birthday with a face lift. It wants to be young again and recapture its original glory as the neighborhood pizza joint. In a recent article, the Star Tribune reported that many young Millennials do not associate Davanni’s with their local neighborhood businesses, but rather […]Read more "Davanni’s: To be young again"
Minneapolis has undergone a tremendous amount of urban growth in the past seven years. And, for all the complaints constructive-criticism that we, at streets.mn, have provided, it should be noted that Minneapolis has truly transformed into a better, more dynamic urban place. Google Streetview has opened up its archives (dating back to 2007 in the Twin […]Read more "Minneapolis: An Urban Transformation?"
Gerber Jewelers is a small business situated on one of St. Paul’s most desirable streets and it’s trying to extend its storefront to the sidewalk. “Gerber Jewelers’ bid to extend the front of its building at 945 Grand Ave. to the sidewalk has been rebuffed. On a 7-0 vote … St. Paul City Council rejected […]Read more "An Article About Grand Avenue’s Setbacks"
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities The biggest impediment to improving Nicollet Mall is not the aesthetic of the street, but the buildings themselves and their poor frontages. This fact is apparently lost […]Read more "Nicollet Mall Redesign and the Failure of Planning"