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"
When what we’ve been doing clearly isn’t working, counter-intuitive might be your best option. And that option is making our spaces unsafe so we can make them safe.Read more "So American"
The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; the effects of which are similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick” [find out more]. It’s a shock to your system: refreshing, educating, exhilarating, and completely exhausting. Bittersweet, has been my only experience […]Read more "How to Walk to Canada"
We need an entirely different approach to where we locate schools and how we build them. Our current model – notably in small and mid-sized towns – is that of the destruction of our neighborhood schools in favor of the suburban campus model. The campus model is a burden on our system: built on an inhuman scale, unwalkable by design, with […]Read more "The Death of Neighborhood Schools?"
Check this out over at Strong Towns! We need to create an environment with flexibility. It’s crucial in making our cities better places. Someone painted “ALOHA” – the Hawaiian greeting – into a crosswalk at Lunalilo Home Road and Kalanipuu Street outside Honolulu. With a little paint, an unfriendly suburban stroad crosswalk became slightly more tolerable. But, […]Read more "Don’t be stupid. Be flexible."
You can read this at Strong Towns – In fact, it’s encouraged that you head over there and check it out! We shouldn’t build infrastructure for the sake of creating jobs. “Jobs and growth are the results of a productive system, not a proxy for one. Until we reconfigure our places, sustained prosperity will remain […]Read more "Strong Towns: Infrastructure for the sake of jobs?"
If you were to read the City of St. Paul’s legislative wish list, you’d see a list of big projects such as: $14 million to improve the Children’s Museum $7 million for parking and transportation improvements at Como Park $32 million loan forgiveness tied to the Xcel Energy Center (in an effort to not pay […]Read more "St. Paul isn’t Minneapolis (and that’s a good thing)"