An Open Letter to Katherine Kersten

Dear Katherine, Please stop writing the same article over and over and over and over and over and over again. Being polite Minnesotans, with exceptions being granted to those commenting anonymously on the Star Tribune’s website, we have tried rather unwillingly to disregard your repetitive assertions that our regional government agency is akin to George Orwell’s 1984. The assertions in your most […]

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The Irrationality of Infrastructure

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Council is gambling $8.7 million on a project to alleviate congestion that might exist in 5 to 10 years if we’re somehow able to build two additional light rail lines and they are operating at full capacity for 10 days a year. Why do smart people make bad decisions? The below $8.7 million piece of public infrastructure […]

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So American

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.

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How to Walk to Canada

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 […]

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The Death of Neighborhood Schools?

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 […]

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