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"
There is a small war going on in Americas second-ring suburbs. As many places cautiously emerge out of the housing recession, the uptick in new development has been at odds with concerned citizens, elected officials, developers and long-range plans. The only word that comes to mind: bipolar. To best describe what is going on countrywide, I’m going to use […]Read more "The Impending Decline of Second Ring Suburbs"
Has there ever been a better time to be a nerd? No, probably not. So, I wanted to dive in deeper … My first adventure into ultimately nerdery has left me with one resounding conclusion: if you have never played Dungeons and Dragons, whatever you think you know, forget it. You are wrong. It’s not the broad common […]Read more "A First-Timer Plays Dungeons & Dragons"
Engagement photos are either urban or rural. They are either a former factory or a leafy meadow, the brick wall of a forgotten factory or an empty beach. Never the subdivision. Never the cul-de-sac. We wanted to capture the ambiance of the American subdivision. *Real engagement photos coming soon.Read more "A Suburban Engagement (Photoshoot)"
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 […]Read more "An Open Letter to Katherine Kersten"