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"
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"
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?"
So, let’s assume you wanted to buy a single family home in a historic and fairly walkable neighborhood (say, around a Walkscore of 65). Question: How much is a garage worth? I looked a “comparables” in the following: The price of a “starter home” in the neighborhood. That being, the lowest valued homes. The size […]Read more "How much is a garage worth?"
Here’s Best Buy’s corporate HQ in Richfield, Minnesota [Google Maps]. It’s a big place that takes up an entire suburban mega block at the corner of two interstates (I-35 and I-494). Eminent Domain was used to capture this spot. i’m not going to touch this topic because it’s been covered many times over (here: you can […]Read more "Best Buy HQ: The Scale"
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)"