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Transit Equity Resources

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Policy Link’s Executive Director, Angela Glover Blackwell, puts it best, “Transportation policy is, in effect, health policy – and environmental policy, food policy, employment policy and metropolitan development policy.” (The Transportation Prescription) Read more >

Greenways vs. The Grid: Is Mpls' Greenways plan a good move?

A rendering of the greenway plan, via TC Greenways.

(written by Reuben Collins)

One of the more interesting aspects of the recently completed Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan is the inclusion of a long-term vision to convert some local roadways to Greenways. The master plan map lays out a network of future Greenways (most facilities we're currently referring to as Bike Boulevards are envisioned to transition to Greenways over time. Read more > Podcast #2: Bicycling and Transportation Funding with Julie Kolsab

One of the new green bike lanes on the U of MN campus.

In this episode, we're talking with Julie Kolsab, a certified bicycle instructor and blogger at Ride Boldly. We sat down about a week ago at the Swede Hollow Café to discuss the state of transportation funding, bicycling, and how cities are coping with limited budgets.

Enjoy! We're going to have these podcasts up on iTunes soon, but in the meantime you can download them from the archive website.

Thanks. Read more > Podcast #1: Stadiums, Casinos, NIMBYs and LRT with Nate Hood and Spencer Agnew

One of the many renderings of the proposed Vikings Stadium

I finally finished editing (and trying to reduce background noise in) the first TC Streets podcast.

In this episode we’re talking with Nate Hood and Spencer Agnew, both of whom are pillars of the Twin Cities urban blogging community. You can find Nate’s writing on his blog, Thoughts on the Urban Environment, and Spencer’s writing is at Both of them post semi-regularly on our website at TCStreets for as well.

We sat down a little over a week ago at the Aster Café, a lovely bar and restaurant nestled in a failed downtown mall along Minneapolis’s St Anthony Main area. The building itself is the oldest continually operating commercial building in the city, and was originally built in 1855 as a brick factory. Nate, Spencer, and I discussed a variety of topics, including the proposals for the Vikings Stadium, NIMBYism in the Twin Cities, the plusses and minuses of a downtown casino, Block E, and what’s happening along the Central Corridor during construction.


Urban infill: Local success stories

Filling in the gaps. Local urban success stories

There is a tendency while blogging to dwell on the negative. I’ve done this in the past, but I’m going to attempt to concentrate on the positives for this post. Good things do happen, and I think they should be highlighted. Read more >

More bikes, healthier cities (and advocating with statistics)

If people used these more, we'd be healthier!

The Star Tribune ran an article recently regarding the benefits of biking more (“More bikes, healthier cities“).

I do not doubt increased rates of bicycling will make us healthier, happier, safer, less congested and less polluted. In my mind, these are self-evident. What I don’t understand is why we always need to assign seemingly arbitrary numbers to these benefits? Will biking prevent 300 deaths per year? Will it save $57 million in medical costs? Will it save $7 billion annually? Read more >

Metrodome TOD site plan includes "central park"

A sketch of the planned post-Metrodome future.

Here's an article on the 2003 land use plans on file with the city about the Metrodome site. They've planned a mixed-use TOD high density area surrounding a park and a "centennial lakes" style lake near the burdgeoning Guthrie condo area.

What do you think? Is this a pre-housing bubble plan? What might it look at in the current market? Read more >

Trick or Treaters = Walkability

Trick or treaters

Halloween is a very urban holiday. Sugar-craving kids demand walkable streets with sidewalks and complete streets.

According to a recent "study" done by a realty website, Minneapolis ranks as the #11  best trick or treating city. (The "study" measured home value, walk score, density, and crime rates.) Likewise, Richard Florda has said MSP ranks #7 on its  "trick or treat index", which he uses as a proxy of urban vitality. All I know is that it's really hard to trick or treat without sidewalks and nice neighborhoods, and Minneapolis and St Paul have them spades. Read more >

Confessions of a so-called urbanist

Transitional urbanist. That’s me.

First of all - I am a hypocrite. While advocating almost all things urban, I live in a single-family house in a neighborhood of mostly single-family houses. My surroundings were built at various times between the 1880s to the 1950s and range from historic Victorian farm houses to run-of-the-mill ramblers. The intermingled housing styles look vastly different, but have one connection; their function as a single-family house. Read more >