One difficulty with modernist preservation is that so much of the architecture is deeply anti-urban.
For most people who work at home, COVID-19 has all but obliterated social serendipity, probably the thing I love most about living in the city.
The county has spent $7.2 million of CARES money on emergency shelter, on top of existing county dollars. In addition, the state earmarked almost $3 million for shelter.
Over the years, many studies have found that pursuits were rarely a good idea, given the long list of possibly disastrous consequences.
Bike planning takes a long time, but St. Paul is starting to see some major dividends from processes started decades ago.
City planners are engaged in an intense and drawn out debate over how to remake Minneapolis’ zoning code to match the goals set out in the 2040 plan.
A recent Amtrak map shared with the Rail Passengers Association showed one possible vision, including a line from Minneapolis to Duluth alongside better service to points east.
The end of City Pages and the impending closure of Southwest Journal cap a concerning trend. A few enterprising online efforts, including in Eden Prairie and West St. Paul, step up online.
The worst-case scenario is that undercounting ensures that the state’s political landscape — already balanced against renters, immigrants, and younger Americans — remains uneven for 10 more years.
The Spot, Palmer’s Bar and the Black Hart are hanging on. But with winter approaching and nothing but crickets from Congress, the coming season might be the worst for local pubs since Prohibition.
For the first step, as most of society transformed their operations with COVID precautions, librarians took a cue from restaurants.
Car sharing and electric vehicles are both big ideas that could transform transportation in the Twin Cities. So why not combine them? That’s the plan for an ambitious pilot program.
The task of organizing tenants poses all sorts of social barriers. But physical barriers can be important too.
“Public art has really moved away from that,” says Colleen Sheehy, executive director of Public Art Saint Paul.
Those who want to see less police enforcement offer varied solutions, including design and education approaches; regulations on devices that distract drivers; and automatic cameras for red-light running.
Thanks to both unique efforts, over the last week in Minneapolis, hundreds of people with nowhere to go have remained safe in hotel rooms for days.
“It’s a big deal,” said Amy Brendmoen, St. Paul City Council president. “We’re bracing for it both in 2020, with a revision of what we imagined this year was going to look like, and also looking down the pike at 2021 … with a different landscape and different ability to generate revenue.”
The rash of speeding comes at an odd time for Minneapolis, which launched its ambitious Vision Zero plan just last year, aimed at eliminating fatal crashes within the city.
The game is part trivia, part exercise, part competition, part art. It might be the ideal corona pastime.
With many Minnesotans staying at home, the streets are emptier than usual right now. In some ways, that makes the pandemic the ideal time for some street repair.