So far, the Better Bus team has taken three core city routes and eliminated dozens of stops from each, boosting reliability and speed.
Cityscape focuses on urban life in our metro area. Topics range from urban design and architecture to transportation, highways, traffic, transit, walking and biking. Cityscape also examines important urban issues — such as real estate development, education, crime, poverty and family life — as well as the arts, sports and entertainment in our community.
Personally, I think more and longer-season patios are a great idea for Minnesotans (who love to humblebrag about surviving winter). I hope the parking-to-patio tradeoff becomes a permanent fixture of our city.
Today, walking out the Convention Center doors, you’ll find rows of butterfly milkweed, pale purple coneflower, anise hyssop, Eastern bee balm, California poppy, and wild lupine.
Over the last year, competing groups of library advocates have waged a low-key fight over the future of the small brick building.
Despite the overall wealth of the metro area, there’s no starker sign of its segregation of opportunity than the wide gulf between Black and white homeownership rates, the largest in the nation.
The higher design of SUVs and trucks, in particular, poses a massive problem for pedestrian safety.
To be honest, the first time you fit a squirming newborn’s arm through the strap of a Graco Snugride Snug-lock 35 is a little nerve-wracking.
Hands down, St. Paul’s best corner store is Tim and Tom’s Speedy Market in St. Anthony Park, the only Twin Cities corner shop that competes with a great New York deli.
It’s an increasing trend pitting financial firms against people’s homes in cities across the country. If left unchecked, institutionalized housing threatens to become a modern-day feudalism.
For too long, parking has been the tail that wags the dog when it comes to urban design.
There are a lot of options for how to leverage the funding, and it could do wonders for digital equity in St. Paul’s poorest communities.
Let’s look at the big picture of what the Lexington Parkway development mess tells us about St. Paul’s housing problem.
A developer wants to transform the former Pier 1 Imports store into a chain restaurant and national bank branch. Nearby, the long-time owner of Dixie’s Restaurant wants to build a mixed-use project with 79 apartments atop commercial space on an acre lot.
While you’re perched on a stool, the intimate atmosphere at Mickey’s Diner and Al’s Breakfast adds flavor to your meal that transcends any spice rack. But you can be sure that tiny diners will be the last businesses to open back up after a pandemic.
Dubbed the Towerside district, the triangle of land along the BNSF rail yard between the Surly Brewery, the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood might soon be one of the most energy efficient communities in the state.
As jobs become flexible, many longstanding assumptions about how to plan for urban transportation could be in trouble.
Two large parcels of land opened up for redevelopment around the same time, on opposite corners of the city. Their different fates tell us a lot about the economic imbalance across St. Paul.
A look at the Robin Hutcheson era as she moves on to a job in the Biden administration.
“Value per acre” maps show that, in most cities, downtowns and older neighborhoods are very economically productive.
A small rink, kept up by neighborhood dads, is keeping St. Paulites connected.