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America needs a new mobility and lifestyle strategy

Given the impact of soaring gasoline prices on American life and commerce, it’s astonishing that the presidential candidates have had so little of substance to say on the matter. Read more…
By Steve Berg

Parking subsidies, key public goals stand in opposition

When is free parking really free? The answer, of course, is never. The Minnesota Legislature has been busy illustrating that point this session with arguments about how to subsidize an expansion at the Mall of America in Bloomington. 

From parking lot to ballpark: Stadium easier to imagine

Last May the Minnesota Twins and their partners invited the news media onto a barren asphalt parking lot on the west end of downtown Minneapolis and asked everyone to imagine a new ballpark. Read more… By Steve Berg 

Farewell O Lovely Red Tail

The Lindbergh terminal is a smoke-free facility. Northwest Airlines Flight 156, nonstop service to LaGuardia, is now in the final boarding process at Gate F-23. All ticketed passengers should be on board at this time.

Ballpark won’t succeed as an isolated gem

Minneapolis may be famous for its splendid new cultural attractions, namely the new Guthrie, Walker and Central Library. But it’s infamous for failing, in any pleasing way, to fit these architectural gems into their urban surroundings. Read more…

In the end, one fallen bridge was enough

Near the end of a forum last fall in Bloomington in which conservatives made clear their continuing opposition to new taxes for road, bridge and transit projects, Rep. Ron Erhardt, R-Edina, rose to ask a question.

Central Corridor light rail line faces critical moment

“It’s getting down to crunch time,” Peter Bell said Wednesday. The Metropolitan Council chairman was talking about next month’s choosing of a final alignment for the Central Corridor light rail project (PDF). The council’s vote, expected Feb.

Here’s hoping… for a transportation epiphany

John Adams, a University of Minnesota professor, often tells the story of parishioners at his church who instinctively rejected the idea of repairing and expanding their building.

What makes a city a good place to walk?

Bikeability? Excellent. No. 2 in the country.

Walkability? Not so good. No. 17 among the 30 top metro areas. Down among St. Louis, Detroit and Houston. That hurts.