If you glimpse an old-school message board, it’s a sign you’re at an urban hotspot, part of a city alive with the footsteps of strangers.
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.
Advocates see small homes located on existing residential and nonprofit properties as a possible solution to quickly providing more kinds of housing in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but regulations on the structures — and their costs — have prevented widespread construction.
The area, at the intersection of St. Paul, Roseville and Maplewood, has long been dominated by strip malls, parking lots and very wide roads.
Horizontal deflection, tabled intersections, chicanes and more.
Funded by a host of different public agencies and nonprofits, the new Wakan Tipi Center is scheduled to open by 2023.
If you’ve been anywhere near a Twin Cities bike shop in the last forty years, you’ve likely seen Doug Shidell’s Twin Cities Bike Map.
The Twin Cities metro has one of the lowest housing vacancy rates anywhere in the nation — worse than notoriously unaffordable San Jose.
Seamlessly integrated into the surrounding neighborhood, the Elliot Park skate park is busy with skaters pretty much all day long.
When you travel down any of the diverse commercial corridors of the Twin Cities, new and unexplored restaurants are all around you.
Dramatic changes in commuting brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have created challenges for transit agencies — but also present opportunities.
The proposed ordinance lacks many of the exemptions that are common in other places that have rent stabilization, and that may have bad effects on St. Paul’s future housing supply.
Hurdles remain and logistical headaches loom, but having optimism about crossing the river is a refreshing change for a project that always seemed to be a bridge too far.
Truck parking has been a minor nuisance in both Minneapolis and St. Paul for years.
To those starved for urbanism, the voices echoing through the massive atrium sound like music.
Almost 100 ash trees were cut down along the street this spring, part of the city’s triage triggered by the emerald ash borer. A neighborhood group is fundraising to speed up the trees’ replacement.
So far, the Better Bus team has taken three core city routes and eliminated dozens of stops from each, boosting reliability and speed.
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.