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being a pedestrian

it is a minnesota state law that you must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, correct? actually… Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no […]

urban chickens

Raising chickens in the city is growing in popularity among those interested in sustainability and keeping chickens as pets. But the venture often proves more difficult than expected. via MinnPost – Urban chicken farming on the rise. I joke about this quite often… I didn’t realize that people actually did it in the city.

municipal wifi

the free market is great, except when it’s not. here’s a perfect example: municipal internet. minneapolis is one of a few cities in the country that has rolled out a municipal wifi network. the price is decent, but the I’ve heard nothing good about the reliability. did you know, in stockholm, for example, that 100mbps […]

Next stop: Fast St. Paul-to-Chicago train?

Amtrak ridership in Minnesota continues at a record pace, greasing the rails for high-speed train service between St. Paul and Chicago. via Next stop: Fast St. Paul-to-Chicago train? I love it… greasing the rails. Seriously though, great news! Hopefully rail transit will be part of the new public works projects. I would love to be […]

More light-rail tidbits

St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie all are making plans for new housing and businesses to take root around light-rail stations that have already been sited in their towns. From Four Suburbs are Betting Big on Light Rail Great news – but again, it would be a lot better to be planning and […]

urban life

I sometimes joke that we live in the urban suburb. i love our neighborhood. we can walk to groceries, the bus, restaurants, our local bookstore, coffee shop and movie theatre. However, it is not dense. Not dense in a chicago or new york way. but it’s city living as far as I’m concerned. I’ve also […]

Mixed Use

First off, if you haven’t been reading MinnPost, you’re missing a lot of great stories. But, I do have one problem with this (otherwise excellent) story about the troubles facing condo owners and potential owners. There is a lot of discussion given to mixed-use developments, pointing out that lenders are growing wary of these types […]