Minnesota

April 7, 2011, 11am PDT
Skyways in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been a major part of the two cities downtowns for years, but are also blamed for killing their streetlife. A new video competition challenged filmmakers to explore that dichotomy.
MinnPost
March 9, 2011, 6am PST
The city of lakes ironically gets a redesigned riverfront, as was unveiled by the city's Park and Recreation Board. Click for more and the video of the winning design.
THE DIRT
February 14, 2011, 2pm PST
Areas once thought to be virtually immune to the downturn in the housing market are starting to see signs of decline.
The New York Times
January 26, 2011, 6am PST
With a downtown largely devoid of trees, Minneapolis is considering a new plan that would add more green life and greenspace to the city's center.
MinnPost
January 20, 2011, 7am PST
Work begins at the Union Depot, restoring the historic building into a transportation hub for light rail, buses, taxis and bikes and pedestrians.
Star Tribune
December 1, 2010, 1pm PST
Brendan Patrick Hughes examines what other cities can learn from the recently constructed Target Field.
Next American City
September 29, 2010, 9am PDT
Officials in the Twin Cities are looking to shift away from major road expansion projects and focus more on creating managed lanes that are intended to put a price on avoiding traffic within the two cities.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
September 23, 2010, 11am PDT
Rick Harrison tells a parable of a small businessman who's auto shop is decimated when a traffic engineer decides to put a median on the adjoining road, eliminating left turns into his shop. Will light rail essentially do the same?
New Geography
August 12, 2010, 9am PDT
This column from <em>MinnPost</em> praises the year-old Downtown Improvement District in Minneapolis for helping to revive the city's downtown core and give people a reason to walk.
MinnPost
August 5, 2010, 1pm PDT
New transit facilities attract lots of foot traffic, but while the facility is being built the construction clutter drives potential customers away. A new program in Minneapolis attempts to preserve local businesses through the debris.
Next American City
July 23, 2010, 2pm PDT
Eden Prairie, Minnesota tops Money Magazine's recent list of Best Places to Live 2010. Blogger Chris O'Leary points out that Eden Prairie is devoid of anything to separate it from any other suburb, and in fact has no downtown at all.
On Transport
July 16, 2010, 12pm PDT
The American Institute of Architects discovers that architects are finding work redesigning stations, and that a new focus on transit is driving development.
AIA
June 11, 2010, 12pm PDT
Minneapolis follows Denver in launching it's public bicycle sharing program today. The bicycles will provide a fast, convenient and carbon neutral means of getting around and are based on the highly successful Parisian scheme.
The Minn Post
June 11, 2010, 5am PDT
PRAIRIEFORM argues that the central problem of modernist architecture is the way the buildings erase the sense of place inherent in the location where they are built.
PRAIRIEFORM
June 7, 2010, 2pm PDT
A new 21-page report evaluates the efforts of ID, NH, MA, MN, OR, and VT to raise state fuel taxes from 2006-2009. Why did only two succeed? This analysis looks only at how the debates were played out in print media in each of the states.
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center
May 28, 2010, 11am PDT
Don't call them granny flats or inlaw units! These are separate units that can only be built on lots of 4,000 sq. ft. minimum. Only 50 have been built or permitted since the trial began in 2006. The goal is to bring affordabllity to SFH neighborhoods
USA Today
April 26, 2010, 11am PDT
In Red Wing, Minnesota, the city is seeking to turn 200-acres of marshes and forests into a permanent conservation easement. A citizen group has complained that locking down the land forever is a bad idea.
Red Wing Republican Eagle
April 16, 2010, 10am PDT
A comparison of Brainerd, Minnesota's downtown parking and that of the planned town of Celebration, Florida shows what a big difference a parking plan can make.
Strong Towns Blog
April 8, 2010, 8am PDT
The city of Portland is in a state of shock after being de-throned as America's most bike-friendly city.
The Oregonian
March 4, 2010, 1pm PST
Foot traffic is up 3.5%, and even sales are up a little at Minnesota's megamall. Retail Traffic Magazine gleans some lessons from the Mall's success.
Retail Traffic Magazine