May 9, 2015, 11am PDT
Strong leadership from the governor may be the most important factor in passing state gas tax increases. But what happens when the governor opposes increasing the gas tax and the legislature supports it? Nebraska is about to find out.
May 3, 2015, 1pm PDT
An already controversial project got bad news earlier this week, as substantial increases in the expected cost of the Southwest LRT extension added more fuel to the fire for opponents of the project.
April 27, 2015, 6am PDT
Okay, technically it leads to the new Vikings stadium, but Nick Magrino doubts its benefits justify $6 million of public spending. A proportion of the Metropolitan Council is inclined to agree.
April 25, 2015, 11am PDT
The city of Minneapolis will add 30 miles of protected bike lanes to its city, especially around Downtown.
April 23, 2015, 10am PDT
A transportation sales tax can be a designated state or local sales tax where revenues are used for transportation, or a sales tax applied to fuel sales. A bill in Minnesota would grab sales taxes paid on auto parts, car rentals and leases.
April 22, 2015, 9am PDT
In the quest for density and infill, preservationists often stand beside those who want static cities. But both preservation and density can be ideologies, and thoughtful land use demands a nuanced middle ground.
April 22, 2015, 8am PDT
The data shows Minneapolis recovered from the recession more quickly than Chicago. And its growth rates continue to surpass those of its larger neighbor. Why did this happen, and which policies deserve credit?
Metropolitan Planning Council
April 16, 2015, 8am PDT
A new park and lots of new development will follow the under-construction stadium for the Vikings on the eastern side of Minneapolis urban core.
April 8, 2015, 9am PDT
A case study in how New Urbanist principles helped transform the neighborhood around the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
April 4, 2015, 11am PDT
Greg Aamot explores case studies from Minnesota of a conundrum that troubles many rural communities: how to house daytime workforces near their jobs, with the benefits in sales and property tax revenue that results.
March 26, 2015, 12pm PDT
Small-scale development on single lots is an alternative to the centralized mid-rise norm. But this kind of classic infilling may not be as easy as build-it-and-they-will-come.
March 25, 2015, 1pm PDT
Two academic researchers explain the planning and landscape architecture opportunities offered by the "dramatic fluctuations" and "emergent shorelands" of the Great Lakes Coasts.
March 19, 2015, 11am PDT
The St. Paul City Council approved a bike plan on March 18, 2014 that will more than double the amount of bike pathways and connections in the city. The plan will advance the goals established by the city's 2008 Comprehensive Plan.
March 7, 2015, 7am PST
A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota identifies the consequences of Twin Cities affordable housing policy: deepening racial and economic segregation.
March 3, 2015, 6am PST
A proposed development in in the North Loop section of Minneapolis would be the first of its kind. According to the architect behind the design, the "T3" project, as its known, could be a harbinger of buildings to come.
February 23, 2015, 6am PST
Minneapolis combines prosperity with plentiful affordable housing, an increasing rarity. Geographical factors play a role, but longstanding "fiscal equalization" policies may make the difference.
February 11, 2015, 11am PST
Scott Schafer pens a column inspired by watching a visually impaired woman navigate a busy corner of Minneapolis. The question raised by the column: How can we improve level of service for the blind?
January 28, 2015, 11am PST
A columnist in St. Paul makes an argument in favor of zoning variances as a driver of incremental growth and economic development.
January 23, 2015, 12pm PST
Bill Lindeke writes of the daunting urban design and planning challenge presented by America's post-war fascination with the strip mall.
January 19, 2015, 12pm PST
Cities around the country have been making it easier to decorate mundane utility boxes into something more colorful and representative of the neighborhoods they serve.