Minnesota

April 7, 2009, 1pm PDT
A new LEED Platinum building in suburban Minneapolis may be the greenest single building in the state, but what about all those who must drive there? The City of Lakes blog looks at the fallacy of LEED rankings when location is not factored in.
City of Lakes Urbanism
March 31, 2009, 2pm PDT
Concrete in a Minneapolis bridge replacing that which collapsed in 2007 is made of a concoction that boasts less environmental impact and durability. And it's self-cleaning.
The New York Times
February 13, 2009, 12pm PST
Target Field is the forthcoming ballpark for the Minnesota Twins, and the team and their sponsor recently unveiled their plans for the public space in front of the park. Designs include 40 ft. topiary and a giant bronze glove.
Minneapolis Post
February 10, 2009, 8am PST
Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis is changing the rules of urban economic redevelopment, mainly by not handing out large tax incentives to big businesses.
Governing Magazine
February 6, 2009, 11am PST
The chairman of the Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council announced Monday plans to use federal stimulus money to fund the bus system rather than "shovel-ready" projects for which they were intended.
Pioneer Press
February 5, 2009, 11am PST
Ridership is up on transit in the Twin Cities. Fewer cars are being sold, and tax revenues are down. With little funding expected to fill the gap, transit fare increases may be on the horizon.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
January 29, 2009, 2pm PST
Urban development needs to be re-considered as urban redevelopment, according to this column from <em>MinnPost</em>.
MinnPost
January 19, 2009, 5am PST
The town of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has grand plans for a new, pedestrian-oriented downtown, but making this idea reality involves getting rid of one large and vocal neighbor: WalMart.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
November 24, 2008, 6am PST
St. Paul, Minnesota's artist-in-residence has instituted a program where poems are imprinted into sidewalks throughout the city.
The Christian Science Monitor
November 7, 2008, 6am PST
The City of Minneapolis is considering a plan to convert a 55-acre site containing an impound lot into a mixed-use office and residential project.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
October 22, 2008, 7am PDT
Voters in suburban Minnesota will vote on whether to invest $10 million to preserve a closed golf course. Or they could save the $10 million and allow a developer to build houses. But many say it will be cheaper in the long term to buy now.
Minnesota Public Radio
October 14, 2008, 11am PDT
Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith is impressed by Mayor Christopher B. Coleman's efforts to revitalize depressed areas of his city, St. Paul. Coleman keeps the focus on increasing local investment through his 'Invest St. Paul' program.
Governing Magazine
October 8, 2008, 7am PDT
Recognizing a need for formal cooperation between the regions in the middle of North America, the author of this article calls for a North American Central Economic Region.
New Geography
September 29, 2008, 9am PDT
The Minneapolis-St. Paul region is spreading further south, according to a recent study, which shows that projected growth will require more than 50,000 new homes and millions of square feet of retail and office space.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
September 11, 2008, 6am PDT
Just over a year since its deadly collapse, the rebuilt Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis is scheduled to reopen as early as next week.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
September 9, 2008, 10am PDT
Jeff Patterson thinks the future will look less like your auto-oriented 7-11 and more like "transit station marketplaces".
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
August 24, 2008, 11am PDT
With the success of livability efforts in Minneapolis, efforts are underway to do the same for the Hiawatha light rail corridor. But active industry and historically significant grain silos create a challenge for new development.
MinnPost
August 22, 2008, 7am PDT
"Attractive young females" may be the bellwether of success on new public transit systems, according to a transit consultant who was in the Twin Cities to advise about a planned bus rapid transit line.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
August 4, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>In this op-ed, a builders association representative argues that proposals for inclusionary zoning laws in Minnesota that require a certain percentage of affordable housing do not achieve the goals they aim for.</p>
The Pioneer Press
July 30, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A public art piece/commentary on alternative transportation, the Pedal Cloud is a Volkswagen chassis with seats for 10 pedalers and one driver. </p>
Pedal Cloud