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Community cleanup of the midtown greenway on May 4th!
i thiiiiiink tomorrow might be leaf day. the first buds on the trees may come open and let us peek some green leaf, perhaps!
PLEASE BE EXCITED #leafday
A timely and insightful article from @laflaneuse on Mississippi River boulevard in St. Paul, and the vast overrepresentation of SFH in [basically everything], including our perceptions.
“Using that county map, I calculate that 18 percent of housing units in single-family houses take up 78 percent of the residential land along this street in Highland while the 80 percent of total housing units that are in apartment buildings use only 18 percent of the residential land.”
Cyclists, here's a good article to reference the next time someone goes off about cyclists that break traffic laws:
short version: some people are jerks, it's a tiny problem compared to dangerous driving, better infrastructure and education would help
here are some good trees, i enjoyed these representations of them
If you live and/or bike in St. Paul, now is the time to tell the city council that we want an Ayd Mill Road Greenway instead of spending $3.5 million to repave Ayd Mill as-is. The St. Paul Bicycle Coalition has more info here:
“it promotes plastic junk and works against transit riders, walkers, pedestrians, and women who travel in any of those ways“
In fact I like this so much that years ago @Jennybellium metalsmithed an excerpt of it for me on this piece: All this I desire
I am so extremely excited!! For the first time ever, Conduit Books & Ephemera has two new poetry books out in the world! 🤘 🙌 💀 💃 🕺 🦁 😻 💫
Now available at http://www.conduit.org/
The Last Note Becomes Its Listener by Jeffrey Morgan
Animul/Flame by Michelle Lewis
Streets.mn spring writers’ workshop is on April 6th in Saint Paul. You can learn about how it works, ask questions, meet other writers, eat some free food, and even start your own posts. Details in link, and I’m happy to answer questions!
In Saint Paul, the police say it’s legal to park in bike lanes, anytime, for any reason (according to SeeClickFix):
“After further view with the Saint Paul police department, in the city of Saint Paul it is not illegal to park in the bike lanes... vehicles may park in bike lane with no repercussions” (Screenshot of one such ticket attached, link: https://en.seeclickfix.com/issues/5558433-parking-violation-public-property )
Creative transit-style maps from Daniel Huffman featured on streets.mn today:
“I don’t think people are used to seeing and thinking about rivers this way — realizing their interconnectedness, their importance in the establishment of settlements, or the fact that they were humanity’s original transit networks.”
If anyone is interested in joining streetsmn as a writer, please do, we would love your input. I am happy to help facilitate or even edit/proofread!
more info here:
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