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December 27 2013

Farewell to The Grid, from Minneapolis’ Abbey Seitz

December 27th, 2013Posted by 

Having lived in Minnesota for the entirety of my life, I did not think there was much more I could learn about this state. I associated the suburbs with my past, and I sought to find new adventures in far-off cities. However, after coming home to Minnesota, and moving to Minneapolis, I realized that I […]

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December 13 2013

Minneapolis Sees a Rise in Crime and Responds with Trees

December 13th, 2013Posted by 

While forestry is often perceived as an activity that is based solely in rural areas, it has recently been recognized in urban areas. Many know the importance of green space in the city for purposes such as creating recreational areas, aesthetic value, and ecological flourishing; but the public’s knowledge of the importance of trees is […]

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November 29 2013

What’s Happening to the Land of Lakes? A Case Study of White Bear Lake

November 29th, 2013Posted by 

Growing up in Mahtomedi, MN, White Bear Lake had a stronghold in my life. As a child, my nanny would take me there to learn to swim. Growing older, it became the location of my friend’s biking and summer adventures. Although this lake is typically considered one of the deepest, largest, and cleanest in the […]

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November 15 2013

Is the Era of Limited Energy Options in Minneapolis Over?

November 15th, 2013Posted by 

Until recently, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy have been the only options for Minneapolis residents to receive electricity and gas. Coal is currently the largest portion of Xcel Energy’s sources, while natural gas is the largest for CenterPoint Energy. The contract these energy companies have with the city of Minneapolis is coming to a halt […]

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November 01 2013

The Minnesota-Canada Oil Bond and the Enbridge Pipeline Expansion Proposal

November 1st, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of states hit hard by oil prices, California and Hawaii usually come to mind. However, in May 2013 the trend was reversed, with the Midwest (particularly Minnesota) leading the pack in the highest oil prices. While the prices of oil are based on a multitude of forces, with both domestic economic influences […]

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October 18 2013

Minneapolis’ Auto-Oriented Infrastructure Comes at A High Cost

October 18th, 2013Posted by 

Minneapolis traditionally has followed urban growth patterns similar to Manhattan’s strict grid system. However, in an urban planning effort to utilize the automobile, a system of freeways has been created over the past fifty years to support urban sprawl. Still, the question must be asked; besides the miles and emissions of our automobiles, what are the negative effects […]

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October 01 2013

Minneapolis’ Secret to Enticing its Residents to Bike in the Tundra

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

For a state that built a city with both skyway systems and universities with mass underground tunnels for shelter in its Arctic-like temperatures, we see an opposite trend in terms of bicycling planning . While Minneapolis is known for being one of the coldest cities in America, in 2011 Bicycling Magazine also claimed it be the […]

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September 20 2013

Sustainable Luxury: The New Face of Urban Living in Minneapolis

September 20th, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of sweeping high rises, one often envisions the streets of New York, Chicago or Miami. However, this recent trend of providing luxury living space for young professionals and urbanites is sweeping the nation. Specifically, the growth of luxury apartments in Minneapolis has goals of altering the city to provide sustainable and high-density […]

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September 06 2013

The Forgotten 25%: Composting to Implement Zero-Waste in the Twin Cities

September 6th, 2013Posted by 

About five months ago, when I decided to start a composting bin in my apartment, a skeptical friend asked what the difference was between the material going to a landfill and it simply decomposing. At the time, I had no answer that seemed to satisfy. However, now, given the chance to complete further research, it […]

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August 23 2013

Minneapolis’ Collision of Monumental Architecture and Environmental Concerns

August 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Although for the past decade Minnesotans have debated building a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, it was not until footage went viral of the Metrodome Stadium roof collapse during a 2010 winter storm that national attention was given to Minneapolis’ desire for a new sports facility. This wish was granted on March 1st, 2012 […]

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August 09 2013

What About the Businesses? Impacts of the Twin Cities Light Rail

August 9th, 2013Posted by 

Even as a child, I loved the idea of rail being used as a source of public transportation. I was mesmerized by the images I saw of the design of what would eventually become the Twin Cities Light Rail. It was not until I grew up and lived in Minneapolis where I learned that the […]

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July 26 2013

Minneapolis’ Midtown Greenway Streetcar to Push Out Pedestrians

July 26th, 2013Posted by 

In terms of multi-level cities, Minneapolis has always been known as the city with miles of skyways. However, over the past decade Minneapolis has gained recognition for another level being conquered: the level below the street grid. The Minneapolis Midtown Greenway is a prime example of an urban planning movement to create pathways devoted strictly […]

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July 12 2013

Discovering Successful Neighborhood Elements in South Minneapolis

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

We all know when a neighborhood is livable. When a street works, it feels charming by instinct. But why? What specific urban planning techniques make a street successful? To discover these answers, I took a look at communities in South Minneapolis to uncover how neighborhoods have succeeded in captivating their citizens. Although there is a plethora […]

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