1.8.14

*** Sidewalk Weekend! ***

Sidewalk Rating: Good

It was a city in which the very old and the awkwardly new jostled each other, not uncomfortably, but without respect; a city of shops and offices and restaurants and homes, of parks and churches, of ignored monuments and remarkable unpalatial palaces; a city of hundred of districts with strange names – Crouch End, Chalk Farm, Lear’s court, Marble Arch – and oddly distinct identities; a noisy, dirty, cheerful, troubled city, which fed on tourists, needed them as it despised them, in which the average speed of transportation through the city had not increased in three hundred years, following five hundred years of fitful road-widening and unskillful compromises between the needs of traffic, whether horse-drawn, or, more recently, motorized, and the needs of pedestrians; a city inhabited by and teeming with people of every color and manner and kind.

[Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.]



[A car2go parked on a Saint Paul street.]




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http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2014/07/bike-commuting-article-from-washington.html


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http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2014/07/when-yard-was-minnesota-s-most-radical-park?utm_content=buffer15024&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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http://www.retronaut.com/2014/07/wash-day-new-york/


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http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/then-and-now-scenes-from-purple-rain/?refid=0


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http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/225697/guests-at-poorly-designed-hotel-can-be-seen-taking-dumps-from-window/

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http://kottke.org/14/07/werner-the-herzog



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http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/05/27/a-shift-from-germany-to-mexico-for-americas-immigrants/


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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/07/marijuana-laws-up-for-votes-by-state-in-usa/



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http://techpresident.com/news/25206/civic-tech-and-engagement-how-seeclickfix-changing-fabric-local-reality


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There appears to be one clear factor (though it doesn’t explain the entire drop): the Polar Vortex.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/23/mayfly-hatch-wisconsin-photos-radar_n_5614449.html?1406148856&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063


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http://boingboing.net/2014/07/22/the-rational-mind-and-oth.html

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“Setting fire to an occupied dwelling is tantamount to murder,” Zaccard said. “Whoever did this could have killed this young mother and baby.”

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http://historyapolis.com/creativity-north-side-past-present/



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31.7.14

TC SIdewalks Live!: Discuss Public Art and Private Space on Hennepin Avenue Tomorrow

[Alice in Wonderland sidewalk.]
If you're around downtown Minneapolis tomorrow over the lunch hour, come on down to the Hennepin Avenue Parklot. I'll be joining Joan Vorderbruggen, one of my favorite public artists, to talk about how to create public art using private space.

Date: Tomorrow August 1st
Time: Noon
Place: Hennepin Avenue between 9th and 10th


Joan has long been interested in shop window design, and over the past few years begun combining that with an interest in temporary and pop-up art installations. She was one of the people working on activating Block E (before the remodel), and is currently working on improving some of the marginal (parking lot) spaces along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. I did an interview with her for the streets.mn podcast, and recently wrote about her for a piece at Minnpost.

We'll be chatting about public art, temporary urbanism, and the challenges of combining private and public interests while sitting in one of her brand new projects, the Parklot! See you there.

Here's the Facebook page:

Join us for the second installment of our Lunchtime Parklot Speaker Series with Cultural District Arts Coordinator Joan Vorderbruggen. Joan will discuss the basic steps involved implementing artists work in vacant commercial storefronts, as well as general insights in regards to creating
public art in privately owned commercial space. 
Topolo Tacos will be parked in the Parklot and open for service starting at 11am. Joan will start her talk at noon.
Since creating Artists in Storefronts in 2012, Joan has implemented well over 200 visual displays of MN based creatives work in vacant commercial storefronts, as well as produced and supported 75 live performances in alternative space, six large scale murals, and dozens of community engaging walking and biking tours and activities. She now serves as Cultural District Arts Coordinator for Hennepin Theatre Trust activating the downtown Cultural District with public art and activity. With Made Here, nearly 40 window showcases are currently on display over 15 city blocks downtown.


30.7.14

Twin City Doorways #13

[Milwaukee, WI.]


 [Milwaukee, WI.]

 [South Minneapolis.]

 [Centuria, WI.]

[Hinckley, MN.]


[Duluth, MN.]


[Duluth, MN.]


[Downtown, Minneapolis.]

Signs of the Times #90

 Swing 
At Your
Own Risk
No
Lifeguard
On Duty

[Bridge. Milwaukee, WI.]

 WE ARE
CLOSE

[and]

We Accept
Food Stamp

[Door. Location forgotten.]

WEL CO ME
BKER             S

[Wall. Osceola, WI.]


CLOSED
Until further notice
I apologize for the
inconvenience.

Thank You Steven

[Door. Centuria, Wisconsin.]


ROBO
VILLAGE

[Hedge. Osceola, WI.]


POWER PLANT
STOP

[Pole. Lindstrom, MN.]


AUCTION
HERE
JUNE
5TH
NOT 
GOING 
OUT OF
BUSINESS


[Driveway. Pine City, MN.]


FOR SALE
Beer
Burgers
Business
Building
INQUIRE WITHIN

[Window. Hinckley, MN.]