Archives for Complete Streets

Snatching Environmental Defeat from the Jaws of Victory by Bill Glahn

Driving around this afternoon, I caught this story on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR).  With great sadness, MPR reports that Minnesota currently meets national air quality standards.  But don’t despair, big opportunities are coming to micromanage your lives (read more on Bill’s Blogspot….) 

Reinventing Environmentalism Event this Wed. Oct. 12 at the Kelly Inn with Don Parmeter

If you agree that environmentalism needs a radical change in course, join us for an event tomorrow.

Contact Don Parmeter  (612) 558 – 2859.  Call with any questions or comments.

Reinventing Environmentalism
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12
Kelly Inn, St. Paul



1.  Introductions
2.  Additions/changes to the agenda
3.  Review/Update of Issues:
a.   Energy Policy: Something new in the wind?
b.   Status of EPA proposals on Clean Water Act & Clean Air Act
c.    International Joint Commission/EPA plans for northern MN
d.   Heart of the Continent Partnership
e.   President Obama’s Executive Orders
(i)   Rural Council
(ii)  Great America Outdoors
4.   Agenda 21
5.   Proposed Legislation for 2012 Session:
a.  Property Rights (private & public land and water access/use)
b.  Energy and Climate Change
c.  Watershed/Governance Model
d.  Clean Water Legacy Act Amendments
e.  Amending the Boundary Waters Treaty
6.   Proposed Congressional Oversight Hearings in MN
7.   Coalition Membership and Organizational Plans
8.   Other Issues
9.   Adjourn


Bill Glahn on North Saint Paul’s Radical Rain Gardens

Bill Glahn

A law known as “Complete Streets”  was passed in 2010 that aims to re-design public streets to foster a “greener” approach to getting around (emphasizing pedestrian and bicycle traffic over cars, for example). Although there are some good ideas in there, the coalition that supported this effort reads like a who’s who at a Lake Calhoun fundraiser for Mayor Rybak so we are naturally suspicious–and worry that these efforts are a poor choice when city budgets are strained.  We noticed that North Saint Paul was getting on the bandwagon–and that residents were worried about the results— and asked Bill Glahn to check it out for us. Here is what Bill had to say….