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Nathaniel Hood

He writes about transportation and planning.

Your Voices
June 23, 2015

Nathaniel Hood: Davanni's dreams of its youth in St. Paul

The addition of craft beer is a good start, but Davanni's won't be able to drink themselves out of the suburbs.
Your Voices
May 6, 2015

Minnesota's infrastructure debate in a nutshell

If only things were simple. The problem with infrastructure funding can be boiled down to the bad example given by a Strib Opinion piece.
Your Voices
April 28, 2015

Robbinsdale Pedestrian Safety Kit: Now Available

You might look ridiculous, but it's better than being dead or having driver's to slow down or designing our streets and places for people.
Your Voices
March 15, 2015

Should Minneapolis build an urban soccer stadium?

Stadiums are inherently a suburban style land use imposed on an urban core. Yet, this outcome still feels better than having stadiums in the 'burbs.
Your Voices
February 23, 2015

Here's why money won't fix our transportation system

The general consensus in the media has been that we need more funds in order to have a "21st Century" system. If we don't, our bridges will collapse and won't be able to compete globally.
Your Voices
February 17, 2015

Then and now: Minneapolis' big urban transformation

Minneapolis has undergone tremendous urban growth in the past seven years. And, for all the complaints, it should be noted that Minneapolis is a better place.
Your Voices
January 27, 2015

The Beautiful Inconsistencies of a Grand Avenue

Nothing is more consistent about Grand Ave. setbacks than the fact that they are inconsistent.
Your Voices
December 7, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Sonic the Hedgehog (and Sega)

For a brand to thrive, it needs to constantly reinvent itself. Sega isn't doing that and the once unstoppable hedgehog has been diminished to mere nostalgia.
Your Voices
November 3, 2014

A First-Timer Plays Dungeons & Dragons

My first adventure into nerdery has left me with one conclusion: if you have never played Dungeons and Dragons, whatever you think you know, forget it. It's not the common assumption supported by mainstream media.
Your Voices
September 22, 2014

An Open Letter to Katherine Kersten

There are real issues in reforming the Metropolitian Council. However, the mud-slinging, or more politely, the constructive-less criticism, harms healthy debate.
Your Voices
September 10, 2014

How To Justify Spending $8m On Something Few Want

The Met Council is about to spend over $8 million on something that nobody really wants, and something that'll be used 10 times a year.
Your Voices
July 26, 2014

Eight Steps To Improve Twin Cities Urbanism

Here are the top 8 steps to improve the places we care about.
Your Voices
July 6, 2014

Where Not To Build A School

We need an entirely different approach to where we locate schools and how we build them. Our current model – notably in small and mid-sized towns – is that of the destruction of our neighborhood schools in favor of the suburban campus model.
Your Voices
March 6, 2014

Minneapolis: Embrace 21st Century Transportation Options

Let's create an environment where Lyft, Uber & Taxis can succeed!
Your Voices
January 6, 2014

Should The Dorothy Day Center Relocate?

The Pro's and Con's of Moving the Dorothy Day Center.
Your Voices
November 26, 2013

The Bypass of Commerce

Let me start off with a question: Do Nicollet or Courtland need bypasses?
Your Voices
November 9, 2013

What is the Value of Closing a Street?

The answer is a 31% increase in value.
Your Voices
October 8, 2013

Hire a Marathon Planner

Hiring a marathon planner might be one of the smartest ways to analyze your strengths
Your Voices
September 14, 2013

Highland Park: Maintain Your Business District

St. Paul giving $1 million to Highland Park to improve the streetscape is akin having your teenager beat up the old Buick and then deciding to buy him a new car because the old car is in such bad shape
Your Voices
August 27, 2013

Life After Public Purpose

The Best Buy story isn't as tragic, yet. Eminent domain's "public purpose" helped make it happen.
Your Voices
August 21, 2013

Convention Centers: It's a race to the bottom

Struggling cities needs to explore other economic development paths
Your Voices
August 5, 2013

Dinkytown: How a City Ought to Grow

Great places evolve over time. This is a healthy and historic form of urban growth.
Your Voices
July 26, 2013

So, I was watching HGTV ...

Cape Coral: The Least Sustainable Community in America
Your Voices
July 10, 2013

St. Paul Saints Stadium: Number Crunching

You run the numbers. Do they add up?
Your Voices
July 9, 2013

St. Paul is the place to be

Minneapolis is booming, but St. Paul is the place to be.