Streets.MN moving to LA unless new server provided by Minnesota Taxpayers |

Streets.MN moving to LA unless new server provided by Minnesota Taxpayers


At a March 32 meeting of the Streets.MN Board, it was announced that Streets.MN was considering an offer to relocate to Los Angeles unless a new modern state-of-the-art server was built in Minnesota. The Board said in its press release:

We have lived with our server for nearly 18 months (which is 30 years in non-internet time), sharing it with lots of other web-based services, and served millions of words, tens of millions of letters, and billions of bytes. While the server (see image on upper right) was state-of-the-art when it opened in late 2011, it has become uncompetitive with servers in other peer cities, such as CincinnatiIndianapolis, and San Francisco, which have all provided their leading blog with new hardware. We lack basic features like a high-definition LED readouts on the front of our server. A schematic of the user interface of the proposed new server is shown on the lower right. In short, Streets.MN cannot remain competitive in recruiting new writers with its existing server infrastructure.

We have received inquiries from a group in City of Commerce, California, which has offered us a new server if we would simply relocate. As everyone knows, Los Angeles lacks a blog. While we love Minnesota, we have been presented with an impressive offer which we are hard pressed to turn down in the absence of a new facility locally. The lease on our current server expires at the end of this season, at which time we will need to seriously consider our options.

The Board further said that if Streets.MN moves, it will just do a search and replace for all posts: replacing the words Minneapolis with Los Angeles, and St. Paul with Long Beach and expect that everything else will remain meaningful to our new readers. The Board expects readers to purchase Personal Seat Licenses to pay for the server.

New Zeppelin Port Announced |

Cross-posted from New Zeppelin Port Announced

New Zeppelin Port Announced


The following was released to Streets.MN

*************** EMBARGOED UNTIL MARCH 32, 2013 ***************

In line with Minnesota’s new statewide transportation plan and the City of Minneapolis’s recent push for slow travel via streetcar, the newly formed Metropolitan Zports Commission (jointly managed by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, with a 30% stake held by local entrepreneur Z. Wilf), along with the Foshay Tower, have announced a new Zeppelin Port initiative. The objective will be for people to ride comfortably in the clouds from downtown to downtown of major American cities. Service is expected to begin in August 2015 on a route between Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago, with a parachute drop over Madison.

Foshay (wikipedia)


The Zeppelin will dock atop the Foshay tower, and board and alight via a newly constructedZipline between the Foshay tower roof and the 30th floor of the IDS Tower.

The marketing campaign is “It’s Zporting: Zip to the Zep today”.


The Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission released a brief announcement indicating they opposed the 80 MPH Zeppelin, saying

“If you want slow inter-city transportation, High-Speed rail in the Midwest will undoubtedly be slower than a Zeppelin on trips from Chicago to Minneapolis, considering actual travel distances and stops”. 

Minneapolis Anti-Skyway Coalition supported the bringing of inter-city transportation downtown, but was disturbed by the construction of a non-street level zipline between the Foshay tower and IDS Center. Their main objection was removing potential customers from the street-level, and the possibility of aerial food-trucks powered by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) (the famous taco-copter) serving passengers hanging off the zip-line waiting to board the Zeppelin.

Minneapolitans Against Food In Air (MAFIA) were also opposed, suggesting that taco juices would rain down upon street-level pedestrians.

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak immediately endorsed the project as bringing vital jobs and conventioneers to the City, and suggested a second zipline (which he dubbed “The Hipline”) to connect to Target Field and the Vikings Stadium.

This brings the development of lighter than air craft full circle in the metropolis where Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin conceived of his namesake vehicle.