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Hidden art in the neighborhood during quarantine

Yesterday, while walking my dog, we went on a “Teddy Bear Hunt,” something fun for children during this coronavirus quarantine. ( #StayhomeMN ) Neighbors place Teddy Bears in their windows. Well, I thought I had found just about all the Teddy Bears in my neighborhood, so a ventured up Kenwood Avenue and saw many painted rocks strategically placed several feet or yards away from each other. Atlas, yesterday was one of the few days I didn’t bring my camera, so MaggieBW and I went for another walk today. This time I brought my smartphone. I hoped no one had taken the rocks. I wondered if children or college students painted and placed them. Or even a bored quarantined adult. Every few feet was another small rock. 

Today, I set out to capture those painted rocks on my camera. My home thermometer read 42 degrees, so instead of my usual winter coat, I wore a jean jacket. The 20 mph wind whipped my husband’s baseball cap off my head 3 times, sending me to chase it. And the College of St. Scholastica sign read 32 degrees.

The dog and I kept walking. There’s more to tell. But I will end here tonight.
Have you gone Teddy Bear hunting in your neighborhood?
Let me know in the comments.

#SuperiorStreetForAll

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Superior Street is in the process of being redone. Many are hoping for bike lanes and a more pedestrian-friendly area. I was unaware of this hashtag #SuperiorStreetForAll for the cause of “complete streets.” The term complete streets means taking bicycles and pedestrians and public transportation into consideration.

Below are a couple sentences from a group that is sending a petition around for “complete streets.

With the upcoming reconstruction of Superior Street in downtown Duluth, we have the opportunity to create a thriving, safe, and welcoming business district for everyone who works, lives, recreates, and shops downtown.  I believe accommodating all users supports this vision through the utilization of a “Complete Street” design, including parallel parking, comfortable pedestrian spaces, convenient transit stops, and protected bike lanes.  To not include such facilities would be a step backward in the marketing of Duluth as a great place to invest, to start a career, to raise a family, and to thrive.

Read the whole letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mbvAJr1HBMJ-IEtosh4BRgFhVnRcyFt47dtOGZwwpbY/edit