“Your great-great-great-džedo Milo”, my mom started one afternoon as we sipped on Bosnian coffee as we do every Sunday, “was found as a baby in a village on the border of Crna Gora (modern day Montenegro) and Bosnia and Herzegovina.” A deadly plague had swept through his village, claiming all lives but one. A traveller was passing through and heard baby Milo crying. He took the baby with him, bringing him to modern day Čajniče, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest is history. From there, the Milović name was born (my Mom’s maiden name) and with it, generations upon generations.
It is stories like these, which I just learned after some 30+ years of being on this planet that tend to get lost with each generation. Upon marriage, my mom took my dad’s last name, Hadžić (as many women often do) and with that, the name Milović has been slowly evaporating from our family given my uncle’s recent passing.
Dear Happy Urbanists & fellow Pedestrians,
The Minnesota departments of transportation and health are seeking YOUR feedback on Minnesota Walks - a statewide tool for creating safe, desirable and convenient places to walk & roll where Minnesotans live, work, learn & play.
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Originally published in the Voices section of Newsline - Minnesota Department of Transportation Employee News Letter, Nov. 25, 2015
It’s an early and sunny Monday morning as I make my way half tiredly down the sidewalk and set my foot in the crosswalk on Rice Street, outside MnDOT’s Central Office. I am abruptly stirred out of my sleepy state as I notice cars whizzing by realizing that not only are they not going to stop for me, but they are not even going to consider slowing down. I take a step back and walk over to the signal push button. As the walk sign lights up, I swiftly yet cautiously dash across the busy five-lane road.
Pillsbury A. The name proudly etched on the front façade, strong she stands in all her brick industrial glory - the most famous building along the Minneapolis Mississippi Riverfront.
Why walking? – the main intent behind starting this blog was to focus on the importance of walking as one of the main modes of transportation – or what some may refer to, the vintage mode of transportation. I can attest to the fact that walking in many ways provides numerous benefits, starting with my early days as a free-range child living in a walkable Easter European city.
The Las Vegas Strip, one of the most visited places in the world, with over 40 million visitors in 2014. Regardless of whether you find the Strip to be an exhilarating and thrilling ride or a mingled chaos that overwhelmingly seeps over you, one cannot deny the simple fact that this is a great example of good urbanism and arguably one of the best pedestrian environments. Nowhere else can you find the amount of people on the streets and constant activity at all hours of the day. So why has the strip been so successful? Is it because it has been dictated by private money and do I dare say creativity? Is this what happens when private money dictates every aspect of the built environment?
St. Croix Crossing – a shared project between Minnesota and Wisconsin DOTs has been one of the more high profiled ones and maybe its $580 to $646 million price tag has a little something to do with it.
Healthy places are communities that are developed, designed, and built to promote good health.
-- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Full time City Transportation Planner. Part time urbanista dreamer & traveler residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.