Via Alon Levy’s great walkability and planning website, Pedestrian Observations, here’s a chart showing transit operating costs using two different payment models: [Note: these data are from New York City commuter rail, e.g. the Long Island Railroad or LIRR and Metro-North, a NYC commuter rail line.] Levy has a lot of information on how scheduling and […]
Time to continue my series on traffic signals with the red-hot topic, the right turn ...
The Bicycle Shop business in the U.S. is tough. Margins are thin, future sales tough ...
My six-year old son and I got hit by a car in downtown Saint Paul ...
Here’s a map I put together using the Federal Railroad Administration’s Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory database, ...
Ken and Roberta Avidor are packing their art supplies for another multimodal traveling and sketching journey up to Bemidji via Jefferson Lines and down the Paul Bunyan trail on their Bromptons which means work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 will cease for the moment. Do not despair for here is another Roadkill Bill comic from the era when cell […]
A lazy summer week here on streets.mn with many quick looks in the Charts and Maps, some fun, and only a couple of posts about hot topics – yes, the discussion does continue about LRT projects in the Twin Cities. But don’t stop here; did you know you can continue discussing the issues below and […]
Here is a fun visualization of the types of disagreement you may find on the Internet, as described by a fellow named Paul Graham. You should click that link and read the whole thing on his website, but in any case here is the intro and the hierarchy. The web is turning writing into a […]
Thanks to you, the outcry over recent transit-oriented injustices at the Saint Paul Saints game led to swift action. At last night’s Saints game, the Metro Transit sponsored race around the bases, which has been documented as a sham and widely publicized on this website, was resolved. For the first time ever, the Metro Transit […]
As the next part in my ongoing series of traffic signals and controllers, here is a look at what the rest of the nation, Canada, and the rest of the world do differently than Minnesota. Minnesota vs the Rest of the Country 1) As I’ve mentioned before, protected only turns (where left turning traffic has […]
Keeping with this week’s theme of affordable rental housing, here’s a chart from Howard Blackson’s Twitter page (not sure its original source) showing the percentage of income paid in rent, on average: In general, one should not pay more than 1/3 of one’s income to the landlord. The idea behind this chart is that you […]
CHS Field is a lovely new addition to Lowertown, well served by transit of all modes, from bus to slightly faster bus to slightly faster light rail with a dedicated right-of-way. And the Saint Paul Saints are rightly famous for their wide range of non-baseball entertainment. They have a ball-pig. They have humorous announcers. They […]
Via an Oregon media outlet, here’s an interesting chart of different US metro areas showing the correlation between “median asking price” and “% growth in housing units.” It comes from an op-ed by an Oregon economist named Timothy Duy. Here you go: In typical supply-and-demand fashion, Duy argues that places that build more housing have […]
Ken and Roberta Avidor are still on their multimodal traveling and sketching journey from Bemidji to Brainerd via the Paul Bunyan trail on their Bromptons and eventually homeward on Jefferson Lines. Ken will pick up work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 where he left off. Another Roadkill Bill comic will fill in for this week. Click on the comic to […]
I read recently that over 40% of people age 30-44 are renters. In the core cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, that number is much higher. Via Insight News, here’s the current picture about rents and rental vacancy in the Twin Cities metro: As you can see, the rental market is tight. Here’s what the […]
Much has been written on Streets.MN about the Southwest LRT project (or Green Line Extension if you prefer). Contributors have been arguing the strengths and weaknesses of the approved 3A (Kenilworth) and dropped 3C (Uptown/Nicollet) routings for years. 3A allows for direct interlining with the existing LRT lines (providing operational savings for Metro Transit) and […]
The Green Line extension is being planned to improve transportation options throughout the Southwest Corridor. That much should be self-evident. In the name of equity, “BUT NORTH MINNEAPOLIS!!” has become a battle cry of sorts for those on both sides of the never ending/never will end debate. Let’s make the most of what the Green Line […]
New Ulm, Minnesota, (map) in Brown County, is the local urbanist small town Utopia. New Ulm is definitely in good shape as small towns go. Having a college (Martin Luther) in town is good, but its location away from Main Street means it doesn’t interact as much as Carleton in Northfield. It parallels the Minnesota River, […]
The Metropolitan Council is now accepting comments on their Master Water Supply Plan. Above is a map you’ll be hard pressed to find in the document, but comes from data published at Data Finder. Numbers in parentheses are residential gallons per capita, per day. 2005 is the most recent year for which they say they […]
Summertime has caused a short delay in the effort to complete work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 as Ken And Roberta Avidor travel in multi-modal style by train, bus and Brompton folding bike to sketch far-flung, exotic locales such as Red Wing, Minnesota. in the interim, here’s another antediluvian Roadkill Bill comic. Click on the comic to make it bigger: […]
‘Tis been a hot and humid week here in Minnesota, but we have not been just sitting around drinking lemonade here at streets.mn. Writers have been at community events, continuing to chew over transit planning/projects, and getting on their bikes. Here are the week’s posts sorted and summarized so you can read what you need […]
As part of an ongoing series on traffic signals, here I’m taking a shot at answering some common questions that may come up. 1) What can pedestrian sensors do? Although pedestrian sensors are uncommon for all the usual reasons (cost, engineers don’t see need, old equipment, etc), there are some neat things they can do. […]
According to a recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the reconstruction of Robert Street in West St. Paul is bumping up against some cost overruns. Says newly elected Mayor Dave Meisinger: “So the numbers are increasing and increasing and increasing,” said Meisinger, who was elected in November after campaigning against the ballooning cost […]
Maybe you saw it, maybe you didn’t. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies published an interactive map listing (essentially) the worst place for renting in each state, that is to say, the highest cost place to rent in each state. Guess who scored a big ‘ol fat numero uno for Minnesota. You got it. […]