There was a fascinating post the other day on Matthew Kahn’s excellent Environmental and Urban Economics blog that detailed some counter-intuitive data about racial inequality in the US. One of the charts seems fitting for this site: This is one of a few charts that Kahn uses to illustrate that, despite everything, the gap in racial equality […]
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Featuring bicycle transportation as a way to stick it to foreign oil oligarchs, this is one of the more progressive ads in the series featuring Errol Morris produced by Miller in the early oughts. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value […]
Here’s the week on streets.mn rolled out and carefully cut into seasonal shapes for pre-holiday nibbling. Conversation was particularly lively here on streets.mn this week with more posts provoking more comments; more comments are more than welcome. Holidazzle Market Two seasonal posts this week consider the Minneapolis Holiday Market at Holidazzle Village, the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s […]
Here’s a fun chart [actually a graph] from the VTPI (via Planetizen) that combines speed with the amount of land required to support the different modes, resulting in the fun unit of measure “square-meter-minutes”: According to the author, the chart reveals that: Since each car requires road space plus two to six parking spaces (at […]
[This post first appeared on the Saint Paul Smart-Trips blog.] “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett Over the last several years, the city of Saint Paul has made great strides to improve the bicycle infrastructure within our city. One of the most […]
So it seems our little Holidazzle Market has some critics. Apparently, it’s not stroller or kid friendly enough. Apparently it’s outrageous to stop offering the same old free entertainment the patronage for which was insufficient to induce downtown businesses to continue supplying it. Apparently it’s just uncouth to ask visitors to contribute a small amount […]
Thrive MSP 2040, the new regional plan for the 7-county metro adopted by the Metropolitan Council, includes moderately strong language about addressing climate change. But the main implementation tool we’ve seen so far from the Council, the Draft 2040 Transportation Policy Plan, doesn’t go nearly far enough. In fact, it doesn’t even start where it should, with a […]
I came across this cool chart when digging around researching the last Chart of the Day. It’s pretty self explanatory and nicely made: I found it in this report on Bus Stop design. Enjoy! Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value […]
[Disclaimer: This post is clearly a late submission for Snark Week, which you can read all about here and here.] America was founded on parking. In the 1500s, the first white settlers came here from Europe looking for parking. When all the spaces filled up, they moved west in search of more parking. The search […]
Green Line Hide and Ride Because there are no official park and ride lots along the Green Line, it was expected that impromptu park-riding (dubbed “hide and ride”) would happen, just as it did along the Blue Line in Minneapolis. On December 3, John DeWitt and I drove the line after the morning rush hour to […]
As weird as it is to write, in just a couple of years, Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be home to one of the greatest collections of sports facilities on earth. That’s not hyperbole. With the completion of the Downtown East Stadium, MSP will boast separate facilities for professional and college football, hockey, and basketball teams, as well as […]
Last week, the owners of Nye’s Polonaise Room announced that the beloved Northeast Minneapolis bar would be closing next year to make way for a residential tower of some sort. It’s pretty sketchy what that will ultimately entail, but quotes from the developer indicate that the existing building will need to be demolished to make […]
As 2014 closes, I thought I would compile a list of some notable highway projects of the year. These are simply ones that caught my fancy, and since most of us know about the local projects, are mainly outstate or nationwide. 1) The Saint Croix Crossing ($582-$646 Million, MN share $306-$362 Million) Not really outstate, but […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with Joe Scott, an amateur photographer and snarky writer who does many of the Friday Photo features for streets.mn. A while back I met up with Joe at one of his favorite Minneapolis spots, the 24th Street pedestrian bridge over 35W. Joe and I chatted about urban photography […]
So this chart comes from a recent piece on Citylab attempting to debunk millennial trend pieces using ACS data comparisons from 1980. Here you go: As the author of the piece explains, this is proof that: the notion that Millennials are spurning cars across the board is clearly oversimplified. In many big cities, young people […]
Last year I went to Thanksgiving dinner in Chanhassen. A friend of mine bought a house out there and hosted a dinner and, being curious and friendly, I made the trek. I was surprised when I got to my buddy’s place because, though it was in the middle of nowhere, my friend’s house wasn’t a house […]
Note: I chair the Richfield Bike Advocates, and represent that group as a non-voting liaison to the Richfield Transportation Commission. However, I am not speaking on behalf of either group. Tonight, the Richfield City Council will make a major design decision that will affect more than 20,000 people every day. The City Council will consider whether or […]
June 22, 2014 10 miles Merriam Park, Frogtown, Hamline-Midway The variety and number of happenings in Saint Paul are nearly boundless. I’m not talking about the big events, the ones you hear about, read about or see on the news. No, it’s those that receive little or no publicity but are vital to the (buzzword […]
I enjoy a good Christmas Market. It’s fun to wander through the booths looking at crafts and talking to other shoppers and shopkeepers (who are usually the craftsfolk responsible for the creations we’re oogling). The wooden toys that are often in abundance are my favorite, topped only by the abundance of treats from homemade stroopwafels to gelato […]
With snow, ice and freezing temperatures bringing the 2014 street repair season to an early close, I decided it was time to see what progress has been made to address the sorry state of Saint Paul’s streets and bridges, and what is planned for 2015. Fairview I-94 Underpass — Photo by […]