Chart of the Day: Perceived Comfort for Bike Lane Types

If you’ve been paying attention to bike infrastructure over the last few years, you know that protected bike lanes (aka cycletracks) are trending. We’re planning on building more of these in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota, and of the key reasons why is that they help people feel more comfortable and protected while they […]

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Sunday Summary – January 25, 2015

Here are the all week’s posts summarized and sorted for strategic reading. Why read the Sunday newspaper when the Sunday Summary has the stuff you really need? Telling good stories Urban Living is Good for Your Health is a good story about how our built environments shape behavior without technical details, policy language or other formalities. Living […]

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Brazilian Auto Insurance Ad–Texting While Driving

Here’s a short insurance company advertisement from Brazil. According to the company’s website, 25% of car crashes in Brazil are caused by motorists using their cell phones while driving. DPVAT – “Motorista” Published on Dec 11, 2014 Cliente/Client: Seguradora Líder Título/Title: Pedestre Agência/Agency: Master Roma Waiteman Produtora/Production Company: Arte Lux Diretor/ Director: Paulo Koglin Animação […]

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New Ulm: The Urbanists Utopia

Streets.mn occasionally profiles small towns and cities throughout Minnesota, case studies that show that urbanism is not a war between the metro and Greater Minnesota. On the contrary, it is often from the Main Streets of small towns that urbanists gain valuable insight. For example, streets.mn has previously profiled New Ulm because of a battle […]

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Whittier Alliance Among Most Restrictive Minneapolis Neighborhoods

On January 12th, the Whittier Alliance held a tense and somewhat controversial meeting for the purpose of amending their bylaws. Among the more contentious aspects of the new bylaw language was the section giving the Whittier Alliance’s Board of Directors the power to screen Board candidates according to subjective criteria. A clause was also added to require […]

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Start Seeing CCTVs

I watch a lot of detective television programs, and lately I’ve been noting more cameras watching me as I watch TV. For example, I will watch Law and Order in a pinch, but thanks to online streaming I have become enamored of British shows and have developed a fondness for Danish, Swedish and French police procedurals. I […]

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Chart of the Day: Salt Use by Industry over Time

Here’s a chart from this neat article on the history of salt de-icing on US roads. It all started in New Hampshire, but you can see the growth of de-icing salt (the green line on the chart): As the article explains, all this salt has a bit of an impact on the local nonhuman environment: Just […]

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Urban Living is Good for Your Health

I’ve got a totally earth-shattering revelation for you: moving more is good for your health. Related news: not moving at all might be really bad for it. Okay, now that you’ve gotten over the shock, I suppose I’d better warn you that this post is not going to contain any meaningful research or science. So, […]

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Map Monday: The Second Great African-American Migration

Here’s a timely map for you for MLK day, showing the “second migration” of African-Americans from the South to the North following World War II. Here’s the map showing how regional migration followed specific railroad corridors: There’s a lot of history to this, and I recommend Isabel Wilkerson’s excellent history, The Warmth of Other Suns […]

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