Chart of the Day: Vehicle Miles Travelled 2014

Via Planetizen, here’s an informative chart about an oft-discussed topic here on streets.mn: annual vehicle miles travelled. The nice thing here is that it attempts to correlate VMT with other economic and demographic data:   Planetizen’s Steve Polzin has a few prescient takeaways: Fuel prices and a soft economy were important contributors to slowing VMT […]

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Almanzo100

Almanzo100

How does a man move and shape a culture? Our love of storytelling compelled us to find out, so we dug into the story of the Almanzo 100 gravel road race–the granddaddy of them all. We found that a single man’s passion for community has manifested itself in a bike race. The challenge: to race […]

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Best of the Twin Cities

Best Local Blog Minneapolis 2015 – Streets.MN

CityPages named us “Best Local Blog” for 2015. They write: Streets.mn has a small army of well-educated urbanists offering smart, thoughtful takes on all things transportation and development — two topics frequently making front-page news lately. Its bloggers are no homebodies; these are people who use city infrastructure frequently and have detailed, well-researched thoughts on how […]

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Final 2015 streets.mn bracket

streets.m(ad)n(ess) Postgame Show

Welcome back to the streets.m(ad)n(ess) Postgame Show presented by Microsoft Excel–that’s Microsoft Excel: You Can Use It To Make Charts. I’m Nick, and this is my co-host Jim, and we were just doing a bit of wrap up and reflection about this, our first-ever streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, got to vote for your […]

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Why Do Electric Cars Brake So Often?

The other day my wife was behind a Tesla and commented they used their brakes a lot more than other drivers.  Last summer I’d thought somewhat the same thing when driving behind a BMW i3. Was this our imagination or is there something to this? Regenerative braking The answer, I found, lay in the regenerative […]

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Chart of the Day: Central City Share of Subsidized Housing

Here’s a hot-button topic that’s been popping up in the news lately: the argument that subsidized housing isn’t being built in the suburbs, but is being concentraed in the central cities Here’s one of the charts from Myron Orfield’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, showing the where subsidized housing is being built: Peter Callahan at Minnpost had another […]

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Hopkins station connection

Southwest LRT – Downtown Hopkins

From Southwest Community Works, see planned concepts for connecting the downtown Hopkins LRT Station to Hopkins Mainstreet, via 8th Avenue. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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Map Monday: Time Lapse Photos from 1939

Via CityPages, here’s one of those aerial slidey before-and-after maps of Minneapolis: Play with it. Maybe this’ll put the ‘then and now‘ feature out of commission. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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It’s Time For Hopkins to Be Selfish

Hopkins has been the model of cooperation for the past few years. The city collaborated with Hennepin County on a Shady Oak Road expansion despite harms to longstanding businesses. It accepted the Southwest LRT’s operations and maintenance facility even though the city suffered the biggest hit to tax base of any community along the line. […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Seven, The Monorail Cult

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Siege of Fort Snelling, Sara Raleigh told Dan and Archie more about the history of the founding of  Bicyclopolis. In this week’s episode,  the journey continues south from Metroria to Bicyclopolis. If you missed an episode, you can find links […]

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Sunday Summary – April 12, 2015

Somehow, the final Fabulous Four in our streets.m(ad)n(ess) tournament did not get quite the publicity of the NCAA version, but did give us our policy vs. project Championship – (1) Green Line vs. (2) Thrive MSP 2040 – results should be available soon!  The rest of the week on streets.mn is right here, sorted, summarized and sign-posted for your […]

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More On Bad Downtown Streets

I previously wrote about the horrors that make up Lasalle Avenue, arguably downtown Minneapolis’s worst street (in a post the thesis of which the jack-booted totalitarians of the editorial board insisted be changed from an interrogatory to a declaration). I’m sure all (7?) who read it thought to themselves, “that’s okay because all of the […]

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Chart of the Day: Forecast Greenhouse Emissions by Mode

Via Todd Graham on Twitter, here’s a chart that shows traffic projections that I can get behind: future emissions by mode in Minnesota, given some assumptions about traffic and fuel. Here are the projected changes: For anyone serious about climate change, thinking about mode share and transportation patterns is crucial to actually slowing our emissions growth. It’s […]

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