Frank Lloyd Wright is a renowned as a great architect. His city plans are less well-loved. In the 1930s he proposed Broadacre City, a new American landscape where everyone would have an acre of land, a car, and a gyrocopter. Fueling those cars requires gasoline. Gasoline requires Gas Stations. FLW, being an architect, had a gas […]
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Each day 142,000 people drive through the interchange at I-494 and Highway 100 in Bloomington ...
Kickoff Happy Hour and Project Presentation on Wednesday September 16, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 ...
Nearly every year, I go with my pals to the Minnesota State Fair to sketch ...
Yup, it’s Minnesota State Fair time which means I will take a break from penciling Book 2 of Bicyclopolis to sketch people eating lots and lots of stuff. Here is the next comic about the cloning of Vincent Van Gogh. Click to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We […]
Before you go out to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, why not watch The Minnesota State Fair on Speed video for a frenetic, but accurate preview? It’s been a pretty light week here at streets.mn, perhaps because our writers have been eating cheese curds, witnessing the Miracle of Birth, answering legislative questionnaires, gathering piles of free stuff, or riding […]
No, this isn’t a video about rampant illicit drug use at the great Minnesota get together. It’s a timelapse video shot 6 years ago by Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin. I imagine many of the same things are taking place this year as I contemplate the even heavier than usual car traffic passing through my neighborhood […]
Living in Lowertown, I have need to frequent my favorite shops/businesses on Grand Ave. Of course, this entails a good workout biking up the Grand Avenue hill. My preference, though, is to turn left and bike on Lincoln Ave (one block south and parallel to Grand) instead of the busy Grand or Summit Avenues. I […]
Via Ritholz and the Wall Street Journal, here’s a chart showing estimates of annual vehicle maintenance costs for different US states, as well as the national average: My gut feeling is that part of this is because the average age of vehicles is increasing, and has been for a decade. People now own their cars for nearly […]
Well, today’s news is dominated by the perennial congestion report released from the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), which ranks cities based on congestion and then places a monetary value on that estimate. Feel free to read through James’ critique of the numbers, which was published on the site today. Or check out this chart, from Todd Litman’s […]
There were some mighty big numbers in the annual Urban Mobility Scorecard that the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and data company Inrix released Wednesday. Twin Cities residents, the study found, spent an average of 47 hours in 2014 stuck in rush hour congestion. That put us at 23rd among the 101 ranked metros. Washington, D.C., led […]
The title seems to be the belief of many in Minnesota when the subject of bicycling for transportation comes up. I often hear people say that we can never be anything like the Dutch because The Netherlands is flat, more temperate, less snowy, and bicycling is, after all, part of their culture, so we shouldn’t […]
Road construction season in Minnesota is winding down and, as a result, many of the orange signs that are seasonal visitors to our urban landscape will soon be warehoused away. If you’re a slab of concrete in Minneapolis with the purpose of providing space for people to walk, this may give you some breathing room. […]
Via Brendon Slotterback’s Twitter, here’s a chart showing Minneapolis’ energy use and “built square footage” (i.e. the total amount of buildings) over time: As Slotterback says: Minneapolis’ total electricity use has declined 4% since ’06 while total square footage has increased 5.5%. At the global scale, preventing out of control climate change requires de-linking GDP […]
March 31, 2015 9.9 miles Highland Park The trees remain bare, the sides of most streets are ensconced in five months of winter grit and the temperature dips quickly as evening approaches. But none of that matters because it’s March 31st and my bike and I are out of the basement and on the streets […]
Next time you’re out mowing the lawn, think about this map for a second. Via (something called) Fusion.net, here you go: The map comes from a NASA study which looks at how lawns affect the environment. Here is the key part: There is now an estimated total of 163,812 square kilometers, or more than 63,000 […]
On July 17, The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Saint Paul mayor Chris Coleman apologized for bulldozing the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul to build Interstate 94. Beginning in 1958, the freeway destroyed nearly a thousand homes and businesses and it displaced thousands of people at the core of a predominantly African American neighborhood. It […]
I’m a huge fan of Judd Apatow – from his TV show Freaks and Geeks to films like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. I’m at least as big of a fan of Amy Schumer’s comedy. So I was excited beyond measure to see that they were teaming up to create Trainwreck. The movie, which did […]
There was a pause last week in the penciling of the second book of Bicyclopolis as I took the opportunity to sketch the re-enactment of the homecoming of Civil War soldiers to Fort Snelling 150 years ago. Now, we return to the tale of Vincent Van Gogh, cloned from a piece of his ear. In today’s comic, Van Gogh refuses […]
The first autumnal sort of days have arrived, leaves are beginning to turn and summer starting to end; our writers must be out enjoying the last bit of it this week. Or maybe we were too busy getting together to converse and consider Questions and Results from streets.mn Trivia #2. Test your knowledge, but writing for […]
Via Planetizen, here’s a chart with some handy-dandy ACS data: Some comment on the data from Emily Badger: … the decline in auto commuting among millennials applies to those “who live in the principle city of each metropolitan area — so, not the suburbs.” A four-point decline [see second bullet above] may not sound like much (it […]
This week, streets.mn hosted a fun happy hour at Public Kitchen and Bar in downtown Saint Paul. As part of the festivities, I wrote up a trivia contest for people. Here are the questions. See how you do! A good time was had by all, but the winners are: 1st Place: The Inner Ringers (26 points) 2nd Place: […]
Getting to know your neighbors is a bit of a cliché these days, it seems. Here’s a chart from a recent Citylab article about how many people actually know their neighbors: Here’s what the article says about the trend: “There used to be this necessity to reach out and build bonds with people who […]