Carly Florina and Michael Capellas, executives at HP and Compaq, respectively, which merged a long time ago in a land far, far away. Press Release

streets.mn and UrbanMSP Merge, Creating a $2500 Global Transport and Land Use Leader

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and ST PAUL, MN, October 31, 2014 streets.mn (NYSE:SMN) and UrbanMSP (NASDAQ:UMSP) announced today a definitive merger agreement to create a multi-dollar global transport and land use leader based in Minnesota. The new streets.mn offers the industry’s most comprehensive set of discussion points on transport, land use, design, and architecture in Minnesota, with […]

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Chart of the Day: Homeownership over Time

Here are two charts from a recent article in The Atlantic about changing rates of homeownership across different age cohorts and time periods: [US homeownership rate.] Of course, the tone of the Atlantic’s piece is that homeownership is automatically a good thing, suggesting that “the economy has a Gen-X problem” because they’re not buying homes. While […]

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Halloween is the Sidewalk Holiday

[This post first appeared on my blog, TCSidewalks.] Every holiday has its geography. Thanksgiving and Christmas are domestic. People hole up in houses, locked in living rooms, huddle with fires and TVs and set themselves against the long winter dark. Summer holidays, like Memorial and Labor days, are outside under skies and in yards or […]

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Steeling Myself for the Winter (Bike) Commute

Dear Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Please make your winter trail maintenance plans for the whole City — now, before it’s too late for the 2014-2015 winter season. Warm regards, Janne   I’m hopeful that for me and the hundreds of other year-round bike-commuters who navigate the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck using the Loring Bike Bridge, this winter will be […]

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At the End of the Green Line, a Building That Would Say “Welcome to Lowertown”

Roberta and I live in a loft in the Union Depot and we are always encountering lost, bewildered and confused travelers. Very often, they step off the Green Line and ask us where the Amtrak station is or the bus terminal. This should come as no surprise as the train and bus platform is not  visible from the Green Line platform and there […]

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The Bank for Better Buses, Part 3

Creating a full-service Metro Go-To Card would benefit transit users and those without access to traditional banking services. It would also benefit the Met Council. There are examples of public institutions acting as lending agencies that provide great benefit to a range of people. The largest example of a public institution bank is the Bank of […]

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Talk of Secession in St. George

I lived in New Orleans for several years, so I get pretty excited when Louisiana pops up on an international news service. Last week it was a news item on the BBC St. George. Currently, St. George is an unincorporated area in East Baton Rouge Parish (Louisiana doesn’t have counties, they have parishes) and after being […]

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Making Room for Transit Makes Streets Better for Everyone

The post was originally published at Greater Greater Washington. Many proposed transit projects in our region, from streetcars to bus rapid transit and the Purple Line, involve vehicles running in the street. Giving transit a place on our busy streets can be a hard sell, especially when it means displacing cars. But a recent trip […]

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Free Metro Transit on Election Day, November 4th, 2014

The 2014 elections are just a week away, and thanks to a new law, bus service, light rail service, and commuter rail service provided by public transit including Metro Transit will be free of charge next Tuesday.  Find your polling place at MN Votes’ poll finder, and then use Metro’s interactive trip planner to plan […]

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New Poll Shows Public Wants Public Transit… Again

On Tuesday, October 21st, Vice President Joe Biden, six metropolitan mayors, past and present US secretaries of transportation, and a wide variety of transit innovators, experts, and business and nonprofit leaders met in Washington, D.C. for the first in a series of live events, America Answers, hosted by the Washington Post. The first topic was […]

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