Here’s a chart from a 2007 University of Minnesota study all about how people perceive walking distance in various ways, depending on where they live and how they get around. I’ve long been fascinated by this topic, and the results of the study show that it’s a very complex issue. Some walks can feel very […]
[This is part of streets.mn's "transpo convo" series, which aims to be an oral history ...
Contorting existing neighborhoods to host regional infrastructure creates crazy spill-over effects. Check out the beauty it ...
In preparation for Thanksgiving, my son’s first grade class constructed three villages to compare and ...
This is part two of a four part series of “Traffic Signal Trivia”, dealing with ...
This is more of a chart / map (chap or mart?), showing the origin points for mortgages during the decade leading up to the housing boom. It’s a national map, but I zoomed in on the Twin Cities to take this snapshot. The map also includes race data, which is interesting too. Click here for […]
No, I’m not joking. David Levinson wrote about an often overlooked but important subsidy* given to drivers: the lack of sales tax on gasoline and auto/truck purchases. I’m surprised this hasn’t received more attention given the other distortions that see press. Yes, we pay a motor vehicle sales tax when buying a car, but that is supposed […]
Territ Downs is, sadly, a fictional community. This post is looking for the buildings in Minnesota that belong in Territ Downs. Buildings for which a surface parking lot compares favorably. Not simply buildings which are minimal but functional, but buildings which are hostile to the rest of the world. Buildings you wonder how got approved. […]
Here’s all the content from streets.mn last week carefully seasoned and stuffed into one post: Regional differences More on the Infrastructure Cost Discussion and Re-Framing the Regional Transportation Debate continue discussion about regional transportation (and the costs of urban and suburban development patterns) which kicked off with a recent Chart of the Day. This should be […]
A nice Metro Transit Nextrip/GoTo Card ad for television broadcast. 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.
Thanks to Bill Dooley for sharing (on Facebook) this great short video on winter maintenance for bicycle facilities. The City of Oulu is the cycling capital of Finland and the winter cycling capital of the world. It has one of the most extensive bicycling networks (613 km, 4.3 m/inhab.) in the world, a cycling modal […]
R: No policeman’s going to give the Batmobile a ticket. B: No matter Robin, this money goes toward building better roads. We must all do our part. R: Holy taxation, you are right again, Batman. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers […]
Here’s a chart from a piece up at Streetsblog that shows which income groups get access to subsidized parking from their workplace via the “parking commuter tax benefit.” There are two main problems with the kind of parking subsidies that are common in many workplaces. First, they go mostly to the wealthiest groups of people, as this […]
Yesterday I delved a little into the question of whether we’ve really under-funded or under-built roads. Of course the standard reply is that roads still recover more costs than transit, and transit (run by the Met Council) is partially subsidized by drivers (via the motor vehicle sales tax, 40% of which is now dedicated to […]
If you’re a millennial and you’re looking for a job in a new city, you might have read (or want to read) the November 19th article in The Atlantic about “why it’s so hard for millenials to find a place to live and work”. The problem, it seems, is that the cities with the most […]
If you’re a regular (or even casual) reader of streets.mn, you’re probably aware of the debate being waged on transportation and land-use policy in the Twin Cities. The Met Council’s Thrive 2040 plan and recent election cycle seemed to magnify the divide (which may or may not be drawn along political lines). MinnPost (via our […]
A colleague of mine (from a more urban city) recently visited. When he arrived, I offered to show him around and he wanted to see transit-oriented development (TOD). Hmm…. I wanted to impress him, but I was stumped. Despite all our attention as a city and region to TODs, I don’t believe we have any great transit villages right off the […]
Today’s Chart of the Day contains useful instructions for sitting on a bus. Remember: Don’t be the worst. 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.
[Note: this post is best read while listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2DFu7oWit0.] An interesting chart from the Strong Towns blog showing biking rates in Memphis, Tennessee classified by ethnicity. Race and bicycling is an interesting topic of conversation that happens too rarely, and brings into focus all kinds of often hidden assumptions about transportation, equity, geography, visibility, […]
Bikeyface took a bike-cation somewhere near Boston, but could have been visiting Northfield instead. Doesn’t that look like MN Trunk Highway 3 through downtown Northfield? What would a bike-cation in Northfield look like? There’s a surprising amount to do on a bicycle in Northfield, but navigating through the center of town on a bicycle to reach […]
In discussions of bicycling for transportation we don’t often give much thought to the bicycle. We talk a lot about laws, facilities to ride bicycles on, and and all of the benefits of bicycling but the lowly bicycle itself gets pretty short shrift. And it shouldn’t. It’s important. If we want to increase transportation bicycling […]
Here is my open letter to Saint Paul Public Works and Mayor Coleman. As a new resident to Saint Paul, I wasn’t present for the leg work and public meetings that went into creating the bicycle boulevards. I have, however, been using them extensively over the last 9 months since moving here. I’m a daily bicycle commuter […]
The podcast this week is a conversation with Alex Cecchini, an engineer and regular contributor to streets.mn. Alex recently wrote a well-researched post entitled The Case for Quarter Mile Bus Stop Spacing, all about transit design and the tradeoff between frequent stops and bus speeds. We sat down at the Amsterdam Bar in downtown Saint […]
Minnesota Republicans captured control of the Minnesota House of Representatives in part by fueling urban versus rural resentment: “Those metro-centric DFLers give everything to Minneapolis and St. Paul.” The truth is, turnout trends associated with non-presidential year elections were a much bigger reason why the DFL lost control of the Minnesota House. But this “core cities […]