Podcast #62 – Affordable Housing Spatial Inequality with Myron Orfield

The podcast this week is a conversation with Myron Orfield, the director of the institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota. Orfield has also written many books on public policy and regional governance, and has spent years studying how municipal fragmentation has led to persistent inequality, particularly in the Twin Cities. Orfield made […]

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Heavy Commercial Average Annual Daily Traffic (HCAADT) by Corridor: 2012

Chart of the Day – Trucks

Today’s Charts of the Day concern trucking in Minnesota: Source: MnDOT  Annual Transportation Performance Report 2012 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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Sunday Summary

Here’s the quick guide to the past week on streets.mn on a warm, sunny Easter Sunday Big Issues: In Defense of the Dinkytown “Riots” uses first-hand reporting to suggest the spontaneous street gatherings in Dinkytown could have been mitigated if the pedestrian facilities were improved; comments debate the crowd management infrastructure as well as the riot rhetoric. […]

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Touch of Evil Opening

In this famous opening shot in Touch of Evil (1958), Orson Welles shows us that walking can be just as fast and much safer than driving in many cases. Via Critical Commons. 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 […]

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Total domestic shipments, to, from, or between Minnesota locations (excludes international shipments and "through" shipments)

Chart of the Day – Shipments

Today’s Chart of the Day examines shipments to, from, or between Minnesota locations Source: MnDOT  Annual Transportation Performance Report 2012 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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Dense Ideas: Southwest And Other LRT Lines

One criticism often glossed over by SWLRT boosters is that the alignment lacks density. David Levinson expertly laid out the trade-offs in his recent piece. Low population density will limit the value added by the line. The line could still be a success, but its ceiling will be that much lower. It appears Met Council […]

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Are Streets Too Inviting to Cars? | MPR

Streets.mn’s Bill Lindeke appears on MPR’s Midmorning discussing (audio at link): Are streets too inviting to cars? It’s been only weeks since the streets of the Twin Cities were buried in hard-packed snow, with parking limited to one side and intersections made hazardous by icy surfaces and obstructed sight lines. Now, with the streets mostly […]

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Enjoy the Ride: Adam Turman’s Solo Show

EVENT: “Enjoy the Ride: A Year’s Worth of Cycling Art,” Saturday, April 19, at Chowgirls Parlor, 7 to 11 p.m. This year, we added a new dimension to 30 Days of Biking, a Minneapolis-born challenge to ride your bike in April. For every 30 pledges to ride, we are donating 1 bike to Free Bikes […]

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Nice Ride Q&A: Funding Exists for 17 New Stations

Last Friday afternoon marked the beginning of Nice Ride Minnesota’s fifth season of bike-share in the Twin Cities. The system’s size and geographic layout for 2014 remains largely the same as last season. But there’s still plenty of change as subscribers are introduced to more generous ride times of 60 minutes, and prospective members are given […]

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Annual Rail Shipments in Minnesota (in Millions of Tons)

Chart of the Day – Rail Shipments

Today’s Chart of the Day concerns freight rail (and may explain performance issues with passenger rail) Source: MnDOT  Annual Transportation Performance Report 2012 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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Annual Port Shipment Tonnage (in millions of tons)

Chart of the Day – Port Shipments

Today’s Chart of the Day – Port Shipments on Lake Superior and the Rivers Source: MnDOT  Annual Transportation Performance Report 2012 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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Critique of the ITDP’s BRT Scorecard

This is the third and final post in a series (directly) based off of a term paper for a transportation class (full paper here, Red Line evaluation here and Campus Connector evaluation here). Here the ITDP (Institute for Trasportation and Development Policy) Scorecard, used in the other posts to evaluate BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) service, […]

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In Defense of the Dinkytown “Riots”

Unless you live under a rock, or are a rock, you’ve probably heard about the so-called “riots” that took place in Dinkytown this weekend. The riots on Thursday and Saturday were directly – maybe indirectly – caused by the Minnesota Gophers Men’s Hockey team winning and losing on each night, respectively. On both nights, the […]

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