Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Street Lighting and Safety Perception

This chart’s methodology might not be that great, but it’s studying the oft-overlooked topic of street lighting. Check it out: The chart is from the Minnesota Daily, where issues around public safety have been on the radar following a few crime incidents. Here’s what Elizabeth Smith, the Daily writer, has to say: An estimate in July 2014 […]

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Chart of the Day: Commute Mode vs. Happiness

Here’s a compelling chart, from a Canadian study, that attempts to measure the vague notion of “happiness” and/or “satisfaction.” Check out the different commute modes: This shouldn’t be rocket science to anyone who spends much time stuck in traffic on the freeway. Here’s what Citylab had to say: The first thing that’s clear is that, […]

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Map Monday: Vacant Property in Minneapolis

Courtesy of the Star Tribune’s excellent data reporting, here’s a map of vacant properties (publically and privately owned) in Minneapolis. As you can see, they’re clustered in the poorest parts of the city, especially in North Minneapolis. This is one of the layers of data:   For much more on this topic, check out the Star […]

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Podcast #85: Over North with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins

The podcast this week is a conversation with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins, all about the historic preservation, transportation and neighborhood revitalization in North Minneapolis. Jeff, Brian, and Will are all very active in the community organizing and local politics in North Minneapolis, as well as posting and writing on the internet. We […]

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Chart of the Day: City of Minneapolis Parking Benefit Costs

Here’s an interesting chart…like many private employers, the City of Minneapolis offers appointed employees a choice of transportation benefits: a Metropass, good for unlimited trips on public transit, or contract parking within a block or two of their offices. Appointed employees are the 160 or so City staff who make up its non-elected leadership–people like […]

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Chart of the Day: US Cities According to Income Spread

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we compare Minneapolis to other cities around the Midwest, particularly when it comes to things like economic inequality. I wrote about it a week or two ago, and the common confusion between Minneapolis-the-metro and Minneapolis-the-city when thinking about social measures. So when I saw this chart on Twitter yesterday, […]

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You Too Can Write for streets.mn!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in the mission of streets.mn, which is to “expand and enhance the conversation about transportation and land use” all throughout Minnesota. This includes everything from environmental policy to architecture and preservation to the vitality of your local main street to the sidewalk in front of your house. […]

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Map Monday: Working vs. Creative Class Chicago

This is from a study mentioned in Business Insider about the disappearance of working-class neighborhoods in US cities. Here’s the description… American cities today experience distinct class divisions. The “creative class” (tech, law, arts, healthcare, professional jobs) occupies the most economically functional and desirable locations, many of which used to be working-class neighborhoods. The “service […]

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