Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

The Theory Behind the 1935 Saint Paul Slum Map

I’ve seen the amazing Minneapolis slum map a few times on the internet, including a nicely colored version with much more legible text. Anyway, from the Met Council’s compelling Choice, Place, and Opportunity report, detailing racial inequality in the Twin Cities, here’s the Saint Paul version of that map. Source: Calvin F. Schmid, “Social Saga […]

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Chart of the Day: American Life Expectancy

Via Planetizen, here’s a CDC chart showing the main causes for decreased life expectancy in the US. The “big 3” have seen some changes recently: Here’s what Irwin Dawid, writing for Planetizen, has to say. Gun, drugs, and motor vehicles are by no means strictly American causes of death, but they affect American far more than […]

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Map Monday: Duluth c. 1887

Here’s a map of Duluth, via the great Perfect Duluth Day site, showing the city in 1887: For Minnesota, Duluth is a really old city with Native American, fur trading, and lots of industrial history. By the 1880s, the recession of the 1870s was over and the city was booming again. According to Wikipedia: In […]

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Chart of the Day: Golf Course Opportunity Costs

Via Strong Towns, here’s a very simple chart showing the potential revenue vs. actual revenue of a golf course in Madison, Wisconsin. In one column you have the potential tax revenue if you had developed a 42-acre golf course to the average of its surrounding neighborhood. In the other you have the payment in lieu […]

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Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Rents, January 2016

Via ABODO, an apartment hunting service, here’s a chart/map thing showing changes in rent prices from different US cities. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are both in the list of leading decliners: It’s a “small sample size” to be sure, but here’s what the ABODO blog has to say: Two questions facing the rental industry are – […]

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