Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Picnics Over Time

While I have a few problems with Robert Putnam’s methodology, he’s not wrong about the decline of picnics. In his book, Bowling Alone, he writes: The practice of entertaining friends has not simply moved outside the home, but seems to be vanishing entirely. Informal outings, like picnics, also seem on the path to extinction. The […]

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Embracing Change at the Saint Paul Farmers Market

I love the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. It’s the best one in the Twin Cities. Many weekends, I’ll ride my bike down the bluff from my West Side apartment to hang out in Lowertown. I usually wander around and spend a few dollars before going up West 7th street to do some errands. That’s why I read the fascinating article […]

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Chart of the Day: Beauty, Quiet, Happiness on Walks

A recent study came out which attempts to measure affective qualities of walking through cities. You can read about on CityFix, or look at the study yourself here.     I don’t understand all the methodology (mostly because I’m lazy), but the concept is intriguing to me! What might the most beautiful, most quiet, or most […]

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Chart of the Day: Distribution of Parking Revenue

This is a chart from Donald Shoup’s parking tome, The High Cost of Free Parking. Here’s Shoup’s explanation [from Chapter 12]: Consider the lower left corner, which represents the current situation in almost every city: all curb parking revenue goes into the general fund and nothing goes to the neighborhoods. … Because everyone objects to paying for parking, […]

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The One Where I Pick on the Disabled

I was at a meeting a while back about a new parking policy in downtown Saint Paul. The city was changing its policies about handicapped parking. Until very recently, anyone with a handicapped parking placard on their dashboard was allowed to park for free all day downtown. As it turned out, that was not such […]

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Chart of the Day: Protected Bike Lanes vs. Ridership

Speaking of induced demand, this chart measures the growth in bike ridership before and after the construction of protected bike lanes in a number of cities around the US, including Austin, Portland, and Chicago.   [It comes from this report:  Lessons from the Green Lanes.] Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely […]

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Chart of the Day: Lyft/Uber vs. DUIs (in S.F.)

This is information from San Francisco charting the implementation of the alternative taxi services with DUI rates. Something to think about when pondering similar changes in cities across the country. [via Washington Post.] 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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