Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Parking Subsidies

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 […]

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Chart of the Day: Biking (Ethnicity) in Memphis

[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, […]

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Podcast #76 – Bus Stop Spacing with Alex Cecchini

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 […]

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Map Monday: Hamline-Midway c. 1886

Here’s an old map of Saint Paul from a 130 years ago, courtesy of Citizens for a Better Snelling Avenue:   The city boundary was still much farther South than it is today. It’s also interesting to see the names of all the wealthy property owners like JJ Hill and John Ireland. Back then, it must […]

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Chart of the Day: More Vehicle Trends

Here are four more charts about the US car fleet over time. The first shows average vehicle weight, average horsepower, average fuel economy,  and CO2 emissions. Particularly the weight trajectory reminds me of Jevon’s paradox, where increases in efficiency can lead to more energy use. Also, trucks are much less efficient than cars.   Streets.mn is a non-profit and […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Tax Levy vs. State LGA Funding

Here’s a (blurry) chart courtesy of Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper’s Twitter feed showing the relationship between Minneapolis’ property tax levy and state LGA funding. (This presumably comes from a powerpoint on the proposed budget): [Red line = state LGA funds; blue bars = total Minneapolis property tax levy.] There’s a discussion of it on Roper’s […]

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Chasin’ the Train

For best results, read this post while listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt5a-de0hhk I had a good time this Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday and, donning my bird-killing Vikings’ stadium costume, I ventured out into the city atop my bicycle to take pictures of spooky houses, enjoy the kid-full sidewalks, and visit friends. I made it to a […]

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