Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Map Monday: The US Overlaid By Road Straightness

Via CityLab, Here’s a map that, if I hadn’t told you, you probably wouldn’t be able to figure out. It’s the US mapped according to the percentage of curved roads: Here’s the description from the creator, who readily admits his data is flawed in that OpenStreetMap is not yet complete: The Mid-west USA and Canadian […]

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Chart of the Day: Metro Transit Ridership vs. Seats

Via Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper’s twitter feed, here’s a chart showing ridership vs. seats on Metro Transit buses, sorted according to express and local routes: Roper quipped: Eric Roper ‏@StribRoper Jun 22 Interesting MT graphic shows express transit services have more seats than riders during peak hrs. Local is opposite   You don’t have […]

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Chart of the Day: US Fertility Rate

Via Todd Graham on Twitter, this interesting chart of US fertility rates and total live births in the US: Todd was reacting to an article in Urban Wire about the “baby recession,” or the fact that people are having fewer children and thus spending less money on things like car seats and day care. The […]

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Map Monday: Chicago with Minneapolis’ New Parking Requirements

Via Yonah Freemark (via Councilmember Lisa Bender’s Facebook page), here’s a map of what Chicago’s minimum parking requirements would look like if they adopted the recently proposed “Minneapolis minimums” along transit lines. As Freemark explains, It is important to note that a zoning change eliminating parking requirements is not the same as a parking maximum, which is a […]

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Map Monday: Poverty vs. Toxic Release Inventory Sites in the Philips Neighborhood

This map is old but relevant today, given the debate at City Hall about environmental justice in the Phillips neighborhood. Almost 20 years ago, a few University of Minnesota professors did a GIS-based study (back in the early days of GIS) looking at how different toxic release geographic maps compared poverty and pollution at different […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis “Low-Level” Arrests by Race

You might have read about the recent repeal of the “lurking” and “spitting” ordinances by the Minneapolis City Council last week. Well, about a month ago, the ACLU released Picking Up The Pieces, a polished and hard-hitting report on Minneapolis’ racial disparities in low-level crimes, of which lurking and spitting are only two. Here’s one of […]

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