Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Map Monday: The Great Twin Cities Megaregion

Via James Russell on Twitter, here’s a bottom-up map that was generated from analyzing 130 million commuter patterns and narrowing those trips into a series of “megaregions” around the country. The end result, in multi-color glory: And another one showing clear delineations: A brief description of the methodology: Previously megaregions have been typically identified by […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis Racial Covenants in 1951

Historyapolis‘ amazing work on the history of racism and real estate in the Twin Cities continues with this map showing racial covenants in Minneapolis over time. Here’s the cumulative total (so far!) from 1951.   Racial covenants were part of a suite of racist practices and policies that profoundly shaped Northern cities in the 20th century. […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota 2016 Presidential Election Results

Here’s a map to ponder. It’s the state-wide county-by-county results map from last Tuesday’s election: [See also: the interactive version on the Secretary of State’s website.] For me, one of the big takeaways from the election is how stark the rural-urban divide has become. For many reasons, there is more division and disagreement between people who live in cities […]

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Seven Ways Automobility Undermines a City’s Bottom Line, from Least to Most Direct

Earlier this month, both Minneapolis and Saint Paul released their property tax levy numbers, and for both cash-strapped core cities, they went up quite a bit. Despite the recent development booms in both downtowns, the fiscal facts on the ground remain stubborn. Saint Paul and Minneapolis have a lot of needs, and funding them is […]

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Chart of the Day: US Metro Areas Ranked by Ridesharing Usage

Here’s another great chart from Portland-based City Observatory showing the number of people who work driving ridesharing cars like Uber and Lyft per capita (the so-called “gig economy”). It’s not carsharing per se (so does not include car2go or Hourcar), but a chart based on (self)employment statistics. Here’s how the data was collected: We want […]

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