Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Map Monday: 1970s Minnesota bikeways

Yeah I know it’s Tuesday… Cool old bike maps from the 70s courtesy of the Hennepin County Library: See the rest, including some cool kitschy cover art, over at their Tumblr. 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 read, […]

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Lowertown’s Parking Problem is Lowertown’s Walking Opportunity

In Saint Paul, parking remains one of life’s great mysteries. The longer I live here, the less I seem to understand the things people say about parking and walking. Logic seems to twist and transform like hallucinated dragons. For example, last month’s spate of articles on the “Saint Paul parking problem” were full of interesting […]

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Chart of the Day: Bike Lanes vs. No Bike Lanes and Travel Time

Having a plan to “accommodate bikes” isn’t as simple as drawing lines on a map. Often it involves tradeoffs between parking, travel lanes, and sidewalk space. But particularly in places where people will be bicycling, striping bike lanes can actually reduce congestion on the street. Here’s a neat chart from a 2013 study (via People for Bikes) that […]

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Map Monday: MnPass Holders in the Twin Cities Metro

Here’s an interesting map via a recently published report from David Levinson, of MnPass holders and where they live in the Twin Cities: I don’t pretend to know the statistical background to this, but the model’s results are interesting, showing who MnPass theoretically (and actually?) serves: The paper estimates a binomial logit model that predicts, […]

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Chart of the Day: Data for Every City in the Metro

Hats off to the Met Council! When they’re not busy with pedestrian bridges and light rail planning, they provide amazing amounts of easily digestible data about Twin Cities communities. Check out the interface, which generates charts for different cities at the click of a button… Here’s the one for my home city of Mendota Heights, just south […]

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Map Monday: Blue Line Station Plan

Here’s a map, tweeted by a reader, of the original blue line station area plan, next to the now-defunct HHH Metrodome, c. 1999: Kind of interesting given the recent debate (spurred by Nick’s post) over the pedestrian bridge by the Viking’s stadium. My initial reaction is that plans stay on the books long after they’re first proposed, and never completely disappear. Streets.mn […]

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Chart of the Day: Saint Croix River Bridge Dimensions

I’m not sure if this technically counts as a chart, as it lacks a proper X axis, but it kinda looks like one if you squint. What you’re currently squinting as it pretty self explanatory, via the Star Tribune, the sizes, lane widths, and heights of the three existing and soon-to-be-existing bridges over the Saint […]

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Real Life Graphic Designer Looks at City Logos II: The Return of the Refreshed

[See also the first installment of A Real Life Graphic Designer Looks at City Logos, where an actual professional working-for-a-large-Twin-Cities-company graphic designer discussed the logos of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, Apple Valley, and many other Minnesota cities.]   Bill Lindeke (BL): Hello how are you today? Do you have time to chat? Real-Life Graphic Designer (RLGD): Great. […]

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