Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Streets.mn joins the Railvolution

This weekend, you might have noticed groups of well-dressed people with nametags wandering Minneapolis and Saint Paul, looking at trains and apartment buildings with keen eyes. I spotted a LRT tour during University Avenue’s Open Streets yesterday, and then again found a nametag’d couple looking for a cab in downtown Saint Paul last night. (Ha!) […]

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Chart of the Day: Rent vs. Distance from CBD Center

Here’s a fun chart from an 1980s Urban Geography intro textbook that I picked up in a free pile on the University of Minnesota campus today…   This kind of relationship is referred to in “classic urban geography” as the “bid-rent curve,” about how land values decline from a theoretical peak intersection in the CBD. […]

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Chart of the Day: Renter Participation in Neighborhood Groups

Occasional streets.mn contributor John Edwards has a new blog about the demographic gap between his local neighborhood group and the surrounding residents of  the Wedge, complete with nifty infographics. Here’s one of the charts on the site:   I wrote a column about this over at Minnpost today. Engaging with renters is a persistent challenge for neighborhood groups all […]

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Chart of the Day: Gateway Corridor Job Projections

A propos of the Lake Elmo article, here’s a chart of projected job growth along a few of the different Gateway Corridor alignment options from the Met Council’s recent study on the project.   As you can see, most of the job growth is projected to take place in Saint Paul, Oakdale, and by the 3M campus […]

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Lake Elmo, Masters of the Long Game

Back in 2003 I was working as a volunteer radio news reporter for KFAI, a great long-time community radio station on Minneapolis’ West Bank. Much like blogging, it was a fun (if unpaid) job involving many unexpected conversations and encounters with people from all corners of the city. I remember going to Minneapolis’ north side […]

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Map Monday: Metro Transit’s (Draft) “Increased Revenue Scenario”

This map comes from the Met Council’s Transportation Policy Plan draft which is out for public comment right now. It depicts what the plans for what would happen if somehow the region received more money (most likely through a local sales tax). Here’s the description from the draft document, transit chapter: In order to complete the region’s vision of […]

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Chart of the Day: Future VMT Scenarios

If you saw yesterday’s chart that disaggregated the falling vehicle miles travelled (VMT) according to type of vehicle, here’s another compelling chart that shows potential future VMT trends, from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. (Note: very official!) The report (which is very wonky, by the way) has a range of scenarios from “tech triumph” all the way […]

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Chart of the Day: Per capita VMT (commercial trucks vs. personal vehicles)

I’ve written about declining vehicle miles travelled (VMT) before over at my blog, but this recent post at Communitybuilders.net caught my eye because it disaggregated the data (looking a four states as case studies) between commercial and personal traffic.  These data make it seem that commercial trucking (think about frac sand mining or Amazon.com) is the […]

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Chart of the Day: Additions to US Power Plant Capacity

This chart comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a national policy thinktank based in Minneapolis.   Basically it shows how “residential solar” (i.e. panels on houses) has become a meaningful mix in the new additions to the US energy grid. It’s something to think about when thinking about homes, or energy, or cities, or […]

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