Author Archive | David Levinson

TJ's Wurst Hearse

Main Street – Mahtowa, Minnesota

Mahtowa, Minnesota (near Barnum, in Carlton County) (map) is probably the smallest town profiled in this series. My visit was an accidental stop from up north to down south. Mahtowa is notable for TJ’s Country Corner, which is a thriving corner store and sausage purveyor on Old Highway 61. TJ’s claims to have the best […]

Continue Reading 4

What Is the Capacity of I-94?

I recently wrote about the Capacity of the Green Line, demonstrating a huge amount of underutilization under both reasonable and unreasonable assumptions. I thought I should do the same for I-94 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Of course a freeway and an LRT are different things, so the kinds of assumptions and the available data […]

Continue Reading 10
London Transport Museum (2003). Photo by David Levinson

Presents to Our Future Selves

When I try to explain to people (usually my students) why they should get their stuff together, I argue that it is a “present to your future self.” For instance, who cares if bachelor you makes your bed except bachelor you in 16 hours, who might be slightly happier to come back to a made […]

Continue Reading 6
Access to Jobs by Walking in Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Source: Accessibility Observatory

Map of the Day: Walk Access to Jobs 2014

From the newly released Access Across America: Walk 2014, this map shows the number of jobs that can be reached within 30 minutes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Similar maps are available for the top 50 metropolitan areas. [Full Disclosure: I am a co-author of the report.] Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. […]

Continue Reading

Who Benefits From Other Peoples’ Transit Use?

In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.” This is a fascinating […]

Continue Reading

Søüthstår: What If the Southwestern Suburbs Were Served by Commuter Rail?

On Monday I talked about Shørtstår, transforming a section of the Northstar commuter rail line into actually useful transit. As with all transit right-of-way problems, “the railroads would never agree” was raised. And that is certainly true if all you do is politely ask. However states are actually bigger and more powerful than railroads, though […]

Continue Reading

What is the Capacity of the Green Line?

While reading an excellent article by Yonah Freemark, Why should Chicago focus growth near transit?, I thought the Twin Cities should do the same thing. Taking advantage of existing capacity is far more cost effective than building new capacity (and yes, this applies to all modes). But what is the existing capacity of the Green […]

Continue Reading
Best of the Twin Cities

Best Local Blog Minneapolis 2015 – Streets.MN

CityPages named us “Best Local Blog” for 2015. They write: Streets.mn has a small army of well-educated urbanists offering smart, thoughtful takes on all things transportation and development — two topics frequently making front-page news lately. Its bloggers are no homebodies; these are people who use city infrastructure frequently and have detailed, well-researched thoughts on how […]

Continue Reading