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A Primer on “Density”

The “D word.” It makes for a great pickup line, but that’s (sadly) not how most people use it. There are likely many blogs and articles written on population density and its complex relationship with transportation energy use, economic growth, how smart you are, etc. I’m not here to discuss those; I’m aware that many readers […]

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Alexandria’s New High School: An Upgrade?

The new high school in Alexandria, MN was highlighted as a model of innovation in a piece by Jenna Ross in Sunday’s StarTribune. This $73.2 million high school, recently heralded “the Googleplex of Schools” by technology magazine Fast Company, reflects a broader shift in education and is already becoming a template. Students have given more […]

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Map of the Day: Average Jobs/Population Density Along SWLRT

With yesterday’s announcement that the price tag for the proposed Southwest LRT line (or “Green Line Extension” if you prefer) has jumped to $2 billion, there’s been a lot of chatter both inside and outside of Streets.MN about what this holds for the project. Some have said the corridor should be dropped as it was […]

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It’s Time For Hopkins to Be Selfish

Hopkins has been the model of cooperation for the past few years. The city collaborated with Hennepin County on a Shady Oak Road expansion despite harms to longstanding businesses. It accepted the Southwest LRT’s operations and maintenance facility even though the city suffered the biggest hit to tax base of any community along the line. […]

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Wisconsin Is Alright

The following is a meditation on a personal experience and should not be cited authoritatively in academia. It sat half-written in drafts for about six months, and after Wisconsin’s loss to Duke earlier this week, it felt like a nice thing to finish. Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, is my second favorite state. It occurred to me […]

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A Look at St. Louis Park’s Form Based Code Efforts

Note: in case of annoyance with acronyms feel free to just stop reading, open a can of alphabet soup, and blindly arrange the noodles. Basically the same thing, right? So Jeremy, my token Young Republicans of Minnesota advocate and dear friend, brought it to my attention that the real impact of light rail investment (i.e. […]

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