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Sunday Summary

Marching right along to the start of another week with a look back at last week’s streets.mn posts: Regular features: Charts of the Day this week are all about congestion: 7 Most Congested Corridors in the Metro,   Percentage of Miles of Twin City Urban Freeway System Congestion, Twin Cities Freeway Congestion, INRIX Traffic Congestion Scorecard […]

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When Can You Ride Your Bike Up a Ladder?

When it’s a ladder of opportunity. President Obama has talked a lot about ladders of opportunity, especially in the last year. Growing the middle class and easing access to economic security across racial and gender lines is a major aspect of his platform. Tuesday morning, speaking at the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C., […]

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Tax-Cut Urbanism: A Thought Experiment

The holiday season is a magical time. Conspicuous consumption, massive hangovers, and repeated family dinners where people pretend they like one another. For me, it’s also one of the one or two annual moments where I get to argue with my conservative, talk radio addled cousins about politics. And this magical year, after a few […]

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Morning in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is going to have a very different municipal government in 2014. We’ll have a new mayor for the first time since 2001. There are 13 councilpeople in our weak mayor-council government, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that a majority of its members will be first termers come next January. Three councilpeople […]

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What To Do with Pro-Car Populism?

I was catching up with an old friend the other day, an economic geography professor who moved away for a job at a big West Coast university. We were eating dinner and swapping stories. “What are you working on now?” I asked. We exchanged little bits about our lives, homes, friends in common. Somehow as […]

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Podcast #23 – Minneapolis Ward 10 with City Council candidate Lisa Bender

A special extra podcast for you, a conversation with Lisa Bender, who is running for the Minneapolis City Council in Ward 10, which stretches from Lake Calhoun and Uptown north-east to the Minneapolis Art Institute in the Whittier neighborhood. Among other things, Lisa has been an urban planner, nonmotorized transportation advocate, and coordinator of the […]

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Do Sidewalks Make You Vote Democratic?

A few months ago, I read the following tweet by über-famous polling guru, Nate Silver: @fivethirtyeight Heuristic: if a place has sidewalks, it votes Democratic. Otherwise, it votes Republican. It’s something I’ve heard before. Bill Bishop’s fascinating book about political and neighborhood also points to the deep connection between urban form and political affiliation. Central cities […]

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Five Years After the Bridge Collapse, Transportation Priorities are Even Worse

Today is the five-year anniversary of the 35W bridge collapse, and stories about it are all over the news.  Entrancing tales of plummeting, accidental heroes, and seemingly random acts of engineering whirl about. But I’m interested in something else: what have we learned from the bridge disaster? Short of a Hollywood apocalypse, the image of the […]

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