Archive | May, 2013

Two visualizations of the London Oyster data

Two visualizations of the London Oyster data: London in Motion (Jay Gordon) London’s Oyster Card Tidal Flow (Oliver O’Brien)   A colleague asks, what cool things would you do with those underlying data (e.g. GoTo Card data for the Twin Cities)?

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All the Best US Cycle Tracks are Street Level

There has been a lot of discussion in the local bicycling scene about cycle tracks lately. “Cycle track” is a bit of a generic term. It may refer to a one-way or two-way facility. It may refer to something at street level or at curb height. It may create separation between cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians […]

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Streets.mn Voter Guide – Jackie Cherryhomes

Our first Minneapolis mayoral candidate to submit their Streets.mn Voter Guide questionnaire is Jackie Cherryhomes. 1. What do you believe is the most significant land use and/or transportation issue facing Minneapolis in the next 5 years and how do you hope to address it if elected? Transportation is central to economic growth in our city. […]

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Where’s my bus (arrival sign)?

Real-time arrival information for buses in the Twin Cities area has been publicly available since 2008, when Metro Transit added NexTrip functionality to their website. It was updated a year later to include a mobile web version. Eventually the communication protocol used under the covers for both the mobile and desktop websites was simplified and […]

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Minnehaha Avenue: Why stop at better?

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” -Will Rogers Earlier this week, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis released preliminary design options for a reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue (or County State Aid Highway 48 as the folks on 148 acres in Medina call it) between […]

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Hooray, Hooray: Velodrome Race Season Starts Today!

Readers of Streets.MN know that I often savage Anoka County, especially Blaine — what with parking drama, Safe Routes to Schools resistance, and more parking drama. It’s low-hanging fruit. So, today, I bring you a salute to something awesome about Blaine: The NSC Velodrome. Tonight is the first night of Thursday Night Lights for the […]

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Pets on Trains Act of 2013: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Apparently, amid the rising ridership of Amtrak — which had a record year in 2012, and has been busting records through March 2013 — there is a new class of passengers clamoring to get on. And pee. Yes, it’s apparently time for the Pets on Trains Act of 2013. Per the Humane Society of the […]

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Demand Good Urbanism in Downtown East

On our way to the ceremony unveiling the plan for the five-block Star Tribune property in Downtown East, my son Shaw and I got off the train at the Downtown East/Metrodome station and I was asked directions by an older couple. They were looking for Periscope, the ad agency, at 10th and Washington. Obliging, I agreed […]

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The Pros and Cons of Saberurbanism

I have been a baseball fan all my life. I went to my first Twins game at Met Stadium when I was less than a year old (or so I am told), and saw them win the ’91 World Series from the upper deck of the Metrodome. I’ve been following the sabermetric revolution since 2001, […]

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No Parking and De-Signing Streets

I was traveling down St. Anthony Boulevard with my then 3 year old daughter. She was learning her alphabet and noted the P on a lot of street signs. Every time she saw it, she shared her observations. “P with a slash through it”, “P with a slash through it”, “P with a slash through […]

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