Archive | June, 2013

Free transit? A thought experiment.

The foremost response to my thought experiment on farebox recovery is that transit should be free. This idea is not new, there is an article on free public transport wikipedia, with some examples. So why don’t we treat transit like we treat elevators? Functionally they appear very similar, though one operates on the horizontal and […]

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Hooray Hooray! Minneapolis Is Above Average Per Several Studies

Minneapolis has been officially deemed “the best,” which is mathematically proven to mean “above average in rating pools greater than 1 unit,” in several recent studies published by various organizations. The American College of Sports Medicine has ranked Minneapolis its “fittest city” in its Annual Fitness Index. Cited among the metro areas strengths are park […]

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Rails to Trails…to Rails

Minneapolis has the number one park system in the country. Every generation has made its contributions to the Minneapolis parks system. But some of our newest additions may be gone before they ever get the chance to become part of the fabric of this city.  Two proposed light rail projects, the Southwest Transitway and the Bottinneau […]

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Three big misconceptions about the House of Hanson development in Dinkytown

I became pretty irritated after reading the latest counter argument for the controversial Opus mixed-use development planned in Dinkytown. If you live in a cave, or haven’t been to the U since Goldy had angry eyes, a proposal is currently in line to replace what is now the building that House of Hanson, the Podium […]

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Is Bicycling Partisan?

I thought Bill Lindeke’s recent post on TCSidewalks would be another in a long line of his great posts. ‘7 Reasons Conservatives Should Embrace Bikes’, sounded promising. Instead he seemingly wants to pick a partisan fight with allies. He has a notion that conservatives just about have anti-cycling cornered and cycling supporters must likely be […]

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New Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism and Loving Our Cities a Bit More

I’m just back from CNU 21 in Salt Lake City, and it was pretty damn great. Several Minnesotans were there, and we were proud that our very own Chuck Marohn gave the closing speech. You can see a succinct summary of that speech here by Nate Hood.  What I like about it is the glimpse […]

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The Paradox of the Placemaking Consultant

A few weeks ago, I attended one of those big civic dinners that take place annually in every city across the country. It was fun! The mayor, all the council members, the business community, key city staff, the planning commission (including me), philanthropic foundation heads, and lots of Saint Paul’s architects, developers, artists gathered in […]

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Streets.mn Voter Guide – Mark Andrew

Our second Minneapolis mayoral candidate to submit their answers to the Streets.mn Voter Guide is Mark Andrew. 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? One of the most urgent issues facing […]

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An Island of Urbanity (or, “Can you pick me up maybe..?”)

I, through a combination of factors that are too complicated to explain here, did not get my driver’s license until I was 20 years old. There was a whole thing. As a result, my “default” mode of transportation has never been a car. I rode my bike to work in high school, and even got […]

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Farebox recovery: A thought experiment

As noted in earlier posts, public transport in the US is heavily subsidized. Regardless of whether this is a good thing, is 100% transit farebox recovery even possible, or will a death spiral result in no users? This post engages in a thought experiment to test what kinds of fares (and subsidies for users (not […]

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