Monthly Archives: June 2014

Saint Anthony Village – Jekyll and Hyde Design

St. Anthony Village is an interesting suburban town. It has an excellent school district. It has pretty good “bones” – a solid grid system which has worked for centuries. Not much of the twisting, un-navigable dead-ends found in a traditional post WWII suburb: St. Anthony Village has sidewalks(!). And the intersections even have stuff like […]

Twins Game Shows a Difference Between Blue and Green Lines

When the Green Line was under construction I pondered, “The Blue Line is very popular, it not only has a high daily ridership, but people WANT to ride the train! A family of four is not uncommon to see on the train to a Twins game. Buying four tickets at a park and ride and riding […]

The Green Line is Wonderful but a Challenge to Access on Foot

Cruising high above the Mississippi River on my first Green Line light rail ride was something I may never forget. It felt so…right. Some may find it absurd to hear me say it is worth the billion dollars just to ride it across the Mississippi. But think about it – a meaningful transit investment connecting […]

Charts of the Day: CTIB Grants Awarded vs. Revenue Generated

Here are two charts sent along by a reader: They show the shares of grants awarded vs. the share of tax revenue for the five counties participating in the CTIB (Counties Transit Improvement Board) sales tax district. Q: How would this change if SWLRT is passed? I’d have to assume that it would add a lot […]

Imagine a Dinkytown Pedestrian Mall

Some of my recent posts have seemed to bemoan some of Minneapolis’ public realm or proposed projects, asking for better.  I intended to shake that up, but I couldn’t swing it.  Instead, I’ll keep the theme going by bringing up a place near and dear to me as a U of M alum – Dinkytown. […]

Call for Action on the Bottleneck

We’ve been having a lot of talk on this site about the Lyndale-Hennepin Bottleneck, the potentially amazing but actually crappy intersection between Loring Park, the Walker Art Center, Downtown and Uptown, and directly over I-94. Brendon penned a call to arms pointing us to this problem over two years ago (!). Scott took depressing photos of the […]

A Plea to Drivers

Driving a car: Often faster than taking a bus, yet also more dangerous. As has been previously written about on and elsewhere, tens of thousands of people die every year in car accidents in the United States. Also written about on are the thousands of pedestrians killed by drivers. Not really any new […]

Podcast #66 – Riding the Green Line with David Levinson

The podcast this week is a conversation with David Levinson, a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. David is also a co-founder and regular writer here at, and his work focuses on transportation networks and measurements efficiency for different road and transit systems. We sat down last […]

Competing approaches to names

Naming our Highways

I grew up in Northfield, and Cedar Avenue was a common route from Northfield into the Twin Cities. The name isn’t signed between the Northfield border and Eureka Township, but I knew it by no other name. In fact, I remember my parents having to explain to me, when I was first learning to drive: […]

Chart of the Day: Bicycling Rates by Age Group

  While bicycling remains marginal, it is growing like gangbusters in every age cohort. This is a helpful thing to remember, as we often imagine that the only people riding bicycles are young people.  [Taken from this report.]