Archive | September, 2014

Minnesota Gadgetbahn – When the Future of Twin Cities Transit Was Up in the Air

The Twin Cities is hosting the Rail-Volution conference this week. As I watched the Rail-Volution attendees gathered in the refurbished Union Depot last night, I thought what a long way we’ve come from the dark days ten years ago when nearly every transportation meeting I attended included at least one proponent of Personal Rapid Transit, […]

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Behind the Green Line

May 26, 2014 Summit Hill, Downtown, Lowertown 15.8 Miles Memorial Day is a holiday that has various meanings to folks.There is a certain solemnity to Memorial Day and for good reason, but it’s the unofficial start of summer. It’s an extra day off. For many retailers it is another excuse for a sale. Most importantly, […]

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Map of the Day: The Rail-volution Guide to Transit Accessible MSP

From the Rail-Volution “Self-Guided Tour book“, part of the annual Rail-Volution conference that is here in Minneapolis and Saint Paul this week, the “transit accessible” parts of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. It’s interesting to see a map made from a TOD planner’s viewpoint. To me, it seems like the cartographers made some odd choices about […]

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Streets.mn joins the Railvolution

This weekend, you might have noticed groups of well-dressed people with nametags wandering Minneapolis and Saint Paul, looking at trains and apartment buildings with keen eyes. I spotted a LRT tour during University Avenue’s Open Streets yesterday, and then again found a nametag’d couple looking for a cab in downtown Saint Paul last night. (Ha!) […]

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On the Politics of the Rhetoric of Choice

We often hear from transit advocates that expanding public transportation is good because it increases the choices available to people. Framing the issue this way reveals something about the deeper commitments of the supporters, namely that it is a good in itself simply to expand available avenues for people to assert their will. The ability […]

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Sunday Summary – September 21, 2014

Here’s the whole week on streets.mn, sorted and summarized: Your input needed: Comments on the Metropolitan Council’s Draft Transportation Policy Plan provides four comments on the draft plan with some additional criticism in the comments; you can comment on the plan until October 1. Big ideas department: Cars Feel Like the Future considers car design as the […]

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Virtual Tour: University of Minnesota

This is a short promotional video produced by the U for recruitment purposes. It has some nice images of Minneapolis and Saint Paul including plenty of helicopter shots and a little bit of the newest video trend–the hyperlapse.

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Chart of the Day: Rent vs. Distance from CBD Center

Here’s a fun chart from an 1980s Urban Geography intro textbook that I picked up in a free pile on the University of Minnesota campus today…   This kind of relationship is referred to in “classic urban geography” as the “bid-rent curve,” about how land values decline from a theoretical peak intersection in the CBD. […]

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Comments on the Metropolitan Council’s Draft Transportation Policy Plan

The Metropolitan Council held a public hearing tonight on their draft Transportation Policy Plan. If you care about transit or transportation issues in the region, you should comment (you can do so through October 1). Here are four comments I have on the plan: Our urban areas are significantly underserved by this plan. Even under the “increased […]

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Chart of the Day: Renter Participation in Neighborhood Groups

Occasional streets.mn contributor John Edwards has a new blog about the demographic gap between his local neighborhood group and the surrounding residents of  the Wedge, complete with nifty infographics. Here’s one of the charts on the site:   I wrote a column about this over at Minnpost today. Engaging with renters is a persistent challenge for neighborhood groups all […]

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