Archive | October, 2014

Podcast #75 – Restoring University Avenue Parking with Chris Ferguson

The podcast this week is a conversation with Chris Ferguson, a University Avenue business owner who is leading the charge on re-adding on-street parking to the street as it runs through Saint Paul and Minneapolis. As you probably know, University avenue is home to the green line light rail line, the Twin Cities’ most recent and […]

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Chart of the Day: Childhood Obesity over Time

Hm. So if you have kids, odds are they’ll be doing more walking today than on most days. The only problem is that they’ll also be eating more partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and corn syrup than on most days. Here’s a horrible chart from the CDC: [The figure above shows the prevalence of obesity among children […]

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No Big Bucks Needed for Complete Streets!

When I was in New York City a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get together with Nolan Levenson, a Macalester graduate who now works as a transportation planner in New York City. We met near his office in lower Manhattan to talk about ways the City of Saint Paul might apply some […]

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streets.mn and UrbanMSP Merge, Creating a $2500 Global Transport and Land Use Leader

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and ST PAUL, MN, October 31, 2014 streets.mn (NYSE:SMN) and UrbanMSP (NASDAQ:UMSP) announced today a definitive merger agreement to create a multi-dollar global transport and land use leader based in Minnesota. The new streets.mn offers the industry’s most comprehensive set of discussion points on transport, land use, design, and architecture in Minnesota, with […]

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Chart of the Day: Homeownership over Time

Here are two charts from a recent article in The Atlantic about changing rates of homeownership across different age cohorts and time periods: [US homeownership rate.] Of course, the tone of the Atlantic’s piece is that homeownership is automatically a good thing, suggesting that “the economy has a Gen-X problem” because they’re not buying homes. While […]

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Halloween is the Sidewalk Holiday

[This post first appeared on my blog, TCSidewalks.] Every holiday has its geography. Thanksgiving and Christmas are domestic. People hole up in houses, locked in living rooms, huddle with fires and TVs and set themselves against the long winter dark. Summer holidays, like Memorial and Labor days, are outside under skies and in yards or […]

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Steeling Myself for the Winter (Bike) Commute

Dear Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Please make your winter trail maintenance plans for the whole City — now, before it’s too late for the 2014-2015 winter season. Warm regards, Janne   I’m hopeful that for me and the hundreds of other year-round bike-commuters who navigate the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck using the Loring Bike Bridge, this winter will be […]

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At the End of the Green Line, a Building That Would Say “Welcome to Lowertown”

Roberta and I live in a loft in the Union Depot and we are always encountering lost, bewildered and confused travelers. Very often, they step off the Green Line and ask us where the Amtrak station is or the bus terminal. This should come as no surprise as the train and bus platform is not  visible from the Green Line platform and there […]

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Traffic Signal Trivia

Previously I covered some of the history of the traffic signals in service in the area, as well as how to recognize them in the field. Due to length I didn’t really have time to detour into more of the general history of signals, so I’m taking a chance to do so now.   The […]

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Chart of the Day Part 2: Lane Miles Revisited

Quick follow-up to a comment by fellow writer Adam Froehlig regarding the chart of the day showing lane miles per 10,000 residents. It is a fair claim that outlying counties have plenty or roads and lanes serving farms, many of which are gravel or not up to urban pavement standards. I quick dug into MnDOT’s lane mileage […]

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