Archive | October, 2014

Ford Parkway Reconstruction – Close but Not Quite

Here is my open letter to Ramsey County Public Works. I know I’m late to this process and honestly don’t expect them to change their plans (which can be seen here [large PDF]). I will preface this by thanking Ramsey County for putting in any bike lanes, but if no one demands better then we […]

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The Bank for Better Buses, Part 3

Creating a full-service Metro Go-To Card would benefit transit users and those without access to traditional banking services. It would also benefit the Met Council. There are examples of public institutions acting as lending agencies that provide great benefit to a range of people. The largest example of a public institution bank is the Bank of […]

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Four-Lane Death Roads Should Be Illegal

I was biking with a friend the other day around the East Side of Saint Paul, and we happened across White Bear Avenue. I knew at once it was a Death Road™. Death Road™ is what I call 4-lane streets that have been shoehorned into a narrow right-of-way in an urban area. If you bike […]

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Rochester, MN map: Surface Parking Lots

A few months ago, I plotted surface parking in Rochester, MN. Granted, the concept of mapping surface parking lots is outdated now that Andrew Price pioneered maps that show places versus non-places. Yet a map of surface parking looks to give the first layer of non-places in Downtown Rochester. These parcels are also the most […]

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Talk of Secession in St. George

I lived in New Orleans for several years, so I get pretty excited when Louisiana pops up on an international news service. Last week it was a news item on the BBC St. George. Currently, St. George is an unincorporated area in East Baton Rouge Parish (Louisiana doesn’t have counties, they have parishes) and after being […]

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Go-To Banking, Part 2

The expanding list of transportation options makes our multi-modal system stronger. All of these services should be lauded for their efforts. There is one catch, however. Each transportation service requires a debit or credit card as a payment option. For the 16.7% of Minnesotans who are unbanked or underbanked, debit and credit cards are out […]

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Making Room for Transit Makes Streets Better for Everyone

The post was originally published at Greater Greater Washington. Many proposed transit projects in our region, from streetcars to bus rapid transit and the Purple Line, involve vehicles running in the street. Giving transit a place on our busy streets can be a hard sell, especially when it means displacing cars. But a recent trip […]

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Chart of the Day: Lane Miles Per Estimated Market Value

Today’s chart of the day is the second in a series.  Although Ramsey and Hennepin counties have far fewer lane miles per capita, they appear to make far more productive use out of each mile.  This chart shows lane miles per $100 million of estimated market value of assessed property.  This data comes from MNDOT and […]

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The Urbanism Crowdsourcing Hodge Podge Twitter Grab Bag

It all started with a tweet … I'm writing something for streets.mn & Star Tribune tonight. I'll write about the first three (3) topics people tweet at me. Make it random. — Nate Hood (@Nathaniel1983) October 27, 2014 The responses quickly came in. First from Mike Christensen, who has a quick draw. He’s the fastest tweet in […]

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Free Metro Transit on Election Day, November 4th, 2014

The 2014 elections are just a week away, and thanks to a new law, bus service, light rail service, and commuter rail service provided by public transit including Metro Transit will be free of charge next Tuesday.  Find your polling place at MN Votes’ poll finder, and then use Metro’s interactive trip planner to plan […]

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