Archive | November, 2014

Saturday Music Video: King Of The World (Anthony’s Putsch)

This was filmed in some of the places visited on David Hembrow’s Bicycle Study Tour which I highly recommend for anyone interested in bicycling for transportation.   And a quick bit of ‘making of’ fun.

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Sunday Summary – November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving distracted writers (and perhaps readers) this week, but here’s what got posted between turkey, travel, family, and football. Big issue 1: Equity issues Whose Streets? Our Streets considers the broader context of the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the ensuing demonstrations in Minneapolis where “we should remember the role highway infrastructure plays in dividing […]

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Whose Streets? Our Streets

Thousands of protesters responding to the Ferguson, MO, grand jury decision gathered Tuesday night in south Minneapolis.  But the local headline fodder was the story of the pedestrian protester struck and injured by a car at the intersection of Lake and Minnehaha. The car’s driver, presumably used to the traffic norms of four-lane death roads, […]

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Transpo convo: Phyllis in the Snow

[This is part of streets.mn’s “transpo convo” series, which aims to be an oral history of getting around the Twin Cities, one person at a time.]  “It’s nasty out here,” Phyllis proclaims after crossing University Avenue at Pascal.  She was dragging her shopping bag suitcase on wheels in one hand and using a cane in […]

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Regional Infrastructure: Splitting Up an Urban Neighborhood Near You

Contorting existing neighborhoods to host regional infrastructure creates crazy spill-over effects. Check out the beauty it adds to our neighborhoods and cultural institutions. It’s an award-winning design. The engineers who created this 50 years ago won a national award for it – shoehorning ramps, bridges, slip turns, pork chop islands, and infrastructure I can’t even name into […]

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Community: First Grade Thanksgiving Edition

In preparation for Thanksgiving, my son’s first grade class constructed three villages to compare and contrast the ways of life of three peoples: The Wampanoag Indians, 17th century Plymouth Plantation, and the Modern Suburb. First, the handout. This came home in his backpack, conveniently labeled with his specific assignment: Initial reaction: “He has to build […]

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Chart of the Day: Perceived Walking Distance by Land Use Type

Here’s a chart from a 2007 University of Minnesota study all about how people perceive walking distance in various ways, depending on where they live and how they get around.   I’ve long been fascinated by this topic, and the results of the study show that it’s a very complex issue. Some walks can feel very […]

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All About Left Turns (Traffic Signal Trivia II)

This is part two of a four part series of “Traffic Signal Trivia”, dealing with some history and interesting facts concerning traffic signals. Part 1 covered vehicle signals in general, but left turns are a whole story in themselves, so here we continue. It didn’t take long after the introduction of traffic signal until left […]

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Chart of the Day: Housing Boom Mortgage Originations over Time

This is more of a chart / map (chap or mart?), showing the origin points for mortgages during the decade leading up to the housing boom. It’s a national map, but I zoomed in on the Twin Cities to take this snapshot. The map also includes race data, which is interesting too. Click here for […]

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A Call for Sales Tax on Cars and Gasoline

No, I’m not joking. David Levinson wrote about an often overlooked but important subsidy* given to drivers: the lack of sales tax on gasoline and auto/truck purchases. I’m surprised this hasn’t received more attention given the other distortions that see press. Yes, we pay a motor vehicle sales tax when buying a car, but that is supposed […]

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