Archive | November, 2014

Territ Downs

Territ Downs is, sadly, a fictional community. This post is looking for the buildings in Minnesota that belong in Territ Downs. Buildings for which a surface parking lot compares favorably. Not simply buildings which are minimal but functional, but buildings which are hostile to the rest of the world. Buildings you wonder how got approved. […]

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Sunday Summary – November 23, 2014

Here’s all the content from streets.mn last week carefully seasoned and stuffed into one post: Regional differences More on the Infrastructure Cost Discussion and Re-Framing the Regional Transportation Debate continue discussion about regional transportation (and the costs of urban and suburban development patterns) which kicked off with a recent Chart of the Day. This should be […]

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The City of Oulu.

The Winter Cycling Capital of the World

Thanks to Bill Dooley for sharing (on Facebook) this great short video on winter maintenance for bicycle facilities. The City of Oulu is the cycling capital of Finland and the winter cycling capital of the world. It has one of the most extensive bicycling networks (613 km, 4.3 m/inhab.) in the world, a cycling modal […]

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Chart of the Day: Parking Subsidies

Here’s a chart from a piece up at Streetsblog that shows which income groups get access to subsidized parking from their workplace via the “parking commuter tax benefit.”   There are two main problems with the kind of parking subsidies that are common in many workplaces. First, they go mostly to the wealthiest groups of people, as this […]

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More on the Infrastructure Cost Discussion

Yesterday I delved a little into the question of whether we’ve really under-funded or under-built roads. Of course the standard reply is that roads still recover more costs than transit, and transit (run by the Met Council) is partially subsidized by drivers (via the motor vehicle sales tax, 40% of which is now dedicated to […]

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Minneapolis Is Hitting the Trifecta

If you’re a millennial and you’re looking for a job in a new city, you might have read (or want to read) the November 19th article in The Atlantic about “why it’s so hard for millenials to find a place to live and work”. The problem, it seems, is that the cities with the most […]

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Re-Framing the Regional Transportation Debate

If you’re a regular (or even casual) reader of streets.mn, you’re probably aware of the debate being waged on transportation and land-use policy in the Twin Cities. The Met Council’s Thrive 2040 plan and recent election cycle seemed to magnify the divide (which may or may not be drawn along political lines). MinnPost (via our […]

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Transit-Oriented Development: Quality Over Quantity

A colleague of mine (from a more urban city) recently visited. When he arrived, I offered to show him around and he wanted to see transit-oriented development (TOD). Hmm…. I wanted to impress him, but I was stumped. Despite all our attention as a city and region to TODs, I don’t believe we have any great transit villages right off the […]

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