Archive | December, 2014

Chart of the Day: Interstate Highway volumes vs. Interstate Loading

This chart, from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2011 Highway Statistic series (most recent year available) shows the changes in both rural Interstate highway traffic volume and loading since 1970. Loading here refers to the weight of vehicles. The 2002 peak in volume is noted on the chart (Urban Interstates peaked in 2007 per FHWA figures), […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota Population Cartogram

David Montgomery at the Pioneer Press has a great piece up today demonstrating the difference between a “regular” map projection and a cartogram when it comes to representing population and political balance. Here are his two maps of the state’s legislative senate districts, along with one that I added showing the core city senate districts: […]

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Most-Read streets.mn Posts of 2014 (Expanded Edition)

This is the time of year when time passes, and year-end timeliness becomes timely. So in a bit of reminiscent navel-gazing, I wanted to crunch some numbers and share with you the Top 10 Most Read streets.mn posts of 2014. Caveat: It’s worth noting that ‘most read’ doesn’t mean best. One of the things I […]

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Minnesota’s Hidden Intercity Bus Network

There was a time when buses and trains connected the Twin Cities with every corner of Greater Minnesota. The trains are gone except for Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which has become quite unreliable and inconveniently runs west of Minneapolis in the wee hours. Except for its express link to Chicago via Eau Claire and Madison, Greyhound […]

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Even the Minneapolis Fire Department prefers Saint Paul! 1387 Sargent Avenue.

A Visit to Rondo

July 4, 2014 (Independence Day) Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Summi-University), Downtown, Lowertown, Crocus Hill 19.9 miles The non-profit Express Bike Shop on Selby Avenue is an excellent example of a business doing good. Staff has been teaching young people how to fix bikes since 1995. Youth interns work with the trained bike mechanics to rehab donated bikes, […]

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Sunday Summary – December 28, 2014

The last Sunday Summary of 2014 is short with only three posts this week.  In the end of the year tradition of summing things up, we can note that 2014 marked the beginning of the Sunday Summary feature (you can read the whole year on streets.mn in weekly chunks here). In 2014, streets.mn also tried to […]

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A Corner Store Classic

There are certain urban designs that cannot be improved upon. One of them is the neighborhood store with its doorway opening onto the corner. I recently discovered that one of the best examples was repeated a dozen times throughout the Minneapolis neighborhoods that developed in the 1920s. All feature the same decorative brickwork, including a white […]

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Main Street – Glencoe, Minnesota

In my family’s quest to visit the county seats of Minnesota, on a Sunday morning in early November we went on a trip to Glencoe, Gaylord, Le Sueur (not a county seat), and Saint Peter. We had never been to Glencoe before, and in all honesty, would find it unlikely to be there again, as […]

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Sunday Summary – December 21, 2014

For the Winter Solstice, the Sunday Summary tries to bring a little light to the week’s posts so you won’t be in the dark. Conversation of the week The Curious Case of Luxury Student Housing is an in-depth look at the student housing driven gentrification in Dinkytown with comparisons to other university towns.  The many commenters […]

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