Archive | January, 2015

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UM, Access to Fun: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden [Episode 7]

My friend, Josh Lee, takes us on a tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture garden in this episode of UM, Access to Fun. Published on Dec 4, 2014 He’s back! Welcome to Episode 7 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee. In this week’s episode, Josh hops a […]

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Chart of the Day: Zoning Decisions in Saint Paul over Time

I’m  member of the Saint Paul Planning Commission,and I thought I’d share a chart from the upcoming annual report, showing the number of zoning cases over time separated out by type. I don’t know if it’s interesting or not. You can read more about the Planning Commission here.

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Podcast #81: Inside Ending Homelessness with Randall Cohn

The podcast this week is a conversation with Randall Cohn, a law student and long-time worker and wonk working on homelessness policy in Minneapolis. We sat down the other day in the back room of Club Jaeger, right in the North Loop near many of the homeless shelters of downtown Minneapolis. We chatted all bout […]

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Analysis: Lots of Cheap Apartments Next to Expensive Apartments

Fancy new apartments: Are they expensive? We’ve heard they’re expensive. Pricing people out and ruining everything, etc. However, Minneapolis has just under 90,000 rental dwelling units. Many of them are not expensive. Some of them, in fact, are expensive but are actually located right next to ones that are not expensive. It should be noted […]

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Friday Photo: Walk of Spite

Last week I got rear-ended by a car while biking south under the Hiawatha Avenue overpass on Cedar. I was chatting with a friend about a movie. I asked him a question, but before he could answer I was rolling back onto the hood of a silver Chevy Malibu. My head shattered the windshield from […]

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Winter Cycling & Winter Cycling Congress 2015

If you happen to be free the 10-12 of February and would like to head to The Netherlands for a bit there is a great conference that will be happening in Leeuwarden. Winter Cycling Congress 2015 This is the third congress focused specifically on bicycling during the winter. The three day conference features speakers from […]

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Chart of the Day: Ten Years of Metro Transit System Ridership

This isn’t that great a chart, but does show the growing ridership of the Metro Transit systemwide, via Citypages:   (Note: 2004 was the bus strike year.) Increases in ridership due to the Green Line alone account for (rough napkin calculation: 10K/week X 25 weeks =) 250,000 new rides on the system.  That’s why transit planners […]

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Calls for Accountability Miss the Mark

I’m going to describe a government agency and let you, brilliant reader, guess who it is. This government agency is an un-elected bureaucracy with its top-ranking official appointed by the governor, who is then confirmed by the Minnesota Senate. This agency gets involved with planning activities and expenditures at both the regional and local level. […]

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The Soul of St. Paul’s Highland Park

If you’d have told me ten years ago that I’d be bemoaning the loss of a large-format chain retailer, anywhere, I’d have been suspicious. Stranger things have happened, and as of January 1, 2015, Barnes & Noble in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul closed its doors. The neighborhood lost not only a bookstore but a “third place,” a beloved […]

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Chart of the Day: Top 10 Metro Transit Bus Routes by Ridership, 2014

Metro Transit released some 2014 ridership data today. Here are their top ten bus routes, by ridership. Kind of crazy how it drops off after the first few routes. The busiest route, Route 5, is more than twice as busy as the fourth busiest route, Route 6. Route 16 still holds on with just a half […]

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