Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Sunday Summary – April 4, 2015

Here are the week’s posts on smartly summarized for your reading convenience.  Madness of two kinds this week: April Fools posts and continuing the basketball-inspired, urban-themed madness continues with the outcomes in streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 3 – The Streets Sixteen and Round 4 – The Urban Elitist Eight.  Just as you can play streets.m(ad)n(ess), there’s another opportunity for participation […]

A Look at St. Louis Park’s Form Based Code Efforts

Note: in case of annoyance with acronyms feel free to just stop reading, open a can of alphabet soup, and blindly arrange the noodles. Basically the same thing, right? So Jeremy, my token Young Republicans of Minnesota advocate and dear friend, brought it to my attention that the real impact of light rail investment (i.e. […]

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO)

Given Thursday’s collapse of a bridge on interstate 35 in Texas I thought it timely to share this hilarious segment from the HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, on the state of infrastructure in the United States. The segment includes an awesome mock film trailer that, unfortunately, cannot be embedded here on it’s […]

Chart of the Day: Social vs Individual Mode Costs

Here’s a “chart” of sorts, that attempts to compare the individual and social costs of trips using different modes. It’s part of the “cost of commute” calculator in Vancouver, British Columbia. Obviously this is a really complicated thing to do, but at least they’re trying! Here’s a quote from the engineer who made the calculator: “Although […]

Down South In Highland Park

August 27, 2014 Highland Park 12.1 Miles When time is limited, Highland Park and Macalester-Groveland are my go-to rides because of their proximity to my house. This time, I rode on streets in the southern part of Highland, around West 7th Street. It’s obvious that someone at 2039 Bordner Place is returning from a trip, […]

Chart of the Day: Stopping Distance vs Speed

The art of information visualization is actually pretty interesting once you dive into it, and there’s no better way than by reading through Edward Tufte’s famous series of books on the topic. I came across this nifty analysis of how ‘stopping distance vs. speed’ charts can present information in different ways. Here’s a particularly dry […]

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streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 4 – The Urban Elitist Eight

Hello and welcome back to streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the reader, get to vote on your favorite goings on in the world of Twin Cities’ urbanism. I’m Nick, and this is my co-host Jim. Glad to be here, Nick. Jim, tell us a bit about where we are and how we got here and what’s […]

The Critical Ten

Compromise is the hallmark of politics, so when it comes to street design, it’s tempting to dole out design features like treats to unruly children: a new crosswalk for you, a drive-thru for you, a bike lane for you, a parking lot for you. There, now everyone’s happy! And if you’re not satisfied with the […]

Great Cities – A Science Museum of Minnesota project readers may be interested in the following: The Science Museum of Minnesota is pursuing the development of Great Cities—an exhibit about the past, present and future of cities. We want your help to prototype an idea for this exhibit that we are calling FutureHere. What we are inviting you to do is pretty simple: take a photograph […]