Archive | June, 2015

Chart of the Day: Average Home Size over Time, Midwest vs. US

Here’s a chart from the recent Star Tribune economic trend piece about how “big houses are making a comeback:” As you can see, Midwest homes are smaller on average than the US as a whole, which surprises me given the straightness of our roads, but probably shouldn’t given how the Midwestern economy is generally lagging the […]

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Minneapolis’ Progress on Parking: A Channel 79 EXCLUSIVE

Minneapolis is one City Council vote away from enacting a major, nationally-heralded parking reform, authored by Council Member Lisa Bender. I’ve watched with great interest as the debate has unfolded on Channel 79. To summarize the back-and-forth as uncharitably as possible: utopians on bicycles deployed a slew of crowd-pleasing parking analogies* (1, 2), while some of […]

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Map Monday: The US Overlaid By Road Straightness

Via CityLab, Here’s a map that, if I hadn’t told you, you probably wouldn’t be able to figure out. It’s the US mapped according to the percentage of curved roads: Here’s the description from the creator, who readily admits his data is flawed in that OpenStreetMap is not yet complete: The Mid-west USA and Canadian […]

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Sunday Summary – June 28, 2015

While your Sunday Summarizer is traveling streets far from Minnesota, the miracles of technology mean I can keep you up to speed on what’s happening on streets.mn so you can get back to summer and Independence Day celebration planning more quickly and better informed. In the news Hennepin Avenue Bridge: On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, […]

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I-35 Bridge Lighting in 2011 Foreshadowed SCOTUS Decision

Way back in 2011 the Minnesota Department of Transportation programed the LED lights shining on the newly erected I-35W bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis to shine in a rainbow pattern in honor of Pride Weekend. I made a short timelapse film of the scene which is embedded above. This week in 2015, the […]

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Friday Video – Crosswalk Audit

Yesterday I strapped a GoPro to my forehead and put Minnesota statute 169.21 subd. 2 to the test. Here’s the video:   First of all, this went a lot better than I expected. I really thought I would get honked at and yelled at a lot more than I did. Crossing Lake street at least […]

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Connecting Saint Paul’s Riverfront via Union Depot

Over at MinnPost, Peter Callaghan writes of the proposed River Balcony in Downtown St. Paul. This is a planning effort to connect Downtown St. Paul to its riverfront alongside large-scale redevelopment from the old West Publishing and County Jail sites to the west to the old Downtown Post Office being redeveloped as the Custom House […]

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Chart of the Day: Land Use Requirements for Solar Energy

This chart shows the land area required to provide 100 percent of US electricity requirements in 2050, compared with other land uses in our great nation. Read this for a longer discussion of the land use impacts of low-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear. Some local land use conflicts have arisen in Minnesota recently […]

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A Neighborhood Pizza Joint Needs a Neighborhood

The Twin Cities pizza chain Davanni’s is celebrating its 40th birthday with a facelift. It wants to be young again and recapture its original glory as the neighborhood pizza joint. In a recent article, the Star Tribune reported that many young millennials do not associate Davanni’s with their local neighborhood businesses, but rather think of it as a chain. And I know why. The […]

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