Archive | July, 2015

Roadkill Bill: Second Class Citizens

Ken and Roberta Avidor are packing their art supplies for another multimodal  traveling and sketching journey up to Bemidji via Jefferson Lines and down the Paul Bunyan trail on their Bromptons which means work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 will cease for the moment.  Do not despair for here is another Roadkill Bill comic from the era when cell […]

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Sunday Summary – July 26, 2015

A lazy summer week here on streets.mn with many quick looks in the Charts and Maps, some fun, and only a couple of posts about hot topics – yes, the discussion does continue about LRT projects in the Twin Cities. But don’t stop here; did you know you can continue discussing the issues below and […]

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Chart of the Day: Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement

Here is a fun visualization of the types of disagreement you may find on the Internet, as described by a fellow named Paul Graham. You should click that link and read the whole thing on his website, but in any case here is the intro and the hierarchy. The web is turning writing into a […]

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Saints Transit Victory: The Anti-Bus Stops Here

Thanks to you, the outcry over recent transit-oriented injustices at the Saint Paul Saints game led to swift action. At last night’s Saints game, the Metro Transit sponsored race around the bases, which has been documented as a sham and widely publicized on this website, was resolved. For the first time ever, the Metro Transit […]

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Traffic Signals Abroad

As the next part in my ongoing series of traffic signals and controllers, here is a look at what the rest of the nation, Canada, and the rest of the world do differently than Minnesota. Minnesota vs the Rest of the Country 1) As I’ve mentioned before, protected only turns (where left turning traffic has […]

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Chart of the Day: Percentage of Income Paid in Rent over Time (Age 22 – 34)

Keeping with this week’s theme of affordable rental housing, here’s a chart from Howard Blackson’s Twitter page (not sure its original source) showing the percentage of income paid in rent, on average: In general, one should not pay more than 1/3 of one’s income to the landlord. The idea behind this chart is that you […]

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Stop the Saint Paul Saints Anti-Bus Propaganda!

CHS Field is a lovely new addition to Lowertown, well served by transit of all modes, from bus to slightly faster bus to slightly faster light rail with a dedicated right-of-way. And the Saint Paul Saints are rightly famous for their wide range of non-baseball entertainment. They have a ball-pig. They have humorous announcers. They […]

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Chart of the Day: Median Asking Price vs. Growth in Housing Units

Via an Oregon media outlet, here’s an interesting chart of different US metro areas showing the correlation between “median asking price” and “% growth in housing units.” It comes from an op-ed by an Oregon economist named Timothy Duy. Here you go:   In typical supply-and-demand fashion, Duy argues that places that build more housing have […]

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Roadkill Bill: Obesity

Ken and Roberta Avidor are still on their multimodal  traveling and sketching journey from Bemidji to Brainerd via the Paul Bunyan trail on their Bromptons and eventually homeward on Jefferson Lines. Ken will pick up work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 where he left off.  Another Roadkill Bill comic will fill in for this week.  Click on the comic to […]

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Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Rents and Vacancy Rates

I read recently that over 40% of people age 30-44 are renters. In the core cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, that number is much higher. Via Insight News, here’s the current picture about rents and rental vacancy in the Twin Cities metro: As you can see, the rental market is tight. Here’s what the […]

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