Archive | September, 2015

Form & Function: Four Corners

I’m often intrigued by the differences in buildings on four corners of a junction — in form and function. Below are the four corners of Selby Avenue and Dale Street in Saint Paul. This had been a vibrant area until Interstate 94 and its destruction of the Rondo neighborhood in the late 1960s. When I first […]

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Chart of the Day: Nice Ride MN Total Trips by Year

Note: I’ll be putting up charts and graphs about Nice Ride all week long, as part of our ongoing Crowdsource Bike Share Planning efforts. If you’d like to participate in this project, and earn a free Nice Ride membership and some Nice Ride MN swag. If interested, please email me at blindeke@gmail.com and/or read this post. Here’s […]

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Getting Rolling on Rail to Eau Claire

This week, a citizen group is holding a couple of public meetings to advocate for a passenger rail link between the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a corridor that MnDOT suggested in its 2010 State Rail Plan should be built before the year 2030. The meeting announcement has led me to dig into the […]

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Map Monday: Real Time Nice Ride MN Station Usage

OK, there’s an amazing bike share data website made by a British geographer and data visualization expert named Oliver O’Brien, that has real time information showing bike share dock availability for dozens of bike share programs all over the world. Here’s the snap shot of Nice Ride MN dock usage as of a few minutes ago: […]

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Parking Meters Will Work for Grand Avenue

When my wife and I moved back to the Midwest after nearly a decade on the West Coast, we chose Grand Avenue. We chose it for a number of reasons, but first and foremost was the walkability. We didn’t own a car during our eight years in San Francisco, and we became accustomed to the […]

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Roadkill Bill – How Cars Kill the Planet (Science)

I don’t get out much these days since I am hard at work on the second book of Bicyclopolis. When I do venture outside on my bicycle, a motorist invariably finds my presence on the road irritating enough to yell at me. Their comments are often a variation on the theme of “bicyclists are irresponsible.” […]

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Sunday Summary – September 20, 2015

Oh my, but it has been a lively week on streets.mn. After the late summer lassitude, streets.mn writers have roared back with more meaty posts than we’ve seen in any single week for quite a while.  And, although we don’t try to set a theme, this week’s posts manage to cohere around American cultural icons […]

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Why Aren’t We Building Affordable Houses Anymore?

Last week in my article on self-driving cars, I noted the phenomenon that affordable (say $200,000 or less) new houses simply aren’t being built anymore and speculated that might lead to people choosing longer commutes. As a second part, I thought I’d look at some possible reasons affordable houses aren’t being built any more. For the […]

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Sectors of the Twin Cities Metro Area

Warning: This post, which is about generalizations, contains many generalizations. — As many people of many different ideological bents will eagerly inform you, we have a big, sprawly metropolitan here in the “Twin Cities.” Our 3.5 million or so residents are spread around a little over 8,000 square miles, compared to, for example, the 13 […]

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