Archive | October, 2015

Two Anti-Bike Lane Narratives that Need to Stop

So far, there aren’t a lot of obvious benefits to spending years of your life getting a PhD in geography and bicycle planning. You acquire a lot of debt, spend a lot of time alone in rooms reading and writing things that few people will ever care about, and generally end up thinking to yourself, “Why […]

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The Battle for Two Feet in Brooklyn Park

I came across this news story last week about a public works proposal in Brooklyn Park, a northern suburb of Minneapolis (and future host to the end of a planned light rail line). As far as things go, this proposal is a pretty mundane function of local government: reconstructing a few 30+ year old streets, replacing some […]

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Four Necessities for the MLS Bus Barn Site

Professional sports stadiums in the United States, as controversial as their funding mechanisms have become, have historically been transformative elements to their surrounding environment. They can induce a once fertile stretch of farm field to become clad with hot oil-fused asphalt for personal vehicles to lay, or can spawn dense, mixed-use communities which urbanists obsess about during their repeated […]

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Map Monday: Urban Heat islands of the U.S ranked

A doctoral student at the UGA, Neil Debbage, led a study trying to determine with urban forms affected urban heat islands the most. The study also ranked the urban heat islands of the U.S. Researchers found no one size fits all urban model where the advice to build more dense or build more sprawling would solve […]

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A Post About Posters

The London Underground is famous for its iconic posters (as well is its maps, logo, and font). While Twin City Rapid Transit had some posters as well, they did not reach the same level of artistry. (If anyone has a link to an online trove of such local posters, link in the comments). As an in-class exercise […]

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Chart of the Day: TIF Comparison for Minneapolis and selected suburbs

Tax increment financing (TIF) is funding mechanism used by cities to aid redevelopment. Controversial at times, some cities make greater use of it than others. Over the years, Minnesota’s laws regarding how TIF can be used have changed. Cities with significant redevelopment areas tend to make greater use of TIF than more stable cities. Example: In the agenda for Saint […]

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Sunday Summary – October 25, 2015

We do have Official Business to do here at streets.mn and the board elected new officers yesterday which is the official business being announced. Read the post to find out who we are, but also where streets.mn started and how it’s grown. We hope we grow even more, but we need your assistance by writing, becoming […]

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Official Business

We have new officers effective 12:00 am October 25, 2015. At our most recent meeting on October 24, held at the Hennepin County Central Library in Minneapolis, the streets.mn Board elected unanimously the following officers: Bill Lindeke,  Chair Nick Magrino, Vice Chair – [Chair of Personnel Development Committee] Betsey Buckheit, Secretary –  [Chair of Editorial Council] Sam Newberg, Treasurer –  [Chair […]

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What could $6.5 million mean to Metro Transit?

If you haven’t heard, the Vikings and the Met Council looking at partnering to build a pedestrian bridge that would lead directly from the new Vikings stadium to the Track 1 platform of Downtown East station. The reason this bridge is being constructed is that on event days (let’s be real, they mean Vikings game days), a lot […]

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Chart of the Day: User Revenue vs. Highway Spending Gap over Time

This is something we’ve written about many times before, but here’s a straightforward chart for you this Friday afternoon. The cumulative “general fund” spending on highways, from an article in City Observatory: The author, Joe Cortright, makes the case that we need to move towards better user fees for roads and driving, which is again something […]

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