Archive | December, 2015

Prospect Park North – A Street Network

Prospect Park North is the redevelopment of mostly industrial lands north of University Avenue at the Prospect Park North LRT station. I mentioned some of it an earlier post. Working with some of the key actors planning the neighborhood, I organized a class project for my undergraduate students to conduct a travel demand analysis of Prospect […]

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Sunday Summary – December 20, 2015

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas and all through the streets…maybe there will be snow (Chart of the Day: Historical Twin Cities Snow Depth Probabilities ) and of course, there will be “Best of 2015” lists.  You can review the Top 10 Most-Read streets.mn Posts of 2015 which is heavy on bike-related posts (5) this year (compare to last year’s […]

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Top 10 “Least-Read” streets.mn Posts of 2015

On Friday, Bill posted a summary of the top ten most read posts on streets.mn this year, concluding with a musing about whether it would make more sense to do the ten least-read posts. Providing some love to contributions that might have slipped through the cracks struck me as a good idea (and no, not […]

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This Intersection Needs Work

Having recently moved away from downtown, I’m spending more time in other parts of the city, which means I find new things to critique/complain about. Case in point, a problematic intersection that stands between my new home and the closest grocery store: Cedar Ave & East Minnehaha Parkway. Let’s set aside for the moment how […]

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Top 10 Most-Read streets.mn Posts of 2015

It’s that time of year. Here’s your “top ten” list, in case you missed any of our fantastic content. I should add that “most-read” does not necessarily mean “best.” So much of the great work on this site flies under the radar, precisely because it reflects more detail orientation or longer attention spans than are […]

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Chart of the Day: Historical Twin Cities Snow Depth Probabilities

Via climatologist (and former streets.mn podcast guest) Kenny Blumenfeld, here’s a chart showing the percentage probability of having snow on the ground in the Twin Cities. How weird is it to have no snow on December 18th? Here’s your answer: As you can see, it’s rare but not unprecedented to have seen no snow this […]

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Chart of the Day: Housing Valuation and Leverage Ratios

Via Barry Ritholz’ blog, here’s a wonky economic chart from a recent Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco report, about the difference between this housing market and the housing bubble of the early 2000s. This chart shows both the mortgage debt-to-income ratio (which is still declining from the peak) and the house price-to-rent ratio (which […]

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2015 streets.party! Today!

Hi there! One last post about our 2015 streets.mn end of year celebration! I’m excited! Are you excited? You better be excited. We will be up on the roof (it is of course an enclosed area) of the Eitel building right across the street from Loring Park, looking out onto Holidazzle. You should come! You […]

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Lesser of Three Evils for my Saint Paul Bike Commute

I recently moved from Hamline-Midway in Saint Paul to the West Seventh neighborhood near Mississippi Market and, at about the same time, changed employers. Rather than biking from near Snelling and University Avenues to Cedar and 10th Streets, I am now biking from near West Seventh and Otto to Jackson Street and Second Street – […]

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I Love Alleys

Alleys! They’re in the news! To be honest, they’re generally pretty boring places, perhaps undeserving of a love letter. Most people might even dislike them, even avoid them at all costs. As with most small, mundane details of the built environment, I think we sometimes take alleys for granted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and it’s […]

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