Archive | December, 2015

Chart of the Day: Neighborhood Characteristics and Income Mobility

Income mobility is pretty much the core of the “American dream,” the idea that people who begin their lives with little can work hard and improve their lot. But such depends on where you live. Some cities and neighborhoods are much more amenable to income mobility than others. So check this out: (Note: The chart shows […]

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A Short-term Growth Strategy for Nice Ride in Minneapolis

Note: This post is part of the streets.mn/Nice Ride crowdsource conversation, a series of crowdsourced looks at how to expand or improve Nice Ride planning. Check out the rest here. Nice Ride is a vital component of a growing integrated mobility system in the Twin Cities. Still, not enough people use bicycles for utilitarian trips to grow […]

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Riding the Free Trolley at the Grand Meander

This past Saturday, I went with my family to the Grand Meander on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. Sponsored by the Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA), this event featured lots of fun activities, including a 5K run, a soup tasting contest, and three art fairs. After corralling his reindeer at Ace Hardware, Santa had several […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota’s Carbon Donut

I love interactive maps and one got my attention recently. Christopher M. Jones and Daniel M. Kammen at UC Berkeley published a study in 2013 taking data on household carbon footprints to develop carbon profiles of zip codes, cities, counties, and states. They took the carbon profile data and produced an interactive map of the […]

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Wye Not?

Imagine arriving at the Mall of America light rail station and seeing trains for both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, and not waiting 20 years until the Riverview Corridor is built. When the Hiawatha Line (today’s Blue Line) opened in 2004, it had service every 7.5 minutes (8 trains per hour). [As of this writing, […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report – December 2015

The December 12 service change is a small one. The biggest news is the addition of first time Sunday/Holiday service on Route 32 Lowry Crosstown that connects Robbinsdale, north and northeast Minneapolis and Rosedale. Buses will run every half hour 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Making buses go away The only other change of note […]

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Sunday Summary – December 6, 2015

Streets.mn is experiencing a post-Thanksgiving lull this week. I’m sure this is because writers and readers are gearing up for our 2015 streets.fundraiser – Thursday, December 17th; this promises to be a fun evening high above Holidazzle with sparkling conversation, tasty nibbles while helping us raise funds to improve the website and sustain the organization. In addition […]

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A Siri for your car.

A Siri for Your Car (video)

Now you can purchase Bon Jovi concert tickets while you drive and locate where your social media friends are driving their cars before organizing a meet-up. With this cutting-edge technology you might never have to leave your car. This is a corporate marketing piece, but it shows where technology is.

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The 278 Story Parking Ramp Downtown Minneapolis Would Need Without Transit

There are about 160,000 workers in the greater Downtown Minneapolis area–you can see them formatting spreadsheets, etc. from very faraway. About 40% of those workers take transit into downtown, which is great! What if they did not take buses and trains, and they drove their cars instead? Well, a lot of things–they’d be less healthy, […]

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The Importance of Bicycle Lighting

It’s The Crank again, and today I’m going to talk about bicycle lighting or the lack of it, and the various ways I find it annoying. When I ride at night or in low-light situations, I like to have at least a rear light to make me more visible to motorists. A front light is […]

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