Monthly Archives: February 2016

Painted Ladies, a Maiden and Bruce

July 17, 2015         18.1 Miles            Summit – University, Downtown, Lowertown   Victorian-era homes with narrow clapboard siding, bold colors, a variety of ornamentation and towers are often called ‘Painted Ladies.’ In researching this ride I learned there’s a bit more to it than that. Painted Ladies refer specifically to Queen Anne-style houses that are painted […]

Chart of the Day: Time Spent Shopping per Day

The Star Tribune republished an eye-catching NY Times story this weekend about waste from online shopping. Here’s the punchline of their piece: But measuring the effect of the cardboard economy is more difficult. There are possible trade-offs, for example. As people shop more online, they might use their car less. And delivery services have immense […]

moving boxes

Charting Residential Stability and Race

I hate moving. It takes physical, mental, and emotional energy. It’s expensive to pay for security deposits, non-refundable pet deposits, first month’s rent and last month’s rent, and professional movers. From 2004 to 2012, I probably lived at 12 different addresses in Minnesota, California, and Scotland. I’m not sure if that qualified me as a […]

Map Monday: Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhoods

Here’s a map of the neighborhoods of Downtown Minneapolis, along with a couple of unofficial districts and landmarks. Recently, Metro Transit announced that it would be dropping the “Downtown East” name from that Metro stop in favor of US Bank Stadium, followed swiftly by news of this study on new names and identities for the […]

Floyd B. Olson is Spinning in His Grave

The road was dedicated to Northside resident and socialist Governor Floyd B. Olson in 1951, but it was older than that.  As near as I can tell, construction of the modern-day Olson Memorial Highway began in the late 1930s. That makes it one of the first urban freeways in the Twin Cities. (For some reference, it’s earlier than the very early Hiawatha […]

Sunday Summary – February 19, 2016 is inviting all writers – current writers, potential writers, readers who think they’d like to write (or have thought about it even just a little bit) to the 2ndWriters Workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-4 pm in Room 155 in Blegen Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus. There will be board […]

Tech High School: St. Cloud’s Past, St. Cloud’s Future

This time last year, I was just finishing up a three month process of researching schools, a subject that, to be honest, has never interested me. I guess, on some level, I’ve always understood that schools are important. But I could have never anticipated the piles of research, hours of reading and the depth of […]

The Produce of St. Paul’s Past

I had a few minutes to spare in the general vicinity of downtown St. Paul, so I went on by to check out the Penfield. Because at the frequency at which I visit downtown St. Paul, it’s still something “new” over across the river. At the risk of going a little fanboy, it was great, […]

Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Rental Market Stats

Citylab published an intriguing story yesterday full of some comparative charts of the renter rates from metro areas around the country. For example, here’s a list of the top and bottom cities for rental vs. home ownership:   Here’s another list showing the percentage of income spent on rent. The Twin Cities is very close […]

Chart of the Day: Costs of Urban Travel by Mode

Here’s a chart from an wonky, slightly-old, provocative book called Transportation for Liveable Cities by a Pennsylvania transportation professor named Vukan Vuchic. It shows Vuchic’s estimates of the total costs for different travel choices in a dense urban city, showing a peak-hour car trip with tolls and parking, an off-peak car trip without those costs, a typical […]