Archive | March, 2016

A Cycletrack Solution for Excelsior Boulevard

This past Saturday afternoon, a cyclist was struck and critically injured on Excelsior Blvd west of Lake Calhoun, in a section where the roadway is surrounded by the Minikahda Club. This section of Excelsior Blvd is a 4-lane undivided roadway, what some colloquially label a Four Lane Death Road. There are no bicycle facilities and […]

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Pioneer Press, St Paul’s Fiscal Hawks Get it Backwards on 8-80 Investments

I like the Pioneer Press. They do a lot of good work, and I’ve read  a lot of quality articles there over the years. But over the last month or so, a narrative keeps popping up about cost over-runs for infrastructure projects. Mirroring the “fiscal hawk” critique at city hall, they tend to frame infrastructure news […]

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Gas Stations: Will They Survive The Rise of Plug-in Hybrids?

Continued from an earlier post on gas stations. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) like the Chevy Volt and Volvo XC90 may have a greater impact on the demise of gas stations than pure electric BEVs. PHEVs will play a transitional role as they are not as big of a mental leap for car buyers as […]

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Chart of the Day: Perceived Disorder vs Ethnicity

A while back, while reading Daniel Hertz’s recent article about Chicago in City Observatory, I came across the work of Robert Sampson, an urban social psychologist at Harvard. The work is over a decade old, but I still find it compelling and relevant. Sampson’s basic thesis is that perceptions of disorder, i.e. a chaotic or blighted neighborhood, […]

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Map Monday: Population Growth in Minnesota Counties

As a follow-up to Friday’s Chart of the Day showing a scatterplot of Minnesota population change versus population level, here is a map showing that population change spatially (i.e. geographically): As discussed in the Friday thread, the largest counties in the state tended to grow while the smallest counties tended to shrink. While the largest […]

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Weekend Links! Suburban LA Pushback, Slum Shaming, Toll Roads and More!

Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to Streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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Sunday Summary – March 27, 2016

March Madness may be taking over basketball fans’ lives and killing workplace productivity, but let’s take a moment to celebrate the Gophers Women’s Hockey team’s National Championship win over Boston College last Sunday, shall we?  Yes, that’s better. It’s been a light traffic week on streets.mn perhaps due to hockey, basketball, snow, or Spring Break, but […]

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A Primer on Zoning Codes: The Basics

Zoning is a complex and arcane topic, even for those who interact with it regularly. In spite of this, zoning is all around us, in nearly every city, village, or town in the United States. There have been many good posts here at streets.mn discussing the merits and implications of zoning, but they often assume […]

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Chart of the Day: Population Growth in Minnesota Counties

Here’s some just-released census data. Scott Shaffer made this lovely chart breaking down population change in Minnesota’s 87 unique and individual counties. Here you go: Here’s what Shaffer says about it: I made a chart showing the relation between the rate of population growth for each county and the population of each county in 2010. […]

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Gas Stations: Not Long For This World?

In my post about some redevelopment in Shoreview I mentioned the likely closing of the Hill Blacksmith shop in the coming years. Some took exception, saying that they didn’t think it very likely, especially since it was built only recently in 1883. We’ve used horses for centuries and they’ve served us well. I do think […]

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