Archive | May, 2016

Taking the “Transit” Sales Tax Statewide

As I write this, the 2016 Minnesota legislative session is coming to a close, and last-minute discussions are taking place to try and sort out transportation funding. One of the major options is the possibility of a 0.5% metro-area sales tax for transit, an increase from the 0.25% currently collected for the Counties Transit Improvement Board. […]

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Transit In Third Ring Suburbs

We spend a lot of time on streets.mn talking the core cities and inner-suburbs. It’s easy to forget the hundreds of square miles in our region (or across the state) that are doing very little on land-use and transportation. I’ve been using Lakeville, MN as a case study for these places. Go check out the links […]

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Hennepin Avenue Survey Results: Part 1

At the beginning of last month, with the help of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, The Downtown Neighborhoods Association (DMNA), the Minneapolis Pedestrian Alliance and streets.mn, I conducted a survey to collect thoughts on the reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue in 2020 to help inform the design process. More than 400 people responded. The DMNA collected 37% of the responses, […]

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Housing Permit Links: Transit Map Tech, Dive Bars Disappear, 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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Urban Endosymbiosis

Endosymbiosis in biology refers to the idea that organelles of eukaryotic cells (like mitochondria and chloroplasts) were originally free-living micro-organisms that combined symbiotically (to mutual benefit). In Chapter 7: Good Roads of The Transportation Experience: Second Edition, we identify an example of what we might call techno-endosymbiosis, when we write: Charles Kettering developed the electric starter, which […]

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Sunday Summary – May 22, 2016

After wonderful weather for Bike to Work Day on Friday, now we can look ahead to the end of the Minnesota Legislature’s session. By midnight tonight we’ll know if any compromises have been reached for transportation, taxes, and bonding bills (in the meantime, you can revisit this post about what to settle for in legislative deal-making or play […]

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Can We Get a Detour?

Ramsey County is replacing the concrete roadway and catch basins along Shepard Road between Randolph Avenue and Warner Road through the end of June. As part of this project they are replacing the pedestrian ramps with accessible ramps. This is great. The current ramps have a sizable lip that is jarring when you bicycle over […]

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A New Life for the Old Cedar Bridge: Restoration Begins

Today reconstruction of the Old Cedar Bridge is well underway. Previously we looked at the history of the bridge and how we got to the final decision that the bridge will be restored. This article continues with the actual restoration and construction process. The Nuts and Bolts of Restoration When restoring an old structure. There’s […]

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Chart of the Day: US Pedestrian Deaths and Injuries as a Percentage of the Whole

A recent blogpost by the Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research charts out some recent trends in crash statistics. In general, US roads have been getting safer. But at the same time, as more cities encourage walking and biking, pedestrian and bicyclist crashes, injuries, and deaths have become a greater share of the whole […]

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Minneapolis’ Zoning Code Continues to Make Housing Unaffordable

There’s an Ethiopian proverb that goes something like, “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” When it comes to housing, Minneapolitans may have it better than those in Seattle, San Francisco, D.C., and Brooklyn, but a larger and wider slice of Minneapolis is feeling the pinch of fast-rising rents. For some, this even means […]

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