Archive | June, 2016

Analyzing Potential Road Diet Candidates in St Paul

Larger version of map (24×36 PDF) Preface Since Bill did a phone interview with me about this map and wrote about it last Monday, I figured I should explain this map in greater detail, such as my reasoning behind creating it. This article contains my motives, the process of creating the map, the limitations of […]

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Barricade Links: Floating Walkways, Beijing Pricing 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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The Day the Laughter Died: Acme Comedy’s Parking Crisis

As someone who follows local development politics pretty closely, I’ve been watching a strange new debate unfold at City Hall. We’re used to hearing concerns about parking and neighborhood “character” from longtime homeowners. Now, that same argument is coming from a cast of comedians in support of Acme Comedy Co’s quest to stop the development […]

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Acme Comedy Club Threatens to Leave Minneapolis Over Parking

When people drive to the iconic comedy venue, Acme Comedy Co., in the North Loop they have the option to park in one of two surface parking lots across the street. This may look like one giant block-wide surface lot, but it’s actually two. One 156 stall lot is owned by Acme’s landlord, Schafer Richardson, […]

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Map of the Day: Metro Housing Price Changes over Time

Via the Washington Post, here’s a fun map of Minneapolis showing the percentage change in average home prices in Minneapolis (and other cities too). The map supports the basic “return to the city” argument, about how more people are moving into the urban core. Here’s the 15-year trend:   The article looks at a few […]

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Car-free Commute to the Suburbs

Like many Americans, I work in a traditional office. This means I commute to work every day. I also have kids. My oldest goes to daycare in downtown Minneapolis and I have drop-off and pick-up duty. Unlike the prototypical American I do not own a car, although I have access to ride share vehicles and borrow […]

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Sunday Summary – June 26, 2016

I’m pinch-hitting for Betsey this Sunday, and just for fun, I think I’ll go from youngest to oldest with regard to general topic. Before I do that, on behalf of streets.mn, I’d like to thank those of you who attended our event with this past Wednesday with Gustavo Gutierrez. We’ll start with Emily Metcalfe’s tale […]

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Chart of the Day: Walkable Urbanism vs Social Equity

Here’s a chart from a recent Citylab article called “In the U.S., Walkability is a Premium Good“, using a new analysis of the amount of “walkable urbanism”  in different US cities. (Or, as I think of it, the “sidewalk factor.”) The article goes over a number of different variables correlated with walkability, including GDP, but the chart […]

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Warrants for Traffic Signals, Part 2: The Lyndale Avenue Example

Analyzing a Corridor Previously we went into what the warrants for signals were and went through some examples. So now let’s look at all the signals on a corridor. I picked South Lyndale Ave (with the exception of the signal at the ramp to MN 62, which is Mn/DOT operated. I’m going to cheat and just […]

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Chart of the Day: Pedestrian Crash Survival Rates by Age and Speed of Car

Simply put, pedestrian safety is basic physics. The fundamental relationship here is really not that complicated, and there have been lots of charts showing the correlation between speed and fatality in crashes. But these charts, via Streetsblog, are the best that I’ve seen yet, and they throw in the added variable of the age of the […]

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