Sunday Summary – June 26, 2016

sunday-summary-logoI’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, 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 of dealing with a stroller on the new A-Line. Hint: as buses go, the A-Line is an improvement. Bill Lindeke posted a Chart of the Day featuring the correlation between walkable urbanism and social equity (apparently there is one).

Janelle Nivens writes about the actually-not-so-young P.J. Harvey’s new song, Community of Hope. Fascinating review. (Personally, I’m a fan of Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea.) In a complete change of topic, but equally fascinating reading, Monte Castleman gives us part 2 of his Warrants for Traffic Signals series.

This week Eric Saathoff provided us with a writeup of a public safety meeting held following the recent deaths of people crossing the street in St. Paul. The debate over safer streets continues. Somewhat related is this set of charts showing survival rates of being hit by a car at various speeds and age group. Hint: don’t get hit by a car. As author Bill Lindeke states, the real solution is to redesign our streets to be safer.

And last but not least, the age-old debate about density, preservation, existing character, and politics rages on. John Edwards outlines a somewhat bizarre attempt by the DNR to downzone an area near downtown Minneapolis that includes half of Nicollet Island. Political shenanigans? Tangentially related, Anton Schieffer brings us a report from the YIMBY conference in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to the posts themselves, we appreciate the conversation these posts induce/trigger. There was some pretty good discussion this week.

As always, we appreciate your support and readership. Have a great week and a safe 4th of July weekend!

Sam Newberg

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Sam Newberg, a.k.a. Joe Urban, is an urbanist, real estate consultant and writer. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two kids, and his website is