Archive | September, 2016

Chart of the Day: Land’s Share of US Home Prices

Via Visualizing Economics, here’s a cool chart showing the percentage of a home’s value that is tied up in land (as opposed to the house itself). Here’s the chart: The chart’s maker, Catherine Mulbrandon, doesn’t say much about this other than to point towards the dataset, which comes from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. […]

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National Links: Ancient Ruins, Redesigned Crosswalks, and Sprawl

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 – September 18, 2016

I’m writing this from Oslo (streets.no?) where I am enjoying good things about Norwegian transit without the concerns in this post and the very lively streets in my neighborhood. Coming from car-centric small town Minnesota, I’m delighted to have a transit pass and some time to explore the  city one tram, train, bus and ferry line at […]

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Podcast #89: Talking Columbia Heights with City Council Candidate Sean Broom

Hello! I’m rebooting the podcast after a long hiatus. My equipment was stolen along with my bike pannier a while ago, but thanks to the help of some supporters, I was able to replace and upgrade it with some new and better microphones. So thanks to everyone who pitched in! I really appreciate it. With […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Bicycle Mode-Share for 2015, an All-Time High!

Via long-time bike advocate Hokan and the American Community Survey (ACS), here’s the bicycling mode share for the city of Minneapolis. (Mode share is the percentage of people who commute via the different modes, e.g. driving, walking, transit, etc.) The results are in: 5%! Not much to say about this except that it’s awesome news! […]

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Minnesota Connection: Mass Transit Magazine’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40 List

Mass Transit magazine recently recognized 40 individuals under the age of 40 for “their contributions and who have shown a capacity for innovation, demonstrated leadership and a commitment to making an impact in transit.” Minnesota has a strong showing on this list: Lyssa Leitner, AICP is a Gold Line BRT Project Manager for Washington County. Chang Yang is a Assistant Transportation Manager for Metro Transit. […]

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The Lived-In City

At dinner last night at Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago, my wife and I were trying to find the word to describe why we liked the place so well. Miller’s Pub in Chicago and Murray’s Steakhouse in our own Minneapolis are similar in this regard. Shaw’s is old without being aged, clean without being immaculate, […]

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Five Easy Pieces of Low-Hanging Bicycle Fruit that Saint Paul Should Pick

The “low-hanging fruit” is a classic planning metaphor, the kind of thing that you hear all the time at meetings or during in-depth discussions about systemic behavior change. The concept is pretty simple: instead of beginning with the most challenging, expensive, or politically difficult projects, start with the easy, simple, or efficacious ones. In her book, Joyride, […]

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Map Monday: US Regional Map where Minneapolis is Connected to Dallas

There are a couple maps like this floating around where the US is divided up into geographic regions based on culture, economics, or other kinds of geography. This is one of the more interesting, from the New York Times-slash-Joel Kotkin. Here’s the map:   The author of the opinion article, Parag Khanna, makes a compelling argument that […]

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National Links: Transit Rewards Programs and Homes on a Dangerous Street

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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