Archive | September, 2016

Chart of the Day: Small Business Turnover vs. Gentrification in New York City

From City Observatory, here’s an interesting chart ripped from a study about small business turnover and gentrification in New York City. It compares the number of businesses that close, go vacant, or are replaced with new businesses in gentrifying and non-gentrifying neighborhoods (gentrifying neighborhoods were defined as meeting a certain change in income within a census tract). Here’s […]

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Better Bridges sunset

Better Bridges for Stronger Communities

A close up look at efforts to improve the built environment on and around the many bridges over Interstate 94 in Saint Paul. Documentary by Matty Lang of the Friendly Streets Initiative’s community engagement and placemaking work with neighborhood partners in Saint Paul in 2015-2016. Better Bridges is a Friendly Streets Initiative project in collaboration […]

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Chart of the Day: Minnesota Daily Insolation on September 1st

Insolation is a portmanteau of Incoming Solar Radiation, or how much energy we are receiving on per day from the sun (measured in watts per meter squared). This changes based on the tilt of the earth, which in turn affects both the total duration and angle of sunlight. The patterns change a lot depending on the […]

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A Different Approach to Helping Homeless Families

Being homeless is tough. Being homeless with children is something I do not even want to imagine. Yet, in its 2015 study of homelessness in Minnesota, the Wilder Foundation counted 3,296 homeless children with their parents. This is considered an undercount as these were children who were found and counted. In that same year, Ramsey […]

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