Monthly Archives: December 2016

“Intentional Communities”: A Path to Legal Status for White People

Over time, average family sizes get smaller, and old houses get emptier. But in Minneapolis’ lower-density zoning districts, no more than three unrelated people can live together as a household; in higher-density districts, the limit is five unrelated people. For people who want to live with three or more friends in a big old house, this is a problem. As a […]

A Preventable Death on Nicollet, Make No Mistake

    Another one down It’s part of the price to pay They say but no more         Pedestrians die and no one blinks. We consider it to be an individual accident and thus an individual error but it’s time to connect the dots. We consider it the price to pay for […]

Loralei Gilmore walking in Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls

Share Your Favorite On-Screen Walking Scenes

As the mercury dips, my appetite for screen time increases. With the recent release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix, I decided to go back in time to watch the original series. The first 30 seconds of “Pilot” is the lead character, Loralei Gilmore walking along the Main Street of the fictional town, Stars […]

Map Monday: The Great Twin Cities Megaregion

Via James Russell on Twitter, here’s a bottom-up map that was generated from analyzing 130 million commuter patterns and narrowing those trips into a series of “megaregions” around the country. The end result, in multi-color glory: And another one showing clear delineations: A brief description of the methodology: Previously megaregions have been typically identified by […]

National Links! Nomination for DOT Post, The New Wal-Mart and a Really Big Bus

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 that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

View of the Minneapolis skyline from St. Anthony Bridge

Sunday Summary – December 4, 2016

Welcome to December!  Thank you to those who attended the fundraiser this past week (and those who donated).  Although the event is past, you can read a few posts about why supporting is still a good idea from Bill Lindeke, Nicole Mardell, and Janne Flisrand. Supporting helps us bring you fine content […]

Drinking My Way Around England

English pubs are among the premier “third places” in the world. Despite rumors of their death, they remain vital to the community and I’m impressed by how well they fit in to the urban (and rural) fabric. The English pub is a great place to gather with friends or strangers. They are also quite amenable […]

Come to the Fundraiser – We Went to Costco For You!

Tonight is the annual fundraiser and I would love to see many, if not all of you there. I want to see you all there because: -Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck will be there and he is ~very~ dreamy. -The fundraiser is located in the central location of downtown Minneapolis with excellent access to LRT […]

Saved By The Bell

Editor’s Note: One of the missing voices in bicycle planning in the Twin Cities is college students. This series aims to include the perspectives of a generation that is much less likely than their parents to own vehicles. The authors are Macalester students enrolled in the “Bicycling the Urban Landscape” course. The overarching objective is […]