Archive | September, 2017

Chart of the Day: US Cities by Techie-ness versus Affordability

Here’s a fun chart from Bloomberg and data viz whiz Dorothy Gambrell. It shows US cities plotted along two axes. On the Y-axis, you have what they call “the good stuff,” a metric that combines education, tech investment, biking / transit, and other economic measures that match the Silicon Valley / Bay area. On the […]

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Chart of the Day: Projected Decline of Individual Car Ownership

Here’s an eye-opening chart for your Thursday. It comes from a RethinkX (a think tank) report released earlier this Spring. The report is titled “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: the disruption of transportation and the collapse of the internal-combustion vehicle and oil industries.” The chart shows a projected shift away from individual car ownership and to something […]

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Terrorist Cars

Technology is a mixed bag. Nowhere is this more evident than in transportation. Hyper-mobility, the ability to quickly travel across long distances gives the illusion of bringing us all closer together. Yet the ability to quickly traverse space causes us to live farther apart (because we can) and it has the unintended negative impact of […]

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Beyond the Big Yellow Bus

When I was in school as a child I took the bus. Nearly everyone I knew took the bus or walked. Now, my children are in the very small minority who walk or bike to school. Many children are still bussed to school, but my memories of 1985 do not include a long line of […]

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streets.mn Voter Guide – Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Trahern Crews

Here is the latest in our Saint Paul mayoral candidate questionnaire. These responses are from Trahern Crews.  1. How do you get around in Saint Paul? Bike, Walk, Bus & Train. 2. In your opinion, what is Saint Paul’s greatest transportation challenge? How would you plan to address it while in office? Traffic congestion, the […]

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“A History of Future Cities” Review

I know I can’t be the only one who has wondered, while waiting through a full light cycle for a walk signal only to see that my button pressing was in vain, what it would be like to have the power of Tsar Peter the Great to create through imperial decree a city tailored to […]

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Sunday Summary – September 10, 2017

State Fair, done. Defeat of Jesse James Days, almost over. School open, yes. Local apples, definitely. Must be Fall! A light week here on streets.mn, but here’s what we’ve got: A Walk in Eastern Como is the next walk in the alphabet from Max Hailperin and the third in the Como area of Minneapolis. As always, […]

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A Walk in Eastern Como

Much of the Como neighborhood lies between two diagonal sets of railroad tracks. The more northerly was originally the Northern Pacific, while the more southerly was the Great Northern. Today both belong to BNSF. (I previously photographed these tracks running southeast out of Northtown Yard in Columbia Park, adjacent to the Shoreham Yard interchange.) The one exception […]

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The I-35W Bridge Collapse 10 Years Later

August 1st, 2007 was Minnesota’s day of infamy, when one of the most heavily used bridges in the state collapsed into the Mississippi River. Looking back 10 years and a month later, it’s time to reflect on some of the changes since then. It Ended the “Funny Money” Era at MnDOT The 1990s were a […]

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Join us Friday night for the Red Line Ride!

A few weeks ago, Bill Lindeke, Mike Hicks, and myself toured the Red Line. I’ve taken it a few times before for errands, but never to just explore. It’s an unique mode of transit here in the Twin Cities that tries to be LRT on rails and…well, determine for yourself how well it does this […]

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