Map Monday: Twin Cities Land Use 2014, using Global Urban Atlas Measures

From the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy, here’s a through Twin Cities’ land use map from a huge (!) document called the Atlas of Urban Expansion, which purports to compare cities around the world according to a few key land use measures. The Twin Cities falls into the “Land-rich developed countries” category, but the cool thing about the Atlas is that it compares 200 cities around the world using the same standards.

Here’s the Twin Cities map:

Here too is a chart showing the metrics they used, changing through time:

This is only “Volume 1: Areas and Densities”, so expect more. You can download the entire “Atlas” here. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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One Response to Map Monday: Twin Cities Land Use 2014, using Global Urban Atlas Measures

  1. Eric Anondson
    Eric Anondson October 17, 2017 at 12:42 am #

    What I like about this map is how much it makes clear that on the fringes development really seems to be growing out along spokes instead of an amorphous blob we typically think of exurban sprawl development.

    I draw a little bit of hope in that if we can concentrate along the spoke it will make future commuter transit investment more sensible.

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