Monthly Archives: February 2018

Podcast #109: Walking Every Street in Minneapolis with Max Hailperin

The podcast this week is a conversation with Max Hailperin. Max Hailperin is fascinating Minneapolis flaneur who has been quietly walking down every street in Minneapolis over the last few years. To do it, Hailperin maps neighborhoods, figures out the most mathematically efficient route through the neighborhoods, walks every street, and then writes about it […] Seeks Proposals for a Volunteer Support Consultant

The board is committed to supporting our volunteer writers. We’ve fundraised toward that goal for a couple years, and we’re excited to post an RFP inviting people to say, “Pick me! Pick me!” We’re excited to hear from writers past, present, and potential to learn what motivates writers and how we can support the […]

Slippery Subject

I was at a retreat at Camp DuNord in Ely, MN this past weekend where outdoor activities were the focus. There was snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sauna-dipping, hiking, stargazing, and just plain old wandering in the wilderness. Fortunately, we had perfect outdoor activity weather – 30’s during the day, dipping down to the single sub-zero […]

Chart of the Day: Revenue Projections from MnDOT Freeway Tolls

As far as I know, Minnesota hasn’t had tolling since the Rock Island Swing Bridge connecting Inver Grove and Newport closed in 1999. (Wow, I would have loved to have driven over that bridge, and gladly paid the 75¢ toll.) But via KARE 11, MnDOT just completed a report estimating revenues from a hypothetical freeway […]

The Original Dan Patch Line: LRT Potential

Please note that this should not be confused with the Dan Patch Corridor, a proposed regional/commuter/intercity rail line between Minneapolis and Northfield, and possibly further south. The original Dan Patch Line, known as the High Line, was built in 1910 between South Minneapolis and Northfield. Before the Dan Patch Line (later Minneapolis Northfield & Southern […]

Map Monday: US Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Via Planetizen and Governing, here’s a map released by the Federal Government Accountability Office that shows the “economic impacts of climate change.” Minnesota (or northern Wisconsin) appears on the map, listed as a place with “decreased cold-related mortality”:     Personally, I’m a dubious that cold-related mortality is a huge economic problem for northern Minnesota, […]

National Links: AI Zoning and Taxing Uber

Every day at The Overhead Wire 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.  […]

Sunday Summary – February 25, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea ended today with Afton, MN native Jessie Diggins carrying the American flag in the closing ceremonies. Earlier in the week, Jessie and teammate Kikkan Randall (she’s from Alaska) won the first ever gold medal in cross country skiing for the US (and only the second medal of […]

Buses on Washington

Late Winter Beauty in Form and Function at the U of M

The University of Minnesota is known for its academics and beauty in all seasons. A 3rd party site did at least rank it #50 in the Most Amazing College Campuses for 2018. I usually notice the more subtle notes like the perfectly curvy bike lanes along the West Bank campus, the grand piano in Coffman […]