Archive | April, 2018

Map Monday: US States by Renter Friendliness

Here’s a map showing how states rank on a 0-100 scale of “renter friendliness”. It is brought to you by Rent Café, which I assume is some sort of apartment-finding website. They have a good list of policies that give more rights to renters, including how long you have to wait to get back a […]

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The Future: Minneapolis 2040

At a community meeting for a street reconstruction last year, a young mom made a passionate argument: it would be a generation, she said, before the street was reconstructed again. This was our only chance to create a neighborhood street where she could safely push a stroller, or walk and bike with her kids. It […]

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Sunday Summary – April 29, 2018

Here’s last week on streets.mn: Transportation The A Line Works, Let’s Build More by William Schroeer shares some reactions to the A Line (“I really love the fact that it comes so often,” for example) and also provides information about funding for more aBRT : “Governor Dayton has proposed bonding for $50 million to fund more […]

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The A Line Works, Let’s Build More

I was out last Friday making a video about people’s experience with the A Line. Now, I knew about the 30% increase in ridership in this corridor since the A Line opened. But the numbers did not quite prepare me for people’s enthusiasm. “It’s just really easy.” “The A Line has helped me by taking […]

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Chart of the Day: Airport Travel Time for US Cities, Transit vs. Cabs

Here’s a chart from Doug Mack’s Twitter feed and FiveThirtyEight (thanks Jeb!):   The yellow is the drive time  from the airport to downtown (with a 10-minute wait, which makes all the difference) and the blue is the transit time. It’s rare to see Minneapolis at the top of a list, and this one is actually pretty […]

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Walking All the Streets in Ericsson (Day 1)

The Ericsson neighborhood in south Minneapolis lies between Cedar and Hiawatha Avenues, with its southern border on Minnehaha Parkway and its northern border a mix of 42nd and 43rd Streets. In the route map, the full neighborhood is indicated by the blue tint, while the blue line shows my main path the first day and […]

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Dangerous Intersection: 4th St & Central Ave

[This post originally appeared on Our Streets Minneapolis blog as part of highlighting the most dangerous intersections Minneapolis. The author is Gordy Moore.]  If you’re a resident of a nearby neighborhood, like I am—or if you’re one of the thousands who frequent the area’s popular restaurants, bars, and other amenities—then you are likely aware that […]

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Chart of the Day: New Housing Growth by Type and Region

A new report out from Brookings titled “Unpacking the housing shortage” came out this week. It deals with some of the root causes of the affordable housing crisis in the US. They show some important trends with a few great charts. Let’s look at them quickly. The first shows where “new housing” comes from, and […]

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What Is The Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan?

You may have heard recent chatter about the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan (“Comp Plan”). For those new to the Comp Plan, here’s a quick primer on what it is, what is happening, and why it matters: What is the Comp Plan? Every ten years, the City of Minneapolis develops and releases a Comp Plan. This is […]

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Chart of the Day: US Median Floor Area Per Capita Trends

Here is an elegant and revealing chart from Douglas Farr’s new textbook, “Sustainable Nation.” It comes from Chapter One, “Where We Are” and shows the growth in housing space per person over the last fifty or so years: Note that this data is for the United States, and is taken from US census data cited […]

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