Archive | November, 2018

Twin Cities Transit Expansion Timeline

The Twin Cities region has been slow to establish transitways compared to peer cities. While there have been a few new transitways since our first major transit project was completed, the region has a long way to go and will likely need major funding changes for more routes to be completed and in a reasonable […]

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Walking All the Streets of Northeastern Jordan

Jordan is a mid-sized neighborhood, about 25 miles of walking, and I had already toured the western and southeastern thirds. One more segment let me see the rest of the places where folks live, study, work, and enjoy nature. I began at the corner of Fremont and Lowry Avenues North and wound my way back to that point as […]

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Chart of the Day: US Rail Transit Ridership per Mile

Here’s a chart from a new book called Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit. It shows ridership per mile for every US metro area. (TC Metro Transit is highlighted): Third highest LRT ridership density is not bad. Thanks Green Line! Here’s a fun bit from the author’s critique of the Dallas LRT […]

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Minneapolis Does Not Need More Police

Lyndale neighborhood, the only place I’ve lived and known as home in Minnesota, hosts the Fifth Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department three blocks north of my apartment and garden on Nicollet Avenue. There is a community room meeting the corner of 31st Street with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, an architectural manifestation of the […]

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Chart of the Day: Percent of Income Dedicated to Rent, 2009 – 2016

In case you missed the chart debate that broke out on Twitter yesterday, here are two highlights. The first is this chart, shared by Tony Damiano, (allegedly) showing a growing divergence between real wages and rents over the last two decades in the Twin Cities metro:   It’s a chart that looks familiar to me, […]

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Chart of the Day: Urban Density in Minneapolis & Other US Cities, 1900-1960

Here’s a fun chart (if blurry and too small) that shows historic trends around density and population growth in US cities, Minneapolis included. It’s from a 2001 paper by the Transportation Research Board that I found online about transit and land use, comparing the US and other countries around the world. Here’s the chart, with […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis Average Rents, 1934

Here’s a cool map I recently found from a 1939 Federal FHA report called The Structure and Growth of Residential Neighborhoods in American Cities. It’s very old-school urban geography, but has a bunch of cool maps including this one: Here’s part of the text, describing the rent trends in 30s Minneapolis vs. New York City: […]

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Sustainable Saint Paul? Part 2

Last month I wrote an article about the history of the Saint Paul sustainable take-out container ordinance, where it started from and where it was going as of October 2018. A quick recap: 1989: Both Minneapolis and Saint Paul created sustainable take-out container ordinances; Minneapolis started enforcing theirs right away, albeit loosely. Saint Paul’s ordinance […]

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Sunday Summary – November 25, 2018

Looking ahead – join us for winter fun and fundraising at our annual Winter Fundraiser on December 19 for food, conversation and The Theater for Public Policy – get tickets here! And looking back, here’s last week, a light holiday week, on streets.mn   The Quarterly Transit Report — November 2018 is Aaron Isaacs regular feature with updates on […]

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Walking All the Streets of Southeastern Jordan

My first day in the Jordan neighborhood featured churches, food, public art, a community garden, and a slipform paving machine. Spoiler alert: this time there was no slipform paving machine. My route began at the southeastern corner of the neighborhood, the intersection of Emerson Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue. A chain-link fence surrounded a big […]

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