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Chart of the Day: City Typology by Mobility through Time

Here’s a complex and fun chart that shows the historical evolution of global cities according to mobility type. If you go back far enough, all cities were “walking cities”, and then they started to evolve along a transit v. private mobility spectrum.

This chart from the Reinventing Transport blog plots those out:


Mobility Transport Diagram

As you can imagine, Minneapolis-Saint Paul falls well into the “Car Cities” category, closer to Los Angeles than the Montreal/New York City box.

Check out the whole blogpost on the charts here, which has some old-school urban geography diagrams.


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About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.