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. 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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2 Responses to Chart of the Day: City Typology by Mobility through Time

  1. Russ Booth November 21, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    A glaring omission in the article: Draft animals were a key transport option for both people and goods in the old days. Who would walk across town to buy some horehound candy and a sarsaparilla if they had a horse?

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke November 21, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      You’re darn tootin’!

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