Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Five Reasons to Love Saint Paul’s Ford Site Plans

When you teach urban geography, you inevitably come across the concept of “post-Fordism.” The term refers to the shifting economic and geographic arrangements that followed in the wake of globalization, automation, and technological revolutions. The concept is best illustrated by the  transformation of the auto industry in places like Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and elsewhere in […]

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Four Quick Things about the Latest Riverview Report

The long-running transit saga that is Saint Paul‘s “Riverview Corridor” is finally coming to an actual decision point. To my mind, it’s the most promising high-investment transit corridor on the books right now in the Twin Cities. (“High-investment” = not an aBRT line; that’s a long story for another post!) Unlike the two planned Minneapolis […]

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It’s Crossing the Street, Stupid

First off, apologies for the insult. The title is of course a riff on the famous 90s political truism, “it’s the economy, stupid.” It’s amazing to me how easily we forget this little fact. Facilitating safe easy street crossings should be “job one” for any urban street design, and yet so many of our streets […]

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Chart of the Day: US Road Fatality Rates of Increase by Mode

Here’s a depressing chart, ripped from StreetsBlog’s end-of-year post of 2016 high- and low-lights. It uses Federal transportation data to chart the increase in fatality rates for different modes of travel on US roads: According to the Streetsblog post, the rise in fatalities, particularly for people walking or biking, is a worrisome counter-trend: Bucking a […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Multi-Family Density

One of streets.mn’s loyal readers pointed me toward this great map from a recent report at last week’s Met Council meeting. Here’s the map:   Inside the metro urban service area, multifamily density averages 35 units per acre, whereas all housing (all types) averages 6 units per acre. It’s also interesting to see how many multifamily units […]

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