Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Share of US Rental Construction by Price

Today, Curbed has a great summary of a recent report on affordable and rental housing in the US, that comes out of the annual Harvard report on rental housing. The report and the piece are full of eye-opening charts and data, but here’s just a sample:   Compared to ten or twenty years ago, a […]

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Chart of the Day: Extreme Poverty in Senegal

So, technically Senegal is not in Minnesota. But a streets.mn reader passed this map along to me, via the Phys.org science blog, and I thought I’d share it! Here’s the problem: the vast majority of “mega-cities” in the world are located in the Global South, where rapid growth and a lack of equitable economic development […]

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Chart of the Day: Two Sectors of CO2 Emissions

You might have seen this chart making the rounds this week. It shows the relative size of US CO2 emissions according to electricity generation and transportation. Here’s the chart: The article, via Ritholz’ blog and Bloomberg News, talks about the reason for the shift. It has everything to do with change power grid in the […]

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Chart of the Day: Chloride Trends for Minnesota Lakes

Here’s an a propos chart on this, the first day of dealing with actual below-freezing precipitation on Twin Cities streets. That said, I can’t pretend to really understand what’s going on here, other than that the trend is worsening. First, I should say that chloride is salt, and salt in this case refers to the […]

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Buy Your Ticket Today for the streets.mn Winter Fundraiser Party!

In one week, streets.mn is throwing a fun party that you won’t want to miss. That’s right, it’s the Annual Streets Winter Fundraiser Festivity! There are lots of reasons why you should buy a ticket right now. For example, here are six (6!) unbeatable reasons. #1. Your ticket helps support streets.mn! Proceeds go to support […]

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Twenty Urbanist Observations From a Trip to Winnipeg

Recently I went to Winnipeg for a weekend to visit a relative. I’m a dual citizen of Canada and the USA and it was fun to go up north and hang out. For the record, Winnipeg is a the capital of the province of Manitoba, and the metro area has a population of around 740K […]

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Chart of the Day: Deaths per Billion Miles Travelled, US vs Others

Here’s a chart from a recent New York Times op-ed column comparing the United states to a few other countries. Long story short, we have not made much progress in the last 20 years about improving our road safety. Here’s the chart: The Times piece lists a few reasons for this relative lack of progress, […]

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Chart of the Day: The Consolidation of Dayton’s

Here’s a cool chart from Bloomberg that shows the national consolidation of department stores into just two main brands, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. The Midwestern department store brands are in green, and among them at the bottom (marked with the yellow arrow) you’ll find Minneapolis legend, Dayton’s. Check it out: (Bonus: there’s another chart showing the […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis / Saint Paul Neighborhood #cityburb Demographic “Comps”

Here are a pair of fascinating maps from journalistic gadfly, David Brauer, who has been working on a project that pairs urban neighborhoods with their closest demographic equivalents in the suburbs (or Greater Minnesota). Using five elements, “(kid %, whiteness, income, poverty, rental %” — Brauer does his best to match up like places, and […]

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Map Monday: Two Maps Showing Minneapolis Racial Segregation

Here’s a pair of maps from two sources at the University of Minnesota, both showing a similar picture about race and diversity in Minneapolis, though from different angles. The first, from the Institute for Metropolitan Opportunity: In a blog post on the map, researcher Will Stancil writes: Predominantly nonwhite communities form two distinct “blobs” on […]

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