Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Podcast #106: Minneapolis Ward 3 with Ginger Jentzen

The podcast this week is a conversation with Ginger Jentzen, who is running for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 3. Jentzen is a community organizer who formerly ran the successful 15 now living wage campaign that raised the minimum wage in Minneapolis this year. Now she’s running for Council as part of the Socialist Alternative […]

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We Want You to Join the streets.mn Board!

The other day on Twitter, a reader made me happy with the following salute: @StreetsMN is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant room. — Vincent Night 🌙 (@vincentgnight) October 16, 2017 Vincent (whom I do not know, by the way) was reacting to Ethan Fawley’s recent and wonderful post about the 26th […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Land Use 2014, using Global Urban Atlas Measures

From the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy, here’s a through Twin Cities’ land use map from a huge (!) document called the Atlas of Urban Expansion, which purports to compare cities around the world according to a few key land use measures. The Twin Cities falls into the “Land-rich developed countries” category, but the cool […]

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Chart of the Day: US Apartment Occupancy Leaders, Q3 2017

Via Scott Shaffer on Twitter, here’s a chart for you. It shows the Twin Cities leading the country in rental market tightness, and comes from something called the RealPage and Axiometrics report on Business Wire, a BerkshireHathaway Company. Here you go! And one more for good measure. The report explains itself thusly: Among the country’s […]

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Checking Back with a Saint Paul Snelby Decision

Do you know what happens not nearly often enough? Looking back at urban design debates of the past and checking to see how they played out. For example, streets.mn writer and board member Sam Newberg had a series of posts he had started where he’d look at developments that celebrated their 10th anniversary, and see […]

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Map Monday: Saint Paul’s Rondo Neighborhood, c. 1950-1960

Here’s a (crap image of a) map spotted at the recent Selby Avenue Jazz Fest, showing landmarks of the old Rondo Avenue neighborhood. I was told by the people staffing the tent here that this map and research were done with help from the Minnesota Historical Society, and that a copy of this map is available […]

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Chart of the Day: Median Net Worth by Race over Time

This chart explains more about the key social dynamics of our cities than anything else out that I’ve ever put up here, IMO. Here it is, from a recent City Observatory article by Joe Cortright: (Note: the blue line is way higher than the red line.) Cortright’s Observatory analysis references an earlier New York Times article […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Bike Shops, late 1800s

I organized a visit to the latent Cycling Museum of Minnesota this weekend, and was delighted to see all the cool old bikes in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral by Loring Park. They also had these cool maps, which I will share with you now. [Apologies for the crap photos, but you get […]

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Podcast #105: Bikes and Churches with Travis Norvell, the Pedaling Pastor

The podcast this week is a conversation with Travis Norvell, aka the Pedaling Pastor. Norvell is a pastor at the Judson Memorial Baptist Church in South Minneapolis, and is also an avid bicyclists who blogs and tweets using his handle, the Pedaling Pastor. We sat down a few weeks ago at the Bad Weather Brewery […]

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Map Monday: Comparing Safe Routes to Quick Routes in Driving to Work in the Twin Cities Metro

Here’s a map from a recent working paper co-authored by Mengying Cui and streets.mn board alumnus David Levinson. The analysis, entitled “The Safest Path, analyzing the effects of crash costs on route choice and accessibility,” looks at Twin Cities road data and crash stats. To make a long story short, crashes are expensive, and there […]

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