Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: US Speeding-related Fatalities by Speed Limit and Land Use

Here’s the most interesting chart IMO from the recent NTSB report on the connection between speeding and fatal crashes in the US. The report is lengthy, and tends to focus on automobile crashes on highways, but there are some interesting takeaways. Here’s the chart itself [emphasis mine]: Here’s how the report describes the data behind […]

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Podcast #104: Redesigning Maryland Avenue with Jim McDonough

The podcast this week is a conversation with Jim McDonough, who is a County Commissioner on the Ramsey County board representing the East Side of Saint Paul. Commissioner McDonough and I sat down in his office a few weeks ago to talk about the recent “public works test” along Maryland Avenue on Saint Paul’s East […]

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Chart of the Day: US Pedestrian Deaths by Race/Ethnicity

Here’s a pretty simple chart from “Dangerous by Design“, Smart Growth America’s three-year-old report on pedestrian safety: The key point on the report’s summary explaining these statistics: Who are the victims of these collisions? People of color and older adults are overrepresented among pedestrian deaths. Non-white individuals account for 34.9 percent of the national population but make […]

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The Ford Site Debate is Also About Equity

About two weeks ago, the Planning Commission finally passed Saint Paul’s plans for the old Ford factory in Highland. The vote was unanimous to support to support the city’s plans, which called for around 4,000 units of housing and plenty of mixed-use, along with a host of other amenities. (Note: there was also an amendment […]

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Chart of the Day: Poverty versus Distance from City Center

Here’s a chart from the must-read City Observatory website, written by Joe Cortright. This one has a great chart that shows the link between “distance from city center” and poverty rates. The data comes from a recent study by the Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard. Here it is: Here’s the takeaway from Cortright, who […]

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Map Monday: US Supercommuting Trends

Here’s a map via Governing Magazine that shows how the trend in “supercommuting” has shifted over the last year or two. It has some fun stats embedded in here:   This is my favorite bit from the article: Oil and gas workers were the most likely to have super commutes, at 19 percent in 2015, […]

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Chart of the Day: Costs of Driving a Car

Here’s a chart from an excellent ten-year-old report out of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute called “Socially Optimal Transport Prices and Markets” that stands up pretty well today. The 50-page report goes into detail about different country’s incentives for driving, walking, transit, and bicycling in an effort to explain why country’s transportation systems are so […]

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Chart of the Day: Seniors Surveyed on Walkability

Here’s a chart that shows the results from a recent survey put out by a group called A Place For Mom. It shows the preferences for walkability, transit, and safe streets from a nationwide sample of senior citizens: Via the Curbed article, here’s a quote from a developer describing the typical designs of senior living […]

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Map Monday: Existing and Planned Twin Cities Rail versus Population Density

Via Alex Scheiferdecker on Twitter, here’s a captivating map that speaks for itself: The resulting conversation on Twitter was a critical, as it should be, of the way that the region’s light rail investments skip all the most densely populated parts of the Twin Cities, most especially North Minneapolis and Uptown. Highlights include: Boy a […]

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Podcast #103: Minneapolis Ward 7 with Janne Flisrand

The podcast this week is a conversation with Janne Flisrand. In addition to being a housing policy consultant and the vice-chair of streets.mn, Janne Flisrand is running for City Council in Minneapolis’ Ward 7, a neighborhood around uptown, Lake of the Isles, downtown, Loring Park, and Bryn Mawr. We sat down the other day to […]

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