Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Overnight Green Line Rider Trip Purpose

You may have read the rumors that Metro Transit is going to cut overnight service on the Green Line, due in part to to too many people using the trains as shelter. It’s a tough situation, to say the least, pitting public transit against the basic human right to security and a roof over one’s […]

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Midtown Greenway

Come to the streets.mn Midtown Greenway Cleanup and Scavenger Hunt This Saturday

The streets.mn Midtown Greenway Clean-up is just a few days away on May 4th! Saturday is looking to be a glorious, sun-filled day – we hope you can join us! Here are some logistics: Very important: Before you arrive, please review the guidelines from the Midtown Greenway Coalition, available here. 2019 Adopt-A-Greenway Cleanup Guidlines Let’s […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Diversity Trends by Neighborhood, 2000 – 2017

The New York Times published a compelling map-based article this weekend about how white and non-white ratios are changing in neighborhoods around the United States. Their key thesis is that white homebuyers are rapidly changing the demographics and real estate values of neighborhoods that have long been home for people of color in many US […]

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Five Reasons Saint Paul Should Not Spend $3,569,917 to Repave Ayd Mill Road

The Saint Paul Public Works “five-year plan” (PW 5-Year Plan) received a not-so-subtle edit this year, moving $3.569,917 dollars slotted for the mill and overlay of Ayd Mill Road in 2021 up to this year, re-paving the city’s most controversial four-lane third rail. To me, the decision runs counter to Saint Paul’s stated transportation, environmental, […]

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Highlights from Hopkins

In case you missed it, streets.mn Events Committee organized a bus trip from Uptown to Hopkins last month. About ten people came out for the trip, and a good time was had by all. We caught the 612 bus on a Saturday afternoon. The 612 (named after the zip code area code, of course) goes […]

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CNU is Calling all Interested Volunteers and Urbanists

[This was passed along by Jerremy Foss, helping to organize CNU 28.] The Congress for the New Urbanism will be hosting the 28th annual Congress in June of 2020 in the Twin Cities, so it is not too early to begin organizing ourselves to prepare for this exciting event.  Come join the CNU 28 steering […]

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Map Monday: 1891 Panoramic Map of Minneapolis

Here’s a cool “map”, one of the many aerial panoramas from the late 19th century Minneapolis. Here is an 1891 view showing downtown, Bridge Square, Hennepin, Nicollet, and Washington Avenues, the railyards, mill district, St. Anthony falls, and the street grid extending out towards the horizon of progress and real estate development. Link to a […]

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Chart of the Day: Energy Intensity of Transportation Modes

I am a sucker for energy use and intensity charts. Looking at CO2 emissions is one thing, but total energy use is an even broader way to think about how our society gets around. That’s why I think energy charts are fascinating, and you should too. Just check out this one or this one or […]

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Saint Paul Floats New Libertarian Paving Policy

Faced with a cash-strapped Public Works budget, an endless supply of potholes, property tax unrest and a non-profit laden tax base, the City of Saint Paul is looking to a new policy approach to maintaining its streets. Using municipal technology grant from the Bloomberg Foundation, the city is set to debut a new road funding […]

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Chart of the Day: Gas Taxes Around the World

Via Barry Ritholz’s blog, here’s a chart showing the US Federal gas tax relative to other nations:   Ritholz cites US Chamber of Commerce pressure to increase the Federal gas tax, but also the Congressional dysfunction that makes such an increase unlikely. Here’s a quote from his conclusion: This may be a symptom of national […]

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