Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: City Typology by Mobility through Time

Here’s a complex and fun chart that shows the historical evolution of global cities according to mobility type. If you go back far enough, all cities were “walking cities”, and then they started to evolve along a transit v. private mobility spectrum. This chart from the Reinventing Transport blog plots those out:   As you […]

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Minneapolis Should Embrace Entropy, Dockless Bikes

If you are interested in Twin Cities history, one of the more amusing things this year was the parallel development in Minneapolis and Saint Paul of dockless bike sharing systems. Dockless bikes are a big leap forward in bike sharing technology —  the use of which is something that tech blogger Kottke recently compared to bluetooth […]

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Why You Should Apply for the streets.mn Board of Directors

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you like streets.mn. For seven (!) years now, we’ve been leading conversations about the future of our streets, neighborhoods, and cities here in Minnesota. If you can think of a urban design issue, you will probably find articles and ideas about it here in the archive. Depending on […]

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Chart of the Day: Child Pedestrian Fatalities, 1990 – 2012 by Day of Year

Here’s an a propos chart. It shows the number of children killed by cars by day of the year: A quote about it the data: BestPlaces analyzed more than four million records of auto fatalities from the Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System.  As the graph below shows, there have been 133 child pedestrian […]

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Chart of the Day: Minnesota Energy Input and Output Flows, 2014

Here’s a fun chart to stare at for long hours. It’s the LIvermore labs energy chart! This is the most recent version available at the state level (though there is one made at the national scale using 2017 info). It might look familiar, as Adam Miller put up a similar chart a year and a […]

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Map Monday: 1897 Rand McNally Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Via David Rumsey’s great website, here’s a fun map you can check out from 1897, a colorful atlas view of the Twin Cities during the early heyday of streetcars. The overview: Here’s the close-up of the downtown areas:   It’s fun to Imagine all the farmland that surrounded the streetcar lines that had just been […]

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Podcast #120: Minneapolis 2040 with Heather Worthington and Paul Mogush

Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Heather Worthington and Paul Mogush, two of the people behind the forthcoming Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan is the basic planning document for the city, a ten-year update required by the regional government, and Minneapolis’ plan has been getting a lot of attention for […]

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Chart of the Day: Population Growth in Largest Midwestern Metros

Bloomberg carried a chart-laden article recently, written by Justin Fox, showing the disparate population growth rates in Northeastern and Midwestern cities. It charts the differences in growth rate distribution along the coasts, where three large metro areas are generating nearly all the population growth, and in the Midwest, where growth rates are more evenly distributed. […]

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Map Monday (Bonus): All The Buildings in Minnesota (and elsewhere) Mapped

This is a very cool map from the NY Times that reminds me of the famous Nolli map of Rome. It shows all the buildings in the state on a simple black-and-white scale. What fun to play around with! Here are a few views of Minnesota at different scales: Closer up to Mankato… Closer up […]

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Saint Paul and the Incredible Shrinking Downtown

Maps of “Downtown Saint Paul” are pretty consistent. They almost always depict a small slice of historical urban density, edging a river, and firmly enclosed by a ring of freeways on all sides. The end result is a downtown that is small, quaint, and looks nice in photos taken from a distance. Downtown Saint Paul […]

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