Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Greenhouse Gas Pollution (in California)

Granted, California is different than Minnesota. I suspect our footprint would look slightly different,  considering that Minnesota’s electricity sector is generally more fossil-fuel dependent than those on the West Coast (though Xcel is quickly moving away from coal). The other big difference, I am guessing, would be energy use for home heating. But with this […]

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Chart of the Day: US New Housing Supply 1968 – 2017

Here’s an interesting chart that showed up on my desk via Barry Ritholz’s blog. It’s a chart of new housing supply in the US over a fifty-year span of time, and you really can see how the US housing new construction market has not yet recovered from the ’08 recession and financial crisis. Check it […]

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Podcast #122: Planning for Walking in Saint Paul with Fay Simer

Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Fay Simer. Fay Simer is the Pedestrian Coordinator for Saint Paul Public Works Department, and she has been working diligently on the city’s first ever official pedestrian plan. Like most cities, Saint Paul has never had an official plan for how to design a city for people to […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Metro by Life Expectancy

Check out this new mapping project from Quartz, showing the average life expectancy for every zip code in the US. [You can search any city in the state or the country using the map!] The differences in life expectancy are striking, and nowhere more so than right in Saint Paul. The Quartz team found that […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota Carbon Footprints by Zip Code

Here is a very cool map showing the “average annual carbon footprints” of different parts of the state, down to the level of individual zip codes! It’s put together by the Cool Climate Institute at Berkeley using a carbon footprint calculator developed in an academic paper in the Environmental Science and Technology journal. Here’s the […]

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Chart of the Day: US Cities by Tacos and Transit

Here is a chart that arrived via Carter Rubin’s Twitter feed, showing a simple quadrant graph of US cities on the “transit” and “tacos” spectra. Here is one person’s placement of Minneapolis, ranked according to tacos / transit: Minneapolis revised pic.twitter.com/AHAxuQ1uhJ — Nate (@TheRealFuerst) December 6, 2018   Keep in mind that cities receiving high […]

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Interview with Chris Carlier on Urban Mascots

Urban mascots have been sweeping the internets over the last few years, thanks firstly to the country of Japan and their particular brand of civic pride, and thanks secondly to Chris Carlier, a British photographer with a wonderful Mondo Mascots blog and Twitter account.  Given the latent passion within the streets.mn community for urban mascots, […]

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Podcast #121: Activating Nicollet Avenue with Lisa Middag

Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Lisa Middag, the director of Nicollet Activation for the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. What does Nicollet activation” mean? I’m glad you asked. You’ll find out all about it in just a second, but it’s the person who is charged with bringing street life and economic activity to Nicollet […]

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Map Monday: Constellation City Map of Minnesota & Neighboring States

Here is a fun and graphically minimalist approach to mapping cities in different states, from the Barely Maps website created by Peter Gorman. These “maps” show the largest cities in any state as stars in constellations, with the largest city as the large star, the lines demarcate a larger distance): Here is Minnesota: And our […]

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Chart of the Day: US Rail Transit Ridership per Mile

Here’s a chart from a new book called Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit. It shows ridership per mile for every US metro area. (TC Metro Transit is highlighted): Third highest LRT ridership density is not bad. Thanks Green Line! Here’s a fun bit from the author’s critique of the Dallas LRT […]

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