Author Archive | Eric Anondson

The 21st Century Southdale Vehicle Collapse

The perception that traffic congestion is worse today than in the past is a real phenomenon. Might as well call it traffic nostalgia. Plus, the perception that traffic is only going to get worse is a common objection for constructing new housing anywhere. A fourplex or daycare being proposed can bring forth primal concerns about […]

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Anti-Harassment Ordinances Empower People On Bikes

Andy Singer blogged in 2014 about Vulnerable Road User Protection Laws, laws aimed at enhancing the penalties for careless driving. In 2015, Minnesota finally passed its version, campaigned for by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and authored by Sen. Ron Latz (D) and Representative Tony Cornish (R). The new law increased the penalty for causing […]

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Map Monday: Noise Maps of Minnesota and the Twin Cities

A while ago I came across an interactive noise map of the globe. Punch in a location and it pops up a map. Zooming out to a state-level seems to remove the noise data, this is a large as I could screen grab. Interesting to see this above noise map rates industrial zoned for consideration […]

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Closing Highway 169 in the Era of Smartphones: Two Different Responses

The topic of the US 169 Nine Mile Creek bridge closure has been a good source of stories in the local news. TV stations and newspapers have gotten out and covered how the bridge closure has affected the very wealthy Parkwood Knolls neighborhood in Edina, but also how Edina police and public works were meeting […]

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Map Monday: Teardowns, Additions, New Construction in Saint Louis Park

Back on January 2, 2016, John Reinan in the Star Tribune wrote about how the teardown craze in SW Minneapolis and the city of Edina hasn’t yet crossed over into Saint Louis Park. The reasons why teardowns in Saint Louis Park haven’t taken off like the neighborhoods right across the city boundary are debatable. In […]

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Map Monday: Distressed Communities Index for Minnesota

In the past week or so, the Distressed Communities Index, released by the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) has gotten a lot of attention. Many posts and articles have been written about it, for good reason I believe. The Distressed Communities Index examines economic distress and presents its data through infographics, a report, and an excellent interactive […]

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Map Monday: Locals vs. Tourists Geotagged Photos

Eric Fisher created the Geotagger’s World Atlas. An interactive map showing geographic data collected from Flickr’s geotagged photos. The lines and their density show the parts of areas where people took a sequence of images. Eric also analyzed the geotagging data to try and determine which images were tourists and which were from locals. He […]

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Map Monday: The Twin Cities’ Urban Heat Island

With this cold snap bringing temps into –15º territory, I was reminded that a few weeks back I posted Minnesota’s Carbon Donut, a map showing which parts of the state of Minnesota have households contributing a larger carbon footprint. With current temps it is probably worth a map on the urban heat island of the Twin Cities. In September, 2015, The Journal of Applied […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota’s Carbon Donut

I love interactive maps and one got my attention recently. Christopher M. Jones and Daniel M. Kammen at UC Berkeley published a study in 2013 taking data on household carbon footprints to develop carbon profiles of zip codes, cities, counties, and states. They took the carbon profile data and produced an interactive map of the […]

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Walker Street’s New Mystery Lanes

Walker Street in Saint Louis Park is one of the oldest streets in the suburb. Walker Street and Lake Street are Saint Louis Park’s original “main street” district. A block from that intersection is the city’s high school, varsity stadium, and an elementary Spanish language immersion school. With the TH 7/Louisiana Avenue intersection reconstruction complete, […]

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