Author Archive | Julie Kosbab

Bike to Work Day is Coming!

It is Bike to Work Day in the Twin Cities on Friday! Perhaps you are biking to work. Maybe you will see all those joyous cyclists and think, “I would like to try that!” We have content that can help! streets.mn writers have written more than once about bike commuting. Whether it’s your first bike […]

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Minnesota Working Moms

Map Monday: Minnesota Working Moms With Children Under 6

Mother’s Day was yesterday, but moms don’t get days off. Especially if you’re a working mom with children under 6. This map comes via the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy and the American Community Survey. It shows that some of Minnesota’s most rural counties have the highest percentages […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota Plant Hardiness Zones

It’s May! Hooray! But don’t get ahead of yourselves with the excitement of planting green things. Today’s map is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updated in 2012 with data through 2005. Plant hardiness indicates which plants are most likely to thrive. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into […]

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Chart of the Day: Minnesotans Behind Bars

As local and national conversations occur about policing, racial disparities in the justice system, and the rights of felons to vote, today’s chart focuses on the number of incarcerated Minnesotans. Via the Prison Policy Initiative, the following chart represents the 21,000 people in Minnesota’s jail and prison facilities in 2018: Minnesota’s incarceration rate exceeds that […]

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Chart of the Day: Trips by Shared Micromobility 2018

Per NACTO’s new study: In 2018, people took 36.5 million trips on station-based bike share systems and 38.5 million trips on shared e-scooters. In 2018, e-scooters overtook bikes as the preferred vehicle for dockless vendors. Dockless pedal (non-electric) bikes, which quickly proliferated across the U.S. in 2017, have largely disappeared from North American cities, with just 3 million trips […]

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Chart of the Day: Causes of Bird Mortality

Scientists estimate up to 1 billion birds meet untimely demise thanks to illuminated buildings. Light pollution of the airspace is a relatively recent but growing threat to nocturnally migrating birds. Minneapolis ranks among the top 10 cities posing the greatest dangers to birds in this most recent study, authored by researchers at Cornell University, along […]

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streets.mn Writers Workshop This Saturday, April 6

Are you a streets.mn contributor? Have you ever wanted to contribute, but want to learn more, get ideas and meet other writers? This Saturday, we will be hosting our annual Spring Workshop for all contributors and prospective contributors. The event will be from 11AM to 1PM, at Cocreatz, 2388 University Ave W, St. Paul. As […]

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Map Monday: River Basins of America

In a departure from transit and housing, today we present a map created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej. This map shows the massive expanse of river basins across the United States, especially those which feed the Mississippi River. The rivers that feed the Mississippi are in hot pink. For those looking for high ground as we start to […]

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Forum Friday: Threads of the Week

Welcome to the new, experimental streets.mn feature: Forum Friday! We’re hoping to highlight some active discussions around current affairs on our forums. We encourage everyone to check them out! This week on the streets.mn forums, long-running threads on several ongoing projects are back to life as breaking news brought them to the forefront again. Here […]

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Things To Do In: A Google Exploration of The Twin Cities

The other day, my beloved elder child was looking around on Google for ideas on what we could do on a Friday night that included both his father and I as participants that was not “go to movie” or “bowling.” He used the very sane query “things to do in Blaine MN.” The result? Well, […]

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