Author Archive | Julie Kosbab

Map Monday: Trees & Urban Carbon Emissions in the Twin Cities

As you may be aware, trees mitigate carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. As such, tree planting has gained popularity as a form of carbon offset, with some cities and states providing incentives to plant trees as an offset activity. This 2015 study of the Twin Cities suggests that trees can help, but that they […]

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BBQ Trends BY State

Bonus Map: Uniquely Searched BBQ, By State

It’s not Monday, but in honor of July 4th, we bring you Google‘s look at uniquely searched BBQ sauces, by state: As you can see, Minnesota’s unique search trend is Korean BBQ.  Wisconsin and our Dakotan neighbors want homemade sauce. And Iowa? Sugar free. (All righty then, although part of the point of barbecue sauce […]

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Map Monday: Memorial Day Travel Safety

Happy Memorial Day! Today’s map recognizes that not only is this day about recognition of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, but also that many travel both in- and out of state for the day. (Three day weekend for white collar workers, amirite?) Based on the NHTSA data the […]

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Map Monday: Minnesota’s Great River Road

Spring is here, spring is here. Life is Skittles and life is beer. Among the other signs of spring in Minnesota, we have both river flooding, and scenic sights along Minnesota’s Great River Road. This includes the Apple Blossoms of La Crescent, eagles, birds and other wildlife emerging for the season. Today’s map features the […]

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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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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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