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Chart of the Day: US LRT Lines by Expected v. Actual Ridership

Here’s a cool chart shared on Twitter by a researcher at the Manhattan Institute, showing expected v. actual ridership numbers for different light rail lines around the country. I am one of the people that always assumes transit planners low-ball the ridership predictions, so that they can announce (often right away) that the new transit […]

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Chart of the Day: Federal HUD Funding for Saint Paul, 1978 – 2019

Here’s a chart that just happens to almost perfectly coincide with my lifespan. It shows the amount of Federal HUD dollars that have been spent in Saint Paul over the last 40 years. As you can see, there is something of a trend. The three lines represent three different pots of money: Community Development Block […]

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Chart of the Day: People Per Car for Select Nations, 1900 – 2000

Here’s a fun chart from one of my all-time favorite books, Energy in World History, which you might remember from years ago. I was reminded of Vaclav Smil because he has a new book coming out, and has been making the round with interviews. Anyway, here you go, a fascinating chart that is a bit […]

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Chart of the Day: Housing Unit Growth v. Population Growth

Someone (apologies for I forget who) Tweeted out this report from the Met Council called simply “We Still Need More Housing” the other day. It’s got some great charts in it. Here are three of them. Keep in mind that this is all metro-wide data. For example, check out this chart, comparing MSP to other […]

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Chart of the Day: Property Value v. Distance from Minneapolis Lakes

Here’s a fun chart / map combo from Strong Towns, using the excellent land value per acre maps that consultant Urban3 puts out. It shows the value-per-acre for areas around Lake Minnetonka and the South Minneapolis “chain of lakes” area. Before we get to the chart, check out these maps: Here are the two charts, […]

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Chart of the Day: CO2 Emissions Reduction Projections

Here’s a lovely bit of data visualization for you, via the Information is Beautiful blog, that shows the CO2 footprint of our society and how it needs to change. First, the bad news, from this plan from New Internationalist Magazine: At least in the transportation and housing sector, the authors of this particular data viz […]

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Chart of the Day: Fuel Economy, Weight, and Horsepower, 1975 – 2018

Here’s a chart about cars, showing the changes since 1975 in some key dynamics about how cars use energy and how big they are. It’s from the EPA’s latest report on automotive trends, and it pegs these three variables at 1975 levels, charting the changes. Check it out: As you can see, there were big […]

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Chart of the Day: Typical Distances By Transportation Mode, Log Scale

Here’s a chart that caught my eye, from a post on Why Is This Interesting about micromobility. First let’s look at the chart, which, with its log-scale and comprehensive scope, is the kind of chart that makes me excited about charts. Check it out: (See also these other great comprehensive charts: Operating Speeds by Mode […]

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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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Whole Foods Just Lowered Prices, Just a Little

Whole Foods announced recently that they were planning on reducing prices store-wide as part of Amazon’s campaign to combat the image of a “Whole paycheck” grocery store. The Whole Foods media release gloated, “Starting Wednesday, customers will find new lower prices on hundreds of items throughout the store with an emphasis on high quality, peak-of-season […]

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