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Chart of the Day: Lifecycle CO2 Emissions for Electric, Small, and Midsize Cars

Electric cars like the Tesla Model S are an amazing technological leap forward, but by themselves don’t change the automobility picture. Here’s a chart from a recent Financial Times story [subscription only!] about a “lifecycle” carbon footprint study, which looks at CO2 from production and recycling of cars in addition to their emissions while they […]

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Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Rental Households by Income

You might have missed Greta Kaul’s excellent article in Minnpost a while back, bringing some data into the conversation about the Twin Cities housing market. It is well worth your time and describes how the rental and home markets have changed over the last 5-10 years. Here’s one of the charts that caught my eye: […]

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Chart of the Day: Federal Housing Expenditures for Homeowners versus Renters

Matthew Desmond, author of the award-winning book Evicted, about rental housing and poverty in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was in town last week to discuss his work. He gave a lecture sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and here’s a chart from his presentation. The point of the chart is pretty clear. Through programs […]

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Chart of the Day: US Apartment Occupancy Leaders, Q3 2017

Via Scott Shaffer on Twitter, here’s a chart for you. It shows the Twin Cities leading the country in rental market tightness, and comes from something called the RealPage and Axiometrics report on Business Wire, a BerkshireHathaway Company. Here you go! And one more for good measure. The report explains itself thusly: Among the country’s […]

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Chart of the Day: Median Net Worth by Race over Time

This chart explains more about the key social dynamics of our cities than anything else out that I’ve ever put up here, IMO. Here it is, from a recent City Observatory article by Joe Cortright: (Note: the blue line is way higher than the red line.) Cortright’s Observatory analysis references an earlier New York Times article […]

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Chart of the Day: US Cities by Techie-ness versus Affordability

Here’s a fun chart from Bloomberg and data viz whiz Dorothy Gambrell. It shows US cities plotted along two axes. On the Y-axis, you have what they call “the good stuff,” a metric that combines education, tech investment, biking / transit, and other economic measures that match the Silicon Valley / Bay area. On the […]

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Chart of the Day: Projected Decline of Individual Car Ownership

Here’s an eye-opening chart for your Thursday. It comes from a RethinkX (a think tank) report released earlier this Spring. The report is titled “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: the disruption of transportation and the collapse of the internal-combustion vehicle and oil industries.” The chart shows a projected shift away from individual car ownership and to something […]

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Chart of the Day: Saint Paul Bike Traffic Before and After Bike Lanes

“There aren’t enough bikes here to justify a bike lane…” I hear some variation of that line with almost every bike project, no matter where it’s located. Especially for people that rarely ride bicycles, it can be a pretty convincing argument! But it’s not that simple. Bicycling is deeply connected to street design, and (as […]

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Chart of the Day: US Population Growth by Age Cohort

Here’s a chart from a new study (via Ritholtz) about the big picture of US demographics. To make a long story short, older people! The report, titled “America’s Demographic Challenge: Understanding the Role of Immigration“, is all about how aging and population dynamics intersect with ethnic and racial difference. In Minnesota, as in the rest […]

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Chart of the Day: Necessary Road Space per Traffic Mode for Houston Metro Evacuation

Right now, even in Minnesota, all eyes are on the flooding and storm impact in Houston, Texas. Earlier today I read an article about why the Mayor of Houston did not put out a call for an evacuation of the city ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. It turns out the answer was that […]

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