Archive | Economics

Chart of the Day: Metro Restaurant Trends, Chains versus Locals

Via Slate, Yelp has some fun new charts that break down restaurant ranking data according to type of establishment. They chart broad trends over time that show online reviewers are more and more likely to be critical of chain restaurants and positive about local or independent restaurants. Here’s are the Twin Cities trendlines: The point […]

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On Rent Control

After 2017’s City Council races in Minneapolis and Ginger Jentzen’s strong showing, rent control has re-entered the housing discourse in the Twin Cities again, despite the fact that it is preempted at the state level. It’s my belief that the preemption and much of the opposition to rent control is based in a certain inflexibility […]

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Map Monday: US Economic Indices from Brookings

Here are a few maps from the Brookings Institute’s Metro Monitor report, which offer Us maps by metropolitan area showing different economic indicators. At least according to these indices, the MSP metro economy seems not to be growing as quickly as other cities in the country. Here’s one showing growth, defined as a combination of […]

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Chart of the Day: Migration by Cohort, Metro Area, 2010-2015

I promise this is the only time I will share a chart from the otherwise one-dimensional New Geography website, but here’s an interesting local report about some economic trends in the state, focusing on workforce and the millennial generation. Here’s one of the most interesting bits of data: The key point here is that, in […]

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Chart of the Day: The Consolidation of Dayton’s

Here’s a cool chart from Bloomberg that shows the national consolidation of department stores into just two main brands, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. The Midwestern department store brands are in green, and among them at the bottom (marked with the yellow arrow) you’ll find Minneapolis legend, Dayton’s. Check it out: (Bonus: there’s another chart showing the […]

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Don’t Hold Your Breath on Amazon

Recently, Amazon announced plans to build “HQ2,” a second headquarters for their growing business. Amazon is soliciting various municipal and state governments with a request for proposals outlining the strengths of their particular region (unique and valuable business intel in and of itself, but that’s a whole ‘nother post) and what kind of tax breaks […]

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We Read the Strib Parking Article’s Comments So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens….when tempers flare….we read the comments, so you don’t have to. On Sunday, as teased on Twitter by our own @streetsmn account, the Star Tribune posted an article It’s not your imagination — parking is disappearing in Minneapolis. The subhead and picture on the article gave a taste of what was to come, with a […]

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A Plan for Tearing Down Exclusionary Zoning Walls

Earlier this month, The New York Times ran an op-end titled “The Walls We Won’t Tear Down” about how some of society’s worst problems have a very boring cause: exclusionary zoning laws. Here’s the conclusion: Just as it is shameful for government regulation to exclude people from neighborhoods on the basis of race, it is similarly deplorable […]

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I Got Kicked Out of My House — You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

I got kicked out of my house a month ago.  I was renting a little three bedroom house tucked into the armpit of a highway in southwest Saint Paul. I paid my rent on time and did all the repairs the house needed myself as things broke. I’d bill for the repair out of my […]

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Chart of the Day: Costs of Driving a Car

Here’s a chart from an excellent ten-year-old report out of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute called “Socially Optimal Transport Prices and Markets” that stands up pretty well today. The 50-page report goes into detail about different country’s incentives for driving, walking, transit, and bicycling in an effort to explain why country’s transportation systems are so […]

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