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The 21st Century Southdale Vehicle Collapse

The perception that traffic congestion is worse today than in the past is a real phenomenon. Might as well call it traffic nostalgia. Plus, the perception that traffic is only going to get worse is a common objection for constructing new housing anywhere. A fourplex or daycare being proposed can bring forth primal concerns about […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis New Construction vs. Land Use Zoning

It’s not technically Monday but it feels like it is, so here’s a map from indefatigable Tweetable map-maker Scott Shaffer. It shows the number of “new construction permits” (i.e. bulldozing of an existing building slash parking lot) in Minneapolis over the last eight years or so. As you can see, the vast majority of new […]

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Map Monday: Can I Have a Recreational Fire in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis should probably ban recreational fires given the air quality impacts. But folks have an affinity for “the cabin” and fire may actually be linked to the evolution of the human brain, so I understand the interest. There are a number of rules governing recreational fires in Minneapolis, one being that a fire must be […]

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Map Monday: St. Paul’s Proposed Downtown People Mover

A new exhibit at the Landmark Center of photographs of downtown St. Paul from 1978 has ties to the once-proposed downtown people mover that was nixed in 1980. Aaron Isaacs briefly recounted the never-built people mover’s history on this site last year. Here’s the map of the preferred route and stations from the March 1979 […]

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Map Monday Bonus: Saint Paul’s Sand Rock Tunnel Sewers

Via Dana DeMaster and Than Tibbets’ Twitter conversation, here is a map of a mysterious and unknown subterranean engineering feature in Saint Paul, Minnesota’s weirdest city in some ways. Here is your map. The “sand rock tunnels” are in yellow.   [.pdf is here.] The initial query came from yet another West 7th Street rumor: […]

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Map Monday: US States by Renter Friendliness

Here’s a map showing how states rank on a 0-100 scale of “renter friendliness”. It is brought to you by Rent Café, which I assume is some sort of apartment-finding website. They have a good list of policies that give more rights to renters, including how long you have to wait to get back a […]

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A History of Minnesota’s Highways: Part Three

The Construction Programs of the 1920s Previously, Part 1 of this series discussed some early roads in Minnesota’s pioneer era and the privately maintained auto trails in the early motoring era. Part 2 discussed the generation-long ramp-up of state involvement in highway construction, culminating with the inauguration of a system both owned and maintained by […]

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Map Monday: US Cities According to Zombie Defense Readiness

Here’s a really important map just in case my nightmares come true. Take it with lots of grains of salt thrown over your shoulder onto the ground in a pentagram, but according to Career Builder*, here is a map showing which cities are ready and not ready for a zombie apocalypse.   (Please remember that […]

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Map Monday: Hennepin County Sidewalks & ADA

I’ve been learning about what the Americans with Disabilities Act requires when it comes to our sidewalks. Here, I want to share my single favorite discovery. Hennepin County has an interactive online map with photo images and descriptions of every intersection, curb cut, signal actuation/beg button, and sidewalk obstruction on county streets. That map is […]

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