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Map Monday: Twin Cities Land Use 2014, using Global Urban Atlas Measures

From the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy, here’s a through Twin Cities’ land use map from a huge (!) document called the Atlas of Urban Expansion, which purports to compare cities around the world according to a few key land use measures. The Twin Cities falls into the “Land-rich developed countries” category, but the cool […]

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Map Monday: Saint Paul’s Rondo Neighborhood, c. 1950-1960

Here’s a (crap image of a) map spotted at the recent Selby Avenue Jazz Fest, showing landmarks of the old Rondo Avenue neighborhood. I was told by the people staffing the tent here that this map and research were done with help from the Minnesota Historical Society, and that a copy of this map is available […]

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Map Monday: Comparing Safe Routes to Quick Routes in Driving to Work in the Twin Cities Metro

Here’s a map from a recent working paper co-authored by Mengying Cui and streets.mn board alumnus David Levinson. The analysis, entitled “The Safest Path, analyzing the effects of crash costs on route choice and accessibility,” looks at Twin Cities road data and crash stats. To make a long story short, crashes are expensive, and there […]

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Map Monday: US Supercommuting Trends

Here’s a map via Governing Magazine that shows how the trend in “supercommuting” has shifted over the last year or two. It has some fun stats embedded in here:   This is my favorite bit from the article: Oil and gas workers were the most likely to have super commutes, at 19 percent in 2015, […]

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Map Monday: Existing and Planned Twin Cities Rail versus Population Density

Via Alex Scheiferdecker on Twitter, here’s a captivating map that speaks for itself: The resulting conversation on Twitter was a critical, as it should be, of the way that the region’s light rail investments skip all the most densely populated parts of the Twin Cities, most especially North Minneapolis and Uptown. Highlights include: Boy a […]

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Map Monday: Dakota and Ojibwe Place Names in Minneapolis

Via Nick Magrino’s Twitter feed, here’s a map of Minneapolis with some indigenous place names. Dakota and Ojibwe languages are different. Minnesota and Minneapolis both feature the same root, the  word “mni”, which means “water.” (E.g. the Lakota phrase mni wiconi, or “water is life” one of the slogans from the Standing Rock movement.) Here […]

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Map Monday: Duluth as the Center of Half the Country

Via Perfect Duluth Day, this is a funny map from a civic booster-era advertisement touting the centrality of Duluth in 1888. The cartographer drew a line separating the country into two geographic catchments, the Chicago half and the Duluth half of the USA. Sort of a fun line to draw, in a way. I guess… […]

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Map Monday: Hand-Drawn Map of North America, Minnesota Regional Edition

Over the last few years, a cartographer named Anton Thomas has been meticulously hand-drawing a huge map of North America, all the way from Nunavut to Panama. Of course it includes the Upper Midwest. The map is quite beautiful, massive, and full of whimsy. Here’s how Thomas describes the process: An ongoing pictorial map, The […]

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Map Monday: Noise Maps of Minnesota and the Twin Cities

A while ago I came across an interactive noise map of the globe. Punch in a location and it pops up a map. Zooming out to a state-level seems to remove the noise data, this is a large as I could screen grab. Interesting to see this above noise map rates industrial zoned for consideration […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Multi-Family Density

One of streets.mn’s loyal readers pointed me toward this great map from a recent report at last week’s Met Council meeting. Here’s the map:   Inside the metro urban service area, multifamily density averages 35 units per acre, whereas all housing (all types) averages 6 units per acre. It’s also interesting to see how many multifamily units […]

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