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Sunday Summary – November 19, 2017

Thank you for Giving to the Max on Thursday, November 16 – you can, of course, still donate to streets.mn today or any day via the button to the right. To recap, Give to the Max Day 2017 – What Your Donation Means to streets.mn, but if you can’t give money, here are Other Ways to Give […]

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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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Are Roundabouts Safer for Pedestrians?

Urban planners and some bicycle and pedestrian advocates tell me that “roundabouts are safer than traditional signalized intersections.” It comes up in the context of conversations about pedestrian-friendly urban street design. I hear this line a lot and see it on websites and in social media posts. In most cases, folks are parroting various viral […]

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Zinnias up close

Flower Power Walk

Now that the days are shorter and colder, summer’s blooms have given way to dried seed pods and stems. Gardeners across the state are making final preparations to rest their green thumbs this winter. So, this is a perfect time to post a love letter to all of the people who make walks so enjoyable […]

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Map Monday: Twin Cities Jobs by Transit Accessibility

Here’s a map from a just-released report called “Access Across America”, coming out of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies. It has a series of heat maps showing the amount of jobs connected to transit in a huge list of metros around the United States. Here’s the one for Minneapolis:   The key […]

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Almost Killed – Twice

What direction do you suppose the drivers in the green Kia and dark plum taxi above are looking (and encouraged to look based on road design)? As almost everywhere in the US, they are legally allowed to turn right on red. They are likely in at least somewhat of a hurry and would prefer to […]

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Sunday Summary – November 12, 2017

This past week was election day bringing new mayors to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, plus some shuffling of the Minneapolis Council and Park Board. Here at streets.mn, we’re looking forward to seeing how new policy-makers will work to change the urban landscape; we’re also looking forward to encouraging you to write about what you see […]

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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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Cities Should Take the Lead on Dockless Bike Sharing

Back in September, I attended a Nice Ride forum on “the future of bike share” in the Twin Cities. The event was of interest for a few reasons. First, I believe in bike share. We all benefit when more people to choose more often to ride a bike instead of drive a single occupant vehicle. […]

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The view toward Downtown Saint Paul from near the top of the Walnut Street Steps.

Below THE Summit

October 10, 2015 12 Miles; Summit-University, Crocus Hill This ride wasn’t long in terms of mileage but it covered substantial amounts of local history and altitude. The front of 744 Ashland, built as the Temple of Aaron Synagogue, and now apartments. This is the rather unusual entrance to the apartment building at 744 Ashland Avenue […]

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