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Map Monday: Minnesota Plant Hardiness Zones

It’s May! Hooray! But don’t get ahead of yourselves with the excitement of planting green things. Today’s map is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updated in 2012 with data through 2005. Plant hardiness indicates which plants are most likely to thrive. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into […]

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Map Monday: Met Council’s Proposed 2020 Census Tracts and Blocks

The Metropolitan Council has put out a call for feedback on its proposed changes to the census tracts and blockgroups for the seven-county region. As former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg famously said, “If you can’t measure, it you can’t manage it and fix it.” The U.S. Census Bureau is a common way we […]

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Map Monday: Designated Opportunity Zones of the Twin Cities

This past weekend Star Tribune metro reporter Eric Roper wrote about the census tract that includes the Mall of America and Bloomington’s South Loop being classified as Opportunity Zones. He notes that in the 2017 tax code overhaul, Congress created Opportunity Zones to offer tax advantages for investments made in designated distressed areas. The designations stay in […]

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Map Monday: Visualizing Twin Cities Sprawl, Density, and Change

Like many of the maps I find I came across a webpage via Twitter, hat tip to @stateofthecity. The webpage takes data from the Global Human Settlement Layer and runs it onto Google Maps. This is the result, Human Terrain by Matt Daniels (@matthew_daniels). I immediately panned to tool over to Minnesota and geeked out. Something I […]

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Map Monday: Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Age 60+ Years

To review: my first in the series, Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Density of People of Color. My second in the series, Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Income Less Than $50K. I also want to include Three Rivers Park District’s map for their 2030+ vision because it also is a map of Hennepin Minus Minneapolis, but instead of having demographic […]

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Map Monday: Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Income Less Than $50K

Last week I posted the first in the series of Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Density of People of Color. Today in the series of maps I’m highlighting Three Rivers Park District’s map showing the demographics of Hennepin County’s residents with annual income under $50,000 per acre. To remind you, these maps are from Three River’s Visitor […]

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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: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Bike Shops, late 1800s

I organized a visit to the latent Cycling Museum of Minnesota this weekend, and was delighted to see all the cool old bikes in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral by Loring Park. They also had these cool maps, which I will share with you now. [Apologies for the crap photos, but you get […]

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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: Peak Population Percentage of US States

Here’s a fun map, made by New York-based information visualization expert (and cartoonist) Dorothy Gambrell, showing “peak state.” In other words, according to the US census, it shows the decade at which each state contained the peak percentage of the US population. It’s a fun map. Some of the things that catch my eye are the general Westward […]

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