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A Defense of Metro Transit’s Superb Owl Transit Plan

A few weeks ago, we learned (many of us via Twitter, and more on that later) about Metro Transit’s plans for transit access the day of the “Big Game.” We learned (via the NFL’s web page and Metro Transit’s web page) that the plan was to restrict gameday transit traffic on all of the Blue […]

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From the Fairest Creatures We Desire Increase: Notes on MetroTransit’s Fare Raise

On October 1st, Metro Transit will increase fares on all buses and trains by 25 cents.  While that small dollar amount may seem inconsequential, this decision comes as a culmination to a protracted debate.  Transit advocates have argued that the fare increase unfairly and disproportionately affects the poor. Proponents do not necessarily disagree, but argue […]

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Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Household Size and Age Forecasts

Here’s a chart from the Met Council’s latest regional growth forecast, which is full of charts and highly recommended for anyone curious about the housing and demographic trends in the Twin Cities’ region. This one caught my eye: Here’s what the 7-page document has to say about the age and demographic growth patterns: As the […]

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Chart of the Day: Twin Cities New Housing by Urban Type, 2005-2016

The Met Council data crunchers have a new housing report out with the latest year’s worth of data. Here are three chart-y highlights: According to the report, there is still a lot of “balance” in the forces of housing in the Metro area. The report says this about the recent years’ trend: In our five-year retrospective […]

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We Read the Traffic Congestion Report’s Comments So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens….when tempers flare….we read the comments, so you don’t have to. Today the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s Think Tank, released the report, “Twin Cities: Traffic Congestion: It’s No Accident.” The Star Tribune gave it above the fold coverage in their article, “What’s to blame for Twin Cities traffic congestion: regional growth […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Populations as Percent of their Peak

Via erstwhile gadfly David Brauer, here’s an interesting chart. The 2016 census population estimates came out last week and sparked an interesting conversation on Twitter this week. Here’s the original population chart, via former streets.mn board member / forum founder Nick Magrino: (He got the chart from a recently released Met Council report…) Following the chart […]

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Counties Transit Board Dissolution Plan in the Works

The Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) met on December 21 to discuss the probable voluntary dissolution of CTIB and future funding options for metro rail and bus transit systems. The 78 page PDF was distributed and was the working document used at the meeting. Pages 3-7 offer a summary of the dissolution proposal as well […]

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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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Grander Rounds

The implementation of Saint Paul’s Grand Round has only just begun, and even Minneapolis’ well established and beloved Grand Rounds is still missing a final segment. A pragmatic person might say that now is not the time to consider a metro-wide, bicycle ring road to serve as the cycling equivalent of I-694/494. But what if it largely […]

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The Affordable Housing Income Conundrum in the Twin Cities

Seven years ago, I moved to the Twin Cities to start graduate school. The offer I received from the department was straightforward: Work with some great minds, with a full tuition benefit, and live on a fixed income for at least nine months out of the year. The income was set to about 150% of […]

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