Tag Archives | regional planning

Introducing the Twin Cities Metro Area Future Highway Map

This is one idea of what the state trunk highway system could look like in the future, perhaps 30 years out. I’ve pointedly avoided calling it a “fantasy” map, since it’s based mostly on official planning documents, not me drawing lines wherever I think a new freeway would be cool. I’ve also excluded the “I-894 […]

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Map of the Day: Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zipcode

Today’s map shows an estimate of a household’s carbon footprint based on consumption of various goods and services.  You can explore the map here.  The maps and data come from the CoolClimate Network at the University of California Berkeley.  One thing that becomes clear as you explore the map: the carbon emissions from goods and […]

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The Hennepin County 2040 Bike Plan: Cassie’s Notes

Late this fall Hennepin County put out a draft of its new 2040 Bicycle Plan for public review and comment.  This long-range vision and planning document piqued my interest but, oof, the thing is 116 pages long! Not the easiest to tackle in terms of length, especially for bike-loving-yet-busy folks who might not have time to comb […]

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More on the Infrastructure Cost Discussion

Yesterday I delved a little into the question of whether we’ve really under-funded or under-built roads. Of course the standard reply is that roads still recover more costs than transit, and transit (run by the Met Council) is partially subsidized by drivers (via the motor vehicle sales tax, 40% of which is now dedicated to […]

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Re-Framing the Regional Transportation Debate

If you’re a regular (or even casual) reader of streets.mn, you’re probably aware of the debate being waged on transportation and land-use policy in the Twin Cities. The Met Council’s Thrive 2040 plan and recent election cycle seemed to magnify the divide (which may or may not be drawn along political lines). MinnPost (via our […]

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Chart of the Day: Lane Miles Per Estimated Market Value

Today’s chart of the day is the second in a series.  Although Ramsey and Hennepin counties have far fewer lane miles per capita, they appear to make far more productive use out of each mile.  This chart shows lane miles per $100 million of estimated market value of assessed property.  This data comes from MNDOT and […]

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Chart of the day: Lanes Miles of Metro Counties Per 10,000 People

You may have heard that the Metropolitan Council delayed their decision on the new Transportation Policy Plan in the face of criticism from the five suburban counties.  These counties are concerned about the lack of investment in suburban highways, among other issues.  This chart shows how many total lane miles of roads each county has […]

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Questions About the Northeast Metro Water Supply Plan

In the land of 10,000 lakes, we have a water shortage.  According to the Metropolitan Council: “With more than 70 percent of the region’s water supply coming out of the ground, we are mining our groundwater and sending it downstream at the expense of our water supply, natural amenities, quality of life and economy. It’s […]

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