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Electric-assist Bicycle Owners Share Their Story, Adventures

The first time I rode an electric-assist bicycle (ebike) was around 15 years ago.  My workplace, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, actually had ebikes as part of their vehicle fleet.  Our work site is a mile away from downtown Saint Paul and a little over a mile away from the Capitol, and many people have […]

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A History of Minnesota’s Highways Part One

This is the first part of a new series on the history of Minnesota’s highway system. This is not intended to be exhaustive or strictly chronological. Rather the idea is to present certain milestones and points where source material is available and that I think readers will find informative or interesting. There’s also a few […]

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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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Podcast #97: Cities, Welfare, and Block Grants with Dana DeMaster

The podcast this week is a conversation with Dana DeMaster, a program evaluator who focuses on poverty and public health programs at the State and County level. Dana is also on the streets.mn board, and a long-time advocate for better bicycling in Minnesota. We sat down a while ago to discuss how cities and counties deliver […]

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Urban Endosymbiosis

Endosymbiosis in biology refers to the idea that organelles of eukaryotic cells (like mitochondria and chloroplasts) were originally free-living micro-organisms that combined symbiotically (to mutual benefit). In Chapter 7: Good Roads of The Transportation Experience: Second Edition, we identify an example of what we might call techno-endosymbiosis, when we write: Charles Kettering developed the electric starter, which […]

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With Denver on the FasTracks, Hoping the Twin Cities Aren’t Derailed

Last month Denver opened its long-awaited A Line train service connecting downtown and Denver International Airport. The twenty-three mile service takes thirty-seven minutes and costs nine dollars each way. The important fact that Minneapolis has had downtown to airport train service for 12 years notwithstanding, the opening of Denver’s A Line is symbolic of something much more. The […]

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Map of the day: Residential Water Use Per Capita, 2005

The Metropolitan Council is now accepting comments on their Master Water Supply Plan. Above is a map you’ll be hard pressed to find in the document, but comes from data published at Data Finder. Numbers in parentheses are residential gallons per capita, per day. 2005 is the most recent year for which they say they […]

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