Lessons from the 2011 Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts

What is the true price of our dependence on automobiles? Those in favor of pedestrian-oriented planning say repeatedly that a large contribution to our automobile economy is the cost of driving is simple too cheap. Although gas prices continually rise, they still lack to reflect the current amount of resources we have, and the impact […]

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Chart of the day – 2030 Ridership, BRT and LRT

Today’s chart compares forecasted ridership in 2030 on metro LRT lines and planned “small starts” projects (mostly arterial BRT lines).  It comes from a presentation given to the March 24, 2014 meeting of the Met Council’s Transportation Committee. Forecasting caveats apply. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]

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Is Mayor Hodges the Wonder Woman of Urbanism?

Where’s Wonder Woman, and what will she do about urbanism in Minneapolis? Several recent reviews have appeared in the press regarding Mayor Betsy Hodges’ first 100 days in office. She has been deliberative in hiring key staff positions, preferring instead to build relationships and simply listen. In the Star Tribune’s coverage, it was noted that she has not yet engaged on […]

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Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center

As I type this, the birds they are a-chirpin.’ And this morning I saw a mama and papa duck with a look of love in their eyes (bow-chicka-bow-wow). Spring is here! Spring is here! This calls for some outdoorsy family fun. And Saturday’s Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center is bound to offer much of it. Here’s just a […]

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Ownership by share of centerline miles and by share of vehicle-miles traveled.

Chart of the Day – System Ownership

Today’s Chart of the Day looks at system ownership of the state’s road network by miles of road and miles of travel.     Source: MnDOT  Annual Transportation Performance Report 2012 Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, […]

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recycle bins ready for pick up

Spring Cleaning and Recycling

The temps have finally climbed into the 50s. I’ve thrown open a window or two, letting a little clean, fresh sunshine and breeze into the house. Spring is finally in the air. And that means spring cleaning time. With spring cleaning comes recycling. You might have noticed recycling is front-page news in Saint Paul right […]

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Percent of state highway system with "Poor" ride quality

Chart of the Day – Ride Quality

Today’s Chart of the Day deals with Ride Quality, the Good, the Poor, and the Ugly (well, the Good and the Poor anyway).   Source: MnDOT  Annual Transportation Performance Report 2012 Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, […]

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Horace Cleveland's Map of Minneapolis (1883) (via http://minneapolisparkhistory.com)

Diagonals

The street pattern in and around Minneapolis is very grid-like, with a few exceptions, mostly due to natural barriers. Yet there remain four major routes that clearly disrupt the 90 degree grid by providing movement in the 45-degree direction for an extended distance. These are now major highways, with generally limited access but with periodic […]

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Vulnerable Road User Protection Laws

Most of the time, when a pedestrian or cyclist is seriously injured or killed by a motor vehicle, we label it “an accident.” As long as the driver isn’t drunk and doesn’t flee the scene, he or she can expect to pay a minor fine, at most, and will suffer no criminal penalties. It doesn’t […]

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Magic Highway, USA (1958)

In continuing the theme of the automobile PR campaigns, Walt Disney shows us the history of American motoring, highway engineering, and gives us a look into the future. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming […]

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The “Transportationist” on T2P2

A reminder, and notice that tickets are cheaper in advance, so those of you who “plan” and those of you who are “economical” should be able to take advantage. Also there are future events that might be of interest. The Theater of Public Policy at the Bryant Lake Bowl starts Monday   The “Transportationist” on […]

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Landscape with Automobile

The Walker Art Center’s latest exhibit, Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process, is a refreshing way to explore some of the perennial questions in urban design philosophy. The exhibit includes many of Edward Hopper’s (1882-1967)  most famous paintings and drawings  (like preliminary sketches for Nighthawks, below). “The exhibition also features groundbreaking archival research into the buildings, spaces, and urban […]

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