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What’s the Cost of Owning a Car That You’d Drop for Car Sharing?

One common talking point with local car rental subscription services1. is that it will save you a TON of money. This is often based on cost of ownership estimates of around $10,000 per year. Here’s an example from Zipcar’s website breaking down how they get there: With those assumptions, they calculate an annual cost of […]

Some Minneapolis Snow Emergency Car Towing Stats

Eric Roper has an article in the StarTribune that looks at which areas of the town see the most cars towed during snow emergencies. And, more interestingly, which areas see the least tows. It seems to correlate quite well with distance from the impound lots. The data behind the map included some other variables that […]

It’s Hard to Take the Opinions of ExxonMobil Funded Professors Seriously #VMT

Who would argue that fuel efficient cars are getting a free ride? If you guessed “Michael E. Webber, a professor in the energy department of a university in Texas where ExxonMobil is the largest corporate donor” you’d be correct: Switching to a ton mile fee solves several problems at once: It raises the revenues we […]

What Should be Done if Gas Taxes Aren’t Raising Enough Revenue?

One thing that confuses me about transportation funding is the idea that raising gas taxes is politically impossible, but creating new forms of transportation taxes like a tax on every mile you drive would be feasible. To me, the raising gas taxes seems far more efficient since all of the systems are already in place […]

Who Complains the Most About the Price of Gas in the Twin Cities?

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has an interesting map where they compare the affordability of neighborhoods and cities based on percentage of income. Here’s a look at the greater Twin Cities metro: To me, this helps illustrate the challenge with driving until you can afford more home. In real estate, the term “drive until you […]

Straw Sucking Suburban Commuter Diets

Clay Christensen shares a story about the popularity of milkshakes for breakfast during long morning commutes. They’re both something to eat and something to do while bumper-to-bumpering from the exurbs. For me, this is a good reminder of why I prefer reverse commutes or no commute. I’ve heard similar stories about coffee shops in the […]

Minneapolis Parking Meter Experiences

Bob Ingrassia has a post up on the Fast Horse blog about the painfully slow parking meters being installed in downtown Minneapolis. The post includes a video showing how long it takes between when money is inserted and a receipt is kicked out. Beyond the long delay, there is no feedback that the machine is […]

Kia Forte for the Win

This is what’s left of the Kia Forte after the accident I was in this past Monday in Santa Monica, California. The car is clearly totaled, but I’m not. Damaged, yes, but in ways that should fully heal. This was the first time I’d driven a Kia Forte. Overall, I was pretty happy with the […]

Lessons is Garage Parking

I spotted this unfortunate situation near Lake Nokomis on Saturday morning. I imagine there’s an interesting story here, assuming the driver can remember it.

One Car for Life Decision

In Warren Buffett’s biography, The Snowball, a lesson in longevity that Buffett shares with college audiences is retold. He asks students to ask themselves how they’d approach buying an maintaining a car if, when they turned 16, they had the option to buy any new car on the market that year. He gets into how […]

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