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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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Posted on 11/17/14 at 11:01 am in response to The Wolves weren't just bad against New Orleans. They were disgraceful.

So what would you recommend? Trading someone? Sitting someone?

Posted on 11/14/14 at 11:21 am in response to Robot cars will change your life — maybe

I am hopeful that robot cars ceasing to terrorize our potentially walkable cities outweighs whatever happens on the freeways and suburbs. The main point is that it's hard to imagine a worse outcome than the status quo.

Posted on 11/14/14 at 11:24 am in response to Robot cars will change your life — maybe

A robot car system will be far more efficient and reduce travel times overall. If people want to race around in vehicles, that can be a recreational activity somewhere that it doesn't kill people and harm the quality of life in our cities.

It's a distinct possibility that we'll look back on our "happy driving" era like we look back on the golden age of cigarettes. Both have killed immense numbers of people.

Posted on 11/14/14 at 01:54 pm in response to Robot cars will change your life — maybe

IMO, the amount of energy needed to fly makes personal aircraft on an everyday basis far out of reach for anyone but an elite class. Just not efficient way to move around.

That said, it's long been a dream. Frank Lloyd Wright's broadacre city was predicated on personal helicopters for everyone.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 10:50 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

The GOP framing here about "metrocentric" poilicies seems purely cultural. What are the specific "metrocentric" policies?

Posted on 11/06/14 at 09:55 am in response to City secrets: For walkers and cyclists, shortcuts are indispensable

Fun fact: The Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission will be discussing the wall tonight at their regular meeting at 5pm. The city staff recommends denial of the wall for a bunch of reasons, but it's already built so it'll be interesting to hear what the building owner has to say, and how this proceeds through the city.

link here: http://www.stpaul.gov/DocumentCenter/...

Kind of a different topic here Mark, but I hear this a lot and will perhaps do a column on "cyclist enforcement" down the road.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 11:23 am in response to City secrets: For walkers and cyclists, shortcuts are indispensable

What about "jaywalking", lighting of pedestrians walking at night, etc.? Is that a similar issue for you?

Posted on 11/06/14 at 03:24 pm in response to City secrets: For walkers and cyclists, shortcuts are indispensable

Sounds like you're a good driver, Pat. There's something I think of called the "paradox of safety," where streets that feel the most dangerous are actually the safest because (ideally) everyone is paying close attention to what they're doing. Basically, if you're driving in an area with a lot of people walking and biking, you should be going slowly and feeling anxious about hitting people. There's no way around that.

(It's one reason why texting and driving is so dangerous...)

Posted on 11/06/14 at 03:29 pm in response to City secrets: For walkers and cyclists, shortcuts are indispensable

If we let the police design our cities, there would be no shortcuts anywhere and many more of us would be in cars. IMO safety comes from eyes on the street, though good design can help, especially if it demarcates public/private space.

The broader point is that I believe 5th here was an historic right of way belonging to the people of the neighborhood, and should remain open to the public. Small blocks lead to walkable cities, and Minneapolis can do more to encourage mobility.