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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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Posted on 07/29/14 at 01:07 pm in response to Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

I'm not actually up on which are "state aid" streets and which aren't. The criteria seem very complicated, and you'd have to ask a local engineer most likely.

Posted on 07/29/14 at 02:35 pm in response to Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

This is helpful clarification. I often have to trim articles to get them to a readable length and some of the specific detail gets squeezed out.

Posted on 07/30/14 at 10:23 am in response to Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

Yeah, I'd heard about this legislation. It helps, but I still don't think it changes the basic dynamics of the situation. People still have to get variances, and the standards are still there influencing public works' departments etc.

Here's the relevant part of the statute:

Subd. 5. Variances from engineering standards.

(a) When evaluating a request for a variance from the engineering standards for state-aid projects under chapter 162 in which the variance request is...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 01:10 pm in response to Minneapolis begins to see the benefits of 'granny flats'

I'd imagine it would be like duplexes? There are many duplexes all over the city. I was talking to a friend of mine who just bought one in Powderhorn, and is looking for friends to rend out the bottom floor. I know of many examples like this in all parts of the city.

Good question about the north Phillips neighborhood! It's worth noting that it's one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. I think that many ADUs in Portland have been built in neighborhoods with higher demand, and...

Posted on 07/08/14 at 05:04 pm in response to For a speedy light rail trip, get off before downtown Minneapolis

This is great. I agree, and I'm sure that most bicyclists would as well.

Posted on 07/08/14 at 04:13 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

In my understanding (from conversations with people in law enforcement over the years), these kinds of laws are very rarely enforced. If an officer saw this, they'd probably do nothing.

There are lots of laws like this, by the way, including speed limits, the bike/bus lane on Hennepin Avenue, and "rolling stops" for cars and bikes.

Posted on 07/08/14 at 04:14 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

I'm sure it's marked crosswalks. The number of unmarked crosswalks must be absolutely massive. There must orders of magnitude more unmarked crosswalks than marked crosswalks. It's one of the reasons why this crosswalk situation is so complicated.

Posted on 07/08/14 at 04:16 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

Overpasses are one solution, but are extremely impractical and lead to situations like the downtown Minneapolis skyway system where the actual street level sidewalk is often barren.

There are better solutions, but all of them involve dramatically decreasing the design speed of roads, which is something that MNDOT and most cities are very unwilling to think about. (i.e. it's still against the law for any city to have a speed limit under 30 miles per hour, unless they get explicit...

Posted on 07/08/14 at 05:00 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

I'd be curious Paul what you think of this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGloeX1SpAU It's San Francisco's Market Street in 1906, two days before the great earthquake. It's amazing to watch so many people interact so smoothly.

Posted on 07/09/14 at 10:25 am in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

Can you elaborate? Which corners are not intersections?