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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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5 years 40 weeks

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I can't think of anything.

Posted on 08/12/14 at 04:09 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

My favorite example of the topic is this famous photo from 1951, American Girl in Italy.

The photo really captures how men control space. It's a powerful photograph! At the same time, the subject of the photo claims to have enjoyed it. (http...

I tried to include that at the end. Women I talked with told me the there are two things men can do...

1) ask women if they need help but do it in a very careful way where if they say "no" you leave them alone
2) confront the behavior with your friend (but not necessarily with strangers)
3) listen to women when they talk about the issue from a place of empathy (don't try and make it humorous/minimize the issue)

Posted on 08/08/14 at 10:26 am in response to Transportation for the aging poses mounting challenge in Twin Cities

Coming up with expensive and inefficient mobility systems is a Sisyphean task. The most important thing we can do is to provide more housing for seniors along transit corridors in the city, in walkable places that will encourage older people to stay active. (See for example the new Episcopal Homes development on University Avenue in Saint Paul...) We also need to dramatically improve walkability in our core cities, reducing car speeds and improving sidewalks to make them welcoming to people...

Posted on 08/05/14 at 06:07 pm in response to Embracing open data: a big shift in culture for Minneapolis

I appreciate the correction. I'm certainly not an expert on this kind of thing, though I'd very much like to get more involved with the open data movement.

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.