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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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That's just the tip of the iceberg on KFAI. I also love the jazz shows on Saturday morning, Jet Set Planet, Voice Cried Softly...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 08:39 am in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

Even though you give a few nods to pedestrians in your piece, I think you're not really being honest about what it was like to walk or bike or have a business on University or Hiawatha before the two light rails went in. In my experience, it was horrible to walk around and few people did so.

The LRT lines certainly haven't improved people's ability to drive quickly through either area, but that was always a counterproductive situation for those who actually live in the affected...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 11:46 am in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

The Cardinal is great.

someone should make a graph of Twins' payroll relative to the rest of the league. how many millions of annual dollars are coming in now to the Twins that weren't there 5 years ago? (mlb.com money, TV revenues, etc.)

Posted on 10/16/14 at 04:44 pm in response to Everything you always wanted to know about bus stops (and more)

Two comments on the disabled/elderly situation. As you can see in that map above, only a small percentage of people would actually have to walk farther. For the vast majority, bus times and efficiency would be improved, which makes a difference if you've ever been on a bus that stops every block. It's a very frustrating experience!

One idea Adam had was to pour some percentage of the money saved by the added bus efficiency into something like the Metro Mobility program, as a way to...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 12:23 pm in response to Urban birds: Living with them requires acting responsibly

From what I understand, getting numbers can be difficult. The Audobon society does a survey in each downtown where volunteers walk around and collect (and count) the birds that are killed by buildings.

Joanna Eckles told me this composition of birds killed downtown collected in the surveys: "130 species total; half of species known to frequent the TC metro. 95% are native migratory protected birds, very small % are city birds like starlings, pigeons, house sparrows; 50% are warblers...

Posted on 10/05/14 at 08:20 am in response to As Met Council changes transit priorities, suburbs say: not so fast

I too have higher expectations for Ramsey County, and would like to see more growth concentrated there in the core and along walkable transit-accessible neighborhoods. There's a lot to be done to encourage walkablity and greater transit in Saint Paul, for example.

But the difference b/w Ramsey and Hennepin Counties is pretty massive. Hennepin accounts for fully half of the regional population.

Posted on 09/24/14 at 11:01 am in response to St. Paul and the troubles of redeveloping awkward buildings

I think that's one sport poised for a rebound.

Posted on 09/18/14 at 10:21 pm in response to Minneapolis neighborhood groups try to bridge the renter gap

that's really important. there are a lot of negative stereotypes out there, which are compounded by the race and class divides that come with the renter.homeowner gap, if we want Minneapolis to really tackle the persistent gaps in the city, it has to begin with this bottom-up level of democratic engagement, I believe.

Posted on 09/18/14 at 04:32 pm in response to Minneapolis park board gears up to fight Southwest LRT alignment

I have little patience for terms like "viewshed" or "neighborhood character" or "visual disruption" that seem to me irredeemably subjective. There are a lot of reasons not to support this project, but aesthetics seems like a terrible justification for what is sure to be a tax dollar sinkhole.