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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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5 years 22 weeks

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Posted on 02/28/14 at 05:06 pm in response to Whaaah! Hurling yourself into traffic like a confused deer

you could mount an expensive and probably irrelevant massive sting operation or design bumpouts, streets, and crosswalks that are actually useful

Posted on 02/26/14 at 11:21 am in response to Gosh: What would Dr. and Mrs. Kennicott of Gopher Prairie have to say?

"zombie Dayton's"

Posted on 02/13/14 at 01:52 pm in response to Streetcars belong safely tucked into our most cherished memories

Streetcars are expensive, yes. But they're also quiet, comfortable, intuitive, energy efficient, and easy to get on and off. That's why people like them so much.

You can argue that people shouldn't like streetcars if you want. But it's irrelevant, because in places where they're well designed (i.e. not Tampa), people like them a lot.

Posted on 02/03/14 at 05:13 pm in response to Don't tear down the skyways!

First the pros:

Skyways increase the speed and flow of car traffic because they remove pedestrians from the streets, and building owners and office workers like them, and they helped keep some companies in downtown St Paul and Minneapolis.

Also, they're good for people with limited mobility: the elderly, those in wheelchairs.

The problem is that almost without exception (IDS), buildings designed around skyways create terrible street fronts: walled buildings with few...

Posted on 02/04/14 at 08:43 am in response to Fixing Nicollet Mall: Tear down the skyways

They make these great things now, filled with goose feathers and sheep hair. Ask your grandpa.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 11:55 am in response to Minnesotans' Sunday booze run: Hudson stores stand ready

That law is just plain weird. One of the main arguments for keeping the Sunday prohibition is that there's no demand for it, that the stores wouldn't make any (extra) money. Well, ask anyone on the border if there's demand, or if they're making any money... (Fargo, Grand Forks, Osceola, Prescott, Hudson, Superior, La Crosse, Sioux Falls, &c.)

To anyone born after 1975, that law is incomprehensible.

Posted on 01/14/14 at 04:05 pm in response to Sen. Hann wants vote delayed on new office building

FYI, this excellent column outlines a few other urban design reasons to be skeptical of the proposed building:

Posted on 01/14/14 at 04:43 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

This doesn't make sense to me either. Along existing transit routes is precisely where LRT lines should be built. That's where all the density already exists, and where transit need is demonstrably highest. I think you'd have to look far and wide to find anyone in Uptown that would prefer the (problematic) #6 bus to a LRT ride from Lake and Hennepin into downtown.

if the U's economics department is clinging to a narrow-minded free-market mantra (as I've sometimes heard), then the Fed is absolutely right to begin to broaden the conversation about the potential of monetary policy.

not sure to what extent this is the case, though...

Lisa Bender would make a great Transportation and Public Works chair.