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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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Posted on 10/31/14 at 04:07 pm in response to Twin Cities apartment vacancy remains low

Why is the vacancy in downtown Saint Paul so high? Just curious...

Here are a few links to more details of the project:

A video:
The slides of the plan: http://www....

Whenever I think about the Fort, I think about how Native American tribes view it. It's a really important place in TC history.

Posted on 10/30/14 at 07:55 am in response to The Met Council problem: regionalism

Have you ever tried to take the bus in LA? There are 88 cities just in LA County and hundreds more surrounding. None of them cooperate and many of them run separate bus systems. We better hope regionalism works here, because the alternative is a world filled with gated communities and structural segregation between the rich and the poor, everyone competing to hand out tax breaks to businesses, cities cannibalizing each other in a zero-sum game.

I'd be curious to see a link to the...

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? ( 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...