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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
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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.

Posted on 09/16/14 at 09:56 am in response to Yes, ditching the car for your commute to work improves well-being

just looking at that picture makes me cranky

there are some of those in an alley by my father's house. i'm amazed they held up so well!

you are correct

i'd love to chat more about this when i come around to some of these topics

The police behavior is the #1 issue. But public space plays a role too. It is all-too-common for people to be told to "move along", and that our skyways are not public spaces despite the fact that they technically are public spaces.

In this case, one of these incidents became a flash point for a larger conflict. But that doesn't change the architecture of the situation. It is quite literally "structural racism."

Minnesota is not a state where people on foot have to identify themselves. It's a decision on rights that we have made collectively, and should be respected by the police.


there have been many attempts over the years in both cities to think about how to make the skyways "more public", using wayfinding, standardized hours, elaborate and easy-to-understand entraces to the street, etc.

it all comes down to the fact that these buildings are private property, and having public right-of-way inside them is a paradox that is difficult to resolve. as long as building owners don't want the public in their buildings (and they often do not), we will have these...

Posted on 08/28/14 at 12:35 pm in response to How yards and gardens express culture, identity and neighborliness

I stand corrected. Or rather, I bend at the waist corrected.

I can't think of anything.