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William Lindeke

Saint Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 36 weeks

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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.

Posted on 07/08/14 at 04:13 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

In my understanding (from conversations with people in law enforcement over the years), these kinds of laws are very rarely enforced. If an officer saw this, they'd probably do nothing.

There are lots of laws like this, by the way, including speed limits, the bike/bus lane on Hennepin Avenue, and "rolling stops" for cars and bikes.

Posted on 07/08/14 at 04:14 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

I'm sure it's marked crosswalks. The number of unmarked crosswalks must be absolutely massive. There must orders of magnitude more unmarked crosswalks than marked crosswalks. It's one of the reasons why this crosswalk situation is so complicated.

Posted on 07/08/14 at 04:16 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

Overpasses are one solution, but are extremely impractical and lead to situations like the downtown Minneapolis skyway system where the actual street level sidewalk is often barren.

There are better solutions, but all of them involve dramatically decreasing the design speed of roads, which is something that MNDOT and most cities are very unwilling to think about. (i.e. it's still against the law for any city to have a speed limit under 30 miles per hour, unless they get explicit...

Posted on 07/08/14 at 05:00 pm in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

I'd be curious Paul what you think of this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGloeX1SpAU It's San Francisco's Market Street in 1906, two days before the great earthquake. It's amazing to watch so many people interact so smoothly.

Posted on 07/09/14 at 10:25 am in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

Can you elaborate? Which corners are not intersections?

Posted on 07/09/14 at 10:28 am in response to Everything you've always wanted to know about crosswalks

As anyone from California would know, that doesn't happen there outside of Berkeley. And many people, not just students, have been hit by cars on Snelling, including long-time residents and native Minnesotans. So I don't think this idea has a lot of legs...

Still, even if it did, that wouldn't excuse this kind of problem. Maybe the solution is to make Twin Cities' driving culture more like Paris?

Posted on 07/07/14 at 11:18 pm in response to Developments by the Mississippi bring risks, rewards — and debates

I received this comment from a Geography colleague of mine, and thought I'd share it:

Twas with great interest I read your recent article on MinnPost. Not bad for a geographer.

I do take exception with the following claim though---

"Each spring, high water flooded the basements and yards of the floodplain neighborhoods, and the 1950s saw the river rise higher than ever, flooding the streets and slapdash homes."

First, flooding was not so frequent. Second, I...

Posted on 06/24/14 at 11:21 am in response to Urban rhythms and the case of the missing all-night diner

Evan, I called around in the folks at the City of Saint Paul and even the State Health Department to try and find out details about the extra hoops or permits needed for a late-night or all-night restaurant. I didn't get a clear answer! It seems complicated...

Thanks for sharing what you know.