joins the Railvolution

railvolution-tour-bookThis weekend, you might have noticed groups of well-dressed people with nametags wandering Minneapolis and Saint Paul, looking at trains and apartment buildings with keen eyes. I spotted a LRT tour during University Avenue’s Open Streets yesterday, and then again found a nametag’d couple looking for a cab in downtown Saint Paul last night. (Ha!)

They asked me, “Are there any restaurants in downtown Saint Paul, or should we go back to Minneapolis?”

It was a Sunday night and Tanpopo was closed. I had to be honest, and told them to head West. (I’m not a sadist.)

Anyway, the annual Railvolution conference has over a thousand attendees who specialize in TOD and urban design. The conference organizers reached out to the board a while back to ask us to organize a session. So, if you happen to be at the conference this week, consider stopping by to see some of the writers discuss three of our most divisive local planning topics.

The session is this Tuesday at 2:00 at the Hyatt (though I can’t find a room number on the website).

Here’s the panel description:

Bloggers x 3: Let the Debates Begin!     AICP CM 1.5

Listen and learn as local transit bloggers go head to head over three issues specific to the Twin Cities: Hear the pros and cons of Minneapolis’ famous Skyway system. Weigh the ins and outs of regional transit expansion. Explore streetcar growth in the region. Three informative and vigorous debates moderated by Minneapolis TOD director David Frank. Bring your questions and get ready for provocative answers!

Moderator: David Frank, Director of Transit Development, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Janne K. Flisrand, Principal, Flisrand Consulting, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nick Magrino, Blogger,, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sam Newberg, Urbanist,, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bill Lindeke, Blogger,, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alex Cecchini, Blogger,, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cameron Conway, Blogger,, Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Also, David Levinson is also participating in a session earlier that day. If you’re going to be at the conference, stop by, or add your session in the comments below.) is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


11 Responses to joins the Railvolution

  1. Joe T September 22, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Will these be recorded? Can we see them if we cannot attend in any way? (Minutes even?)

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke September 22, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    I’m going to try and get them recorded for a future podcast.

  3. Adam Froehlig
    Adam Froehlig September 22, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Didn’t tell them about Micky’s Diner, Bill? I’m disappointed. :o)

  4. Matty Lang
    Matty Lang September 22, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Bill, they have you listed as from Minneapolis. The horror.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke September 22, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      That will be my first debate point.

  5. Peter Fleck September 22, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Bedlam Lowertown is across from Union Depot with a great menu and full bar with decent beer list. Open until 2 a.m.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke September 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Oh I know. I was there last night and it was kinda empty, and I didn’t think it was what these folks were looking for. I shoulda told them to go up to Mears Park, and I wish there was a more pleasant stroll from the Depot up to St. Peter. 4th Street is as good as it gets, and it’s not that great.

      • Matty Lang
        Matty Lang September 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

        Yeah, you have to navigate parking garages or skyways to get to Señor Wong’s.

        • Bill Lindeke
          Bill Lindeke September 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

          Actually, that’s the only restaurant/business that IS on 4th street. I usually go in the entrance off 4th that is kinda awkward by the kinda awkward patio.

  6. Caddy k September 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Congrats Bill,
    Is this open to the public or for conference registrants only?

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke September 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      no, it’s very expensive. sorry. that’s the nature of things today…

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