Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Podcast #116: Saint Paul 1978 with George Latimer, David Lanagren, and Jerry Mathiason

Welcome to the streets.mn podcast, Episode 116: Saint Paul 1978 with George Latimer, Jerry Mathiason, and David Lanagren. Today I have a fun conversation for you that I taped back in May. The chat took place between former Saint Paul mayor George Latimer, photographer Jerry Mathiason, and Macalester Geography professor David Lanagren that took place […]

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Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Rents Versus Vacancy

MPR News published an excellent article yesterday about the lack of housing for people with Section 8 vouchers. It contained this eye opening chart about the state of the rental market in the Twin Cities these days. Here’s a quote from the piece: Voucher holders usually have just a few months to find an apartment […]

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Some Thoughts on Permit Parking in Saint Paul

After years of administering a complex and largely self-policed permit parking system, Saint Paul hired a consultant to do a study of the topic and might be making a few changes. And yet, it seems to me that these policy changes are too little and probably won’t make much difference to anyone to help achieve […]

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Map Monday: USA Geography Weirdness Including Minneapolis Equals Venice

Here’s a fun video, via Kottke, about some strange geographic alignment perceptions having to do with the United States. It includes a shoutout to Minneapolis, which is at roughly the same latitude as Venice, Italy. Here’s the vid: The latitudinal alignment should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to […]

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Scooter Overlords

As I predicted a week ago when I submitted my piece on dockless bike share for City Pages, scooters have arrived on the streets of Minneapolis. Even more surprising, scooters have also arrived on the streets of Saint Paul, which means that I got a chance to ride them! Note: apparently Department of Public Works […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Street Grid Orientation vs. Other US Cities

Here’s a cool project by Geoff Boeing, a planning postdoc in California. Check out this street grid chart: The tiny part the center is the river-oriented part of downtown Minneapolis, where the streets are aligned to the Mississippi instead of the ordinal directions. Even better, Boeing made charts for a whole bunch of US cities. […]

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Map Monday: Transit Access to Jobs for the Twin Cities Metro in 2017

The most recent transit-and-jobs “Access Across America” report came out this week and here’ s the latest map. It’s a heat map showing “jobs within a 30 minute transit ride” of any given location on the map. Blues are 0-5K, greens are about 10-50K, and yellows and oranges denote 100-500K jobs. (Other cities have even […]

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Podcast #115 – Ramsey County’s 3rd District with Trista Matas-Castillo

This week’s episode features Trista Matas-Castillo, who is running for Ramsey County Commissioner in the 3rd District, which covers a big chunk of the northern neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Most people in Ramsey County cannot even name a County Commissioner, and yet county governments do a ton of work to help people and govern transportation decisions […]

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On Civic Mascots, Civic Pride & the City of St. Paul

(With major input from Andy Singer, Bill Lindeke, and Tom Basgen,but especially Andy.   Last week, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced that St. Paul’s annual July 4 fireworks are a no-go this year. Naturally, the comments – both on Facebook and on the local news sites – are displeased. Accusations are being flung that […]

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Podcast #114: Painting Suburbia with Carolyn Swiszcz

Carolyn Swiszcz is one of my favorite local artists, a painter, printmaker, and visual artist who works a lot in some of my favorite slash least favorite landscapes: post-war suburbia. I first came across Carolyn a short musical video she made about West Saint Paul Minnesota, a first-ring suburb near where I grew up. As […]

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