Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

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Tonight – streets.mn Virtual Happy Hour 5-7pm

Hello again! I cannot believe it’s been two whole weeks since the first ever streets.mn Virtual Happy Hour! Well we’re going to do it again, thanks to the gracious Zoom-mastery virtues of our host, Glen Johnson. Stop by and share stories about walks, bike rides, visions for the cities or public places in your neck […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Images of Rejected MnDOT Bike Manual Concepts

In a noteworthy scoop, streets.mn editors have obtained a dossier of bicycle infrastructure concepts from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). In the interest of public disclosure, we are sharing them at this juncture. The files convey a number of potential designs that appear to have been rejected through usual agency protocols, part of an ongoing […]

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Virtual Happy Hour Friday! 5-8pm

We liked the last Virtual Happy Hour so much we’re doing it again, folks. Fellow streets.mn Board Member and Zoom-meister Glen Johnson has agreed to moderate again. Hang out online with other streets.mn folks, and share stories about how the recent virus-related changes to your life are affecting you. We’re even going ot have a […]

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It’s Not Density That’s Driving the American Pandemic

Well, to begin, please stay home when and if you can and avoid close contact with people for a while. Preventing a huge outbreak that would overwhelm our healthcare system is critical right now. But with that out of the way, here’s something I’ve been thinking about. This spring, I’ve been teaching a urban geography […]

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Virtual Happy Hour Today! 5-7pm

Hey! Feeling cooped up? Missing your public space fix? Want to chat about streets, cities, and “social distancing”? Well, come hang out on Zoom with us. Some members of the streets.mn board are hosting the first ever virtual happy hour. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling cooped up and would love to chat […]

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Some of the People Trying to #FixLyndale

By popular demand, we moved the recent streets.mn Happy Hour (a good time was had by all) over to Lyndale Avenue earlier this month to team up with the group of courageous and dedicated folks who are trying to make it safe to cross Lyndale Avenue South on foot. They held what they called the […]

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Intercity Rail Would Bridge Minnesota’s So-called “Rural-Urban Divide”

A few months ago, I was privileged to be a guest lecturer for a colleague’s environmental sociology course at the UW-La Crosse. For those unfamiliar, La Crosse, Wisconsin is one of the larger small cities in the region. It’s a city with a metro area of about 130,000 people located in a magnificent spot on […]

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Facing Dire Straits, Saint Paul Should Pull the Plug on Ayd Mill Road

It’s with no joy that I write yet another column about Ayd Mill Road, Saint Paul’s crumbling concrete albatross. I’ve been at this for years, and you are not familiar with this long saga, here’s a quick primer: A quick, legal timeline of AMR decisions from 1999 – 2010 (Neighborhoods First!) A longer, illustrated timeline […]

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Map Monday: Population Change in Minnesota, 2017-2018

Here are four interesting maps from Minneapolis map guru and sometime streets.mn writer Scott Shaffer, posted on Twitter the other day. They show population change trends in Minnesota by county over the last year. Check them out:   The takeaway? The metro is growing, and that goes double for the core cities. Anyone see any […]

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Chart of the Day: Housing Starts in Twin Cities Metro, 2001 – 2019

Here are two charts put together by streets.mn’s dutiful Philadelphia correspondent, Alex Schieferdecker. He’s been paying close attention to the housing data over the last few years, especially tracking the percentage multi-family homes and the percentage of homes located within the different counties. As you can see, and much to Schieferdecker’s pleasure, multi-family housing is […]

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