Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

The People that Died Crossing Saint Paul Streets in 2019

I wanted to take a moment to pause and look back at 2019, which was a brutal year for people walking in Saint Paul. Last year, five people were killed by automobile violence, making it an especially tragic year. For every name here, there were many more people hit and injured by people driving cars […]

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“Rethinking I-94,” Galaxy Brain-Style

For a few years now, MnDOT, the state’s transportation agency, has been promoting its “Rethinking I-94” plan, making a big deal out of hand-wringing and soul searching about the future of the state’s busiest and most urban freeway. I’ve gone to a few meetings about it, and — in a rare television appearance — I […]

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Chart of the Day: US LRT Lines by Expected v. Actual Ridership

Here’s a cool chart shared on Twitter by a researcher at the Manhattan Institute, showing expected v. actual ridership numbers for different light rail lines around the country. I am one of the people that always assumes transit planners low-ball the ridership predictions, so that they can announce (often right away) that the new transit […]

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Chance to Win Amazing Raffle Prizes at the streets.mn Fundraiser Party this Thursday

In case you missed it, the annual streets.mn Winter Fundraiser Party is this Thursday at the Black Hart of Saint Paul. We hope you can come. Just like last year, we’re having a gift raffle and there will be lots of great prizes available. In fact, you can do all your holiday shopping at the […]

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Last Chance for Early-Bird Tickets for the streets.mn Fundraiser

Hey! The streets.mn Winter Fundraiser Party is back, is on December 5th (coming up!), and it is RAD this year. Don’t believe me? Well, for one thing, it’s in Saint Paul this time. But don’t worry too much, because it’s right on the Green Line. We’re hosting it at the Black Hart of Saint Paul […]

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Chart of the Day: Federal HUD Funding for Saint Paul, 1978 – 2019

Here’s a chart that just happens to almost perfectly coincide with my lifespan. It shows the amount of Federal HUD dollars that have been spent in Saint Paul over the last 40 years. As you can see, there is something of a trend. The three lines represent three different pots of money: Community Development Block […]

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Come to the streets.mn Happy Hour, Meet Board Members on November 14th

We’re throwing a Happy Hour Hangout on Tuesday, November 12th Thursday, November 14th. We’ll be at Venn Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30. Venn Brewing is right on the Blue Line LRT, a stones throw from the 46th Street station.   UPDATE: This is Thursday the 14th, not the 12th.   Meet some of the board […]

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Podcast #127: Saint Paul’s 6th Ward with Nelsie Yang

I am happy to bring you a conversation with Nelsie Yang, who is a candidate for City Council in Saint Paul’s Sixth Ward, which covers the large northern part of the East Side. Yang is a community organizer who is advocating for economic sustainability, affordable housing, and better public safety on the East Side. We […]

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Podcast #126: Saint Paul Climate Action with Chelsea DeArmond

I’m happy to bring you a conversation with Chelsea DeArmond, one of the founders of Saint Paul’s 350.org chapter. 350 dot org is an international climate action group that is trying very hard to place climate change at the center of our cultural conversations, and catalyze change in how we use energy in the US. […]

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Chart of the Day: People Per Car for Select Nations, 1900 – 2000

Here’s a fun chart from one of my all-time favorite books, Energy in World History, which you might remember from years ago. I was reminded of Vaclav Smil because he has a new book coming out, and has been making the round with interviews. Anyway, here you go, a fascinating chart that is a bit […]

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