Author: Bill Lindeke

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

Bill Lindeke has been blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota, teaches geography around town, and has written for Minnpost, the Park Bugle, and Growler Magazine, among others. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.

Map Monday: Minneapolis/Saint Paul Without the River Border

I wrote once before about Peter Gorman’s work, Barely Maps, which was inspired by a cross-country circumnavigating bike ride. I finally got a copy of the book and enjoyed it. Here’s his minimalist map of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, about which Gorman writes: “If you zoom in a few miles south of the headwaters of the Mississippi, […]

Imagine a city without the sounds of cars

I was doomscrolling Twitter the other day, saw this Tweet from a friend, and laughed a bit too loudly: It reminded me that my favorite thing about my visit to Tokyo last year was the least expected: it’s an eerily quiet city! Wherever I go, I try to put into practice one of my favorite […]

Car Culture Is Getting Even Worse

I wrote an article a few years ago for my blog that I rediscovered the other day. It turns out, nothing ever changes because I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the same asinine dynamics of driving in America. For example, “fake engine noise,” which was kind of new five or six years ago, is […]

You’re Invited — 2021 streets.mn Annual Picnic at Minnehaha Park, 9/11, 12:30-2

It’s been way too long since we had a streets.mn picnic! You’re invited to Minnehaha Park (Wabun Picnic Area E, under the big oaks) on Saturday 9/11 for a picnic.  Come to discuss the matters of the day: the election, public space, COVID, climate change, the end of parking minimums, new housing and development around […]

I Was Wrong about Ayd Mill Road

It could have happened sooner, but the Ayd Mill Road bike lane and road diet was a start.

Happy Hour streets.mn get together — Venn Brewing, 5pm, July 22nd

Well it’s been way way too long since we had a streets.mn Happy Hour hangout. Let’s get together at Venn Brewing, conveniently located at the junction of the Blue Line and the A Line, in the heart of the new-housing-rich 48th and Minnehaha area of Minneapolis. You throw a rock these days, you’ll hit a […]

How Much are North Loop’s 4th Street Onramps Costing Minneapolis?

Like most freeways, I long took the 4th Street viaducts for granted. They just loomed there at the edge of downtown taking up space, hoisted 30’ in the air like a helium whale. A grey meaningless concrete backdrop generating constant noise and microscopic particles of plastic, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and other subtle poison. These […]

In Case You Missed It – streets.mn visits Tony Hawk’s late 90s Minneapolis

During the pandemic, tourism has to adapt and change to fit the times. That’s why a while back streets.mn used Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater to visit Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and other late 90s skater meccas. If you missed it when it happened, check out the Twitch stream here. Thanks to Phil Schwartz for being […]