Bill Lindeke

Re-thinking everyday sidewalks as the foundation of urbanism: how cities depend on sidewalks for public health, mobility, and urban design.

It’s easy to overlook the sidewalk. But so much depends on how we design our sidewalks, streets, and intersections. From the freedom to get around, to safety and public health, to the rich potential of people-centered urban design, understanding how sidewalks shape our lives is the key to designing great cities.

Bill Lindeke, Ph.D., is an urban geographer and writer who focuses on how our environments shape our lives. He has been blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005. Bill has taught at the University of Minnesota and Metro State University, blogs at Twin City Sidewalks and, and is a member of the Saint Paul Planning Commission.

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