The War On Cars


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In the early 20th century, the United States went through a huge economic boom. it defined the decade… the Roaring 20’s. The opportunity to buy an automobile was an important part of that. People bought them in such numbers that they changed the face of our country. Roads were built to accommodate the flood of cars that were being swooped up by middle income families. The car brought a new level of freedom, allowing people to get wherever they wanted to go, whenever they wanted to go there, and get there faster. Cars became central to the American experience. We have car shows to celebrate the cars of the past and the cars of the future. Who doesn’t drool over a ’67 Shelby GT500? There are multiple groups, however, that want to restrict the use of cars, whether it is by creating a complete street, restricting parking, writing a complex set of laws that favor other modes of transportation, or publicly shaming drivers without any shred of compassion.

So what is the answer? According to these people, it is to put more people and more types of transportation into the same corridors. Dockless bike sharing and dockless scooter sharing are becoming the new rage among these trendy cities that want to get listed among “America’s 10 Most Yuppie Cities”, or something like that. Some other cities actually promote “car-free living” or “open streets”. As a driver, like it or not, you are a target of the political environmentalists and the alternative transportation crowds.

Also on the Local Lowdown, Minneapolis is looking at implementing City ID cards. The city council states that it will meet certain constituency needs. The state of Minnesota already makes ID cards (with the green stripe at the top) available to those that don’t have a driver’s license. Are these just a way to get people a way to vote that aren’t allowed to? Is it a way to limit people driving into the city? We discuss it all this week.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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July 18, 2018 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

What’s in a Name?


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What’s in a name? Are names important? Is it important to remember our history, even when it’s uncomfortable? Should we only name things after people that have no blemishes? I’d like you to find me that perfect person. Would those on the right and left ever agree on someone in this day and age? Sports teams are changing their names and their mascots.  It’s also happening locally with our lakes and our schools. Lake Calhoun became Bde Maka Ska? They want to rename Patrick Henry High School and Ramsey Middle School? What do people even know about John C Calhoun, Alexander Ramsey, and Patrick Henry? They are certainly flawed people, but aren’t we all? We judge people of the past on 21st century morals. We erase all the negative out of our past, but whitewashing it only means that we can’t learn from it. Radicals are trying to push everything out of the public sphere that they disagree with from elected politicians to popular businesses. How far is too far?

In the Local Lowdown, we also discuss a new luxury apartment complex with (you guessed it) a sweetheart Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to prop up the deal. We also discuss In the Robbinsdale School District, Patsy Green is not seeking re-election, and she thinks that you’re not paying enough in taxes to the school district.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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July 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

A Streetcar Named Nostalgia


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There has been much debate over the different forms of transportation that are competing for the limited number of lanes available to get people and goods from one place to another. It’s a virtual battle royal between cars and trucks, motorcycles, buses, light rail, bicycles, scooters, pedestrians… and streetcars. Streetcars? Like the trolley? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. In an age where transit proponents want to have mass transit available for all, they are pushing for these antiquated lines, that are not flexible and only serve a small portion of the population. They run like light rail, but only run one car at a time, and stop more. So, it’s more inefficient? Why are we investing in something that is inflexible and inefficient? Because it’s trendy! Streetcars were necessary in the early 1900’s. Nostalgia is not the best driver of modern transportation policy. Cities are beginning to put plans into motion to bring these dinosaurs back. Why? We get into it this week.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

July 5, 2018 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

City Claims: It’s Their Duty To Restrict Freedom


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We have been talking for some time about the preemption battle between state and local government. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of bad state statutes that negatively affect cities. We’re not talking about those. They are surprisingly rarely discussed. Instead, the battle over preemption deals with the effort of progressives to erode the civil rights of those that disagree with them. The battle over firearms at the local level is only beginning, and the local governments are currently testing the waters to see what they can get get away with. Cities like Deerfield, IL and Boulder, CO have outright banned the mysterious “assault weapons”. Most, however, recognize that they don’t want to be on the forefront of that fight and are looking for a backdoor to sneak into legislating firearms. Eden Prairie, MN decided to lead the charge in Minnesota, by trying to implement a 12 month moratorium on any new firearms stored in Eden Prairie. They tried to do this by lumping them in with “adult-use” stores and pawn shops. They also tried to lump the first and second readings of the ordinance together into one motion. Talk about underhanded. Anyways… you can contact their city council members on their website. Three of five of these yahoos are up for re-election this year. Who’s game?

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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June 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Manufacturing Equality


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Many cities have decided that there are too many white people involved in city government. I know, it’s kind of a shocking statement to start all of this with, but it’s what a lot of these cities are saying. Cities are racing over themselves to cry racism and white privilege when it comes to inclusion in city government and the way services are administered. Cities across Minnesota (and across the country) are using the same template to design equity task forces and racial equity plans.  That’s because one special interest group, The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), is pushing it everywhere. Here’s the real question… if there are problems in the way that minorities have been treated by city government, isn’t it because of the failure of the people currently running that city’s government? They want to solve this the only way good progressives know how: by creating a special program that creates special spots for minorities in the government. This says to us that government believes that minorities can’t do it on their own, but need their help to be involved in government. We believe they are talented enough to do whatever they dang well please, and we lay it all out for you in this episode.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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June 20, 2018 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Shark-MADO is Running Loose


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I don’t care where you live in Minnesota, you live under some form of regional government. A handful of places are governed by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s), like the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities seven county metro area. Most of the rest of the state falls under one of ten Regional Development Organizations (RDO’s). Each of these RDO’s are charged with increasing economic development in their area, but that takes on a whole slew of causes with it, including housing availability, transit, broadband, water quality, the arts, bike trails, and walkability. How do all of these RDO’s maintain the same goals and strategies across the state? All ten of these organizations are contained under the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO). MADO is like a master group over these ten RDO’s that sets a framework of statewide goals through their Develop MN 2016 Plan. This plan has shaped comprehensive plans in cities all over the state. We argue that all areas of the state of Minnesota are not created equal, and should be allowed to decide what’s in their own best interest. Find out all about who they are and what they are asking of Greater Minnesota.

Also we discuss the plan for District 281 (Robbinsdale Schools) to implement another referendum on top of the two, ten year levy items that were passed four years ago to support their new money making scheme, I mean their new Unified District Vision. This is some of the worst financial management we’ve seen in a long time, and we discuss it in the local lowdown.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

June 13, 2018 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Crystal City Candidate Julia Hill Threatens to “Clothesline Kids”


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You know it wouldn’t be the political season unless we have a fight in Crystal. There is now an open seat in Ward 2 as Jeff Kolb is not seeking re-election. One of the folks running for that seat is Julia Hill.

Ms. Hill has long made negative comments about yours truly, of which I can handle. Hatred is something you just have to live with in politics. Her comments about others, though, are going to be fair game here. She tried to “whitewash” or “scrub” her Facebook page recently, but she wasn’t quick enough. We’ve got some good stuff and I’d like to start with this;

OK now I would not advocate that kids run at dogs. That can be dangerous, but what kind of conduct is it to threaten to “clothesline” them? Then she calls them “little assholes?” Wow that’s classy. What’s going to happen when you are at a council meeting and a citizen disagrees with you? Are you going to threaten to clothesline them and call them an asshole? Even if Ms. Hill isn’t serious, and I sure hope she isn’t, it’s not very funny. She could have simply asked kids to not run at her dogs, couldn’t she have? And by the way, the word God should be capitalized.

The post was shared by our former mayor who says she “loved the public service announcement.” Once again, a whole lot of class here. Ms. Hill will probably now play the victim and try to somehow turn this around on me. Well, they are your words Ms. Hill not mine, I just have bigger audience than you.

Judge for yourself folks, the campaign had just begun…..

June 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

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