Stay alert near bike paths
I would like to respond to the recent letters regarding safety on the Lake Harriet bike path. I have been a resident of Fulton and have enjoyed the paths around Lake Harriet for more than 20 years.
On July 9, while leisurely bike riding, a father and his young son drifted in front of me as I was passing. This caused me to veer off of the path to avoid the child and resulted in my hitting the pavement.
After a trip to the emergency room and subsequent surgery costing thousands of dollars,
I can now — three weeks later — return to work with restrictions. It could have been much worse.
In the future, I’ll be the person on the bike path announcing in a very loud voice: “Parent, keep your child to the right side.” Or, better yet, get a tag-a-long (as our family did) until you and your child can ride with safety for all.
Jana Salinger, Fulton
A proponent of the 43rd & Upton project
I was disappointed in the one-sided reporting represented in Aaron Rupar’s recent article about the Linden Corners project. After giving many inches to opponents of the project, he included just one short quote from a proponent, and a lukewarm one at that.
I am an 18-resident of Linden Hills who lives just three blocks north of the site, and I am strongly in favor of the condo/retail project for both environmental and personal reasons.
First, the environmental reason: Our city and neighborhood needs more density so we can better use mass transit and stop spreading out into the exurbs and rural area surrounding us.
Second, the personal reason: I’m married to a disabled man who badly needs to live in a one-floor unit with elevator and underground parking. I would welcome the chance to have well-designed housing of that nature in our beloved neighborhood. And I know I’m not alone in that feeling.
In other words, I urge my fellow residents of Linden Hills to consider the future, both the city’s and their own.
Lynette Lamb, Linden Hills
Linden Hills memories
My memory of the 43rd & Upton area goes back over a half of a century.
One of my earliest was getting an ice cream bar from a clown outside of what is now Dunn Bros. It was then a grocery store, a Red Owl I believe, and it was prompting something or another, what did I care they were giving out ice cream.
Across the street in the old co-op building was another grocery, a Super Valu. Around the corner was Hawkinson’s Groceries and up from that was Ralph’s Dairy. The meat market was always where it is now and Hawkinson’s also had an independent meat market in their store.
Before Famous Dave’s, the space was a Union 76 station and before that a smaller Pure Oil, next to that on Upton was Eckies Station. Eckies was so old school that their car lift was outside — yep oil changes at 30 below or 100 above. The salting of other businesses also included the corner flower shop, a dime store, a drug store, two barber shops and a cozy restaurant called Huber’s
My point is markets change. The area could no longer support many of the businesses as bigger chains drew the business out of the area.
Free enterprise strives along. A recent letter in the Southwest Journal is surprising as the writer sounds like one must forget free enterprise and prevent change.
For seven years I was part owner in an antique store in what now is some of the space Creative Kids has. Up the street was The Gazebo — part pet shop, part antique. We coexisted well, each seeking out a specialty. The effect was synergistic, drawing more people that either one would. The antique store ended due to a fire in an upstairs apartment and the water damage below.
While I understand that some are concerned over the thought of two hardware stores in the 43rd area, attempting to block free enterprise is not the answer. Cooperation at this time could yield a synergism, keeping people shopping in the neighborhood and not headed to the big box stores that do nothing to support the community.
In the several businesses I have run, I’ve always looked for a niche. Perhaps the area could use a serious repair center for small engines and window repair, or whatever but seeking out niches. Change is inevitable. Now is an opportunity to be creative and for two business owners to have a meeting of the minds and not a banging of the heads.
Slow down, cyclists
I have a problem with bikers around Harriet and Calhoun who speed past me in all their gear, heads down watching their speedometers, going 5–10 miles over the speed limit. They seem to have that “get out of my way” attitude as if I were an obstacle on their race track. The speeders should stick to the commuter trails and let the rest of us leisure bikers enjoy our rides.
Where are the park police when you need them? Apparently, not watching the bike trails on the lakes.
Paul Emmel, Linden Hills