The Linndale Speed Trap Got Its Own 'This American Life' Episode

[image-1]We all know about Linndale, the I-71 speed trap otherwise known as a small Cuyahoga County village with, like, eight streets. Now, This American Life listeners have been treated to the horrorscape that we've driven through for decades.

It's a 440-yard stretch of freeway with a degree of policing unmatched anywhere else in the state. Perfect fodder for TAL.

"If you ask people who live in the Cleveland area, Linndale is basically a speed trap masquerading as a town," producer Sean Cole says.

Yup.

Listen here.

The heart of the episode, of course, is more about the macro-level look at what Linndale represents — and what sort of political context we can draw from the ongoing Statehouse battle over its existence.

"Linndale has always been the burr up somebody's ass, ever since I can remember," former Linndale mayor Mike Toczek says.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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