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.
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.