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Bob Quarrels

Minneapolis, MN
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6 years 45 weeks

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Posted on 06/03/14 at 07:05 pm in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

If he's traded, the new team could give him that $20 million. That's his motivation in telling the Wolves his plans; the Wolves benefit by knowing they should get something for him rather than suffering false hope as Cleveland did with LeBron.

If he's not traded, the $20 million guaranteed comes in an extra contract year, and he'll make that in his next contract. The latest collective bargaining--which Glen Taylor was in on negotiating--lessened players' incentive to stick around.

Posted on 06/04/14 at 03:53 pm in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

This bugs me. No player has left the T-Wolves because they didn't like Minnesota. (Perhaps Marbury, but there was also the jealousy over Garnett.) The problem is the "generous" owner who perpetuates a bottom-of-the-barrel short-sighted operation. Who doesn't love Flip Saunders, but to this point, his moves look like McHale's and Kahn's. Ill-thought free agent contracts. Shabazz over Antetokounmpo. Selling the last first-rounder. What player who wants to win could imagine they know what they'...

Posted on 06/04/14 at 03:52 pm in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

If he's traded, that team becomes the current team and can then offer him the fifth year.

Posted on 05/22/14 at 01:29 pm in response to 'Trickle-down transit' doesn't work; reboot Southwest LRT design

Minneapolis went along with the route as long as the freight rail would be moved. That was the condition. The city would go along with the cheaper but much less beneficial route as long as it didn't ruin a unique green space in the city. Now that St. Louis Park, the railroad and the Met Council have decided they can not or will not meet that condition, your point is moot.

No, running the Green Line down the Greenway and Nicollet would not help North Minneapolis. It would, however,...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 02:08 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

...has park trails many less fancy people use--even you hard-scrabble suburbanites--and does not need transit. Poor people do, and if they were as excited about Van White and Royalston as the earlier commenter claims, then why aren't ridership projections higher?

The main reason train tracks are worth the price is development. Where is the room in Linden Yards? The Penn Station will lie below a cliff hemmed in by I-394. Van White will encourage development simply by replacing the...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 02:10 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Who is this "you" you speak of? It's surely not those of us who voted in city precincts.

Posted on 04/01/14 at 11:42 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Mr. Dornfeld apparently believes that the state should ignore what light rail will do to and for the largest city it tears up, this in the name of "leadership." He would invest more responsibility with the Met Council, an entity that continually makes promises it won't keep and has bungled the process at many turns.

One reason the Central Corridor will work is that it will serve the neighborhoods it runs through. Routing the Southwest line through a wooded corridor in Kenwood wrecks...

Posted on 01/31/14 at 02:08 pm in response to Fixing Nicollet Mall: Tear down the skyways

Removing the skyways over Nicollet won't necessarily encourage people to walk down Nicollet. People have another option, to stay on whichever side of Nicollet they started on.

The author says, "because skyways exist, we have to bend over backwards to get people down to street level." With skyways or without, Nicollet won't become wonderful until we do bend over backwards. It'll take commitment and imagination, both for design and funding. God love Target, but if their store and...

Perhaps when Senator Klobuchar is done grandstanding about Super Bowl sex trafficking, she could worked on this. Despite long years of handwringing over the Twins and Vikings, nobody seemed to realize it's an issue that needs a national remedy (such as the one above) and to push for that. If nothing else, games in publicly funded stadia should be viewable by the public on free TV. It's galling that "our" Twins are now exclusively on cable, not that they've been compelling television anyway...

Posted on 09/06/13 at 02:11 pm in response to Why does the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome have a label?

I'm with you on the football stadium, but we do not need logos on tall buildings. Compare Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis with their tower in St. Paul, once pretty good architecture now marred by a crummy logo clamped onto it. If you can't remember which corporation is in which tower, either come downtown, ask someone or look at a bloody map. Our downtown looks pretty great when viewed from, say, one of our lakes at dusk. Sticking a giant Target commercial on the top of their building...