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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/15/15 at 12:53 am in response to Two for the roads: comparing the parties' transportation funding plans

Driverless cars will solve exactly zero of our major transportation problems, which are almost all in the "build and maintain infrastructure" category. A single-occupant vehicle takes the same space on the road no matter who or what is driving it.

Posted on 01/15/15 at 12:55 am in response to Two for the roads: comparing the parties' transportation funding plans

SWLRT is not a mess. It is one of the most important transportation projects in the state. The "mess" is the usual politics around big capital investments. Same thing happened on Hiawatha and Central, not to mention the current Capitol wranglings.

Posted on 01/09/15 at 10:58 am in response to Pressure on Minneapolis Park Board mounts over Southwest light rail

Imagine if those pining for an unrealistic Uptown alignment for SWLRT instead channeled their energy into the actual, in-progress, real project to bring rail transit to Uptown, the Midtown LRT, and created the political will to make it happen.

Then we would be able to serve North and South Minneapolis with rail transit, rather than just the part of South Minneapolis that already has some of the best bus service in the entire metro.

Posted on 01/09/15 at 11:00 am in response to Pressure on Minneapolis Park Board mounts over Southwest light rail

The Park board is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to do a study that's already been done, in clear preparation for a lawsuit. Who benefits from this action? Who lives in those neighborhoods?

The Park Board is reducing rec center hours and deferring maintenance on parks, particularly in disadvantaged communities. SWLRT is a critical opportunity link for Near North Minneapolis and the immigrant and low-income communities all along the line in the suburbs.

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Posted on 01/09/15 at 11:02 am in response to Pressure on Minneapolis Park Board mounts over Southwest light rail

The line does serve Minneapolis.

But more importantly, look at who is being served in the suburbs. Check the demographics. They are on par with Near North Minneapolis communities.

"Suburbs" does not equal, "wealthy white people." Not anymore.

Posted on 01/12/15 at 03:18 pm in response to Pressure on Minneapolis Park Board mounts over Southwest light rail

Well, one of those townhome owners bragged about how much money he donated to the anti-LRT effort, so...

Kenilworth has been a *rail* corridor longer than Isles has been a lake. It has been a designated rail transit corridor for 30 years or more. People had plenty of knowledge about what was going to happen.

Go back and read articles from the early-/mid-'80s about this line (for example old copies of the Wedge are in the central library). It's been clear for a very long time...

I find it very hard to believe a house built way up in Cleveland was "one of the first" in North Minneapolis. Do you have a citation for this? A quick click around the Henneping County interactive property maps shows many older houses in Harrison, Old Highland and Willard-Hay.

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Posted on 09/18/14 at 08:51 pm in response to Minneapolis park board gears up to fight Southwest LRT alignment

You have the Lowry tunnel to deal with. That and it would no longer be an extension of the Green Line, requiring a transfer downtown to head east.

Not much to it. Jump in to get a bunch of customers, jump out to dump the expensive ones and hope the less sick just stick with you because it's easier.

The whole thing's a market share strategy.