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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 6 weeks

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I have hbeen told by multiple people and organizations that the 21st. St. station is something that would really help people in South Minneapolis. Connecting the #2 bus to it would open up the southwest jobs corridor to folks in South Minneapolis, just as SWLRT opens up the corridor to North Minneapolis.

So yes, the 21st. St. station would be a big win for the city. It means eliminating the north tunnel but we don't need the north tunnel. There's plenty of room to run at grade...

From your perspective, a 21st St. station is an insult. To the large, large majority of the rest of the city, it's a win.

Providing access to the greenspace you care about is a good thing, right?

Posted on 04/22/14 at 10:55 am in response to Hennepin County Commissioner election interview: Anne Mavity

I'm voting for Anne but I disagree with her about the county's role in SWLRT. The county absolutely has a role to play in the current negotiations. The county can do things to make the line work better for Minneapolis. For one, they can kill the proposal to put a diesel train layover and maintenance facility next to the Van White station. The county can advocate for transit improvements in North Minneapolis. The county can support development near LRT stations.

There is so much...

Posted on 04/22/14 at 10:34 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

In the case of the Calhoun development, 11 stories is better than six because with 11 stories there is room to develop a park, a nice public space right along the Midtown Greenway. The six story building covers the entire parcel. It's a matter of building vertically vs. building horizontally.

Dinkytown is a popular area and people want to live there. In general, density will allow that. For the specific hotel proposal, I have been told that there is need of a hotel in the area....

Posted on 04/23/14 at 12:58 pm in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

The Trader Joes situation was very different. Many people objected to the suburban style of the development, not to Trader Joe's. People wanted to see *more* density on that parcel, not a one-story building next to a large parking lot.

People didn't want to repeat the mistake of the design for the Wedge co-op.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 09:13 pm in response to Stop me before I amend again: DFLers' constitutional paradox

Increasing the number of votes to put something on the ballot is one thing and probably a good idea. We also need to address the other side and make passing an amendment more than 50%+1 yes votes. Make it 60% at the very least.

Posted on 04/09/14 at 02:01 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail is an investment in equity

You are making a lot of wrong assumptions about the suburbs. Many people in the suburbs do not have the "wealth of better options" you claim they do. Have you looked at the demographics around this line? The racial makeup? The income levels?

To claim this is serving only the "wealthy suburbs" is distortion. It will serve many lower-income households.

Furthermore, the article authors are spot on about the opportunities opened up for Northsiders. Not only that, the...

No one "lied." Information changed.

Let's stop with the heated rhetoric, ok?

Minneapolis *is* getting a new LRT line bringing thousands of people into it every day. Are you saying the city didn't and doesn't want that? I find the idea that the city didn't get anything it wanted puzzling.

I'll not repeat the equity benefits this line brings but suffice to say, this line brings a LOT to the city. It could bring even more and I sincerely hope that is what Mayor Hodges...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 11:40 am in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Despite with Ms. Sabo says, the line does in fact serve Minneapolis. As far as I am aware, those who are saying it does not have never talked to community groups in North Minneapolis about the line nor have they been present at community events in North where people flat out state, "this will help me!"

The West Lake station is one of the busiest on the line.

The Royalston station serves people outside the station area precisely because it is a major transit transfer point for...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 11:44 am in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Ryan correctly pinpoints where our city bus system is in serious need of upgrades. And those upgrades are being planned. Those upgrades, designed correctly, will integrate with SWLRT and open opportunity to thousands of families who have no current reasonable transit access to jobs and education in the southwest suburbs.

It is the wealth of bus activity in Uptown and South Minneapolis in general that contributes to an Uptown alignment for SWLRT being both costly and wasteful. We...