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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
4 years 19 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 04/01/14 at 12:08 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

While I agree somewhat with what you have written, you are simplifying things a bit too much. Steve has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of understanding of the nuance of transportation development and that's coming out again.

Met Council could swing and become anti-transit (not just anti-rail) again. All it takes is an anti-transit idealogue in the Governor's office. We have plenty of that kind of candidate around. Until the mechanics around Met Council appointments changes, the...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 12:16 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

"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 a unique asset while offering no service--which would be of little use to that neighborhood anyway--and no development potential."

That's extremely insulting to the people in Minneapolis it will serve, particularly Northside residents. Not only does SWLRT provide critical access to jobs, development, particularly...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 12:17 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

"the plan for the Southwest line made sense to me only because it gave the Excelsior Grand and Hopkins area some needed transportation access.

Starting in a tiny corner of the neglected North Side and having one stop in a sparsely populated area before proceeding to the suburbs and ending in Eden Prairie?"

See my comment below as to why this analysis is incorrect.

Posted on 04/01/14 at 12:22 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Lake and Hennepin will be served by the Midtown corridor. We have to look at the whole system, not just individual lines. Midtown and SWLRT will work synergistically to bring high-quality transit to *two* areas of Minneapolis. Isn't that better than giving access to just one area?

Minneapolis gets huge benefits from SWLRT. Northsiders get access to desperately needed jobs and educational resources. The reverse commutes on SWLRT are both significant and important. We heard that...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 03:48 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Care to make your statement to the residents of the Northside I talked to yesterday?

Who says we can't fight for both SWLRT and Bottineau? You're making a false choice.

Posted on 04/01/14 at 04:40 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

"I don't think there is a Greenway route in the works."

http://www.metrotransit.org/midtown-corridor

"Also, for 'northsiders' this doesn't provide much"

Why is it that when CIDNA and Kenwood residents gather together and express concerns about "ruining a park" (which is not a park), "destroying the lakes" and "exploding oil tanker cars" (which the railroad has...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 08:04 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Equity is not measured in ridership. That said, keep in mind that for some (so far unexplained) reason, the Bassett Creek Valley Master Plan was not considered in ridership models even though it was in the Minneapolis comprehensive plan during the Alternatives Analysis. It is highly likely that had it been included, the ridership numbers at Van White would be much higher.

Furthermore, we must consider implementation of the Master Plan itself as a benefit of SWLRT.

It is not...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 10:50 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

The jobs are in the Southwest suburbs. Bottineau doesn't go there.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 10:53 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Surprisingly, not everyone thinks the SWLRT plan is compromised.

People in fact argued years ago for the Kenilworth alignment as a better way to serve the city. People from the very areas being dismissed as "not really served" and "living nowhere near the line."

Posted on 04/02/14 at 11:23 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

I debated for a while whether this was worth responding to. A purely personal attack is usually best left alone.

But just so I am clearer, I was referring to the political context around these decisions. I feel that you and many others have ignored the greater context in which these decisions were made and this happens repeatedly. It is not all about engineering, nor should it be. It is misleading to write a piece about the counties as bad actors when the governance structure in...