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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 04/02/14 at 08:47 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

We do in fact have buses to get people to SWLRT.

And we also have the Bassett Creek Valley Master plan, which is part of the city's comprehensive plan and the area has had the necessary zoning changes put in place. In fact, there is still a very much open question for Northside residents about why their development plans were not considered during ridership projections as they appeared to meet all of the requirements to affect the modeling.

That said it is not nor should it be...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 08:49 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Xandra, please respect the hard work of many people outside of CIDNA/Kenwood and stop saying the LRT doesn't serve Minneapolis residents because I have talked to many, many people on the Northside who can't wait for this service to start.

I am beginning to think the CIDNA/Kenwood residents making this argument have a very narrow view of what "Minneapolis" is.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 08:52 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

The ridership projections were not higher because the county did not include development plans drafted by the community and passed by the city.

But again, it is not all about ridership. It is about equity.

As for Bottineau, Northsiders were evenly divided about the alignment, so please don't go around stating what is best for them. Respect what people have to say about their own communities and needs.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 08:56 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

I don't think many people will be taking buses to Penn and Van White. They will mostly walk or bike there.

Minneapolis objected to park & rides in the city. I think that was the correct decision but let's be clear about the reality of what was on the table. Minneapolis can't complain that suburbs have park & rides and the city doesn't.

Currently there is no reasonable way to take transit from the Northside out to a job in the southwest suburbs. That makes SWLRT...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 10:29 am in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

People had been advocating for the current SWLRT route as an equity booster long before recent activities, long before the alignment was decided upon and, frankly, long before most MinnPost readers bothered to pay attention.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 10:32 am in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Please look at the studies for this line. The station areas in the suburbs are hardly white-only. The Eden Prairie Town Center and Southwest station areas have a higher concentration of people of color than any of the stations in Minneapolis.

Demographics are shifting rapidly. We need to get out of our 1980's mindset. The suburbs are not the enemy.

The equity of SWLRT is not limited to Minneapolis. It will bring equity to the whole corridor.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 10:36 am in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Paul, I think you're conflating two things. When people talk about SWLRT bringing "equity" they are talking about benefits to low-income families, immigrants and communities of color. The folks in opposition to colocation don't have equity at the top of their priority list. And that's fine, we all have different priorities. I'm just trying to clear things up.

I completely agree that Minneapolis has the *most* to gain from this line. Everything else aside, it cements Minneapolis...

Posted on 04/04/14 at 08:52 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

You've hit upon the sad part of this whole thing. Hodges and all of the new city council members ran and won on a platform of racial and economic equity. Hodges' public position so far seems to run completely counter to what got her into office.

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...