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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
4 years 19 weeks

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Posted on 02/03/14 at 12:11 pm in response to Southwest rail report seeks pathway to overcome impasse

It is very hard to tell what the proposal is from the report, so I have no insight. Hopefully we'll learn more at the CAC/BAC meeting tonight.

Posted on 01/28/14 at 05:06 pm in response to Met Council takes on metro-area’s inequality

> Nowhere in the piece do I see a commitment to the underlying problem of why a person is so poor that
> he/she cannot provide for their family or finds themself in the middle of the lake.

That is exactly what equity-based solutions get at.

Or are you of the belief that people are in the middle of the lake solely due to their own fault?

Posted on 01/29/14 at 10:32 pm in response to Met Council takes on metro-area’s inequality

We have the data and we know some of the solutions. We just need the will to implement them.

And I know well the difference between equality and equity, thank you very much. That's why I used the word "equity."

Outcomes matter. While outcomes don't need to be the same, they do need to reflect equal opportunity. Our well-documented outcomes clearly demonstrate we have a system based on inequity.

Some solutions that we have so far been unable to implement:

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Posted on 01/14/14 at 11:21 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

An Uptown alignment isn't viable for several reasons.

- The ridership is not significantly higher
- It costs $150 million more than even tunnels in Kenilworth
- It would be hugely disruptive to the Greenway and Nicollet Ave (no on-street parking, for example)
- It would impact more historic properties
- Trip times would be longer

It's not that "new" transit riders is the benchmark. It's the fact that because the existing bus network in Uptown has...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 11:24 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Marlys, you've mischaracterized Minneapolis' position. If the freight rail were moved Minneapolis would have no problem with an at-grade LRT. The tunnel were proposed as a mitigation measure for keeping the freight in Kenilworth. While some vocal residents are adamantly opposed, the city hasn't yet taken a formal position on the matter. That will come with the municipal consent process.

Minneapolis would be crazy to declare that $160 million of mitigation isn't enough....

Posted on 01/14/14 at 02:49 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Why all the ???. It's quite apparent that people making judgments about this line don't have all the context to do so.

Royalston, TODAY, is a major bus transfer point for North Minneapolis. A Royalston LRT station would seemlessly integrate into that, providing connections to the southwest suburbs. There's also a lot of room for development around the station.

Van White has a major development proposal on the table today, Minneapolis is getting ready to sell off parts of the...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 10:37 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

It is extremely insulting to say that no one lives near Van White, Penn or Royalston. The people who live there would disagree with you. There'sf open land there at the moment and that is prime redevelopment opportunity. But people do live in Bryn Mawr and Harrison.

And Royalston is, in fact, in North Minneapolis. A station doesn't have to be physically in North Minneapolis to serve North Minneapolis residents.

Bottineau is just as complicated as Southwest. It's not a slam...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 10:46 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Ray, I'm kind of surprised at the inaccuracies here.

Both Southwest and Bottineau will serve North Minneapolis, though I agree it serves Near North better than, say, the area around Broadway. Harrison is smack dab in the middle of LRT Central. There is a streetcar proposal for Broadway and I believe it's set to go right after Nicollet/Central. It ought to be first in my book.

Bottineau isn't going anywhere near Maple Grove. Maple Grove didn't want it. It's going to the...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 10:55 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

I agree with all of this. I don't know of any technical issues to moving the bike trail out of Kenilworth but I'm sure bike groups wouldn't like it. The idea of shifting the bike trail west to St. Louis Ave. was brought to the attention of planners a few months ago. I don't know if they've seriously considered it.

The freight is indeed the sticking point.

I don't see how going down France Ave. would work. That's a highly residential area with little space for LRT. I'd...

Posted on 01/15/14 at 09:17 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Royalston is a major bus transfer point for North Minneapolis residents TODAY. It serves North Minneapolis TODAY.

People don't have to live within a 10 minute walk to use LRT. The Met Council's own reports show that many users of Hiawatha LRT arrive by bus.