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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/15/14 at 02:49 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

The Midtown Corridor LRT will shuttle people from the West Lake station right to the Uptown transit station. We don't need SWLRT through Uptown to do that. No one has to go downtown first.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 02:52 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

I believe the trains TC&W runs in Kenilworth are longer than the trains currently running on the MN&S through Saint Louis Park.

Councilmember Steve Elkins wrote a good article on why the current tracks in St. Louis Park can't support TC&W. It's physics.

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/228099861.html

Posted on 01/15/14 at 10:28 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Amen. I was going to comment on that but decided to let is slide.

It's an all-too-often case of people not understanding how much infrastructure costs. There's a reason we're tens of billions of dollars behind on our transportation maintenance.

Posted on 01/16/14 at 01:02 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

Have you been to the Midtown Corridor meetings? I have. The numbers on the line are so good that it's virtually guaranteed to be built. They're so good we'll probably do the rail line AND enhanced bus on Lake St. That could not happen with an Uptown alignment for SWLRT.

People transfer all the time. You can hardly get anywhere in New York without a transfer. It's really not the huge burden you make it out to be.

Posted on 01/21/14 at 12:37 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

The Uptown studies are not "buried." They're right there in the DEIS for all to see. I can easily see how an Uptown alignment wouldn't generate the ridership one might expect. The buses aren't going to go away and for many people those will provide more convenient trips. I have the data to back up these findings. Those in favor of the Uptown plan not only don't have data, they are guessing that the actual data we do have, data that has been scrutinized by multiple agencies at the local...

Posted on 01/21/14 at 12:41 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

So then I suppose the county and Met Council have also ignored the many comments from people who are in favor of the current SWLRT plan and the Midtown corridor. Heck, the Midtown Greenway Coalition loves the Midtown corridor and thus the current SWLRT plan.

Be very careful about what you ascribe to "the community."

Posted on 01/14/14 at 03:55 pm in response to Neighborhood group skeptically eyeballs Lake Calhoun apartment design

Actually, we've had about five or six 200+ unit apartment complexes built in our neighborhood and I like it just fine.

In fact I love it!

CIDNA has been a stick in the mud for far too long on far too many issues that directly impact the health of our city. Having your voice heard is fine but when wealthy neighborhoods get special treatment, people tend to, you know, have something to say about it.

Posted on 01/14/14 at 03:58 pm in response to Neighborhood group skeptically eyeballs Lake Calhoun apartment design

You do know there are good, solid houses in Minneapolis to be had for $30k, don't you? There are lots of cheap places to rent too, some relatively near to the newer luxury units.

Posted on 01/14/14 at 04:00 pm in response to Neighborhood group skeptically eyeballs Lake Calhoun apartment design

The Midtown Corridor rail line will be an incredible transit service.

As for the new buildings, I live less than a block away and haven't noticed a significant uptick in traffic. A lot of people bike to Mozaic, for example. People can walk everywhere in the area, they don't need to drive.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 02:07 pm in response to Neighborhood group skeptically eyeballs Lake Calhoun apartment design

So you dispute my claim about the cost of housing? I know for a fact that good $30k houses are available in Minneapolis. A friend of mine lives right next door to one.

A lot of students live in my neighborhood, which includes almost all of the new luxury apartments. Somehow I don't think most students could afford $1500 or more rent (and $1500 is LOW compared to what these luxury units cost). My point is that people of moderate means are living in the area right now. Adding more...