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David Greene

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 15 weeks

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Posted on 01/14/14 at 02:58 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 03:00 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 01:07 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...

Posted on 01/16/14 at 12:19 pm in response to Neighborhood group skeptically eyeballs Lake Calhoun apartment design

In my experience, $1500 is about average for a relatively older building in the North Loop. There are apartments to be had in Whittier and the Wedge for *much* less than that.

Granted, these aren't huge apartments but we are also getting midrange projects like the Buzza Lofts ($870-$1,115) that are right smack dab in the middle of the action.. I can't find the link right now but there is a project I believe in CARAG that proposes six townhome-style 3-4 bedroom apartments that are...

Posted on 01/08/14 at 11:33 pm in response to 200+ skeptics offer blunt appraisals of Southwest Light Rail plan

Engineers looked at this option and rejected it for many reasons, among which were:

- It's more expensive, even given tunnels in Kenilworth

- It would attract fewer riders

- It would require more property takings

- It would impact more areas with historic designation

- It would be more disruptive, both during construction and in operation

- It would preclude the Midtown Corridor rail option from Hiawatha to the West Lake station

- It would...

Posted on 01/08/14 at 11:41 pm in response to 200+ skeptics offer blunt appraisals of Southwest Light Rail plan

It's really insulting to have people say that the Kenilworth alignment won't serve transit-dependent populations. It has three stations that will directly serve the communities of Near North and beyond.

'm also really tired of hearing that SWLRT "won't serve Minneapolis." That's only true if you consider "Minneapolis" to be limited to the Kenilworth corridor. What about all the residents and businesses downtown, for example? What about the businesses and residents near the West...

Posted on 11/06/13 at 11:57 am in response to Betsy Hodges poised to be new Minneapolis mayor

I actually had a direct conversation with Betsy about the Northside in the last week of the campaigning. She is very clear on the need for equity and the need for investment on the Northside. People are going to hold her accountable to that. That's what's going to be needed to make sure it happens. Her instincts are very good but she will probably need support from residents to generate the political will on the city council.

Posted on 11/06/13 at 09:52 am in response to Roundabouts are here to stay — and for good reasons

Did you signal your exit? If not, the driver entering *should* assume you are continuing in the roundabout.

It's misleading to label this simply a "plain language" rewrite. Significant parts of the charter are being changed, such as:

"Some worry about deletion of charter provisions governing the removal of public officials who break the law, defraud the city, grossly neglect duties, or use public property for private purposes. It’s up to the council to replace those with ordinances, Clegg said."

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Posted on 11/04/13 at 07:55 am in response to What are we trying to accomplish with Southwest light rail?

This article is really off-base. The SW LRT has been in planning for a decade, even longer if you consider studies of the corridor that go back at least to the '70's. It's not like someone just drew a line on a map and brought it out for public comment.

An elevated bike trail was considered. The neighborhood rejected it.

Rerouting the bike trail was considers. Some bicyclists threw a fit.

A tunnel was considered. R.T. Rybak said it was a good solution until the...