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Jeff Klein

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 11/17/14 at 10:12 am in response to In defense of the Met Council

"Development was encroaching on forests, wetlands and other natural areas that were better suited for preservation as parks and open space."

Phew, I'm glad they put a stop to all that.

But seriously, expanding the definition of "metro" would only enable more sprawl. Maybe early on when it was already true that "it [was] difficult [for] many suburban communities to meet basic public service needs" it should have been taken as a clue that this wasn't a sustainable pattern of...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 09:17 am in response to Robot cars will change your life — maybe

I'd rather we reduce deaths by reducing driving and sprawl. If we end up commuting even more, more people will just die from sedentary lifestyles.

Also, Prof. Levinson makes an interesting point about how "People might be more wiling to travel at slower speeds in neighborhoods when they don’t have to stop at stupid traffic lights." We could do this now, without self-driving cars, by replacing traffic lights with yield signs and round-abouts. A street environment where everyone moved...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 08:39 am in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

Minor imperfections in the Green line and major issues with the SWLRT aside, it's absurd to compare these rail lines with the freeways that preceded them. Those freeways dug trenches a quarter mile wide, and literally ripped out homes and businesses in a half-mile wide swath. With them, they brought car-based development and low density, which further destroyed the fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods.

The rail lines are all of fifty feet wide, and enhance walkability, which...

Posted on 06/20/14 at 07:46 am in response to Major flooding of the Mississippi feared

If you want to use light rail to help people on the North side, you run the Bottineau line through the North side instead of around it. The idea that any alignment of the SWLRT would help the North side makes absolutely no sense and I'm glad Rep. Sabo is calling that like it is.

Posted on 05/23/14 at 07:31 am in response to 'Trickle-down transit' doesn't work; reboot Southwest LRT design

"Bottineau extension will actually run through North Minneapolis proper"

Not at all. It has the same through-the-woods, to-the-suburbs as fast as possible routing of this one.

You're right, there is history at play here. The line was designed when we thought the most important thing about a light rail line was convincing people to ride it in from Eden Prarie. But we'll keep building them extra freeway lanes indefinitely so nobody will ever be motivated to ride it anyway. We...

Posted on 05/16/14 at 04:07 pm in response to Mapping residential parcel values in the Twin Cities metro

It would make way more sense this way, at least if you're asking the question what does the municipality get in return for its infrastructure investment.

Gosh, it almost sounds like way may have overbuilt our roads and we maybe shouldn't keep building more.

Posted on 05/12/14 at 11:15 am in response to How Buffalo Wild Wings is rethinking the sports bar

Perhaps they should consider how many people go by each day and not limit their audience to those in cars.

Posted on 05/01/14 at 05:18 pm in response to What Southwest Light Rail conversations get wrong

This is a good point. There absolutely were bike activists rabbling about the trail. It seems the decisions that get made are the sum of a bunch of petty, sort-sighted, single-issue activists with no sense of a bigger picture. Any biker -- and I only bike, and never drive or take public transit -- who is willing to put a $1.5 B train on hold over two miles of bike trail -- is looking out for nobody but themselves.

Posted on 04/23/14 at 08:44 am in response to U 'redlining' report: banks still hurting non-white homebuyers

Wells Fargo: "the study does not address many key factors besides income that go into a credit decision, such as borrowers’ credit scores and how much debt they have."

It seems unlikely they have anyone sitting there saying, "well, these people are not white so in the sub-prime bin they go". However, you can imagine tweaking that formula -- how you balance income, savings, credit, etc -- to get any number of different results. If you base it on savings and credit, how can you expect...