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Jeff Klein

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 04/23/14 at 09:44 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...

Posted on 04/22/14 at 09:25 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

Well, the evidence speaks for itself Dennis. Nobody in their right mind thinks of Staten Island as a success compared to its urban borough neighbors.

In any case, you could free-market the problem if you wish, but then those Staten Islanders would be responsible for paying for the inefficient land use that drives up utility costs, the excessive road maintenance fees, and the numerous shenanigans the federal government gets into to keep gas artificially cheap. So the irony is that...

Posted on 04/22/14 at 10:03 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

Well, the plan in Marlys' NY example did involve a developer making money, but in the context of a plan that was worked out with planners in hopes of doing the best thing for the city long term in terms of infrastructure efficiency. The land owners, she points out, ended up cashing in, so I don't think the characterization of the local citizens vs. monied interests is necessarily fair.

Peoples' input clearly has value, but I do think the moral of this story -- that the mean opinion...

Posted on 04/22/14 at 10:45 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

How is an urban-style apartment building urban? And the only thing that's there now would be incorporated into the new space. That corner is a surface parking lot. I don't think we need more Chipotles either but there's no way that the corner as it sits now epitomizes some kind of urban living ideal.

Yeah, we don't need anyone here who has benefited so much from our state's infrastructure and well-educated population but who is willing to relocate to avoid a small nick in the sum they pass on to their kids. And we don't need their stupid bluffs either. If they want to live in the utopia that is Floria, nobody's stopping them.

A large number of the failures are in math. Math can't be culturally biased. It should probably make us consider why we let people spend four years in college without taking any math classes. It's seen as acceptable for students to brush off math as something for nerds, and yet we expect engineers and scientists to be able to read.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 09:45 am in response to Minnesota is big winner in Taylor's pending Strib buy

One thing, the Star Tribune did the NY Times-inspired clean-and-classy look with its web site after the redesign a couple years ago, as opposed to the tabloid-esque approach taken by the Pioneer Press. The credibility maintained by this decision will benefit them in the long term.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 09:19 am in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

We're not just connecting it to the suburbs; that's *all it does*. Nobody's arguing it should stop at the Minneapolis border; just that it shoud in some way serve Minneapolis.

By prioritizing suburban use, we're continuing the whole pattern that got us into this mess of sprawl. The trains will go to the suburbs and connect them, but they shouldn't at the continued expense of the city.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 04:10 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

It wasn't about economic disparity until the route was called out on as being a 1980s transportation fantasy that is all about connecting suburbanites to park-and-rides and not about building walkable transit-served neighborhoods. Since then - judging by the commentary, thankfully - views on the purpose of light rail transit have evolved but the SWLRT route has not. So we're starting to see some pathetic justifications for the line regarding economic disparity, necessitating this...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 04:21 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Nobody buys this absurd post-hoc justification for the completely non-sensical routing of the line. If you care about the North Side, you should be fighting for the Bottineau line to not follow the same through-the-woods, to-the-suburbs routing mentality that has made the SW line a joke.