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Jeff Klein

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
5 years 23 weeks

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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.

Posted on 04/01/14 at 04:25 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

The irony of all of this is that sixty years ago there was little problem plowing a freeway through the city in the most disruptive way possible, leveling a five-by-one mile stretch of neighborhoods. That was a terrible disruption for a terrible reason, but we over-learned the lesson. Now we can't so much as move a twig in someone's yard to run a thirty-foot wide light rail line that will actually strengthen neighborhoods. All of it is just so frustrating.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 07:33 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Great idea. We can build our way out of congestion with more lanes, just like L.A. did.

You might consider that our lack of density stems from this kind of thinking and not the other way around.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 07:37 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

I am not making a false choice. If you do Bottineau right there's no need for this downright comical routing of SW in the name of Northside equity.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 07:40 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

It's interesting that you correctly identify the problem with the North star is with its half-baked execution yet advocate going forward with a similarly compromised plan for SW.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 01:53 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Well, nobody's made a cogent argument recently as to how stops in the middle of the woods better serve the city. Must have been fascinating arguments made back then. Sad to say I wasn't around for them.