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Karen Sandness

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 09/08/14 at 09:15 am in response to Transit planning ‘debacles’ and the subway option

is that they seem not to have given much thought to how all their plans are going to fit together.

For example, their excuses for not running the Blue Line farther into North Minneapolis are that 1) the Bottineau Line will serve North Minneapolis, and 2) North Minneapolis already has a lot of bus service. However, the Bottineau Line will run at a right angle to the Blue Line, serving the northwestern suburbs, and if Northside residents have to take a bus to reach the Blue Line, that's...

Posted on 09/08/14 at 02:30 pm in response to Transit planning ‘debacles’ and the subway option

I was the only person in my car who rode the whole length of the line. There were major "exchanges" of passengers at such points as the West Bank and East Bank campuses of the University and the shopping area at Snelling and University, as well as at the Capitol.

The remodeled Union Station is lovely, although sadly under-utilized.

The most disappointing aspect of the Green Line is that it does not go past two institutions that could have motivated greater ridership from...

Posted on 09/05/14 at 10:37 am in response to Obesity rates top 30% in record number of states (but not Minnesota)

have the highest levels of obesity. I suspect that being too poor and/or isolated to afford anything but a diet consisting of starchy foods could be a factor.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 09:05 pm in response to Nine ways of looking at Southwest LRT

doesn't make sense.

Something just recently occurred to me about the routing of the Southwest line. The extension to Eden Prairie has never made any sense to me, since that suburb has few town-like developments and is mostly houses and more houses. One of the talking points about the Eden Prairie route has been that it will take Northside residents to all the jobs in Eden Prairie.

Now that is an argument that makes me wonder. Could it be that the fast food and retail jobs in...

Someone should tell him that hair bands had their heyday twenty years ago.

So he worked 50 hours a week in his family's business. I'd like to know what his family paid him. Not minimum wage, I would guess.

Has he ever had to wonder whether he would be able to pay all his bills? Does he even know anyone socially who lives paycheck to paycheck? Has he ever lived among the poor? Has he ever volunteered in a charitable agency or taught school in a poverty area or worked in health...

Posted on 08/21/14 at 10:26 pm in response to What recovery? Workers are telling the Federal Reserve to get real

Economics textbooks in the 1970s stated that full employment was 2% unemployment, because some workers would always be between jobs. Japan had actually achieved that level by the time I went there to study. To an American, it looked as if people were over-employed, that there were too many people doing make-work jobs, but the society was extremely stable, with almost no violent crime except for yakuza gangsters killing one another.

Then, in the 1980s, we Americans began hearing that...

Posted on 08/18/14 at 09:41 pm in response to The Independence Party's slow descent into oblivion

is that they have no clear public identity. They say that they are the "moderates" in between the Republicans and the DFL, but what does that mean? Despite what the AM radio guys say, today's DFL is already pretty moderate, with little left from the Farmer-Labor part of its roots. People from other countries would look at the DFL and dub it a centrist party.

The Independence Party strikes me as being old-style Republicans, for the most part, Republicans from the era before the GOP...

Posted on 08/14/14 at 09:29 am in response to Minnesota’s primary problem: It’s time for a change (or two)

is that Party A can use them to sabotage Party B.

Suppose Party A has a legislator (let's call him Placeholder) who decides to retire after many years. Party A has a likely replacement in a young city council member (let's call him Hotshot) who is popular with constituents, gets things done, and works well across party lines. However, there's also a Party A old-timer who thinks that he deserves the nomination simply because he's been around so long, even though he has no particular...

Posted on 08/12/14 at 11:33 am in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

so they launch into the defensive person's favorite rhetorical technique, exaggeration. "Oh, I'm not supposed to notice pretty women anymore? Should I go around with a blindfold? Why are women going around in short sleeveless dresses, then?" (Uh, because it's summer?)

Since women accompanied by men are rarely harassed in this way, many men do not understand that street harassment is usually not complimentary. In its most benign form--a man telling a complete stranger to smile--it...

Posted on 08/08/14 at 08:23 pm in response to Transportation for the aging poses mounting challenge in Twin Cities

assisted living complexes are in the suburbs and reachable only by car.

Once a resident is unable to drive, the apartment complex becomes a prison, a comfortable prison, but a prison nonetheless, where one is dependent on the kindness of others to get around.

Anyone who wants to "age in place" on a cul de sac in Eagan or Minnetonka should do a thought experiment and ask, "How would I get around if I could no longer drive?"

Japan, with a population aging even faster than...