“It’s getting down to crunch time,” Peter Bell said Wednesday. The Metropolitan Council chairman was talking about next month’s choosing of a final alignment for the Central Corridor light rail project (PDF). The council’s vote, expected Feb.
Learning to play well with others is, perhaps, the most compelling reason to require every metro city to write a comprehensive plan every 10 years.
Most often in this space we discuss transit lines, streets, parks, housing, retail trends and other elements of urban design.
John Adams, a University of Minnesota professor, often tells the story of parishioners at his church who instinctively rejected the idea of repairing and expanding their building.
After the I-35W bridge fell, Minneapolis City Hall invited a team of national experts to study ways that a new bridge could better distribute traffic into the city center.
Bikeability? Excellent. No. 2 in the country.
Walkability? Not so good. No. 17 among the 30 top metro areas. Down among St. Louis, Detroit and Houston. That hurts.
A billboard recently went up along Hwy. 280 aimed at drivers forced to make a detour around the fallen I-35W bridge.
Unless you’re a tourist destination like Vail or a retirement haven like Scottsdale, it’s hard to have a good city without good jobs. Good jobs are the foundation for building the middle class life so fundamental to the success of American cities.
Some transportation advice — from Utah? The fallen I-35W bridge may serve best as a metaphor in motion. Its splashdown resembles perfectly the descending condition of our metropolitan transportation policy.