Opposition mounts to Gold Line east metro transit

All that glitters is not Gold (Line). The Pioneer Press’ Bob Shaw writes, “Virginia Zeitz wants her suburb to remain, well, suburban. … She is fighting a plan that she said would ‘urbanize’ her Oakdale neighborhood with $485 million Gold Line rapid-transit bus line. … Zeitz said it would bring more than 140 buses through her neighborhood each day, attract low-income people who can’t afford cars and lead to more crime. … ‘This is why we don’t want to live in the city; we do not want to bring the city to us,’ said Zeitz. ‘This is the suburbs. People do not move to suburbs to take a bus.’

Seems like we should be able to figure out a way to make this work. For the Minnesota Daily, Kevin Beckman writes, “A push by some state lawmakers could give victims of revenge porn — sexually explicit photos, audio or videos of someone distributed without the subject’s consent — a way to legally seek justice. … Under a proposal introduced earlier this month, criminal and civil consequences for the dissemination of images that a reasonable person would expect to remain private would be created. But some worry that legislation could impact free speech.”

Apparently the DNR was operating a golf course, the operative word now being “was.” MPR’s Bob Collins writes: “Golf has been in a decline for years now but from the sound of an article in the Mankato Free Press today, the patrons of Fort Ridgely golf course never saw the Department of Natural Resources’ announcement this week coming. … The DNR is shutting down what many people apparently believe is one of the most beautiful courses in the state. … ‘We go out there and see eagles, turkeys, coyotes, deer, pileated woodpeckers,’ golfer Dan Brinkman of New Ulm told the Free Press. ‘The nature, the beauty of that park, it’s unbelievable.’”

Soon-to-be-Minnesotan Christopher Ingraham spoke to FiveThirtyEight’s What’s The Point podcast about his experiences over the past year: “Last year, Christopher Ingraham wrote a quick blog post for The Washington Post about an obscure USDA data set called the ‘natural amenities index,’ which attempts to quantify the natural beauty of different parts of the country. Writing about obscure data sets is part of Ingraham’s job as a reporter for Wonkblog. He described the rankings, noted the counties at the top and bottom, hit publish and didn’t think much of it. Almost immediately he started to hear from the residents of northern Minnesota, who were not very happy that Chris had written, ‘the absolute worst place to live in America is (drumroll, please) … Red Lake County, Minn.’ ”

In other news…

This sounds good as hell: “St. Paul’s ‘best-kept restaurant secret’ is this church’s lunch” [Pioneer Press]

Hard to think of a legit use for this one: “Startup Ideal Conceal touts smartphone-shaped handgun” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Interesting look at the Senate race next door from: “Wisconsin Race Frames Dispute Over Supreme Court Nominee” [New York Times]

Speaking of Wisconsin, here it is … from SPACE! [MPR]

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/25/2016 - 02:55 pm.

    Hard to find

    …a more thorough and complete example of the stereotypical, prejudicial “suburban mind set” than the one provided:

    “…Zeitz said it would bring more than 140 buses through her neighborhood each day, attract low-income people who can’t afford cars and lead to more crime. … ‘This is why we don’t want to live in the city; we do not want to bring the city to us,’ said Zeitz. ‘This is the suburbs. People do not move to suburbs to take a bus.’”

    First, just to educate Ms. Zeitz a tiny bit, I’ve ridden buses downtown from every suburb I’ve ever lived in, over the span of several decades, in three different states and three different metro areas. While no billionaires have recently invited me to lunch, and my income is below the median for the metro area, I’m neither “poor,” by government standards,” nor a criminal, unless we’re counting speeding tickets from several years ago in another state. I assume Ms. Zeitz makes no claims to being a Christian, since the views she expresses (“You’re not welcome here unless you’re just like me.”) are, shall we say, antithetical to what I find in my own King James version of the New Testament.

    Second, and assuming that Ms. Zeitz is still with us a decade or more hence, I hope someone will preserve her words for posterity, so that, when gasoline resumes its march toward $10 a gallon, and/or fossil fuels in general have gone (word play intended) the way of the dinosaur, and we’re all scrambling for a non-automotive means of transit, she can be reminded.

    Finally, a gentle reminder that economic bigotry is just as ugly, and says much the same negative things about its perpetrator, as does many other kinds of bigotry. For shame, Ms. Zeitz.

  2. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 03/25/2016 - 03:25 pm.

    One of these days, she may be one of those people who

    needs transit.

    I knew a conservative in Portland who was against public transit and the ADA–until he was injured in a freak accident and had to spend seven months in a wheelchair.

    The ADA required his employer to make a few small adjustments that allowed him to keep his job, and public transit allowed him to commute to his job.

    Like a lot of right-wingers, he couldn’t understand any of this until it applied to him personally.

    Anyway, Ms. Zeitz shares a misconception common among suburbanites, namely, that people who are poor and/or dark-skinned are natural born criminals.

    And 140 buses through her neighborhood each day? I wonder if she has ever counted the number of cars that come through.

  3. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 03/25/2016 - 06:34 pm.

    Folks like Ms. Zeitz

    Are the reason I moved to the city and I don’t think I’m alone, in fact I don’ think people are moving to the suburbs anymore. Also too I am pretty sure that they’re producing their own poor they don’t need to bus them in.

  4. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 03/26/2016 - 08:23 am.

    Walling out or walling in?

    Funny and sad indeed the words of the suburbanite Zeitz who must remember that when you arrogantly want to keep others out ,you are essentially fencing oneself in.

    Could say, the suburb becomes a prison of sorts, of ones own choosing?

    Diversity viewed; labeled with ugly stereotypes a sad picture indeed…a lonely place of cookie cutter sameness I suppose?

    I remember the White Flight of the sixties when urban whites made an exodus to the suburbs when blacks moved south of Lake Street…and was it a decade or two later when a black family moved to Richfield and a cross was burned on their front lawn.

    Good to keep a ‘winter count’ when the ugly backside of ‘suburb mentality’ rises again?

    Empress wears no clothes on this one, no way…

  5. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 03/26/2016 - 12:41 pm.

    Metro ‘burbs and the Gold Line

    Ms. Zeitz’s attitude is deplorable but it’s not uncommon in metro suburbia. In fact, she’s right: the metro ‘burbs were designed precisely to be car driving communities. A few years ago, I had occasion to read the1978 Woodbury Comp. plan. prepared and written by Bonsetroo Engineering, an engineering firm that specializes in streets, water and sewer systems. One of the assumptions for designing Woodbury to become a city with a population of about 50,000 at the time was that 85% of the travel would be by auto. I’d be surprised if it ever got anywhere near that high. Woodbury has no bus service to speak of.

    One of my gripes about the Met. Council is that it allowed the sewer construction expansion part of its “business”, (which Bonestroo also had a large part in designing and seeing built), far outpaced the expansion of the public transportation system. In fact, it outpaced it by about 50 years. That is utter failure of sound planning IMHO. Anyway, I’m glad it’s doing something about it.

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