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by RailBaronYarr
June 19th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 659
Views: 42374

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

The sales tax is incredibly regressive: https://itep.org/whopays/minnesota/ - statewide sales/excise taxes hit the bottom 20-40% income quintiles far harder than property taxes do as a share of income (yes, this particular analysis lumps excise and business sales/excise taxes passed on to consumers ...
by RailBaronYarr
June 16th, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 659
Views: 42374

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Forgive me if I have less sympathy for the longtime owners whose mortgage is either paid off or insanely low due to the purchase being made 15-20+ years ago. If you're a moderate- or low-income homeowner (say, your home is worth $150k) and the value of your home rises by 50% over a few years (far mo...
by RailBaronYarr
June 16th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 659
Views: 42374

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

Which is crazy since sales taxes are more regressive than property taxes, and they can be crafted to hit the land most positively impacted by infrastructure rather than hitting everyone, but whatever.
by RailBaronYarr
June 9th, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics
Replies: 643
Views: 31350

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

I mean yeah, but what else is the designer supposed to do? As an aside, I'm not really *wild* about my front stoop being "inviting" to people walking by (get off my lawn, etc). I know that makes me kind of a jerk urbanist, and it may even run counter to things I've said in the past on this very foru...
by RailBaronYarr
June 9th, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics
Replies: 643
Views: 31350

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

I'm not sure the ground floor is so inactive. Obviously no commercial, but almost the entire frontage on all sides is raised patios with steps down to the street. The setbacks are less than, say, most single family homes, and you're far more likely to see people using these front patios because it's...
by RailBaronYarr
June 6th, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Graves Condo Building - 3041 Holmes
Replies: 79
Views: 8291

Re: Graves Condo Building - 3041 Holmes

You can pry Arby's Island from my cold dead fingers.
by RailBaronYarr
June 5th, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1661
Views: 140730

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I doubt the Met Council would need (or want) to use that method with the likely future funding streams and CoP costs. But it was still something they were legally allowed to do and stripping that tool *specifically for LRT projects* has very little to do with any general conservative ideology.
by RailBaronYarr
May 31st, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1179
Views: 99751

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

The very short stretch between Hennepin and Lyndale was included in the 5-year capital request by the city for a reconstruct, and they're looking to widen the ped space (but I don't think they've presented any preliminary plans to any group yet). I think we've talked about Franklin between Hennepin ...
by RailBaronYarr
May 30th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1179
Views: 99751

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

As a pedestrian, I find crossing a bike facility to reach a large waiting area to then cross only 2-3 lanes off vehicle traffic, where I'm much farther out into right turning cars' field of view, much better than almost all of the alternatives.
by RailBaronYarr
May 25th, 2017, 11:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 342
Views: 52624

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

It's really impossible to know how effective any of them will be, but even if 1/3 of them turn out to be half as good as Bender, I would probably call that a win.
by RailBaronYarr
May 25th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 342
Views: 52624

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

It's a dumb hill to die on. The logic is basically "spending $XX,XXX on YYYY issue is not equitable unless we also have a plan in place to prevent displacement or any bad thing that might happen, and also there are a ton of other things the city should be funding instead." The council approved $20m ...
by RailBaronYarr
May 23rd, 2017, 9:17 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 299
Views: 17487

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

I think this debate too often has sides talking past each other, and we've certainly gone around the horn on it many times here. I think it's probably true that new subsidized development in areas with a high concentration of below-AMI residents can certainly have positive outcomes, even measurable ...
by RailBaronYarr
May 22nd, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 495
Views: 56588

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

A "small handful" of residents? I guess count me in the camp that says 152 units on 2.75 acres (or so) is a great way to house a bunch of people, even if they are wealthy. That's 152 households that might otherwise buy single family homes, tear them down and build new/larger ones. I'm also of the op...
by RailBaronYarr
May 18th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget (Djayton Unchained)
Replies: 26
Views: 1458

Re: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget (Djayton Unchained)

Wait, doesn't this contradict what you said in your immediately previous post? I'm all for public officials just deciding to do tolling. I was responding to your statement that that's not politically possible. Why do we need another study if politicians should just make the hard decisions? If they ...
by RailBaronYarr
May 18th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget (Djayton Unchained)
Replies: 26
Views: 1458

Re: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget (Djayton Unchained)

I too was skeptical of the GOP's intent as I read through the language. It wasn't until I got 2/3 of the way through the section that it became mostly clear to me that they were more interested in expanding the program than killing it. I know this is an unpopular opinion in 2017 America, but this is...
by RailBaronYarr
May 18th, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 766
Views: 84511

Re: Southside - General Topics

They played a more important role in neighborhood activism around Milwaukee Ave than many would like to admit: https://i2.wp.com/streets.mn/wp-content ... .png?ssl=1
by RailBaronYarr
May 18th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget (Djayton Unchained)
Replies: 26
Views: 1458

Re: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget (Djayton Unchained)

I know I'm a couple days late to this, but the bill's text was not adding funding to see if people would support tolling. I don't know if you misunderstood what the GOP wanted or if Dayton did and you're just taking his letter at face value. Here's a link to the bill I believe he was sent: https://w...
by RailBaronYarr
May 17th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 554
Views: 58802

Re: Mozaic (all phases)

I actually like this color palette better than the original, even if the narrow sides of the building are a little less flattering. Can anyone explain the parking connection between the existing ramp and the new building? Is that a below-grade tunnel for the current ramp to use the new sub-grade as ...
by RailBaronYarr
May 16th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 495
Views: 56588

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

I know this is getting off topic a bit here, but other than the fact that the 6 has multiple branches, I'm interested in how the relatively few jogs it does slows it down. If a goal of a Lagoon-France routing is that it could be limited stop along the way, why not for the 6's current route (ie, an a...

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