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by talindsay
June 4th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: George Floyd murder and aftermath
Replies: 79
Views: 4327

Re: George Floyd murder and aftermath

Yeah, based on what we know right now I'm inclined to agree. Frey wasn't up to the task, and was waffling over how to address the crisis. In general I think the governor did pretty well but clearly he, too, underestimated what it was going to take Friday night. All the elected officials were afraid ...
by talindsay
June 1st, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow
Replies: 244
Views: 49602

Re: Southside - General Topics

That's good news, glad to hear they're already committing to rebuild. We really need that affordable housing.
by talindsay
June 1st, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: George Floyd murder and aftermath
Replies: 79
Views: 4327

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

I was shocked to find the Holiday at Hiawatha and 46th had burned. That's way outside the affected areas otherwise. It was also oddly personal because when she was little my daughter always wanted to go there to wash our car because their car wash had an animated rain drop that she thought was cute.
by talindsay
May 28th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow
Replies: 244
Views: 49602

Re: Southside - General Topics

Does anybody know whether the small restaurants - Midori's, Gandhi Mahal, etc. - were damaged? And how about the post office?
by talindsay
May 11th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 597
Views: 88769

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

This signage could be a case study in bad messaging. Please everybody have empathy for other users who may or may not be correctly interpreting the signs and making choices accordingly.
by talindsay
May 5th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 380
Views: 54666

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

They'll probably soon be retiring the locomotives purchased contemporaneously with when the original second-train studies began, so they'll even be the same thing originally specified.

[edit to note this is wry humor, not a serious suggestion]
by talindsay
May 4th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Future of the forum
Replies: 11
Views: 1422

Re: Future of the forum

I'd be happy to throw in $20 a year to help keep the whole thing simple, independent, and ad free. Sounds like we just need a volunteer administrator and a few people to throw in a little cash and maybe some beer for the person who volunteers to run it.
by talindsay
April 29th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1611
Views: 162635

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I do wonder why they didn't consider an underpass, which could be done with far less total gradient.
by talindsay
April 29th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1024
Views: 154628

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Forcing pedestrians and bikers to coexist in +13 feet of width is a bad idea. It isn't ideal, but it works well enough on Franklin. I think the key thing they got right on Franklin is to have bicycle traffic signed one way on each side, with a design that fairly successfully reinforces that. In a n...
by talindsay
April 29th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Cable Median Barriers on at-grade highways
Replies: 11
Views: 1526

Re: Proposed Cable Median Barriers on at-grade highways

Whatever one's personal opinion about motorcycles may be, they are explicitly legal, licensed vehicles for interstate travel. As such, freeways designed for legal, licensed vehicles should be designed to be as safe as possible for vehicles so licensed.
by talindsay
April 27th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Cable Median Barriers on at-grade highways
Replies: 11
Views: 1526

Re: Proposed Cable Median Barriers on at-grade highways

Cable median barriers are crazy dangerous for motorcyclists. While a motorcyclist in a crash will hit against a guard rail, they can get decapitated by cable median barriers. I was under the impression that they were generally discouraged for this reason. I think the solution to that is simple. Don...
by talindsay
April 26th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Cable Median Barriers on at-grade highways
Replies: 11
Views: 1526

Re: Proposed Cable Median Barriers on at-grade highways

Cable median barriers are crazy dangerous for motorcyclists. While a motorcyclist in a crash will hit against a guard rail, they can get decapitated by cable median barriers. I was under the impression that they were generally discouraged for this reason.
by talindsay
April 26th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 62682

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

I mean, it's kind of absurd to contrast the Greenway with the Hiawatha Trail and come to the conclusion that it's the grass that makes the Greenway more popular. It may be a factor, but let me list a few other possible factors: * The Greenway is wider than Hiawatha * The Greenway has a consistent as...
by talindsay
April 24th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 597
Views: 88769

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

lordmoke wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 1:51 pm
Why is West River Parkway open to vehicles at all? It doesn't provide access to anything that other roads don't. Just close it all.
In principle I agree with you, but there are several houses with driveways directly on the parkway.
by talindsay
April 24th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 62682

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

Yes, and there's plenty of study demonstrating that there's enough space for that too. The MGC seems to let themselves get sidetracked by the most mundane details of the Greenway as-is: I know there's been opposition to removing the sloping sides and replacing them with retaining walls to better acc...
by talindsay
April 23rd, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 62682

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

I mean, to be fair to them, those decisions were made more than twenty years ago, when the Greenway itself was a wild place with no legal use to speak of (and a track spur still present, though unused, to my understanding), and there was no passenger rail operating in the Twin Cities. I suspect that...
by talindsay
April 23rd, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 98763

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Looks like the link to their old streetcar "study" is still there, it was done in 2001. It's a PDF so watch out: 2001 MGC Streetcar study EDIT: Boo, looks like the link is bad. Wayback Machine to the rescue! Archive.org copy of 2001 MGC Streetcar study And if you really want to nerd out, the page fr...
by talindsay
April 23rd, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 98763

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I will grant you that I have no idea why the Midtown study decided to call their proposed LRT line a streetcar, except possibly to signal that it was not intended to be a useful transit project. This has a lot to do with the specific history of Hennepin County Railroad Authority, Midtown Greenway C...
by talindsay
April 21st, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 597
Views: 88769

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Anecdotally, at least around the lakes, the real problem seems to be the runners, who are all over the blessed place and too close to everybody. Frankly, as a runner this is tough. We're out there 365 days a year and have our set routes, and every year about this time we have to deal with an influx...
by talindsay
April 21st, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 109
Views: 13941

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

The fact that we waste money on unnecessary highway infrastructure isn't in itself an argument in favor of wasting money on unnecessary transit infrastructure. Both should be designed to shape and concentrate use into nodes that make for efficient movement. Before the modernist planning era gave us ...

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