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by David Greene
January 18th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 143
Views: 8770

Re: Metropolitan Council

I almost believe that, except Lamb served under multiple very different administrations and was very effective under all of them. Why *now*?
by David Greene
January 15th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2172
Views: 200667

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Given what we know, I can't think of a good reason to dismiss someone who is apparently highly respected by the workforce and who has room the agency pretty effectively

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by David Greene
January 14th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 143
Views: 8770

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The whole thing is disgraceful. Why do we care if homeless people ride transit anyway? Don't they have things hard enough without being pushed out of yet more public places?

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by David Greene
January 9th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

I don't really care about the sign much one way or the other, but I do very much care about developers pressuring the city to special-case its rules because developers feels they can do so. Rule 1 of negotiation is to always be willing to walk away. The city should very much be willing to walk away ...
by David Greene
January 8th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1025
Views: 124249

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

The problem with the North Face and Urban Outfitters buildings is that they are essentially mini big-boxes -- a single story that take up the volume of two stories. That's got to be difficult to repurpose. I wouldn't be shocked to see redevelopment of some of these parcels to include significant hou...
by David Greene
January 8th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail
Replies: 113
Views: 12888

Re: Dan Patch Intercity Regional Passenger Rail

If Dan Patch were to be built, would it take the soon-to-be new connection to the Kenilworth corridor or would it go through Safety in the Park land? There are some compelling reasons to send it through Kenilworth, especially when (when!) Midtown LRT gets built. Even with only a connection to the Gr...
by David Greene
January 8th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1025
Views: 124249

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Bob Stinson's Ghost wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 2:31 pm
It's been a while, do I remember rightly that the Uptown Bar was demolished to make way for North Face?
For Apple, IIRC.
by David Greene
January 8th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

In my view, there's no game of chicken. Losing this mediocre development over a sign dispute would be perfectly fine. I'm ok with leaving this block empty for a while in order to get something better.
by David Greene
December 28th, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?

The funny thing is, many of those same points can be applied to this forum, to greater or lesser degree.

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by David Greene
December 28th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 992
Views: 154541

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

The Lindsay Bros. Warehouse part of Riverwalk was converted to condos in the early 2000s. I know because I was condoed out of my apartment. The freighthouse remained as apartments, probably as a hedge against poor condo sales.

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by David Greene
December 17th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41547

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

We should use that to our advantage, instead of stopping every few blocks to drop off green line commuters from EDP and Hopkins but hey, we all got our own priorities. This reads like FUD to me. Any suburban commuters would likely de-train at Uptown. The utility of this route is for everyone in sou...
by David Greene
December 13th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41547

Re: Midtown Greenway

Finding and lobbying Minneapolis city council members (and the mayor), and Hennepin County Commissioners is an actionable thing. Seriously, who wants to meet regularly, develop an action plan and execute it? There aren't many (any?) other organizations out there right now that will advocate for thi...
by David Greene
December 4th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 373086

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

So the express bus might be a little faster. Whoopee. Once people realize (from friends, news, social media) that the train is faster—or even just more reliable—during inclement weather, then they’ll start taking it during inclement weather. Once they do that a few times, game’s over for the bus. M...
by David Greene
December 4th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 373086

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

What's the top speed of SWLRT? I'm guessing its average speed will be greater than the Blue Line's since the Blue Line is limited to 45 MPH for most of its route and I don't think SWLRT will have the same limitation. It almost certainly will have a faster average speed than the current Green Line.
by David Greene
November 28th, 2018, 9:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 60
Views: 3693

Re: E Line ABRT

Routing to West Bde Maka Ska station could kill efforts for Midtown LRT and I'm not ready to give up on that.

I have a feeling that if it followed the old TCRT ROW people would not be happy with a bus running down their alley. :)
by David Greene
November 14th, 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 373086

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

This "victory" means that we will probably never have useful rail transit in the southwestern quarter of the city. I don't see why not. Midtown LRT follows the route Southwest LRT might have through Uptown. If you mean serving points further south, then yeah, we were never going to get rail transit...
by David Greene
September 7th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 104305

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

It would be really, really bad to do SWLRT and abandon Bottineau.

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by David Greene
September 7th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 104305

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

We shouldn't use property tax to fund transit because it's one of the most regressive taxes we have. The CTIB story is a long one but basically the only way to get it through in 2008 past Pawlenty and get buy-in from counties other than Hennepin was to ensure that any funds raised would be shared. Y...
by David Greene
September 7th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 104305

Re: RE: Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Thanks for this info! I wish the metro would be far more independent from the Legislature's whims with regard to Transit. Here's hoping that change will start to happen. The metro can only be as independent as the legislature allows us to be. Other tham property taxes, we can't just raise funds on ...
by David Greene
September 7th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 104305

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Time to look at W. Broadway and terminating in Robbinsdale?

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