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by David Greene
November 14th, 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4262
Views: 366096

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: 104085

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: 104085

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: 104085

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: 104085

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

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

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by David Greene
August 31st, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 25870

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

I don't think buses are delayed at all on this stretch so a bus lane doesn't really make sense. The turn lane is where ambulances would go. Excelsior Blvd. is SO wide from Meadowbrook to the hospital not only because it is four lanes but also because of the ridiculously wide divider. That's a major ...
by David Greene
August 30th, 2018, 6:38 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 25870

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

Excelsior Blvd. from Blake Rd. to at least the hospital could really use a 4-to-3 conversion, maybe even all the way to TH 100.

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by David Greene
August 27th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 25870

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

I don't think I'd want (all of) Meadowbrook developed, because Minnehaha Creek runs through there and the area could combine nicely with the area across Excelsior Blvd. into a regional park.

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by David Greene
August 24th, 2018, 11:27 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 25870

Re: RE: Re: Hopkins - General Topics

It seems strange to me that the area near Meadowbrook is zoned "Suburban" when it has a traditional street grid and strong current/future transit connectivity. Interlachen Park? It's a bit of an oddity because it's surrounded by two golf courses, a large private school campus and a light industrial...
by David Greene
August 15th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 104085

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'm wondering how much the Trump administration is playing into the silence on this and SWLRT.

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by David Greene
August 15th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 275
Views: 14621

Re: RE: Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Then ignored us when those of us speaking to her pointed out that the only way to get ranked choice voting is to stop spoiling elections for the party that is open to it. It seems like a party should be able to implement whatever voting system it wants for its own primaries, but maybe there is some...
by David Greene
August 12th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Louisiana Station Area
Replies: 8
Views: 1021

Re: Louisiana Station Area

I wish it were some other company than Amazon. Their work environment is somewhat less than acceptable. That said, it would be nice to see another entry-mid level employer along SWLRT.

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by David Greene
August 12th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 25870

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

Maybe it's because I grew up in town and went to school on Mainstreet, but I've long thought Hopkins was due for a renaissance. Too many great buildings and shops for it not to come back. The '80's were lean years, though. I still remember how sad I was when the original Hopkins theater was replaced...
by David Greene
August 10th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis address format discrepancies
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: RE: Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)


twincitizen wrote:I strongly dislike the practice of putting modifiers both before and after the name...that's just awkward. #streetnamefirst
Then you're really going to hate W Lyndale Av N. :)

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by David Greene
July 26th, 2018, 9:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 89
Views: 8478

Re: Tunnels!

Not over a freeway, but Loring Greenway.

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by David Greene
July 15th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Local politics, shenanigans
Replies: 72
Views: 7048

Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Yes, it seems like a real mental health crisis. It's sad, because people in that situation literally are not themselves. His wife's comments indicate he got to some kind of breaking point. People don't just start a pattern of destructive behavior for no reason. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
by David Greene
July 10th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 138
Views: 12136

Re: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus

There a logic to it, though. If the city and county backfill transit, that's one less reason the legislature has to fund it. It's not like the cities and counties are going to get more state aid. Remember that way back when CTIB was just a bill, the original ask was for a half cent regional sales ta...
by David Greene
July 9th, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Underground Rail
Replies: 81
Views: 8233

Re: Twin Cities Underground Rail

tmart wrote:
July 9th, 2018, 12:48 pm
[*] An extension of the Downtown tunnel North across the River (probably by bridge? It was surprisingly difficult to find data on the riverbed and any prior attempts at tunneling) and a short distance into Northeast.
All you need to know: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennepin_Island_tunnel
by David Greene
July 9th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 994
Views: 119478

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

I totally understand the argument to tax land and not buildings but couldn't that result in mediocre building in prime spots? For example Ackerberg decides to just throw up the ugliest, cheapest 5 over 1 we've seen just to make the land profitable and not taking such a bath on the taxes? Since impr...
by David Greene
July 4th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 52
Replies: 150
Views: 21128

Re: U.S. Highway 52

lol at "ideation" in the article. Our director at work used that buzzword the other day and we're all like, "What the hell does that even mean?"

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