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by David Greene
June 16th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 659
Views: 42382

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

It's a good point about a levy being stable. I was responding to the notion of value increase capture, which is not as stable. I have a lot of sympathy for property tax increases on longtime owners if said owners are on fixed incomes, which many of them are because they're retired. If we defer incre...
by David Greene
June 16th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 659
Views: 42382

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. I think that would be counter-productive. For transportation projects we want as wide a tax base a...
by David Greene
June 15th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 659
Views: 42382

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

If the state allows it, it's politically easier to raise sales taxes than property taxes. Not the only reason but an important one.
by David Greene
June 14th, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5247

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Just to be clear, is this post claiming that the values held by the left wing of the DFL party are somehow representative of the views of a majority of Minnesotans? No, it's claiming that a few very specific positions are held by a majority of Minnesotans. And I guess if one believes the polling da...
by David Greene
June 9th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1661
Views: 140731

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

CAE is at it again, bashing transit and demanding roads. Comment early and often.

http://startribune.com/the-sad-truth-be ... on=opinion

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by David Greene
June 9th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul
Replies: 190
Views: 26822

Re: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul

Does St. Paul have a billboard ordinance?
by David Greene
June 8th, 2017, 5:11 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 828
Views: 97799

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

It's pretty awesome.

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by David Greene
June 8th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Post-scarcity society
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Post-scarcity society

Tim Pawlenty has an interesting commentary in the Strib: http://www.startribune.com/we-re-at-the-dawn-of-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/426021293/ While I completely disagree with his proposed solutions, I do think he's got it right with respect to what the future will bring. Lots of people have b...
by David Greene
June 8th, 2017, 3:44 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

Those are some crazy-ass drug-induced pictures there.

The mid-rise stuff looks ok but that tower is a hulk. The view along 3rd Ave. reminds me of RiverWest.
by David Greene
June 8th, 2017, 3:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Fremont/Emerson/Chicago Rapid Bus
Replies: 14
Views: 754

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

I mean, we had bus stops there before the Midtown Exchange, so how well did that work? What was the compelling reason for the new station?

Why can't we simply build aBRT stations on four corners and call it a day?
by David Greene
June 8th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 164
Views: 8063

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

About Frey - what are the arguments for electing him? I admit to some uncomfortableness with him but I can't really put my finger on it. I guess maybe it's something to do with a sense that he obviously supports a lot of development but I've not seen the same level of concern for the impacts of that...
by David Greene
June 8th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 828
Views: 97799

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

A look at Cray's space. http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/06/06/cray-shows-off-its-new-digs-at-mall-of-america.html#g1 No new information, but some pretty pictures. The "neighborhood" they show is not typical. They are generally much larger but still feel small. Also, they show the big...
by David Greene
June 7th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 164
Views: 8063

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

NONE of the rank-and-file legislators were at the negotiating​ table. Even DFL legislative leadership had little influence on the governor from what I've heard. Literally the only thing most legislators could do is work with the public to apply pressure from the outside, which is exactly what Dehn d...
by David Greene
June 7th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 164
Views: 8063

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

That wasn't the point of the action. It was an action of solidarity and I for one greatly appreciate what he did. I already supported Dehn and his actions reinforced my perception of him as someone who "gets it" with respect to race relations and other social challenges we're facing. Contrast what ...
by David Greene
June 7th, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 164
Views: 8063

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

People are certainly taking stances and assigning blame, I just don't know that they're being fair. Politics isn't about being fair. Dehn's "hunger strike" was also pretty much disqualifying. You're an elected official, you don't need a hunger strike to advocate for your position. That wasn't the p...
by David Greene
June 6th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 164
Views: 8063

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

Bad link?
by David Greene
June 6th, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Think tank launches campaign to build more lanes, blames investments in public transit and bike infrastructure
Replies: 15
Views: 1164

Re: Think tank launches campaign to build more lanes, blames investments in public transit and bike infrastructure

Randal O'Toole. Of course. Hasn't this guy had his 15 minutes? Isn't he completely discredited by this point? Do non-extreme conservatives even cite him anymore?
by David Greene
June 6th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Fremont/Emerson/Chicago Rapid Bus
Replies: 14
Views: 754

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

Thanks for the context. I wonder what the transfer volume is at 46th. Does it make sense to remove that station and add the others? Would result in much less convenient transfers though. Re-route lines on 46th down Chicago to 48th to hit the commercial node, back north on Bloomington?
by David Greene
June 6th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Graves Condo Building - 3041 Holmes
Replies: 79
Views: 8291

Re: Graves Condo Building - 3041 Holmes

I unexpectedly walked up to this a couple of weeks ago and it is definitely a stunner. I had completely forgotten about the project and happening by it was delightful. It's a great example of "less is more" and is a nice contrast to the mixed material jumbles elsewhere in the area. Pricey, I'm sure,...
by David Greene
June 6th, 2017, 9:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Zoning in Minneapolis
Replies: 237
Views: 19803

Re: Zoning in Minneapolis

Yeah, the raised bed thing is stupid. There are many houses in the Wedge that violate arguably more meaningful rules such as height limits on boulevard plantings. As to the porch, the homeowner/contractor should have known they were building something outside of what was approved, so I don't know th...

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