It would not be under 94. It would be very close to the Van White station.mulad wrote:Ugh. What? I don't get this at all. Where do you suggest it should go? I think half of it would be under I-94 anyway, and the rest of it would be obscured by the big power substation.
There are any number of places it should go. The first option should be to not build it. We don't need high speed rail to terminate in Minneapolis. We spent hundreds of millions on Union Depot. That is our intercity rail hub.
But it we really want to waste money duplicating service, there are any number of locations in Northeast or along the midway trunk line.
It's super important to understand the context here. Harrison is located in an area labeled "Negro Slums" on planning maps since at least 1935. There has been deliberate segregation, disinvestment and concentration of poverty in the area. These neighborhoods deserve a real investment, not more siting of polluting industrial uses.
The impound lot isn't available yet. Developers are going to go where they want to go. Glenwood is going to take some time to get in shape.mulad wrote:This Bassett Creek plan is all backwards to me -- work on redeveloping empty parcels along Glenwood and North 2nd Street, as well as at least some parts of the impound lot (the "Phase III" area).
Not much was walkable in this city until we made it so. Development takes time. The neighborhoods have been working on this for over a decade. It's not like this came out of nowhere without a plan. Maybe Phase II will include a grocery and retail. I mean honestly, the North Loop prospered for many years before having any sort of grocery or day-to-day retail nearby.mulad wrote:Linden Yards does have good trail connectivity, but it's a stretch to call it walkable even though it's not that far from downtown. For instance, the downtown Lunds is close to a mile away, which I suppose is alright, but getting there requires going through the busy Hennepin/Dunwoody/7th/Lyndale intersection under I-94. Sure, people will ride bikes to some extent, but this spot is pretty dependent upon having an LRT stop if you want to avoid loading the place up with parking -- even then, I'm not quite sure where people would go to get their basics (the grocery at 222 Hennepin? That's not particularly close to LRT, though maybe a bus ride along Hennepin would work.)