Trees in path of progress in Chanhassen

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2011 - 3:08 PM

Some residents oppose highway reconstruction that will fell more than 1,000 trees.

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dixiecorpOct. 2, 11 5:21 AM

the city of chanhassen does whatever it wants. they will fill in wet lands to build a path, then 8 years later take it out and change the angles. so taking out trees in the tree city doesn't suprise me. the average home owner is powerless over these changes.

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peterschiffOct. 2, 11 4:50 PM

No Carver County does whatever it wants including allowing its employees to drive to work under the influence without charges. The trees will cut down and the employee a slap on the wrist. This is how Chanhassen and Carver County function.

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crazycat2Oct. 3, 11 2:16 PM

"if you build it, they will come". this should not be a super highway - it's all wetlands, certainly no place for a thoroughfare of this magnitude. maybe if we don't build it, the traffic won't come. the study definitely has to be revisited, as 212 now carries traffic away from many of these smaller side streets. if any section of this road needs help it's the northern section between chanhassen and minnetonka where there are excessive turning opportunities and school traffic. chanhassen - get your priorities straight!

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mnmaggiemnOct. 3, 11 9:28 PM

Minnesota is so construction happy when it comes to roads. I dont think there has been one trip I have taken in this state where I didnt run into extensive road construction...Its quite bothersome...Kill the land and the reason people come to the city and youll have a huge road with no one driving on it!

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johnnyluvgunOct. 3, 1110:08 PM

Trees in path of progress in Chanhassen

What will progressives do? They'll chase their tails into a cognitive-dissonance-induced death.

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merkinOct. 3, 1110:43 PM

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

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BurntsideOct. 4, 11 2:43 AM

Here's how you stop it -- tell the Friends of the Boundary Waters that those sumac trees are visible from some point within the BWCA and that migratory birds use them as a resting point during their semi-annual migrations. They will immediately find some judge from somewhere else in the state that knows nothing about your area and halt this project.

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chuckie549Oct. 4, 11 5:37 AM

Do most of the residents quoted in the article and the commenters live in Chanhassen and work in Minneapolis or St. Paul? If so, this type of development has to happen as population grows. I live in a rural area north of the Twin Cities. It seems too far out to ever be developed. I wouldn't be happy if it did get slated for development, either, but I would just pack up and move farther out.

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BurntsideOct. 4, 11 9:46 AM

chuckie: "Do most of the residents quoted in the article and the commenters live in Chanhassen and work in Minneapolis or St. Paul?" I don't know about most posters, but I neither live in Chanhassen nor MSP. That's what makes me an expert on what should be done there -- just as metro posters are experts at what's best for us here on the edge of the BWCA.

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solution4uOct. 4, 1111:59 AM

People demand roads and get roads despite the collateral damage to ecosystems. Work in Minneapolis/St. Paul? How about you live there too and reduce the need for 2 lane roads through wetlands and old growth forests being filled in and leveled for 5 lane exurb utopias.

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