Worst of Central Corridor light-rail work to end soon

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG and MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2012 - 10:01 AM

University Avenue businesses hope for the best as disruptive construction wraps up and the project moves to its finishing phase.

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jbpaperDec. 13, 12 4:24 AM

Unfortunately, it's not going to get better for many of the businesses. With the removal of parking spots and closing off of cross streets too many people are going to stop going to some places.

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cavellDec. 13, 12 7:14 AM

its ironic. most of the on street parking is gone. so you have to ride lrt to get to business and walk 1/2 mile to business since stations are spaced 1 mile apart. business owners will see lrt pass by with potential customers who won't get off trains since they are going from st.paul to mpls.

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kingchrosDec. 13, 12 7:37 AM

I like a block from University where construction has been taking place. It hasn't been nearly as bad as articles like this make it seem. And the two comments above mine are completely ignorant of the situation. There's already tons of development on University because of the line, and much of the retail on University is already clustered around the to-be stations. I wish people who had no idea what they were talking about didn't have a free platform to expound nonsense.

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william16Dec. 13, 12 7:48 AM

From the story, about the nail salon and its adjoining neighbors: "Her shop shares a small parking lot with three other businesses, but by the time everyone shows up for work in the mornings, there's little space left for customers." What businesses are so dense and insensitive to the interests of their customers that their employees gobble up all of the prime parking spaces? It's common business sense to save spots closest to a business for the needs of customers.

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exgeronimoDec. 13, 12 8:10 AM

Not only will business get better, but any losses will be made up for by the gain in property values that will occur because people want to live and operate stores on a light rail line.

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mattaudioDec. 13, 12 8:40 AM

FYI station spacing is every half mile, meaning the most you have to walk would be two long blocks to and from any destination to a shop. More businesses are opening in anticipation of the LRT. Plus there's plenty of free car storage... just circle around the block and park on a side street if you don't see something right in front of your destination. Are we really so lazy as a culture that we can't walk more than 20 feet from our car to a building?

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reader2580Dec. 13, 12 8:40 AM

What if the other three businesses sharing that parking lot don't have customers coming to their office? The nail salon should be asking for reserved spots for their customers although personally I am annoyed when businesses do that. A local strip mall has many of the closest spots reserved with signs for specific businesses. It is unlikely anyone would get towed for parking in another business' spot, but I won't do it. I often end up parking a long distance away.

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brianjapanDec. 13, 12 8:42 AM

Should never have been built. It is an area that had busses going by every 10 minutes! Wasteful dollars.

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suburbsguyDec. 13, 12 9:06 AM

We cant plow our roads right, bridges are crumbling, people are dying crossing roads that should be freeways but hey the light rail is almost done pathetic.

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crychangDec. 13, 12 9:17 AM

Now that we spent a billion dollars to build it,HOW much is each ride on light rail SUBSIDIZED and WHO pays the subsidy? Oops, I forgot the government will just print more money and give us everything we need in our happy utopia.

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