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Does anyone else have the belief that the Hennepin County Board has way too much in the way of accumulated power and too many irons in the fire at the present time? Proposed LRT routes headed north to Brooklyn Park and south to Eden Prairie; a possible streetcar for W. Broadway; the redesigning of Penn Avenue, etc... Just where is all of the funding going to come from for all of these projects? Higher property tax rates for homeowners? In addition, I find it totally laughable to read that the county's first item of business will be to seek comments from people in those neighborhoods before work begins. Why bother, as it's a meaningless gesture. I live in St. Louis Park where the people in various neighborhoods that will be affected by the proposed re-routing of freight trains off of the current Kenwood line and onto smaller spur lines, so that the proposed LRT line can use the Kenwood line tracks alone, have been extremely vocal in voicing their opinions as to the complete idiocy of this idea, only to be treated as bothersome irritants and worse by Gail Dorfmann and other members of the Hennepin County Board. They are simply dictating to suburban communities what they want, how they want it and when they want it done.
Both the Hennepin County Board and the Minneapolis City Council have to much power and only the interests of the 1% in mind for these projects. I am a 10 year resident of the Camden neighborhood. While home values have plummeted, our taxes have increased with little to show for it. Police presence is down and crime is worse, empty houses on every block, streets not maintained, and parks and boulevards are not mowed in the summer. I have little faith that either Linda Higgens or Barbara Johnson have the best interest of the majority of the North Minneapolis citizens or neighborhoods in mind when developing these projects. This sounds like another project to line the pockets of the downtown business interests and help the suburbanites get to or from home amd downtown more quickly. The supposed 'input' from actual residents is for show, not substance.
You can redesign it all you want, but until the neighborhood becomes safer and more desirable, even the best plans are going to come up short. Now, there is a sort of chicken-and-egg aspect to this. But I wonder if we couldn't do a better job of remaking Penn Avenue by spending the resources to make the area safer.
Good to see Hennepin County may now be learning the difference between a road and a street. They have destroyed many city streets in their jurisdiction over the decades by treating them as roads.
eviter33, actually your city council agreed to "what it wants" over 10 years ago when they agreed to the eventual reroute of TC&W trains to the MN&S when the old Milwaukee Road was severed by MnDOT at Hiawatha Ave and 27th Street.
Is it too late to bring the Bottineau LRT through the city instead of through an unpopulated ravine? Haven't we learned our lesson from Southwest? Route it up Penn to Broadway, or (although it is not studied) go up Washington then west under Broadway the whole way.
Despite what some would have you think, the Twin Cities are not "broke." And to keep this metro area growing, we have to continue investing in transportation. Since many of our roads are already over capacity, it only makes sense to finally start investing that transportation money into alternative forms.
Just another expensive boondoggle. Who it going to be riding this LRT or streetcar? Sounds like the bridge to nowhere in Alaska.
Please forget these worthless LRT routes and start fixing roads and bridges. Bring on the thumbs down.
When you reference the Hiawatha & 27th Ave. Milwaukee Road rail line in southeast Minneapolis being severed by MNDOT, what does that have to do with St. Louis Park? The Hiawatha LRT line doesn't go through St. Louis Park, so why would that city council have bothered to become involved in re-routing of TC&W freight trains on Minneapolis tracks when has no bearing on the city of St. Louis Park? Please be clear when you decide to write a posting so people actually know what the point is that you're trying to get across.
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