Northstar line yields dividends

  • Article by: Jim Adams , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Housing and business developments are rising around Northstar stations in the north metro area.

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EleanoreSep. 4, 13 9:20 AM

Development is not the measure of this amenity. Multimodal options and variety in transportation is. It is not the public fiscal responsibility to subsidize development be it with tax abatements, grants, waived fees, or infrastructure development. Infrastructure must stand on its own merit regardless of economic development that happens to be attracted to it. In some instances, development can be a burden to the public. This is be one of those, but at the current level it’s justified.

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jd55604Sep. 4, 1311:09 AM

It's easy to see what the effects of government expenditures are but what's not so easy to see is what would have transpired if these things weren't subsidized and people would have been able to keep more of their money and the private sector was allowed to invest instead. If there is a desperate need for a school or a bridge and government wasn't there to build it that doesn't mean a private entity wouldn't step forward and provide us with those services. The thing is; that rarely happens these days so we're sadly led to believe that only governments can provide us with those kinds of investments.

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teddygSep. 4, 13 9:11 PM

Net, net. Very few people ride this train, except for Twins games. All the Met Council p.r. concoctions can't hide that.

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chance123Sep. 5, 13 4:07 PM

Eleanore, you are naive to think that the Northstar will benefit more than a few riders on a daily basis and a few more occasionally. The Northstar was really a way for cities along the route to spur development, which never would have occured otherwise. For Ramsey especially, they can clean up the mess they created when they overbuilt. It was bad for everyone except those empty nesters, politicians along the route and developers laughing all the way to the bank.

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thisisinsaneSep. 6, 1312:15 PM

Wow, all of two riders waiting for the peak morning train there in Ramsey! What a smashing success this North Star Line is! /sarc

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slpmommySep. 8, 13 8:45 AM

I wish the reporters at Star Tribune would take a closer look at all angles of light rail and issues around it. To me, this and Pat Doyle's columns basically championing the Southwest LRT with no critical investigation of the impacts is just disappointing.

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garagewineSep. 9, 13 1:22 PM

Pretty sad when the Northstar advocates are resorting to claiming that TIF-subsidized projects and projects that are nowhere near the stations were "spurred" by the train. How deep in hock is the City of Ramsey for the subsidies that have flowed to the Ramsey Town Center, err, COR development?

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