Growing Minneapolis: The costs of inaction

  • Article by: Scott Dibble and Frank Hornstein
  • Updated: September 28, 2013 - 4:59 PM

We risk stalling in this incredible moment and sliding down the list of ho-hum cities.

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basia2186Sep. 28, 13 5:19 PM

The rein cities are little big cities. LRT is a ridiculous way to move a few thousand and people around. Not logical and much to heavily subsidized. Natural gas busses make sense, but they don't have the ' cool ' factor. Stop wasting money beaurocrats.

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badcopperSep. 28, 13 5:26 PM

As long as Minneapolis pays for it they can do anything they want.

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scottkySep. 28, 13 5:32 PM

The author wrote "Minneapolis does not exist in isolation." Yet this entire editorial series is focused on Minneapolis. As for transportation issues, get your own house in order (i.e. Kenilworth corrdior) before pointing fingers at everyone else.

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myob_STSep. 28, 13 5:57 PM

What happens in our core cities matters to everyone in the region, whether they live in downtown Minneapolis or not. While the metro has 190 cities, we're one metropolitan region. We need more ways to get from here to there than what any individual uses - because we're over 2 million strong, and there are exactly that same number of sets of needs. Light rail isn't the only answer, but it's one of the answers, as are bike trails, safe freeways, commuter rail, and well-maintained arterial roadways. We have to stop thinking like we live alone here... or else our young people will not stay here, and then we'll just have to pay for it all alone.

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SwiftBoatSep. 28, 13 8:40 PM

I live in St Paul and are seriously thinking of getting out because of DFL fatigue.

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FrankLSep. 28, 13 9:34 PM

There is a stable mechanism for funding the bus system, it is just not used by the MTC. It is called the Fare Box. Sure transit seems great when the user only pays 20% of the cost. Car drivers end up paying for roads twice, since the buses use them for free.

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F4GIBSep. 29, 1312:53 AM

The problem is that the money is in the suburbs and Minneapolis will try to steal it. They've done it before. In fact they are quite skilled at it.

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liz1234Sep. 29, 13 6:31 AM

Need improve lifestyles for middle aged and elderly in the city to much focused on young people here and the baby boomers not having a good life here

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elmore1Sep. 29, 13 7:21 AM

I don't buy the fundamental hypothesis that Mpls is the center of the universe. There are plenty of people who rarely leave the suburbs, many more people are working virtually and what about St Paul? I find myself increasingly going to St Paul for entertainment. Easy parking, I feel safer walking around and it is a beautiful city. More of a holistic transportation plan would be better and get more support. This single threaded focus on Mpls is the wrong approach...

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jd55604Sep. 29, 13 9:14 AM

The state does not revolve around you Mpls. Quit trying ro convince everyone how important your town is and how the rest of us need to fund your transit schemes.

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