Ryan backs off plan to try to close Park and Portland for new development

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2013 - 8:23 AM

Hennepin County, which owns the key arteries, expressed strong opposition to the proposal over traffic and medical center access.

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tigerlily123Oct. 18, 13 6:53 PM

Good. Otherwise their plan would have tanked.

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Steve SteveOct. 18, 13 7:41 PM

Good!

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bapsterOct. 18, 13 7:47 PM

Wow, all those people who are endangered by going around Lake Calhoun which is 50 times larger.

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Tygyr13Oct. 18, 13 8:05 PM

geez! everyone wants everything. Keep the access to the hospitals and government buildings. Greedy idiots.

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llynch99Oct. 18, 13 8:41 PM

Let's stop and think how well blocking Nicollet Ave at Lake Street has worked...

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glgOct. 18, 13 8:47 PM

Love the park concept - shame to spoil the vista by breaking it up with streets...how about tunnels....Minneapolis officials are into those lately...

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billybillyOct. 18, 13 9:10 PM

This is just the first 'back off' plan. This project will be eliminated or reduced because it was just a smoke screen for the stadium development. The exact same project was brought up for the Bassett Creek development plan 2 years ago. Identical. It was moved to East downtown as a catalyst for the stadium. We are certifiable suckers in Minneapolis.

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dtmonkeyboyOct. 18, 1311:03 PM

Closing these streets is NOT at all like closing Nicollet. These streets end within about two blocks anyway because of the river.

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JMJohnnyOct. 18, 1311:24 PM

Good. Downtown traffic got messed up enough when I94 westbound 5th Street off ramp traffic got diverted away from 5th at the dome to accommodate LRT. Park and Portland need to get to the Washington arterial to avoid more of the same.

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sanguinicOct. 19, 1312:59 AM

A mistake. Closing Nicollet Avenue to automobile traffic from Washington Avenue to 10th Street in the late 1960s for the creation of Nicollet Mall didn't send downtown Minneapolis down the toilet. Really, would closing a block of Park and a block of Portland be so disastrous? (unlike Nicollet at Lake St., which is smack dab in the center of the street's long run from downtown through south Minneapolis, both Park and Portland end a few blocks to the north of the proposed closures). Humans are highly adaptable, and drivers would adapt to the change, while downtown east would gain beautiful, calm green space. Cities aren't just for cars (or bicycles).

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