The Met Council: A master of imposition

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  • Updated: December 14, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Its 30-year plan would control how you live and how you get around.

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melloncollieDec. 14, 13 4:25 PM

Enough is enough! This non-elected group is determined to force their social engineering experiment on us regardless of the cost. The met council was not formed so that the DFL could control our lives - although that is their intent.

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SlickrocksDec. 14, 13 5:08 PM

I have no interest in being a sardine. I have been to both Portland and San Francisco, and they are both dense, unpleasant places to get around. Most cities where transit works are tightly constrained on multiple sides by natural boundaries like water or mountains. That allows just a few narrow transit corridors to serve those cities. The twin cities, however, radiates in all directions with no such constraints, and it would require dozens of expensive transit corridors to begin to serve the metropolitan residents. The only real solution is less population. Five cities with core populations of 100K would be far superior and efficient to a single one with 500K. Arguments about economy of scale and concentration of infrastructure simply fail in large ultra-dense metropolitan areas. And those separate cities could be linked with high-speed rail and make perfect "priority development areas." Small is beautiful.

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elmore1Dec. 15, 13 2:13 AM

Their fundamental hypothesis is flawed. Mpls is not the center of the universe and people don't want to live in high rises in the city. This group should be scratched.

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rms316Dec. 15, 13 6:43 AM

A plan like this surely needs to be based on population numbers. If there is a large expansion of companies, jobs and people in this area, better mass transit should be in the discussion. I don't like sitting in large traffic jams as much or more than anybody. But I'm not selling my home to make it easier to get around.

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mnavariceDec. 15, 13 7:55 AM

Lefties wanting to control others' behaviors. How cute.

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conniemercerDec. 15, 13 8:46 AM

Why do liberals want government controlling every aspect of their lives except in the bedroom?

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sanguinicDec. 15, 13 8:52 AM

Whatever. If you want to live in Monticello and commute to your job in Bloomington in your minivan, have at it. No one is going to stop you.

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mspminnDec. 15, 13 9:12 AM

When will Americans stop putting angry faith in ideologues whose central point usually boils down to "me side good, your side so bad" - whether they come from left or right? Curiosity and nuance is what America needs right now, and has become all too rare - certainly not something offered by Ms. Kersten.

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gopher68Dec. 15, 13 9:17 AM

I guess the massive subsidies in the form of road and highway construction don't apply in this case.

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elind56Dec. 15, 13 9:43 AM

When unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats with an agenda want to herd us like cattle onto trains, be afraid. Be very afraid. Better yet, take action and abolish this bastion of communal central planners.

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