Met Council's regional plan changes for the better

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 4:44 PM

‘Thrive MSP 2040’ highlights closing gaps, growing the economy.

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aarghmebuckoDec. 21, 13 5:43 PM

I've been tracking Thrive and feel that the transportation portion is transit-centric, but in a backward bus system manner instead of a progressive multimodal approach. Likewise, it seems to build on what will likely be instead of what we want to be. In this way it is a reactive plan to forecasts, as compared to a more proactive approach that sets a real vision and actions to achieve that vision..

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groover75Dec. 21, 13 5:54 PM

"They" just rebuilt 694 (2 years) east of 35W and kept it as a 2 lane road. The conjestion is now worse than before the rebuilding progect.

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garagewineDec. 21, 13 7:20 PM

In other words, they will continue their policy of intentional neglect toward the suburbs. Nevermind that all (not most, all) of the region's growth between 2000 and 2010 occurred outside the central cities. Fingers in your ears, everyone, and don't stray from the narrative.

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brucelieDec. 21, 13 7:44 PM

The nanny-state as always: brilliant at squandering, not producing wealth, and always solving yesterday's supposed problem. Climate change? Too embarrassed to say "Global Warming"? Achievement gap? Our centralized education system is going to squeeze that much progress out of single mom families? So they want to produce enough population density to make European and NYC mass transit viable? Good luck Comrades!

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mnavariceDec. 22, 13 6:38 AM

the preference of both younger and aging populations to live in more-active, less-isolated settings------ hmmm, i live in an outer ring suburb. There are no less than six new neighborhoods popping up within 3-5 miles where i live . The prices of these homes range from $400k on up. Seems like there is increasing "preference" to not live "on top of each other". Anecdotal? Sure. I bet you would find similar stories in other twin cities suburbs.

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SwiftBoatDec. 22, 13 7:55 AM

I am making plans to move out the Met Councils grasp. flee tyrany

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fooledmeonceDec. 22, 13 8:10 AM

who said business has to be in the downtown mpls and st paul areas, business should look outside the downtowns and away from the ills found there, oh and move closer to your job if you don't like the commute

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elmore1Dec. 22, 13 8:15 AM

The fundamental flaw in the council is that they portray Mpls/St Paul as the "center of the universe" and stick with traditional notions around transportation and officing. The suburbs are vibrant and offer many of the amenities of downtown without the traffic problems and high taxes. Technology allows many employees to work virtually which must be factored in as well. You have to question the results from any politically appointed group like this. Until they focus on the whole metro area and better consider technology drivers this is just shelfware.

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freshadapepaDec. 22, 13 9:25 AM

They've come up with ridiculous forecasts of what many Towns will grow to. Essentially little to no growth all the while developments are being built. Many people who retire want to live where they are from and have friends, not necessarily downtown. Be realistic.

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davehougDec. 22, 1310:01 AM

Met Council: This is how I want people to live. Not the original idea of how to support people where they are.

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