Parking ramps at 50th and France will get face-lift first, possible expansion later

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Edina’s $5.7 million plan would upgrade three parking ramps – but wouldn’t reduce tension with its big-city neighbor, Minneapolis.

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wellthat08Jan. 26, 14 1:47 AM

Waa. What a bunch of cry babies. The 50th and France intersection is a traffic nightmare, thanks to Edina. Ask residents along 51st street and 52nd street how much they love having rush hour traffic fly down their streets, because Edina has made 50th and France a choke point, and built a little bypass to the south onto 51st street. Or travel westbound on 50th to get to the nearest highway, 100, and notice how the county-aid arterial road that is 50th suddenly becomes a narrow, constricted street when it crosses into Edina. Minneapolis and Hennepin County should have long ago told Edina to put up or shut up. In fact, the state should never have built the on/off ramp at 50th on highway 100 is Edina was going to stick it to Minneapolis the way they have.

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aarghmebuckoJan. 26, 14 6:15 AM

Build a ramp behind general sports on the Mpls side.

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clownbasketJan. 26, 14 6:16 AM

Minneapolis City Council member has no ideas or thought other than to complain there are too many cars and not enough transit options. An unreal but unsurprising reaction by one of the socialists in power in Mpls. It's -5F and you want a family to what? Bike? Walk? Wait at the Bus Stop for 25 minutes? Insane.

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aarghmebuckoJan. 26, 14 6:19 AM

That was my neighborhood DT growing up. It had useful stores back then, like BA Rose Music, Clancy's Drug, a bookstore and a dime store. Now it is all high-end junk. Other than the Edina Theater, I'm not sure what draws the masses there to create the parking issues.

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elle2008Jan. 26, 14 7:14 AM

If Edina wants shoppers, they need to spend the money for parking. I have been there and it is pretty bad. So guess what, Edina, if you want people to shop in your town, make it so we can park. Otherwise, we will go elsewhere. And we have.

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mattaudioJan. 26, 14 7:54 AM

Not surprised someone invokes "socialism" in a strib thread. Since you went there, let's take a further look. In economics, there are private goods and public goods. Car storage is the quintessential private good, since it is rivalrous and excludable. Thus, the market can provide and properly price this service. Yet Edina has decided that they know better than the free market, and they will provide car storage to everyone regardless of if they will use it or not. And they will charge "everyone" to provide "free" parking to some, but not all, because they know better than the free market. Are you sure the socialists are on the Minneapolis side?

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west336Jan. 26, 14 7:55 AM

elle2008: I feel like you didn't read the article....Edina has supplied parking in the form of three ramps for its shoppers, but the complaint is that Minneapolis has offered nothing in terms of maintaining those ramps (which also benefit the Mpls side) or expanding them or supplying ample parkimg of their own. I also am of the mindset that too many people are treating this neighborhood district (or city district at best) as a regional or super-regional district, and it cannot have one parking space for every commuter from Blaine or Woodbury that wants to shop there. Take transit. Also, what about on-street parking? There is SO much of it, especially on the Mpls side. People may have to walk an extra block though, which I'm sure is a no-go for over half the population anymore.

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aarghmebuckoJan. 26, 14 8:14 AM

How about off-site and FREE parking for employees with a regular scheduled free shuttle for them? It has to be cheaper than a new parking ramp. Cut a deal with. Southdale, they have too much parking.

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gopher68Jan. 26, 14 8:29 AM

wellthat08, you hit the nail right on the head. That intersection is the worst one in the Twin Cities. What a joke to not have dedicated left turn lanes on such a busy street as 50th.

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clownbasketJan. 26, 14 8:30 AM

Dear Mr Econ 101 (MattAudio)...No one is proposing for big government to provide free stuff. This is a business levy to provide a service for business patrons. Quite the opposite of socialism. Maybe you should spend less time in your econ class, and more time in your poly-sci class. The "tone-deafness" of the Minneapolis elected officials is the problem here. The Edina side is doing something about the problem, meanwhile the Edina side (business & city) are fiddling while rome burns.

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