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by EOst
September 25th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 256
Views: 16636

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)

Do people actually abide by left turn bans? Even if it's 90%, the 10% that ignores it could really grind that street to a halt. I think you would really need a more drastic change (either making the E/W street one-way, or closing the entrance, or building a median to block the turn) to make that via...
by EOst
September 9th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 402
Views: 57615

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Question is does the Twin Cities make the cut for Amtrak's other goal of expanding short haul routes since the 400(ish) miles to Chicago is kinda pushing it and the nlx might have been quietly taken out behind the shed at this point. Amtrak is very committed to the second train, and they have been ...
by EOst
August 26th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143129

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I don't think it's hard to imagine an open-seat race becoming very contentious about Broadway, in ways that get tied into larger area narratives about investment and gentrification. That's not a surefire win for an anti-Broadway-LRT candidate by any stretch, but I don't think it's a slam dunk agains...
by EOst
August 14th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Hillcrest golf course redevelopment site
Replies: 20
Views: 6258

Re: Hillcrest golf course redevelopment site

McKnight should definitely not be a wide, fast moving four lane road with few signals indefinitely into the future. That's another issue that local government policy has to fix.
McKnight is being repaved to a three-lane road as we speak.
by EOst
August 9th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143129

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Main Street, at least southwest of Ensemble/HCC Station, seems to be 80' ROW and a very pleasant pedestrian environment, even with a large landscaped median of station-width between the tracks for the entire stretch and in some places some really excessive sidewalk planting. I apologize for the con...
by EOst
August 6th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143129

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

The point was that suitable sidewalks, car lanes, and LRT lanes and stations can co-exist in a 80' right-of-way, which they do in downtown Houston and many other places around the world. I specifically said that I was not literally applying the city's modal framework, I think car lanes on Broadway ...
by EOst
August 3rd, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 143129

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'd been largely dismissive of early discussions about a full subway through North Minneapolis, but I could envision a routing that would follow N 7th St at grade across I-94, and then enter a tunnel near Plymouth and re-emerge at the Broadway crescent, where the Broadway ROW relaxes I don't think ...
by EOst
July 30th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - General Topics
Replies: 332
Views: 94770

Re: Northside - General Topics

In relative fairness to Sherman, I can't imagine any developer staking their building on an entrance from Broadway when that street remains Hennepin County's absolute worst urban stroad.
by EOst
July 20th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 132
Views: 29482

Re: Transit Crime

Anecdotally as well, the light rail is a great place to hang out for bored teens with nothing to do. That can both create a perception of more crime (because teenagers are scary) and also actually create it or concentrate it.
by EOst
July 20th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Metro Transit Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

Re: Metro Transit Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop

I've seen a planning document that the city commissioned back in the 1970's proposing daylighting much of the creek. Not sure if this pre-dated the I-94 construction that diverted most of the waterflow to the new tunnel?
Perhaps this one? https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a133795.pdf
by EOst
July 20th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 132
Views: 29482

Re: Transit Crime

There aren't a lot of data points to look at in the Twin Cities context.
by EOst
July 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 305
Views: 49116

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

I live there now and I wonder if most of the speeding is due to many of the streets being one way.
Maybe, but I just remember people flying down 22nd and (to a lesser extent) 25th, and those are two-way.
by EOst
July 15th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 305
Views: 49116

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

No, not lane widths alone, but if you haven't, go drive on Lyndale between 66th and 76th. I regularly do not get up to 30 and don't have the person behind me riding my bumper. But that was a huge change from what was there before. We need changes like that pretty much everywhere. I think the new Ly...
by EOst
July 14th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 305
Views: 49116

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

Lane width can drop significantly with reduced speed limits. The difference between 10' and 12' lanes is not miniscule. This is talked about a lot, but in practice the correlation with projects in the Twin Cities has been pretty minimal. Saint Paul several years ago stopped advertising lower traffi...
by EOst
July 14th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 305
Views: 49116

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

The City has said that lowering the speed limits will guide designing future street reconstructions to achieve these lower speeds. Making the limit change drives policy for implementing better street designs. Which is laughable, because the difference in design between a street designed for 25mph a...
by EOst
July 14th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Public Street Blocked by Residents
Replies: 14
Views: 655

Re: Public Street Blocked by Residents

I have a really hard time understanding why the solution to a failure of policing would be to have more police. That sounds like a one-way ratchet to me. Police doing a good job? We need more of them. Police doing a bad job? We need more of them. This is such a dumb argument. Literally no one is sa...
by EOst
July 14th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 597
Views: 91414

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Saint Paul changed its policy on that some years ago to prevent that from happening.
by EOst
July 10th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 597
Views: 91414

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

I'm also glad that they're going for a long-term solution unlike some of the solutions our neighbor across the river has used on their parkways.
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by EOst
July 6th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 420 E Hennepin Ave
Replies: 103
Views: 15776

Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

My fave is the proposed narrow sidewalk on Hennepin wedged between new parking bays and some unnecessary landscaping.
by EOst
June 22nd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2020 Presidential Election
Replies: 21
Views: 1999

Re: 2020 Presidential Election

Is there any real precedent for an active politician later being selected to the supreme court?
You have to go back to the Truman administration (Harold Burton) for the last one, so... kind of? It was once relatively common.