Let the Sun Shine In
What the Coalition is fighting is the shadowing of the Greenway that would result from the proposed development of a 6-story mixed-use building at 29th & Lyndale in South Minneapolis, adjacent to the Midtown Greenway bike and pedestrian trail. What is meant by “excessive shadowing” is that the building would cast a shadow onto a roughly 200 foot section of the trail during 3.5 months of the year.
I don’t fault the Greenway Coalition for fighting to prevent increased shadowing of the Greenway, but unfortunately there is frequently no strong voice to counter such opposition with the benefits side of the urban development equation (See: What is the Constituency of a Local Land-Use Decision?). And furthermore, while the Greenway Coalition says “density is fine, just not on the south side of the Greenway,” residents in Linden Hills are saying “density is fine, just not in our village,” and residents in Loring Park are saying “density is fine, just not in our historic neighborhood,” etc., etc., etc. The list of places where somebody doesn’t want dense urban development is endless.
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