Friday Photo – Light Rail Moses

No one can agree on whether SWLRT sucks too much to exist, or if it’s just OK enough to merit being built with a bunch of free money.

Bloomington, MN

But I think we can all agree that a light rail train going through a sea of parking and office towers says Minneapolis the way Painted Ladies say San Francisco.

Photo by Nick Benson via the Streets.mn Flickr pool

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7 Responses to Friday Photo – Light Rail Moses

  1. Alex March 28, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    lol, I like how the sidewalk/drainage channel peters out about 40 feet into the block

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke March 28, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Aah, thriving downtown Bloomington. Excellent investment. I’m glad that Western and Hamline had to fight to get stops in Saint Paul while thriving downtown Bloomington has three (count ’em) stops within a 1/2 mile (of its thriving walkable downtown with many pedestrians and high ridership numbers.

    https://twitter.com/BillLindeke/status/449572969967128576

  3. Matt Steele March 28, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Blomington’s “downtown” comp plan is eerily similar to the comp plans of Eden Prairie et al. Just because you zone for TOD and spend massive (not-free) money on infrastructure doesn’t mean that it actually ends up getting built.

    • Joe Scott
      Joe March 28, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Here’s a light rail stop about 5 miles from the center of Brno, Czech Republic (pop. 385,913, 810,000 metro) http://goo.gl/maps/vl2ie

      I think this must be what people are imagining when they say “TOD” over here. Funny how it doesn’t seem to happen this way.

    • Alex March 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      It’s sad how long it took for the Twin Cities to get behind urban-style development (Mpls & St Paul not excluded), and this is compounded by the timing of their eventual coming-around, which in the case of Bloomington was right before the real estate crash. There hasn’t been a whole lot built in Bloomington that’s not-TOD either, but it should be noted that there is an approved plan to build 420 units of urban-ish residential in the midground of this very photo. So yes, it does seem to be getting built, slowly but surely.

  4. Adam Miller
    Adam March 28, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I don’t so much mind that it goes through those parking lots on the way to the its MOA ultimate destination. I mind that there are three stops in a five block stretch like that!

  5. minneapolisite March 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    I just find it frustrating that the ones making the decisions ignore their own numbers that blatantly state, “this is a pretty f!ckin dumb idea and we’re still talking about this, why?”. Yet we’re not talking about getting city residents from one dense neighborhood to another in a timely manner. What!?

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