No Need for Vandalism on the Greenway & Kenilworth

The Southwest Light Rail debate has been heated. Suffice it to say, there is no shortage of opinion. The debate on was mostly polite. This was either a victory for civility or Minnesotans being Minnesotans.

The best way to understand the complicated debate would be to read Nick Magrino’s “A Southwest Light Rail Explainer” and Jeremy Mendelson’s “Southwest Light Rail: What Are We Trying to Accomplish?” or Bill Lindeke’s “What Southwest Light Rail Conversations Get Wrong. also ran “pro and con” stories back-to-back by Alex Cecchini and Kasia McMahon. I recommend reading both.

Things changed, but not really, this week with the spray-painting of both the Greenway and Kenilworth trails. While paint color differs, the hand-writing is the same (notice the similar “K”), which leads me to believe that this is merely one upset neighbor (and not the doing of any group).

To you angry neighbor, I must applaud. No better way to preserve a beautiful trail than to cover it with poor penmanship. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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8 Responses to No Need for Vandalism on the Greenway & Kenilworth

  1. Nick Hannula September 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    So, if you favor co-location, does that mean you’re Four Loko?

    • Nathaniel M Hood September 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      That’s really funny. It kind of feels like you’ve been waiting for a post like this just to drop that.

    • Nick Magrino
      Nick Magrino September 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm #


  2. Caddy K September 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Vandalism is explained as: ruthless destruction or spoiling of anything beautiful or venerable – Wikipedia

    I agree there is no need for vandalism, unfortunately there is so much going on all over right now, sponsored it seems by all levels of govt. Excused as economic development, or some other code words.

    The whole trail is about to be despoiled beyond recognition and someone spray painting is called out as “vandalism”?

    Vandalism begets vandalism, apparently.

  3. John Bailey September 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Hyperbole is defined as: using an existing freight rail corridor for light rail – Wikipedia

    • Caddy K October 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      I’m not sure what you mean by this Mr. Bailey. Would you be willing to expound on your thoughts?

  4. Thomas Mercier September 30, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    The “NO CO-LO” has been on the Cedar Lake LRT RT for over a month if that is same one I’ve seen next to Lilac Park/Nordic Ware. Of course this doesn’t affect your argument regarding the no need for vandalism but it does add context.

  5. Caddy K October 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I’m wondering why it matters what is spray painted on the path that as I understand, and could be mistaken, is to be ground up soon anyway?

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