Blogger Featured on WCCO

It’s been quite a week — first, one of our contributors appeared on KARE to talk about disappearing sidewalks.

Yesterday, another contributor was cited in the StarTribune re: that Vikings pedestrian bridge and its $6 million price tag.

Today? WCCO featured Nick Magrino’s perspective on that bridge.

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8 Responses to Blogger Featured on WCCO

  1. Adam Duininck
    Adam Duininck May 7, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    As a regular reader of StreetsMN, I am glad to see you getting picked up and pleased with how much everyone in this forum contributes to the civic dialogue in our region. Keep up the great work!

    • Nick Magrino
      Nick Magrino May 7, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      Also, we are very happy that you are the person who has what is probably the hardest job in the metro that isn’t mostly dishwashing (unless the nature of the position has been badly misrepresented in the media).

  2. Ken Avidor
    Ken Avidor May 7, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    And this:

  3. Mike Hicks May 7, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    I still don’t have a clear idea of whether Chicago Avenue will be closed to car traffic on game days or not. Last I checked, the street still has gates installed at each end to expand the plaza area that was used during events at the Metrodome.

    The new stadium is set back from Chicago a bit more than the Dome was, but I would still expect the street to be given over to pedestrians on game days, which really cuts away at the main reason for having this bridge.

    If the street is always going to be used for car traffic, then the renderings are missing the typical pedestrian barriers that get set up to keep crowds penned in.

    • Alex Cecchini
      Alex Cecchini May 7, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      Even if Chicago is closed, the logic is that folks will need to cross the tracks to access the WB platform. With a train every 2.5 minutes, I agree there is a safety concern. But pre-event WB transit riders will be a much slower trickle, and post-game there won’t be many WB transit riders until Bottineau and SWLRT open. I’d say maybe 10-15% of total users will be heading west after a game in the near-term.

      • Mike Hicks May 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

        Right. And in my experience, many people leaving events from the old Metrodome would just choose to walk westward rather than wait for a train (and the crowd of people ahead of them). There will probably be more people choosing to wait for a rider rather than walk now that the Green Line has doubled frequency on that segment of track, but in many cases it’s just better to walk 15 minutes rather than wait an indeterminate period of time.

        • Adam Froehlig
          Adam Froehlig May 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

          If I’m reading you right, the existing case is that some folks will wait for a Blue Line train to head back to the garages (especially if they parked closer to 394), but that most still walked.

      • Bill Lindeke
        Bill Lindeke May 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

        In other words, the vast majority of pedestrians leaving the stadium won’t even use the bridge?

        Another thing people haven’t mentioned is that the bridge will be ugly, particularly placed next to the existing public art (which was built using how much public tax dollars also?)

        Maybe nobody has mentioned this because the stadium itself will be even more ugly, and 1000X the size…

        (Geez, this issue really turns me into a crank.)

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