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Promote sustainability through the awareness and practice of responsibilty for environment, nutrition, energy generation and consumption with an emphasis on the integration of apparently disparate disciplines into an evolving construct of human integrity. This is done through the simple process of actually taking responsibilty. There is no magic pill. If we consume more natural resources than we perpetuate than we deminish that supply. If we deplete more of our own bodies resources than we replenish than we eventually expire. For every action.

Sustainability is a partnership, a commitment from one body to another, humanity with the planet, our personality with our body, our needs with our expectations, our visions with our willingness to learn.

As we endeavor to prosper we must also replenish.

For a community to thrive it must remain connected.

With each action to create something new, in transportation, in business, in finance or in government the question of "But can it be sustained?" must be raised. If it cannot, it must not begin.

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Alex Cecchini almost 5 years ago

All this talk on here about different lines.. Green Line out to EP, expanding the BRT orange line to Lakeville to LRT, a LRT out to WI from St Paul, the Red Line down to Apple Valley/Lakeville.  Come on.  Why are any of us proposing $billion+ investments in transit that won't truly create better spaces and reduce our need for roads?  These transit corridors serve the daily commuter who has found their choice in location to be very stressful due to traffic in to Minneapolis/St Paul.  ON off-peak hours, they will hop in their car and drive to wherever they need to go, because 90% of the population the lines serve won't live within a mile of the stations and driving will just be easier (and yes, they'll continue to use the freeway system and then park in large parking lots at the restaurants/stores they shop at).

Meanwhile, someone living near LynLake needing to get to St Paul for their job (or entertainment, or whatever) must spend 55 minutes to an hour hopping on multiple buses to get there.  The drive, meanwhile, would be 20 minutes.  No wonder people still want to own cars if they live within 4 miles of downtown.

Let's focus on building a speedier, more efficient network of bus and rail within the city boundaries.  I'm talking about east of the chain of lakes, north of 50th (or so), across the river and through StThomas/Mac to St Paul.  I'm talking better linkage of NE Minneapolis to transit over to StP (CC will help, but we need more options, too).  Let's focus on onfill of these areas with both food, retail, and reasonable density offices that make living "near" where you work actually possible within the city limits of Minneapolis and St Paul.  Once that happens, THEN let's focus on less efficient LRTs out to suburbs like EP, Lakeville, Woodbury and do some infill there.

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Met Council needs to focus more on Bike and Ped issues as many of the projects that Met council oversees (like transit) rely heavily on bike/ped access.  If met council did a better job of balancing bike/ped projects with transit projects our transit system would be that much more efficent.  Perhaps having a bike/ped division instead of a single 1/4 time employee in all of met council who oversees this stuff.  Met council could take a greater role in helping communities coordinate their regional routes to interconnect better than they currently do. This would also help projects bike/ped projects better dovetail with other projects throughout the metro.

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MIDTOWN Station Mpls is good example of wasting money and unnecessary cost Buses have to detour into the parking wasting time and money Except for the #5 NB this  adds time to schedules and cost over a $1M /yr wasted but detouring  buses into the parking lot.Uptown TC is better use but just pull into the curb rather than detour several blocks.

 

Smith TC is useless because the only purpose for the bueses to layover so are the rest in MPls 5th/7th St garages

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How will the casually engaged metropolitan resident and business owner know if the region is accomplishing Thrive MSP goals? How could the Metro Council build on the excellent citizen participation now ongoing in developing the 2040 plan? I think measures of progress, defined now and prominently reported on the Council web page and in publications, would go a long way toward community understanding of and commitment to our region's goals.

Being very public and succinct about quantifiable goals also increases Thrive's transparency and accountability. A visually appealing and easy to understand dashboard that tell us, and the years roll on, whether we are moving toward or away from each goal would keep everyone's focus on the big, bold targets we're reaching for as a region that aims to thrive into the future.

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Tyler Pederson almost 5 years ago

Urban Mountain Biking is not a unique or new idea, it is still a good idea.  Why not bring people to underutilized areas of open space in the cities? Theo Wirth MTB Trail fills in a space that is otherwise used for illegal activities, and skiing in the winter.  Now MTBers fill that space and provide appropriate use of that area.  Plus it's healthy and fun, and with sustainable trail design we won't scar the land.

We should continue to fill voids with appropriate uses.

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The ridership is very low at the state capitol area because of subsidized parking.Too mnay buildings were torn down for parking lots ,they are even using parkland for parkingThe city and state are losing revenue that private businesses could be paying taxes for the lost bldgs

The taxpayer are paying twice for free/cheap parking for Govt employees  while the bus riders get no tax break and cannot deduct bus passes .

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Expand the high frequency network,the current buslines are inadequate with lines not connecting with each other and only of half of the buses are truly operating every 15mins to be useful and does not serve major desnitations every 15mins Some have too many branches and are confusing .Only #16/54/55 are truly high frequency for the entire route. Rt 6 too many branches and confusing (this busline does not need to run and duplicate services in SE) Rt 84 only 1/2 of the buses connect to LRT . Rt 21 onlly 1/2 of the buses connect to Snelling#84 . Rt 5 /19 all hi-freq need to go to Brookdale TC via 19H and 5 via Humboldt/57th to serve more areas and to eliminate duplication on Osseo serving more areas. Rt 515 offer 30mins services to MOA. Rt 10 offer 15" to 53rd Central.

Add rt 2 to join the HFN by adding Sat services every 15mins. why is 3/4 not listed.?Run rt3 via 6u

System map is too confusing with too many lines/bus routes with useless buslines that operate infrequently and competing with each other such as Cleveland Ave,Se Mpls .riders should not have to consult too many timetables
IN Brooklyn Ctr the Zane Ave#724 run to Dt during midday then riders have to check other express services peak services.

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Asian carp have already been caught in Minnesota’s waters but there is still time to act to prevent a widespread infestation. Their voracious appetites and rapid reproduction can turn a local food chain upside down. The Metropolitan Council region is a critical area to take steps to stop, slow and control the spread of Asian carp into the northern reaches of the Mississippi River, up the Minnesota River and into the St. Croix. Each of those areas has ecological and economic resources vital to the state and region that are at risk should Asian carp become established. The Minnesota DNR has established a plan to address the threat and the Met Council needs to be fully engaged in implementing the plan.

 

We need a coordinated regional effort to prevent the spread of Asian carp into Minnesota’s waters.

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We need Agriculural Preservation Districts that grow food for people living in the Twin Cities.  Where is all this food coming from that Twin City residents eat? Who and how are they growing it?  Most of it is trucked in. Too much infrastructure is needed to support such a system.  The Twin Cities should be a model for metropolitan food soveriegnty.  The highest and best use for some of our our land is to grow food (not houses or commodity crops).  Design infrastructure AROUND Agricultural Preservation Districts (central Scott County, western Hennipen County and Carver County, eastern Dakota and Washington County).  Eagan used to be a market garden farming community, but infrastructure and subsequent housing forced those farmers out.  Most got out all together.  Vegetable farming is not a high profit margin business to begin with and then slap on increased distance to market and it became altogether unprofitable.  Farms within the Agricultural Preservation Districts would grow vegetables, fruit, meat, milk, honey and maple syrup for Twin Cities markets (Farm to School, grocery stores, resturants).

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