The above ground utilities in Minneapolis, St Paul and inner suburbs are not only highly unsightly in many areas, but also a safety and maintenance issue. Each year countless citizens go without power for long stretches after storms rip down trees and the lines with them. It is time to start developing/implementing a plan to bury utilities as project opportunities become available - like alley, street, path or sidewalk reconstruction. Incorporating a systematic plan and funding to alleviate this mess could make the Twin Cities area more livable - better looking, safer, less maintenance, less inconvenience due to outages.
The Met Council should also look at utilizing volunteer efforts as a part of their projects to save costs - such as brush removal/grubbing, debris/litter pickup, plantings/watering, carpentry and general labor.