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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.

5 Votes Acknowledged

Xis x about 5 years ago

I should not have to be disturbed in my home several times a day (or night) by my neighbors' barking dogs. The current ordinance permits frequent barking, and is all but unenforceable. Nothing has made me want to move out of my Minneapolis neighborhood more than this. Most dog owners are considerate and law-abiding, but there are many who are not, and they are allowing their pets' harsh and unpleasant noise pollution to enter into their neighbors' houses and yards. 

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The Minneapolis/St. Paul neighborhoods need more lighting (specifically pedestrian-level).  I understand this would be expensive to implement in every neighborhood, but those with longer blocks (South Minneapolis) and more crime should have more lighting to reduce crime and allow people to feel more safe in general.

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If the trend toward rediscovery of the virtues of close-in urban living continues, our existing neighborhoods will need to fully embrace reasonable and thoughtful proposals for development. Some areas act as if they are villages frozen in an F. Scott Fitzgerald era novel (Linden Hills?). And while historic preservation and neighborhood character are noble virtues to be upheld, they are not sacrosanct to the point of inaction. They must be balanced with the needs of the present and future. This is not a call for high-rise towers on the shores of Lake of the Isles — just a pragmatic awareness and plan for evolving the urban form sensibly. The viability of transit, commercial nodes and so many other things we value in a city depend on not being stuck in time to a fault.

27 Votes Acknowledged

The downtown core and surrounding areas like Mill City and the Warehouse District need more trash cans on the sidewalks.  Stealing from another website: "Attention to the design, materials and placement of trashcans enhances the public realm and adds to a sense of place."

10 Votes Acknowledged

David Greene over 5 years ago

Paint/post local area maps on various public infrastructure pieces such as electrical boxes, signal control boxes, LRT control boxes, etc.  This would both beautify often ugly structures and provide a helpful guide to visitors.  Maps could include local businesses, parks and historical points of interest.

11 Votes Acknowledged

The area around Linden Yards and the Minneapolis impound lot is blighted and polluted.  Years of the city dumping its industrial garbage there has severely impacted surrounding communities.  Those communities have produced a wonderful plan to create housing and jobs in the area: the Basset Creek Valley Master Plan.  This plan was adopted into the city's comp plan and approved by the Metropolitan Council.
This would be a regional destination with high-quality jobs and recreation spaces.  The Council should invest resources in making it happen.  At the very least, it should ensure that the area is not wasted on a diesel train layover and maintenance facility, as Hennepin County has proposed.  Such a facility would simply increase the cumulative impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.  These neighborhoods deserve real restorative investment.

6 Votes Acknowledged

Where reasonable, encourage local governments to consider rezoning residential parcels for commercial development to improve the walkability of neighborhoods by introducing amenities that might otherwise require a car/bus trip. Infill construction and mixed-use properties can contribute greatly to slowing/halting urban/suburban sprawl.

28 Votes Acknowledged

These sprawling corporate campuses encourage and directly facilitate urban sprawl, sucking the vitality from our downtowns (Mpls/Stp).

28 Votes Acknowledged

David Greene over 5 years ago

We must reign in the sprawl that is costing our region billions of dollars.  Implement a Portland-style urban growth boundary and enforce it by refusing to fund sewer and trasportation investment beyond it.  While this may result in "leapfrog" development somewhere beyond the boundary, the cost of a longer commute would tend to attenuate the problem.  This idea would need some support from MnDOT to limit freeway growth near the boundary.

31 Votes Acknowledged