LRT Riders at 38th and 46th Street Stations, 05-13-08 and 05-14-08

By admin, July 1, 2008 6:25 am

This input was gathered by project public participation consultant Anne Carroll along with Humphrey Institute Capstone Team members on 38th Street and 46th Street Light Rail Station platforms during the morning rush hour. Interviewees were given a small amount of background information and then asked for their response to the following question: What kinds of improvements do you think would create a more vibrant community and increase your quality of life? They were then asked for contact information so they could learn of future opportunities to participate and so their home locations could be mapped. Below is a compilation of their input.  In addition, some gave their comments by video: Video, gathering input from LRT riders, May 08

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Shops
• Have a retail association, give awards for improvements businesses make in corridor
• St. Paul seems to have more small businesses this area doesn’t seem as friendly to family businesses
• More stores, grocery stores or anything, just have more stores
• Tax breaks for businesses along corridor
• Move commercial businesses
• Small stores, gift shops, plant store
• More retail wanted
• Boutiques and Shops
• Craft store
• Shopping Spots
• More stores-such as grocery and clothing
• More residential and commercial development
• Improved commercial corridor
• More retail (outdoor equipment, bike repair), clothing/department store, shops (along Minnehaha there are lots of flower shops, not sure if we need more boutiques).
• OK to keep warehouses.
• More smaller, local businesses – put $$ back into community
• Keep some industry
• No chains (businesses)
• Family-owned businesses
• Not too many businesses
• Shopping needed along the highway (bike shop); otherwise, people have to go up to Lake Street
• Local business – two have closed in last few weeks – cause for worry
• Promote more neighborhood and locally-owned businesses
• Not a lot of retail businesses along Hiawatha – reconfiguration
• Health clinic

Restaurants/Food
• Organic foods/grocery store
• Grocery store could link the two communities (Longfellow and Standish-Ericsson)
• Grocery store near 46th; 46th – closer than Cub
• Grocery stores are already near enough
• Commercial development in corridor – restaurants, bars, shopping; great restaurants already in neighborhood.
• More restaurants
• More restaurants, real restaurants – not fast food
• Diverse restaurant options in area; more Asian foods
• More restaurants to choose from – “diversity” – e.g., coffee shops, pastry shops
• Lack of restaurants – “needs variety” – family-type, glass of wine/dinner type preferred, but not real upscale
• More restaurants needed along Hiawatha and Minnehaha – above fast food levels
• Nice restaurants
• Encourage businesses along the way (in the corridor), create incentives for businesses owners, i.e. Hiawatha Joes
• Clubs

TRANSPORTATION

LRT/Public Transportation
• Other LRT options in area
• Frequency of trains could improve
• Heater spaces expansion in LRT areas, more heated shelters (LRT) for winter time
• Generally pretty happy with it
• Less waiting at traffic light, people wait five minutes if both trains go by, sometimes miss LRT connection when on the bus because of Hiawatha lights.
• Light timing is off
• Moved to area for LRT – not driven to work in 2 years
• Indoor waiting shelters
• Trolley cars to connect parks, lakes, and communities
• Make it so you don’t have to use car – public transit
• Glad to see progress was made with Hiawatha LRT, now Central Corridor is needed
• Fix 46th Street light – people rush to get across it to reach train.
• Hiawatha is a busy street
• Parking lot for LRT riders
• No parking designated around LRT station, car towings occur – “makes no sense”
• Lake Street Park and Ride packed before 8. It is busy.
• Need more park and rides – better parking – would use LRT more if there was better parking
• More mass transit – especially the way gas prices are now
• Expand light rail
• LRT is beneficial for veterans
• Buses can’t turn by VA station to drop people off
• Satisfied with LRT – takes child to school with it
• Better transit – more frequent buses
• 46th Street Station is in good shape.
• Bus routes good
• LRT is a plus
• LRT is nice
• Park and ride would be nice at 38th or 46th street
• Just moved here, trains are crap (he moved from Chicago)
• Could expand LRT
• Get more people to use public transportation
• Apple gives $100/mo for transit use, incentives, ½ take advantage of this program
• More parking by LRT, its very limited, park and ride even
• Pay permits would be great for park and ride
• Really like the neighborhood, just started riding LRT
• LRT causes huge separation between Hiawatha and industrial

Biking/Pedestrian
• Generally Satisfied
• Pedestrian bridges
• Better pedestrian crossing of Hiawatha
• Put a tunnel at 38th Street for pedestrian crossing
• More pedestrian crossings around LRT stations
• Use pedestrian crossings while crossing streets
• Create more pedestrian bridges across Hiawatha
• Greenway pedestrian bridge a waste, there are already places to cross the street
• More pedestrian friendly, keeping theme of LRT
• Widen side walk on east side for pedestrians
• More bike storage both on trains and at stations
• Better connectivity to the greenway, Minnehaha Creek trail system, between communities and parks/lakes, from 46th to Greenway and Metrodome along Hiawatha, and East/west connectivity to LRT
• More “destinational” multi-use trails
• Better bike and bus connections
• Bike trails-nice, but need more multi-use (walking/running/biking) trails like the greenway
• A vertical (east/west) as well as north/south corridor trail
• Trails that can be used in the winter
• Better transit service along the long, dark stretch from 42nd to 54th
• Bike lanes between Ford Parkway and the 46th St. station
• Better bike lanes down Hiawatha
• Actual paved bike trails to connect greenway to corridor communities
• Light timing – takes forever, not enough time for pedestrians
• Pedestrian and bike bridges across Hiawatha
• There are good bikeways and parks now
• More bike routes
• Bike path-wherever it could go, even if adding to sidewalk, only do not put the bike lane in the sidewalk
• Finish the bike route plans already in place
• Add a bike lane, where can we ride on the east side
• We don’t want people riding against traffic on Hiawatha
• Make intersections more pedestrian and bike friendly
• Safe bike paths, better marked bike lanes
• More N-S bike lanes
• Crowded – people are out in traffic
• Educate drivers about watching bikers
• Walkways

Cars/Motorized Vehicles
• Drivers don’t know the rules concerning pedestrians and bikers
• Create more level streets-potholes everywhere
• Improved highway connectivity-it takes a long time to get downtown
• Improve connectivity of neighborhoods to highways
• Better light timing, better signal coordination
• Traffic signals synchronization
• Traffic lights – 46th and Hiawatha – “the worst” – people have to sit through three cycles
• Frustrated with traffic lights coming from other side of Hiawatha at 46th Street. Traffic backs up for a block – can’t tell who is turning or going straight.
• Traffic calming
• Good street maintenance
• The more traffic and more people, the more accidents occur.
• Too much traffic in the corridor
• Figure out congestion and lights.
• Roads – fix potholes all around

HOUSING

• Not condos or apartments – already enough
• Create a high diversity of housing – affordable
• More affordable housing needed in the area- not necessarily apartments
• More single family housing (homes/townhouses) combination – affordable
• Lots of housing built up this way – are they affordable?
• Enough housing now
• Mixed use, housing, and retail
• Too many condos
• The development of housing seems to be moving along ok, i.e. condos, etc
• Create apartments
• Create bigger family houses
• Create housing, condos and apartments for people (already) living in area
• Affordable housing

URBAN FORM

Land Use
• Land use-“rideable” and “walkable”-should lead to LRT
• Like small town feel at 34th Street
• Green space – like by the Minnehaha Falls
• Combination of keeping South Minneapolis in same style but more vibrant
• Less industrial, more residential
• Not condos – mixture of residential and commercial
• Parks – use more green space, more green space throughout
• More green space and use it as a barrier between industrial and residential
• Hates urban sprawl all the way to Vets home
• More parkways and public areas
• Develop the Purina plant so it doesn’t look so industrial, if the redevelopment would increase jobs don’t get rid of it. What is role of the industrial eyesore?
• Cant develop the LRT side
• Have a balanced approach to development in the area, not gentrification
• Commit to the idea of sustainability
• Don’t want it to turn into suburban mall
• Resurface industrial buildings
• Keep industrial buildings if needed
• Make nodes, distinct points in the area
• Old industrial doesn’t seem to fit with what’s happening right now
• Around stations put more dense housing, commercial development and restaurants

Built Environment
• Industrial cleanup between grain towers – convert them to something
• Grain elevators – “blighted”, tear them out and build something nice, silos and industrial buildings are “nasty” and need to be replaced. They make road and neighborhood look horrible.
• Keep grain elevators
• Grain elevators are an eyesore
• Something needs to be done with silos, maybe residential
• Landscaping, and beautification of the area
• Seminars on gardening
• More community gardens, dedicated areas, native plants
• Likes flowers, trees around the highway and light rail
• Move greening along roads
• Use greenway
• Add to quality of life without requiring people to be in cars all the time

Cleanup/Beautification
• Make the area nice for the railway – something nice to see – “eye opener”
• More trees and landscaping – welcoming environment
• 38th and Hiawatha is not the prettiest – needs grass, trees, shrubs
• Clean up along bike trail along west side of LRT tracks – junky along Lake Street tracks.
• Its OK
• Parks and trails – keep it pretty
• “Cleaned up and prettied”
• Many cigarette butts on the ground LRT station – need ashtrays
• Keep area clean, less litter, trash, garbage
• Keep smokers away from LRT station (no one there to enforce it)
• Plant trees and flowers by LRT station, it would be nice to see flowers in the area
• Pick up some trash! All the way up to cedar, there is lots of litter
• Do something with industrial buildings, some are quite decrepit
• Minnehaha park band shell, revamp it, make bigger
• Repaint industrial silos

Community Enhancing Resources
• Create community centers
• Strong neighborhood association
• More kids programming in the parks
• Education, community programs family life
• More things like the (Heart of the Beast) theater
• Get people off streets into shelters, lots of people standing around
• Places for homeless people to stay
• Attractive places to walk without a car, it is a little gritty
• Places to meet friends to eat or just hang out

Public Safety/Crime
• Make sure construction companies finish their projects or seal them off so kids don’t get hurt.
• Crime – business robberies are of concern (Minnehaha coffee shop and nursery).
• People accosted on LRT platforms and nearby
• Less crime – unsafe to bike or walk at night.
• Getting crowded in this area
• 38th Street station has had attacks – safety concerns
• While you stand and wait for a bus, you have to keep an eye out
• Likes the area – not much improvement needed
• Better street lighting – there are dark spots a couple blocks down – dark at night
• Graffiti all over – covered the wall on 50th Street
• More police coverage in the evenings – relative attacked by 50th Street
• Really nice area

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