|[Fredo "Lake Street" Corleone goes fishing.]|
South Minneapolis needs another new freeway onramp like Justin Morneau needs a blow to the head. It's like building more shipping canals in New Orleans...
But it's going to happen anyway. I wrote a new post over at Streets.mn today about the "35-W Access Project" at Lake and 1st, which was recently approved by the Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works Committee. The project is half-good or half-bad, depending on how you look at it. Mostly, it really makes you wish for some state transportation efforts that would make one really, truly, completely happy.
Pondering the vote made me think about some of the lessons you might draw from a project like this. The most important one revolves around negativity, that cities main point of leverage is the ability to say "no" to state and federal transportation agencies. In the end, it's not much of a lever. Here's the main point from the article, entitled "Three Lessons from Minneapolis' Pyrrhic Victory on Lake Street" (check out the meta quoting):
|[That's not Minneapolis, that's Winona.]|