Wednesday, September 12, 2007

And You Thought I Was Done With Transit!

To review, the first major step in revamping the city (and laying the groundwork for rapid transit!) is promoting community corridors wherever possible. The are numerous such roads in the cities right now, but there can (and should!) be more.

To achieve this, we need to start blocking off intersections. To see an example, go drive down Kasota Ave, just east of 15th Ave NE. You'll see that it runs for a good half-mile at 35 mph, and although there are easily a half-dozen residential roads that could intersect it, those roads are in fact closed off from Kasota itself.

This has the practical effect of (1) better insulating the residential neighborhoods from through traffic, and (2) turning Kasota into an arterial road.

I suggest we start examining all the road patterns in the city to identify where this pattern can be implemented. Obviously, I'm mostly familiar with my neighborhood (Marcy-Holmes and UMinn). What other roads are good contenders from this treatment?


Anonymous Bonnie Erickson said...

Certainly not University Avenue which is the proposed location for the Central Corridor. St. Paul has several excellent throughways: Pierce Butler, Energy Park Drive, and the Phalen Corridor to mention a few. I doubt they will be the sites for future light rail as the entire focus is currently on University.

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