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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 2 months ago
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At busy intersections with lots of pedestrians stop all traffic and create diagonal cross crosswalks through the middle of intersections to greatly reduce the risk of vehicles hitting pedestrians. This is being done in LA and other places in California, which can be confirmed by a Google search.

http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-diagonal-crosswalks-20141103-story.html

Dylan Noonan 2 months ago

We live near 50th and France and we're tired of cars speeding down our street. There are many families on our street with young children that would love the idea to be a reality. I'm specifically talking about Halifax Ave S but I'm sure other streets have similar concerns.

Is there a way we can request a survey or poll to implement the idea?

The intersection of Tracy and Valley View has become increasingly busy. Vehicles trying to cross or merge onto Tracy from Valley View, or the HWY 62 exit have extremely long wait times, and major back ups. This would be a similar idea to the four way stop at Benton and Normandale, which has greatly reduced the backups and wait times of cars merging onto or crossing Benton.

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The format of these "Discussions" makes it difficult to discuss them. In particular, limiting the topics within a "Discussion" to pre-defined topics, sometimes all variations on the same topic, cuts off the discussion before it gets started.

How about using a format (or a different tool, if that's necessary) that puts the issue out there, then lets people comment about the facets they want to talk about?

The current Discussion on the proposed Greenview Lid over highway 100, for example, has four Topics, all variations on what we'd like in the park that would be built there. What if people want to talk about some other aspect of the project, like making sure the project improves the traffic flow at Gus Young Lane? What if people have ideas for something other than a park? If the idea is to get people's thoughts, the tools need to be more open-ended.

I understand the need to prevent it from becoming a free-wheeling, grouse about anything forum. But the current forum is too restrictive.

Submitted by resident Joel Stegner:

This week there is a public hearing about passenger rail. A public hearing is at best going to only attract 1% of Edina resident (500 is 1% of 50,000) and the focus will always be Not in My Back Yard opposition. In other the words the people who live close to the line who don't want it developed will show up at the meeting. Others like me who are more positive but not angry won't show up and won't be heard. I believe this is the reason the earlier attempt to do this was blocked and that no consideration given to bring the SW Light Rail through Edina.

These public meetings are always at night and during the week, times when young adults and families are busy. So the tiny sample is skewed toward empty nesters and seniors, who are less open to do new things.

Frankly, a big topic like this deserves to be in the Quality of Life survey, or covered by a well designed survey, but lacking that the city should always give residents two clear options - encourage them to write a letter to the Council and have it as a topic on Speak Out Edina.

If you only provide a convenient forum to those who have an ax to grind, you will continue to run the city not based on broad public opinion, but the loudest, angriest voices.

Idea: Road Repair

Richard Cheng about 1 year ago

Have you ever seen road repairs, and no one is working on it? This certainly provides inconvenience to residents for no reason at all. I suggest road repairs be done one at a time. The construction company should not put up all the road blocks and not working on the site. After they put up all the road blocks, they should work on it and finish it right away.

When informing to residents regarding road construction, it will be helpful to include a map. Write-ups are usually not clear. For new residents, write-ups are very confusing. It should not be too difficult to include a map to clarify.

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Jane Du about 1 year ago

Is there a schedule of pothole repairs? And could someone please post? Living in a teardown area (Drew) and our street is full of deep potholes.

All residents should have an opportunity to participate. Not just selected residents.

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Idea: as would be expected the traffic is the main problem. the only way to deal with this efficiently is to create one way traffic (two lanes) in a circular fashion or creating a semi-circle to get people where they need to go. ideally the traffic would turn right to enter the encircling roadway. so people traveling west on 50th would turn right onto france headed north. they would turn left at 49 1/2 street and turn right onto 50th. this keeps traffic away from the 2 crosswalks on 50th. the 50th people coming east would turn right past lunds with two lanes headed south. they would take a left on france again with two lanes. this leaves the area of 50th between Damicos and the corner of 50th (Halifax) and France which would be a nice walkway. or better yet is to create more of a circle by emminent domain taking the two homes on the west side of Ewing and continue with a new street up north on Ewing going slightly northeast towards AgraCulture and thus 50th. this would create a walkway on france between 51st street and 50th, again another nice walkway opens up on a now busy stretch of road. this would be two lane as well with people thus going east on 50th bypassing the busy part of 50th between Halifax and france. also could use emminent domain to continue up Ewing north of 50th curving west just past Caribou coffee to meet up with 49 1/2 street. i have thought about this a lot and think that this circuitous route of a oneway with two lanes of traffic would increase flow and still provide for a nice walkway. it would also keep the new parking available to people headed one way on 49th 1/2 street. thus this "circular route" goes counter-clockwise to give people a bypass of a busy part of 50th that slows down traffic tremendously. thank you for your consideration

Stan Davis over 1 year ago

as would be expected the traffic is the main problem. the only way to deal with this efficiently is to create one way traffic (two lanes) in a circular fashion or creating a semi-circle to get people where they need to go. ideally the traffic would turn right to enter the encircling roadway. so people traveling west on 50th would turn right onto france headed north. they would turn left at 49 1/2 street and turn right onto 50th. this keeps traffic away from the 2 crosswalks on 50th. the 50th people coming east would turn right past lunds with two lanes headed south. they would take a left on france again with two lanes. this leaves the area of 50th between Damicos and the corner of 50th (Halifax) and France which would be a nice walkway.

or better yet is to create more of a circle by emminent domain taking the two homes on the west side of Ewing and continue with a new street up north on Ewing going slightly northeast towards AgraCulture and thus 50th. this would create a walkway on france between 51st street and 50th, again another nice walkway opens up on a now busy stretch of road. this would be two lane as well with people thus going east on 50th bypassing the busy part of 50th between Halifax and france.

also could use emminent domain to continue up Ewing north of 50th curving west just past Caribou coffee to meet up with 49 1/2 street.

i have thought about this a lot and think that this circuitous route of a oneway with two lanes of traffic would increase flow and still provide for a nice walkway. it would also keep the new parking available to people headed one way on 49th 1/2 street.

thus this "circular route" goes counter-clockwise to give people a bypass of a busy part of 50th that slows down traffic tremendously. thank you for your consideration

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