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|From: patty guerrero (pattypaxicloud.com)|
|Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 19:10:29 -0800 (PST)|
resolution for caucus Tuesday. patty > Begin forwarded message: > > From: Susu Jeffrey <SUSUJEFFREY [at] msn.com> > Subject: Save the Mississippi Gorge caucus resolution (Please share) > Date: February 2, 2018 at 9:07:02 PM CST > To: Susu Jeffrey <susujeffrey [at] msn.com>, mn350-tar-sands-team > <mn350-tar-sands-team [at] googlegroups.com>, AlliantACTION group > <alliantactionvigil [at] lists.riseup.net> > > > Save the Mississippi Gorge caucus resolution > > Minnesota's precinct caucuses will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:00 > pm. To find your Democratic or Republican caucus location go to > http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ <http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/>. > > Save the Mississippi Gorge is an effort to protect the unique river canyon > running through the Twin Cities. The gorge was carved by glacial meltwaters > twelve-thousand years ago. There are already some 20 bridges across the river > in the urban Twin Cities and two new single-use crossings are being > discussed. > > To recognize the past, protect the future and make the best use of citizens > tax dollars, Save the Mississippi Gorge. > > Resolution > > Whereas, the Mississippi gorge, from the confluence of the Minnesota and > Mississippi rivers upstream to the falls now called St. Anthony, is the only > true river gorge on the entire 2,350-mile length of the great river, and is a > National Park, and > > Whereas, the confluence area is sacred to the Mdewakanton people of the > Dakota nation, called B’dote, “meeting of waters” and considered their Garden > of Eden, their place of origin, and > > Whereas, already existing bridges beside State Highway 5 across the B’dote > could serve riders from Saint Paul to the airport and Mall of America, and > the Midtown Greenway railroad bridge at 27th Street from Minneapolis to Saint > Paul, could be retrofitted to serve bicyclists and pedestrians, > > Now Therefore Be It Resolved that new transportation routes across the > Mississippi gorge National Park be retrofitted into already existing bridges > for the least environmental damage and most economical cost to taxpayers. > > Background on the Bike/Pedestrian Bridge > > Proposed Bike-Pedestrian Bridge Across Mississippi Gorge Stirs Controversy > Friends of the Mississippi River article > https://fmr.org/proposed-bridge-across-gorge-stirs-controversy > <https://fmr.org/proposed-bridge-across-gorge-stirs-controversy> > Bike/Pedestrian Bridge > > The Midtown Greenway Coalition (MGC) is hiring a consultant, for $7k, to > determine the cost of converting the 27th street rail bridge into a bike/ped > bridge. Fund raising begins this spring with a $7K challenge match. > > It is interesting that citizens rather than government are seeking a more > environmental, less invasive, less expensive transportation option. > > Note from an inveterate biker: “Midtown Greenway has been floating the bridge > idea for some time. > > We really do not need another crossing. Lake St and Franklin Ave and Ford > Pkwy are good bike routes over the river. > > Franklin Bridge was just remodeled and has two car lanes now, not four. It > is very bike and pedestrian friendly. > > The new bike bridge would not provide a valuable connection for a greenway > going east into St. Paul. “ > > Background on the Proposed New Bridge Across the Mississippi-Minnesota > Confluence > > A new single-use electric trolley bridge is being talked about from St. Paul > to the airport and Mall of America parallel to the existing Route 5. The > bridge would cross the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area > (MNRRA), a 72-mile national park from Dayton MN along the Mississippi south > to below Hastings. > > Both the proposed trolley bridge and the bike/pedestrian bridge would > interrupt national parkland in both Twin Cities disturbing the continuity of > flora and fauna along the river. > > The confluence of the Minnesota & Minnesota rivers, B’dote in Dakota > (“meeting of waters”) is considered the place of origin for the Mdewakanton > Dakota people, a sacred site comparable to the Garden of Eden > (https://www.nps.gov/miss/learn/historyculture/confluence.htm > <https://www.nps.gov/miss/learn/historyculture/confluence.htm>). > > Information about the electric trolley from Saint Paul to the airport and > Mall of America can be found at www.communityreporter.org > <http://www.communityreporter.org/>. Community Reporter is a neighborhood > newspaper. > > See, Letter to the Editor in the Dec. issue go to the Home page, click on > Archives, and select Dec. 2017, page 3. It is signed, a West End Resident. > (And yes, there are two places in the printed piece, with grammatical errors). > > More up to date information can be found in the current, January 2018 issue, > by looking at two articles: > Neighbors Speak Out - "What's Next?" by Kent Petterson. This appears on the > front page, and continues on the bottom of page 2, PAC. Note in the last > paragraph that this project has been given a feasibility rating of low/medium > in terms of the Federal Government criteria, and that it would need to rise > to a medium/medium high rating to have a chance for competitive federal > funding. > On page 2, "Council Perspectives". Rebecca Noecker, who is both on the St. > Paul City Council, and on the Riverview Transit Study Committee, writes about > her vote for the streetcar. > > > Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows 10 >
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