MInneapolis

Greater MSP Transit Facts

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Recently we attended a session on the Greater MSP transit system.  We found the session to be informative and helpful.  Here are some quick facts about the Greater MSP transit system.  They serve as reminders that our investment in transit, as taxpayers, is helping people gain access to jobs and education.

The Metropolitan Council that regulates bus and light rail transit for the area, recorded over 100 million trips last year.  One bus is the equivalent of 40 cars.  One 3-car LRT train is the equivalent of 600 cars.  At rush hour, buses will transport the equivalent of 1.5 lanes of traffic.  80% of riders are going to work or school and 40% of downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis workers use transit.

As a commercial real estate advisory firm that completes many tenant and buyer representation assignments, we like the access to jobs provided to employees of all wage rates.  We feel this need for public transportation will continue to be important as labor becomes more scarce and the cost to own a vehicle continues to soar.

 

Operation Christmas Warehouse: Do you have a space to house Christmas Cheer?

Operation Christmas Warehouse:  Do you have a space to house Christmas Cheer?

Making Christmas Merry from Warehouse Space to supporting those who distribute Christmas Cheer. (Author's brother handing out shoeboxes at their kids club in Mexico City.)

Growing Pains on 35W

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An already congested segment of 35W between 43rd Street and Downtown is undergoing some major improvements and reconstruction. The project is expected to take four years with improvements on 35W from 494 to downtown expected to cost $239 million. The first major change took place last week with the Franklin Avenue bridge detour. However the long term business and public transportation impacts on South Minneapolis, particularly Lake Street will be great. The new entrance and exit ramps on Lake Street will provide much needed freeway access to revitalize business in that area. There are also some major infrastructure improvements planned with 4 bridges being repaired, 11 bridges being replaced, and the entire stretch being re-paved. We look forward to seeing how this can improve the lives of business owners, residents and commuters.

Update: Executives Night Out

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Jeff took advantage of the great fall weather by camping this weekend. No, not in the Boundary Waters, but in Downtown Minneapolis. Over $100,000 was raised for YouthLink to provide support services for homeless and at risk youth. Thank you to those of you who helped sponsor this great camp out.

Executive Night Out

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The snow on the ground this morning has us thinking about homeless and at risk youth. This is a cause near to our hearts which is why we partner with Youthlink. For this reason, every year our founder and president, Jeff LaFavre, camps out in Minneapolis to raise money for this cause. As a result of this fundraising, Youthlink is able to provide support services to vulnerable youth. Please partner with Jeff and IAG Commercial and contribute to this great cause. 

www.youthlinkmn.org/night-of-hope-sleep-out/