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Continued: Readers Write: (Sept. 26): Congress, Catholic Church, Minneapolis schools, streetcars, 'green' development

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When the district decides to make changes to boundaries, it appears to take raw data and simple geographical markers rather than looking at long-established patterns of neighborhood choices. And our neighborhood in particular seems to be in constant flux for school boundaries. So is it any wonder that parents that can leave my neighborhood schools actually do?

BRITT HEGLUND, Minneapolis

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If memory serves, not the best use of money

Having grown up in suburban Pittsburgh in the 1950s, I remember streetcars well. During a couple of summers I rode five of them to reach a job, so there was plenty of time to think and observe. They were somewhat smoother-riding than buses were then, but also interfered with other traffic more.

Regarding the rush to revive them in Minneapolis (“Streetcars tapped for 3.4-mile line,” Sept. 25), I have several thoughts:

• Pittsburgh gave up streetcars years ago, except for one line that goes through a tunnel that would not accommodate the wider buses.

• We usually had much less snow than Minneapolis does, and snow enhances the risks of collision with the less maneuverable streetcars, especially since the streetcar tracks make it more difficult to stop cars and trucks. Likely more difficult to remove the snow, also.

• I think we have enough challenges keeping our streets safe for pedestrians, bicycle riders, buses, trucks and cars.

Our money could be better spent separating the differing modes and offering express buses for routes that have more long-distance travelers. Note that express buses can pass buses making local stops, but on streetcar tracks, that advantage is lost.

Please reconsider before trying to keep up with the latest trends in transit elsewhere.

JOHN T. (JACK) GARLAND, Minneapolis

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Not so much, because (hint) it’s the cars

There is nothing green or sustainable about a housing development on a dead end street in Eden Prairie (“Eden Prairie eyes sustainable neighborhood,” Sept. 24). If the only viable form of transportation is a car, it doesn’t matter how many solar panels you slap on the roof. This is a green-washing ruse.

MICHAEL RODEN, Minneapolis

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