Getting Around

DSC00579Let’s talk transportation in Little Falls, MN.

What’s your primary mode of transportation in our fair city? Driving, walking, getting rides from someone else, including public transit?

How would you improve these various modes of transportation in the city?

How are the roads in your area? 

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  1. As you can see from the photo, the roads near me, particularly the avenues, are in pretty rough shape. A number of years ago, there was a move to pave our alley. Half of the families on our alley, including us, opposed paving it because water drained off it quite well and we didn’t see a need to pave it. We, Hubby and I, argued at the City Council meeting that paving the alley would increase run-off, which would increase the load on the City’s sewer system. Also, there would be a continual cost to maintain the paving. The alley got paved anyway, with one Council member having the audacity to tell us that we’d eventually be happy with the decision. Well, since the alley was paved, the City has discussed how its sewer system can’t handle all the run-off, probably because of all the paving in town, and the alley has had to be repaved because it was done incorrectly. And we still don’t give one fig about whether it’s paved or not.

    In Little Falls, I mostly get around by driving because things are so far away. My secondary mode of transportation is walking.

    With a nationwide move to make cities more walkable and to increase public transit, I don’t see much movement along these lines in Little Falls. Not a concerted effort, anyway. Sure, we have MorrTrans, which is really a godsend, but we don’t seem to do any sort of planning or zoning to encourage people to walk. Part of walkability is having everyday services nearby. With no grocery store on the West Side, it’s pretty tough for West Siders to do their grocery shopping without a vehicle. If you do your grocery shopping at Walmart, because it is on the far eastern edge of town, you pretty much have to drive there no matter where you live.

    The farther we spread the City, the more infrastructure we need, which makes it even more important to develop the community in such a way that necessary/regular services are closer to neighborhoods. Or we need to make mass transit more available.

    A radical thought … why, once we have a paved road in place, do we continue to think we must keep it paved forever? Why not return lesser-used roads to an unpaved state and save the money needed to maintain them?

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