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The neighborhoods along the Hiawatha Line offered a limited number of opportunity sites for new development compared to the other transit
lines considered in this report. Nevertheless, the corridor saw a tremendous amount of new development, an estimated 6.7 million square feet
since the line opened. Most development is focused in and around the downtown, and is associated with long-term efforts aimed at revitalizing
the downtown riverfront and warehouse district. The majority of development along the line consists of new condominiums and apartments built
in the downtown and elsewhere along the line. These residential uses benefit from proximity to the new transit line because it offers easy access to several key regional destinations. The value of this accessibility will increase over time as the
existing network expands to encompass additional destinations in the region. Studies of the Hiawatha line have
found that the limited connectivity between the stations and the neighborhoods to the east has hindered ridership,
and the limited access by these station areas has resulted in...
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