Edward V. Lofstrom Papers
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- 1966 - 1992
- Lofstrom, Edward V. (Person)
In addition to his work as an architect he was a proponent of alternative modes of urban transportation. He was especially interested in promoting the implementation of a light rail system to serve the Twin Cities and the surrounding area. To this end he became involved in a number of groups that advocated mass transit. These included H.E.L.P (Highways Eliminate Lakes and Parks), the Advisory Commission, and the Advisory Committee on Transit.
With these groups he wrote letters and reports to newspapers and politicians describing issues with the existing transit system. Chief among these was the proliferation of the private automobile. He believed that the continued growth use of automobiles and busses lead to the creation of urban sprawl. Therefore, he believed that the best way to avoid this was the creation of a light rail system.
From the 1960s through the 1990s he worked with transportation groups in an effort to implement a light rail system. With these groups he advocated the cost effectiveness of this system, as well as its lessened effects on the environment. In addition, he continued to write to various people and media outlets describing the advantage of this system as a clean, quiet, and safe alternative to private transportation. Furthermore, he became active in the battle over highway 55, and the Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail project.
In addition to his civic work, he was also involved with the Minnesota Transit Museum. In 1979 he designed a car barn for their Lake Harriet location which is now the Minnesota Street Car Museum. In addition he was asked to engineer a retaining wall for the museum, and sign off on the prefabricated portions of the building.
Lofstrom died on January 15, 2002 in Edina Minnesota. He was 89 years old.
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- Local transit -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Minnesota Transit Museum (Minneapolis, Minn.)
- Railroads, Local and light -- Minnesota -- Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Street-railroads -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis Metropolitan Area Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Edward V. Lofstrom Papers
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- March 2, 2013
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