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by nate
February 14th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 702
Views: 67116

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

There was an article in the Midway Monitor about proposed developments directly across Snelling that were presented to the Union Park neighborhood group. I read quickly this morning as my pre-schooler demanded attention, so I think I’m in the ballpark but numbers may not be exactly on. Development 1...
by nate
October 25th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 702
Views: 67116

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

A couple thoughts: this is in my neighborhood and I am relatively connected to the goings-on. 1. The stadium does feel extremely suburban at the moment. I’m a little disappointed in the skin - renderings showed as more translucent during the daytime, allowing the dramatic structure to show through. ...
by nate
October 3rd, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 383
Views: 52919

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

What is the projected ridership of the Gold Line? IIRC it is in the 5-7k range. A 2% increase in project budget that results in a 10-20% increase in ridership is a steal at twice the price. Why, exactly, wouldn’t we want to do this?
by nate
April 18th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N
Replies: 39
Views: 5241

Re: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N

mattaudio wrote:
April 17th, 2018, 9:01 pm
Am I the only one who hates off-street parking lots where you pull in, aren't guaranteed to find a spot, and have to turn around to pull back out?
No, you are not the only one. This parking plan is a swing and a miss.
by nate
April 10th, 2018, 8:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Art and Architecture Building Development - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / 155'
Replies: 92
Views: 12594

Re: Art and Architecture Building Redevelopment - 3338 University Ave SE - 17 Stories / 195'

The growth along the Green Line corridor is beginning to reach pretty impressive proportions. Hopefully it starts moving deeper into St Paul soon.
by nate
February 28th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 2871
Views: 280839

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor)

So I have been riding the Green Line daily in St Paul for nearly four years now. I know the ins and outs of the system. I can tell when there's an especially experienced operator who knows when to accelerate and how to brake without making the ride jerky. I have been unquestionably the most sober pe...
by nate
February 12th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul
Replies: 210
Views: 35050

Re: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul

I know this building is right in the middle of lease-up, so judgment may be premature, but I am extremely unimpressed with what I'm seeing out there: - Interior circulation is confusing, there isn't a great sense of how to move through the space, or your relationship with the outside world, or your ...
by nate
January 23rd, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 270
Views: 14881

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

@mspbjhalter tweeted that MSP submitted 18 sites. What were our metro boosters thinking?! 🤦‍♂️ ...they wanted to come off as desperate,clingy, and versatile? They should have mailed it day before the deadline on the back of an Arby's Napkin and given only 1 site.. I'm sure they would have been more...
by nate
October 19th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 270
Views: 14881

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

Can we all agree that maybe $7B is too much money to spend, but $0 is too little?
by nate
October 5th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 790
Views: 73011

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Given the awesome expansion possibilities on this line, it seems like a real mistake to build it out to operate in mixed traffic and only accommodate 1 car trains.
by nate
September 10th, 2017, 11:16 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 270
Views: 14881

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

All that said, this RFP seems destined to be awarded to Denver or Austin. Anywhere else and I would be pretty surprised.
by nate
September 10th, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 270
Views: 14881

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

I don't think we will get selected, but I do sense MSP would make some kind of a short list because we have many of the qualities they seem to be after. If we were somehow to get it, without breaking the bank, then bully for us. I would be pumped. I do think if we want to have a chance then the site...
by nate
August 25th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Office Market
Replies: 76
Views: 13043

Re: St. Paul Office Market

That is an interesting report. I didn't know they already had such a presence in the Coco space down by Union Depot - 75 people is equivalent to a decent-sized company. I know there are other companies with suburban campuses that maintain office space downtown - Land O Lakes has their marketing grou...
by nate
August 17th, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Milwaukee
Replies: 11
Views: 922

Milwaukee

Surprised not to see a Milwaukee thread already. Spent a few days last week there, for the first time. See below for thoughts: The downtown area seems to reside somewhere between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St Paul in terms of density and vibrancy. It is interesting that the freeways, when buil...
by nate
July 7th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2209
Views: 205033

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

So now that the downtown Mpls LRT shutdown is over, has anyone noticed any difference in the operations of the trains in the past week? There was speculation somewhere that the new signals being installed would allow the trains to run more smoothly through downtown - curious to know if that is the c...
by nate
January 31st, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Skyway System
Replies: 18
Views: 2247

Re: St. Paul Skyway System

I don't know if the Central Station skyway connection is the best case study for improved street/skyway connections, because from an urban design standpoint it is flawed. However, it does point to the need to make street/skyway connections happen at points of active uses at both levels, so problems ...
by nate
January 19th, 2017, 7:33 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 702
Views: 67116

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I don't claim to be smarter than you, but it reads to me that conflicting lease agreements, etc were in place which were slowing down the process to the point that stadium construction would be delayed. The Port Authority entering the process must be working to smooth these legal items over. At what...
by nate
January 17th, 2017, 9:43 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Sears Redevelopment
Replies: 63
Views: 13771

Re: Sears Redevelopment

I was surprised to see that the old Greyhound bus station and streetcar-era commercial buildings on University between Rice and Marion have been demolished. I have not heard if this is related to this development - has anyone seen anything?
by nate
November 17th, 2016, 9:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Improving Metro Transit's urban bus service
Replies: 119
Views: 8302

Re: Improving Metro Transit's urban bus service

I think extending the 83 on each end would result in a major improvement in ridership.

I see a fair number of people transferring from the 83 to the Green Line at Lexington Station, but I have a difficult time imagining it ever having robust ridership with its current end points.
by nate
November 14th, 2016, 10:45 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Presidential Election 2016
Replies: 1007
Views: 53565

Re: Presidential Election 2016

i have a feeling Trump will be very adept at the kind of propositions that David has brought up here and on the Transportation forum. It will require some real resolve on the part of our politicians to resist the temptation of federal money, and has the potential for real political consequences. In ...

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