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by phop
August 10th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 13607

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Does anyone have an idea when/if the Star Tribune will drop a poll? At this point I would probably vote for whomever was ahead between Walz/Murphy in order to deny Swanson.
by phop
August 3rd, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 2700 University Avenue Development
Replies: 144
Views: 26962

Re: 2700 University Avenue Development

Not in this building, but somewhat relevant is that the Dunn Bros. in the adjacent Metro Lofts building — which has been there for at least a decade and is adjacent to the green line station — just closed. So that leaves two empty retail bays in Metro Lofts. Hodges Bend is going to need some good l...
by phop
July 23rd, 2018, 10:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 43 stories / 526'
Replies: 126
Views: 15310

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 43 stories / 526'

The sidewalk in question (on the south side of the parkway) actually ends before it can reach 13th avenue. Anyone using this sidewalk would be stranded mid-block. A new driveway+raised crosswalk would be an upgrade overall considering that this is not currently a reasonable route for anyone.
by phop
June 24th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2068
Views: 185193

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Heartening to see the add-on (Hamline, Victoria, Western) Green Line stations continuing to post solid to great ridership.
by phop
June 22nd, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland
Replies: 28
Views: 2494

Re: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland

+2 large influxes of office workers in the near future (Hennepin County consolidating into the old Thrivent building and Minneapolis consolidating into the new building). The demand for services in this area is just going to keep increasing.
by phop
June 12th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 112
Views: 14769

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

The ramp/apartments project on the half-block has apparently broken ground:

https://finance-commerce.com/2018/06/he ... partments/
by phop
June 9th, 2018, 8:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S
Replies: 387
Views: 64299

Re: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S

This area of a few blocks is set to absorb over 800 housing units in the next year or so, pretty cool. Hopefully this means even more neighborhood-oriented businesses will follow.
by phop
June 8th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'
Replies: 1701
Views: 182667

Re: Gateway Tower (Four Seasons/RBC) - 43 stories - 513'

Yes, surprised no one has mentioned it yet, but (if I'm reading correctly) the condo component has increased to 50 units. They also now describe a potential scenario where both the hotel and condos components are replaced with apartments if the hotel is "deemed unfeasible".
by phop
June 5th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: US Congress and MN House Elections 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1393

Re: US Congress and MN House Elections 2018

I've got no love for Swanson, but it was clearly Ellison's bizarre decision to walk away from being a Representative to pursue the AG position that really caused the chaos. Someone clearly had to get in. Matt Pelikan can't be the de-facto nominee. Not seeing how Ellison's decision is bizarre in any...
by phop
June 4th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 13607

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

I can't wrap my head around this Swanson/Nolan decision. WTF are they both thinking.
by phop
May 16th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4221
Views: 359187

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Southwest LRT makes a heavily pedestrian/transit focused Hennepin Ave redo more likely.
by phop
May 15th, 2018, 1:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4221
Views: 359187

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Yep, this feels like preparation for finally accepting a bid and getting construction moving. Original bid target was probably ~100 million lower, but that just doesn't seem attainable in the current construction climate.
by phop
May 2nd, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget - Battle for the Senate Majority?
Replies: 61
Views: 3956

Re: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget - Battle for the Senate Majority?

House bonding proposal: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/docs/42c4fa4d-9347-4339-803c-44fe7ef44649.pdf Well, the $50 million for busway improvements is gone. And hey look, we have $72 million going towards "Local Road Program Undesignated". :roll: Nothing like using state dollars from the bondi...
by phop
May 2nd, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Schafer Richardson offices & parking ramp - 1000 3rd St N (Zuccaro’s Produce building)
Replies: 36
Views: 3057

Re: Schafer Richardson offices & parking ramp - 1000 3rd St N (Zuccaro’s Produce building)

No, they actually recommend denial of "reguiding" the future land use from Industrial to Transitional Industrial. I really don't know what to make of this. Apparently the North Loop is intended to have an extremely stark cut-off between the neighborhood and pure industrial? The portion of the small-...
by phop
May 2nd, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester
Replies: 432
Views: 49988

Re: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester

This would all be less soul-sucking if it hadn't been so obvious from the start.
by phop
April 9th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Leef Block - 221 Irving Ave N
Replies: 9
Views: 1560

Re: Leef Block - 221 Irving Ave N

https://finance-commerce.com/2018/04/why-wellington-artspace-revised-bassett-creek-plans/ Kind of interesting. "Wellington also controls about 5 additional acres in the Harrison neighborhood in the southwest quadrant of Second Avenue North and Van White Memorial Boulevard. The developer plans to bui...
by phop
April 6th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 671
Views: 77582

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

What a weird effort. Of course it's going to cost money.
by phop
April 5th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Apartment Construction Boom (2011-??)
Replies: 333
Views: 35712

Re: Apartment Construction Boom (2011-??)

Pretty incredible Committee of the Whole agenda for the 12th:

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/p ... MSP-209880

11 potential projects on the docket, some known and some brand new.
by phop
March 6th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 43 stories / 526'
Replies: 126
Views: 15310

Re: Ryan Condo Tower - 1111 West River Parkway

Tonight is insane for Minneapolis development news, wow.
by phop
February 11th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget - Battle for the Senate Majority?
Replies: 61
Views: 3956

Re: 2017-18 MN Legislative Session & Budget - Battle for the Senate Majority?

MN Senate special election tomorrow in district 54 (Cottage Grove area).

https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_state ... ions,_2018

If you're in the South/East Metro and care about the transportation funding picture (among other things), I would suggest looking into it.

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