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by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 201
Views: 26192

Re: Google Maps

The old on/off toggle for 3D vs. top-down 2D aerial views (accessed via the top-left menu, not to be confused with the "3D" option in the lower-right navigation thingy) has been changed so it is now called "Globe". It's good that there aren't two different "3D" toggles anymore, but I find the "Globe...
by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Barcelona
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Re: Barcelona

Here's a Streetfilms video on the "superblock" system they've started implementing in a couple parts of the city, repurposing most of the street space in certain neighborhoods to be for pedestrian or bicycle use, but leaving narrow lanes or shared-space treatments for car access: https://vimeo.com/2...
by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)
Replies: 42
Views: 11230

Re: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)

This building is getting close to being ready. The apartment management is offering leases starting October 1st. The color scheme on the exterior is a bit different than the other buildings in the complex, mostly gray so far rather than the earthier tones of the previous ones. https://farm2.staticfl...
by mulad
August 2nd, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan
Replies: 118
Views: 13845

Re: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan

Yes, but sometimes we need people around to handle the unusual transactions. I think my card is beginning to fail, for instance, and I'll eventually need to go to a store to get my balance and account transferred to a new one. I don't think people should need to go downtown for things like that.
by mulad
August 1st, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Medellín, Colombia
Replies: 2
Views: 816

Re: Medellín, Colombia

There was a good 99% Invisible episode on Medellín back in June
https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/ ... -urbanism/
by mulad
August 1st, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan
Replies: 118
Views: 13845

Re: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan

Some signs were up when I came in this morning saying construction is set to begin August 13th. It's unfortunate that the store has been closed for so many years at this point. Maybe Metro Transit could get one of the mall tenants to be a Go-To Card retailer, such as the upcoming Walgreens. It's by ...
by mulad
August 1st, 2018, 8:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1194
Views: 144219

Re: MSP Airport

The InterContinental hotel has had its small surface parking lots and access roads paved, and lights are starting to come on in the lower levels.
by mulad
August 1st, 2018, 6:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan
Replies: 118
Views: 13845

Re: Mall of America Transit Station: Master Plan

I've been wondering if there's already some sort of extra tax at the mall that I've been previously unaware of, or if it's just something the mall imposes on itself (probably the latter). People who work at the mall can often get a 10-15% discount, which usually means taking an inflated price down t...
by mulad
August 1st, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 145
Views: 27488

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

There's been some construction activity in the overflow lot south of the Embassy Suites on the northeast corner of American Boulevard and 34th Ave. I suppose they might just be paving it, though it would be nice if there was a new building going in to make better use of the LRT station there... The ...
by mulad
June 1st, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 145
Views: 27488

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

The block bounded by 24th Ave, American Blvd, 28th Ave, and Lindau Ln has had the four warehouse/office buildings on it demolished. Anyone know what the plans are for that block? I took a peek through this thread but couldn't associate anything with that area. I see that part of American Blvd was bl...
by mulad
May 27th, 2018, 7:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 671
Views: 77663

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Ramsey is trying again to get funding for a bike/ped bridge from the Northstar station across U.S. 10 (and the frontage road on the south/west side) to connect to a trail on the other side. They estimate it'll be $4.5 million plus 12-15% for engineering, and are trying to get a federal grant of $3.7...
by mulad
April 2nd, 2018, 10:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 126
Views: 14590

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

I don't know the breakdown between private car owners using these themselves vs. either renting them out to others or having heritage preservation organizations that operate private cars for more public benefit, but I think it's a mistake to cut the service so deeply. This is threatening the 261 gro...
by mulad
March 30th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 887
Views: 113925

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

That explains why Tom's (shoes) moved a short distance to the northeast corner of the Central Parkway/North Garden, which one of my coworkers noticed a little while ago.
by mulad
January 7th, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Seattle
Replies: 46
Views: 4585

Re: Seattle

Time-lapse video from a 360° camera on the Space Needle showing construction around the city:

https://youtu.be/-2MTiUGvqyE
by mulad
December 13th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 479
Views: 38838

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

That vehicle was on an episode of Fully Charged in October. It's a fairly slow vehicle with a "theoretical" max speed of 40 km/h (25 mph), and they said the in-service speed was more typically in the 10-20 km/h (6-12 mph) range. Okay for a very dense place, but I suspect this particular vehicle woul...
by mulad
December 10th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 671
Views: 77663

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Yeah, the train really exercised the limits of what the Union Depot platform gate can handle. I saw someone mention that the train probably had about 1,400 people on it, which seems to pencil out. There were 6 cars on the train and there are 145 seats in most cars (a bit less in the cab cars), with ...
by mulad
December 7th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 671
Views: 77663

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

There may be some tweaks to existing routes that could be made. I kind of want to see a circulator bus up in Elk River to zig-zag north and west of the station through town, but I feel the planners made a pretty fundamental error by putting the station where they did. I'm not sure how much ridership...
by mulad
December 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 331
Views: 38367

Re: Northern Lights Express

This thread's been silent for a while, but I'd personally be much more interested in seeing NLX service extended from Duluth to Grand Rapids, Hibbing, or Virginia up along the Iron Range. You could get to the Iron Range via Two Harbors, since tracks lead from there up to Hoyt Lakes, but that's a cir...
by mulad
December 3rd, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 671
Views: 77663

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I measure the distance from Target Field to Fridley as about 7.9 miles, which is normally scheduled at 19 minutes, or 25 mph, so this isn't much different. Obviously that's not great either. I guess this implies to me that they'll probably run via the Midway Subdivision, which goes through a few rai...
by mulad
October 24th, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)
Replies: 42
Views: 11230

Re: Victoria Park (W 7th & Otto)

Groundbreaking for the new building next to Nova Classical Academy (Victoria St. S at Kay Ave) will happen this week, according to email from the management office for the existing apartments.

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