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by mulad
January 17th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 342
Views: 39863

Re: Northern Lights Express

Since I bumped the Rochester HSR thread, I should touch this one too. I believe NLX is very close to being "shovel-ready" and could use support this year from people who are contacting their legislators. It would be nice to get the project moving since it's been examined for so long.
by mulad
January 17th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester
Replies: 436
Views: 50986

Re: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester

With the shift to a DFL majority in the state house and Walz in office as governor, I'm hoping something can be restarted for service to Rochester. I included it in a laundry list of projects and funding priorities in a couple emails to my state rep and senator, though I still need to write somethin...
by mulad
September 25th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 490
Views: 92562

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Has anyone heard if something is happening at 1177 West 7th Street? It's been a vacant lot for several years (Street View showed a house in 2007, but it was gone by the next pass in 2011). I saw a skid loader just about done tearing up the grass yesterday. This is between Tavial Grill and the strip ...
by mulad
September 13th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 156
Views: 29830

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

Looks like the area I mentioned on the southeast corner of American Blvd and 28th Ave (8001 28th Ave S) is a Ceres / Orlean project to build a Cambria hotel with 170 rooms. It may have been mentioned in the F&C article above, but I don't have a subscription to check. The Hennepin County Property Map...
by mulad
August 30th, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 371
Views: 60492

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

The restaurant, Union Depot Bar & Grill, has been open since late June. It's operated by Kaskaid Hospitality, best known for Crave and Union in downtown Minneapolis (the City Pages article also says Cowboy Jack's, but I think they must have confused that with Burger Burger, which is next door to the...
by mulad
August 29th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 949
Views: 121550

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

The Hallmark store is now closed (a notice had been posted in their window for a while). Are they having a general contraction? There are other general stationery stores at the mall, but I don't think any of them have very significant selections of cards. I'll have to poke at them again...
by mulad
August 7th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 201
Views: 26492

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: 712

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: 11794

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: 14187

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: 865

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: 14187

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: 1220
Views: 150092

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: 14187

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: 156
Views: 29830

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: 156
Views: 29830

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: 690
Views: 81082

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: 129
Views: 15462

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: 949
Views: 121550

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: 4635

Re: Seattle

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

https://youtu.be/-2MTiUGvqyE

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