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by sdho
April 16th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Parking Meters
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Minneapolis Parking Meters

No real opinion either way on pricing, but cutting back the 8-hour zones in Downtown East is well overdue. It's been very hard to find spots for (IMO) more legitimate short-term use when they're all parked by people getting cheap parking for the entire workday. One thing that has been frustrating is...
by sdho
April 11th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Edina – General Topics
Replies: 82
Views: 10853

Re: Edina – General Topics

Anti-growth quasi-PAC has formed to oppose the Edina comp plan and lobby to "kick the bums out" in the next election cycle: https://www.wecandobetteredina.org/ They don't name their organizers, and the address the provide is in Eden Prairie. (Seemingly office of the communication consultant.) Nicely...
by sdho
March 30th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9539

Re: Ayd Mill Road

St. Paul is a city with significant tax base issues. It's nuts that it is willingly maintaining what should be a state road in the first place. Removing taxable property from the rolls while further decreasing the value of homes adjacent to Ayd Mill Road, and all at great one-time and ongoing expen...
by sdho
March 28th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9539

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Seems obvious to say, but either connect it to I-94 via the frontage roads or cut off the 35E freeway-style entrance. I'm no proponent for it, but connecting this more directly to I-94 would add a badly-needed additional N-S arterial that doesn't use Cretin, Hamline, Snelling, Lex or Dale, which ar...
by sdho
March 28th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9539

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Summit is being replaced this year. It dates from the 1880s & 1960s. Selby was built in 1993. That's super cool -- I had never noticed that the abutments over the rail on Summit look much older than over AMR. Of course, the deck has all the beauty of 1960s/70s bridge decks, so you don't get any sen...
by sdho
February 11th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

(I won't blame the land use for it, but it is also kind of depressing how much self storage gets used by people with a regular-sized, totally usable apartment or house. We need to do better at getting rid of stuff we don't want anymore. I like the concept of "storing" your stuff on Craigslist ) I m...
by sdho
February 10th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

As an aside, I’m surprised storage facilities are taxed at a high rate. I just assumed they had rock bottom tax rates. Interesting. I guess they’re more profitable than I thought. Outside of industrial areas, though, they’re a terrible land use. They are definitely not the most vibrant land use, al...
by sdho
February 8th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

A large portion of that green space is used for testing equipment. As to the parking, if there is another expansion, a building would take up part of that parking space and a ramp would likely go up on the remainder. I'm glad there's some design to it, but that doesn't change the underlying point o...
by sdho
February 7th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Population isn't the only factor in determining the minimum scale for an independent city to be fiscally stable. Commercial-industrial tax base is arguably equally important to population. A city of 15,000 with a large commercial-industrial tax base could be more fiscally sound than one with 40,000...
by sdho
February 7th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Population isn't the only factor in determining the minimum scale for an independent city to be fiscally stable. Commercial-industrial tax base is arguably equally important to population. A city of 15,000 with a large commercial-industrial tax base could be more fiscally sound than one with 40,000...
by sdho
February 7th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Population isn't the only factor in determining the minimum scale for an independent city to be fiscally stable. Commercial-industrial tax base is arguably equally important to population. A city of 15,000 with a large commercial-industrial tax base could be more fiscally sound than one with 40,000...
by sdho
February 5th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

There are many costs to running a city, and at least some are more efficient at scale. One thing we all share (that is awesome about the Twin Cities!) is wastewater management. Some cities contract with each other to buy fresh water, but there is not a cohesive system. Some issues with small cities:...
by sdho
February 4th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Also, major lol at twincitizen's idea of Edina and SLP together. I can scarcely imagine more of an odd couple of cities.
by sdho
February 4th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 108154

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

When I first moved to Richfield, I didn't see particular value in being in a separate city from Minneapolis. But I guess now I get it. A few things I really like: 1. Local politics are much more accessible. You can call your council member and you will get a response, 100%. You can get appointed to ...
by sdho
January 23rd, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 676
Views: 81865

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Interesting that it's now "Millennium Sixty Six" and not "Millennium Southdale". IMO Southdale was a better name, but selfishly I appreciate things that increase brand equity of 66th St, since the commercial/well-traveled part of it is nearly entirely in Richfield. Can't come soon enough. When Edina...
by sdho
January 21st, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1504
Views: 135006

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

And I guess I don't really get your issue with the roundabouts. You have instant right-of-way, and far less delay than a regular bike lane at a signal. And way less stress than having to merge into the roundabout traffic like a regular bike lane at aroundabout. Will be even better after they get the...
by sdho
January 21st, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1504
Views: 135006

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Rode the "bike lane" (is that the right term?) along 66th Street from Southdale to Highway 77. Is it better than what is used to be? Yes. Could it be better? Definitely. Its basically a wide sidewalk with one half designated for bikes and the other half designated for pedestrians. Like all sidewalk...
by sdho
January 21st, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19813

Re: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina

Some day I’m going to search for this conversation about France & Xerxes & Edina & Richfield, and I’ll never look in the Pentagon Park thread. [emoji13] Truth. You make a compelling point about the differences between west-of-France and east-of-York. Still, I think the simple answer is that York ha...
by sdho
January 18th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19813

Re: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina

Regarding the idea we have plenty of land -- my other general comment is that for 99.9% of our metro area, tall buildings are not really about getting the most density on the least amount of land. Even in or near downtown Minneapolis, it's not necessarily about the max du / acre, etc. It's to provi...
by sdho
January 18th, 2019, 1:17 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19813

Re: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina

Regarding the idea we have plenty of land -- my other general comment is that for 99.9% of our metro area, tall buildings are not really about getting the most density on the least amount of land. Even in or near downtown Minneapolis, it's not necessarily about the max du / acre, etc. It's to provid...

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