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by sdho
July 3rd, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 114
Views: 16439

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

As for walkable streets I think this project is a significant improvement to the site. There are currently no sidewalks here. They’re adding a sidewalk lining West 77th which is desperately needed, I see people walking in the street regularly instead of crossing and using the one on the southern si...
by sdho
July 3rd, 2018, 10:59 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 114
Views: 16439

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

It just seems very short-sighted to think, “OMG we have to build something, anything, so we’ll just take this suburban apartment building and forget everything we’ve been pushing for about multimodal transportation, place making, and human-scaled streets.” Because, like the person who calls this ki...
by sdho
June 29th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 114
Views: 16439

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

Pentagon Park has been in development hell since the early 2000s and nothing except a small condo building (before the market crash) that got turned into apartments, some renovated office buildings, and a cleared dirt lot have come about on the site. I think the city council was just happy to get s...
by sdho
June 29th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 114
Views: 16439

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

Good point, but did neighbors protest this development? I don’t think the density is what was at issue, but rather the land use (housing-only vs. mixed use). No, they did not protest. That's exactly my point! This developer is empowered to invest in the property based on its potential, not based on...
by sdho
June 27th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 114
Views: 16439

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

Didn’t the PC deny the Caribou drive through but the council opened their arms for it? Yep. The council has been going against the PC in a number of projects over the past year. That’s certainly their right, as the PC is just advisory to the council. But it’s frustrating that the city asks develope...
by sdho
June 22nd, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 114
Views: 16439

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

That Edina City Council sure does not seem to agree much with their Planning Commission -- after rejecting a couple (*much* better IMO) Southdale projects that the PC recommended approval of, here they're approving what PC said to deny. *shrug* It's a really distorted sense of priority when this low...
by sdho
June 12th, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: 7250 France Avenue - Edina
Replies: 33
Views: 2502

Re: 7250 France Avenue - Edina

Fair point -- just because a few people have a preference doesn't mean it represents an entire community. I just found that particular objection so bizarre, since I have really never heard it in any other context. I have heard of many communities finding controversy with sidewalks, but I always assu...
by sdho
June 11th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: 7250 France Avenue - Edina
Replies: 33
Views: 2502

Re: 7250 France Avenue - Edina

Are they the same people who don't want a sidewalk in front of their house? I guess Edina can consider itself the birthplace of NIMFYism. Ha ha ha! After a tax was introduced, that spread the cost of new sidewalks to all residents rather than just the people whose house it was in front of, the resi...
by sdho
June 5th, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 659
Views: 77435

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Fischer said there is a tendency for people to equate height with traffic. The Shake Shack restaurant that was recently approved on a corner of Southdale, he said, is more likely to add traffic in the area than a tall apartment building. “No one’s complaining about that,” he said. First reaction: P...
by sdho
June 1st, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MN Highway 252
Replies: 17
Views: 2087

Re: MN Highway 252

Cool... used to drive this daily when I was working in Brooklyn Park. With TH 252 as an at-grade expressway, it made TH 610 a weird dead-end freeway. Personally I think upgrading this section to a freeway should have been prioritized over extending 610 to 94. Glad to hear it has funding.
by sdho
May 25th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Fort Snelling Upper Post
Replies: 37
Views: 6856

Re: Fort Snelling Upper Post

It's a big site. 19 minutes / 1.0 miles from the larger buildings on the south end of Sibley St -- and that's assuming cutting through the P&R lot rather than following sidewalk route. Even 15 minutes is not exactly transit-oriented.
by sdho
May 25th, 2018, 12:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Fort Snelling Upper Post
Replies: 37
Views: 6856

Re: Fort Snelling Upper Post

https://www.startribune.com/legislature-pushes-fort-snelling-affordable-housing-at-600k-per-unit/483632651/ $100 million allocated for these buildings to become "affordable housing"? I guess I really don't get it. More than a mile from the nearest transit stop, completely isolated from other land us...
by sdho
May 22nd, 2018, 11:09 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Furnace / HVAC in older homes
Replies: 15
Views: 874

Re: Furnace / HVAC in older homes

Insulation is definitely something I want to look at in the long term. I didn't actually realize you could add more insulation to the outside surface. But right now, the roof is only 8 years old, and I really love the interior finish, so I wouldn't want to wreck that to do spray foam (even if cost w...
by sdho
May 21st, 2018, 3:25 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Furnace / HVAC in older homes
Replies: 15
Views: 874

Re: Furnace / HVAC in older homes

Alright, they disabled my low circulating speed, so it's just medium or high now, and shut off even more to force more air upstairs. Eager for another hot day to try it out.
by sdho
May 21st, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 659
Views: 77435

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

According to Edina manager Scott Neal, the City has added 5000 residents since 2010: https://twitter.com/edinacityman/status/998637376548241409. Since 2011, 1365 apartments have been built, and another ~1000 are either approved and pending action or currently under construction: https://twitter.com/...
by sdho
May 20th, 2018, 11:09 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Furnace / HVAC in older homes
Replies: 15
Views: 874

Re: Furnace / HVAC in older homes

Tried that one. There are dampers by the plenum trunk for most, and I have adjusted everything downstairs way down. There is one vent without a damper or an adjustable register... I will get a new register for that and try shutting that down too. HVAC company is sending out a tech tomorrow to see if...
by sdho
May 20th, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Furnace / HVAC in older homes
Replies: 15
Views: 874

Re: Furnace / HVAC in older homes

Update: got the furnace as described. Works *great* for first floor and basement, but AC barely makes a dent upstairs. Which, I guess I knew was a likely risk, but a little disappointing. One thing that I think is making the problem even worse is that they installed a self-adjusting "Cor" thermostat...
by sdho
May 11th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE Proposal - St. Louis Park
Replies: 121
Views: 13739

Re: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE Proposal - St. Louis Park

Anondson wrote:
May 11th, 2018, 12:28 pm
The traffic on the regional trail? It will go through a tunnel under Wooddale, that is a separate project.
Oh SWEET! Didn't realize that was happening.
by sdho
May 11th, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE Proposal - St. Louis Park
Replies: 121
Views: 13739

Re: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE Proposal - St. Louis Park

The Wooddale Ave bridge has a final design. With this much reconstruction I wished the bike lanes had more curb protections at some of those pork chop islands. Is trail traffic now supposed to go up to the TH 7 intersection and wait on the porkchops instead of crossing at the frontage road? That re...
by sdho
May 11th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 659
Views: 77435

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

The rise and fall of Southdale name is interesting to me. Seemed like it has been being steadily replaced by businesses that just identify as "Edina". For example, I had a can of paint from "Hirshfield's Southdale" from 10 years ago. Brought it in to get a new quart of that color -- new label says "...

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