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by sdho
February 11th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 105868

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: 81429

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: 1503
Views: 133959

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: 1503
Views: 133959

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: 19588

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: 19588

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: 19588

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...
by sdho
January 18th, 2019, 1:10 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19588

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

The Estelle was a good project in the wrong place. Location, location, location. If I’m looking to build a concrete factory, and the church next to your house is up for sale, should I build it there because the land is cheap? Why didn’t the developer propose it across the street on France? Why were...
by sdho
January 17th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19588

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

Edina really dropped the ball here. I don't even think they got the land swap for the new access road and parking they wanted for Fred Richards. Agreed, it was really disappointing that apartment project fell through. Also, from a branding perspective, it's interesting that they are going all-out k...
by sdho
January 16th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19588

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

The tower site now has a brand: "Pentagon Village". They also have a domain: http://pentagonvillageedina.com/ (no site up yet) Fence signage up now: https://twitter.com/sdho/status/1077950288022126592 Website is up now: https://www.pentagonvillageedina.com/ Doesn't offer much more detail than the s...
by sdho
January 10th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Library Block Redevelopment - Edina
Replies: 45
Views: 4565

Re: Southdale Library Block Redevelopment - Edina

That would suck a lot. I would still prefer a building at 70th & Xerxes, and it seems to jibe with Richfield desire for a shorter building along Xerxes (since library is to be 2 stories, but residential will be 6+). It's not just thinking Richfield. Xerxes is also an important, more walkable street ...
by sdho
December 26th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 145
Views: 19588

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

Some renderings here: https://solomonre.com/pentagon-village-edina-mn/ From the July 2018 video Edina posted, sounds like the initial construction will only includes the single-story retail buildings and the hotels, although the site will be "shovel-ready" for future office use: https://www.facebook...

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