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by sdho
September 26th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 207
Views: 23512

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

During the work session for this, the senior city planner pointed out a previous study of downtown Richfield -- specifically focused on 66th & Nicollet -- that generally showed the area was "over-supplied" for retail/commercial space. Bear in mind that just east of the railroad, there are about 20 a...
by sdho
August 9th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Edina's approved a new proposal for the southern half of the Estelle site. The developer will replace a 2.5-story office building with 1-story strip retail and surface parking. Although there have been other disappointing developments, this is the only situation I'm aware of in the Southdale Distric...
by sdho
August 9th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

I agree with everything but the last conclusion. Unless the ultimate outcome of a new plan is, "don't fret about the pedestrian environment on France Avenue" -- I see no scenario in which it would have been bad to put decorative lights in at the time it was cheapest and most practical. But the rest:...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

I hope you're right the wholesale changes will happen. I think a big barrier for Edina is that it's been able to coast *really successfully* on private or outside investment doing 95% of the work for them. There are some exceptions, like Centennial Lakes and the Edina Promenade. But most upgrades ar...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 153
Views: 21718

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

Hopefully they'll at least reduce that frontage road to two lanes? It's a pretty silly 4LDR right now That’s not part of this project. The frontage road is presumably MNDOT controlled? And Viking Dr. is the southern border of Edina there, so presumably that would be a big, multi-jurisdictional proc...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 489
Views: 55678

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Woof. That section between TH 100 ramp and and Beltline is really all over the board. At some points they have a quasi-protected bike lane, at some points they have bikes and pedestrians sharing a 6' sidewalk. Beltline is OK, but I'd like to see at least a 10' MUP (or 12' if back-of-curb) to provide...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 153
Views: 21718

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

The curves in the frontage road keep the traffic slow! They do, but they also make the approach really confusing and make it very hard to see pedestrians crossing that leg. You don't see them until you've made that final twist and are fully encroaching on the crosswalk. Would be nice to have a curv...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

If the E Line ends up going down France, then I imagine Hennepin & Edina will have a plan for upgrading sidewalks and lighting, including this bridge. Spoiler: they will not have a plan for that, and certainly not money for it. There have been no upgrades like that at all on either of the aBRT line...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Can verify it’s open. Drove over it yesterday. Sidewalks look pretty puny. Pretty sure the sidewalks are over twice as wide as they used to be. I do wish they had a low fence or something other than the curb to block cars. I need to go there in person, but I believe old were 6', new are 8-10', so a...
by sdho
August 4th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Got some pics of Aria f.k.a. Envi Edina f.k.a. Cake Residences today: https://twitter.com/sdho/status/1158042623032143874 It's looking pretty good, exterior and grounds are like 95% complete. Street presence is terrific from the townhomes, mediocre from the main building. But an obvious huge improve...
by sdho
July 2nd, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Not sure if YouTube links to the precise time where I copied the URL, but it’s 2:43:50 where “sketch plan” is defined and where the majority of the conversation begins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asNGWAg7p-Y They have a nice pattern for linking to a particular time. Just add &t=XXhXXmXXs -- li...
by sdho
July 2nd, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

This feels pretty meh compared to other proposals in the area. I guess it's better than the Etrade/Roti building across the street, but that was such a small site it felt more justifiable. I would expect more here. At a bare minimum, Edina should require principal entrances facing France and/or 70th...
by sdho
June 5th, 2019, 11:05 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Seems like there would be a high crossover between people who go to Lifetime Fitness and people who go to Rojo.

I'm not really happy about the library thing from the library perspective, but it seems like a win for the mall. How could anything draw fewer people than a dying Herberger's?
by sdho
May 23rd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

And, speaking of private drives, really hope we can get some east-west connections between York and Xerxes in the future (south of 66th), at least for people walking and biking. 69th and 70th are the only vehicular accesses between 66th and 76th. There's a good bike-ped connection at 73rd (on the Ed...
by sdho
May 23rd, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91897

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Regardless of how you feel about the mall vs. the current site being chosen, it is appalling how the County/Library & City of Edina conducted a year+ of public engagement focused on the redevelopment of the existing site (including new library building), and then just quietly discarded all of that ...
by sdho
May 10th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 178
Views: 22010

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

Depending on the ramp design, it is nice that it can be a linear flow — there is no hunting for spot, row after row, but one progression, and you *will* see the first available spot. However, that design can be pretty annoying when you need to leave. I think the current MOA setup -- with an external...
by sdho
May 9th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 178
Views: 22010

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

Good points. For me, the main retail draw on its own was Lululemon, but they have since moved. In that case, there isn't really a more convenient, drive-up-strip-mall type option. The one I go to otherwise is Galleria, where there is also a presumption of parking a car a ways and walking. Ridgedale ...
by sdho
May 9th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 178
Views: 22010

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

I think, fairly or not, the setup just makes it seem less convenient than a place like Arbor Lakes, where you can park essentially right next to wherever your destination is. Fair points, and I agree people talk about surface parking as convenient. But it seems like people never talk about the adva...
by sdho
May 8th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 178
Views: 22010

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

Hmm, I actually think allowing (minimal, low-speed) driving on West End Blvd makes it feel more like a real street, and less like an outdoor mall. Compare to the Eagan outlet mall, where the "streets" are ped-only. I actually think that using this general design might want to go a bit farther, and d...
by sdho
May 7th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 178
Views: 22010

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

I am honestly disturbed by the idea that a shopping center that has on-street parking, underground parking, *and* above-ground ramp parking — all free — is thought to be floundering because it doesn't have convenient-enough parking. The most off-putting part about the West End for me is that it crea...

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