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by Southside
January 8th, 2018, 3:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (295' - 24 stories)
Replies: 80
Views: 12686

Re: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (2x 269' - 22 stories)

According to the renderings everyone will drive Teslas or Bugattis at the new Calhoun Towers. Residents should have no problem merging onto Excelsior without a signal with that kind of horsepower.
by Southside
August 29th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

Uh... http://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-apartment-market-stays-hot/441768723/ And... http://finance-commerce.com/2017/08/demand-for-apartments-outpaces-supply-in-twin-cities/ Clearly we have vastly different definitions of the word 'crisis'. Rent prices increasing 1% faster than mean inflation...
by Southside
August 29th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

Minneapolis is on the verge of a housing crisis and we're proposing building a six-story apartment building around a parking garage in the center of Downtown Minneapolis... Housing crisis? What on earth are you talking about? Minneapolis has less than a 2% annual growth rate. 6-story apartment buil...
by Southside
July 15th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

And this is why the city should consider purchasing the poorest uses of land downtown and running the bid process themselves. It's expensive upfront, but the potentially lost property tax from a junk building (and lost potential residents/income tax/sales tax etc) adds up over thirty years. They ca...
by Southside
July 13th, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

Thrivent doesn't pay zero, it's an employee benefit that could otherwise be spent on salary. There's a lot of arguments about under-taxing private parking structures, and I agree with most of them. My point isn't about Thrivent though, it's about parking supply in downtown in general. Parking is sub...
by Southside
July 13th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

This project looks like it checks a lot of boxes, including extending the heart of downtown further east, replacing some of the parking being lost from the office consolidation project, adds more downtown housing and it sounds like it might be a bit larger when finalized. A big win. This is a lot i...
by Southside
July 12th, 2017, 8:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

No, try again. That should be the city's response to this turd of a proposal. If they are going to insist on the 600 park spots they city should insist that apartments cover the entire exterior at a minimum if not higher and a decent amount should be Section 8/low income/workforce housing. Along wi...
by Southside
July 12th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

It's a real shame they aren't building a 1500 ft. Renzo Piano designed LEED Platinum affordable housing only super-tall with street level retail for craft breweries and bike shops and no parking or skyway access on such an wonderful 1/2 block parcel. Just like there's a missing middle between a sin...
by Southside
July 12th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 21024

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

It's a real shame they aren't building a 1500 ft. Renzo Piano designed LEED Platinum affordable housing only super-tall with street level retail for craft breweries and bike shops and no parking or skyway access on such an wonderful 1/2 block parcel.
by Southside
June 7th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 420 E Hennepin Ave
Replies: 94
Views: 12693

Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

It's not about the style. It's principle. Should an entire area be built by a singular firm in a small era ? This isn't a small town. I don't see a problem with using a single firm for an area. The west side of Nicollet Mall from 8th-11th street is all Ellerbe Becket and I would argue that it's one...
by Southside
July 7th, 2016, 8:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 124611

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

Considering how great the Millwright Building's design is, I thought Ryan was starting to really step it up in this area. However, I will be happy if almost anything gets built here rather than having the eyesore parking ramp front yard like at the Guthrie. I do not work in corporate real estate, bu...
by Southside
February 28th, 2016, 7:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 110177

Re: 365 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

Parking podiums have the obvious benefit of creating inexpensive parking, relative to underground, and elevating residences. This is a clear win, win. On top of this, they also have created large amenity decks for tenants at a lot of developments. Considering that in many cases the ground level stil...
by Southside
January 23rd, 2015, 9:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

That's fascinating. The little I know about the Amish is from American Experience on PBS. It's certainly curious what heuristic allows for them to ride on trains with 21st century technology, but not drive a Model T.
by Southside
January 22nd, 2015, 9:06 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

I'm slightly biased because like Mulad, I've grown up in the area, but connecting towns like Cannon Falls (lived there), Zumbrota (lived there), and Pine Island (parents worked there) could be nice. Those are all 3 small towns with relatively intact downtowns and could easily support some form of c...
by Southside
January 21st, 2015, 10:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

The purpose and need document is very clear, the long term point of this line is to connect the Twin Cities to the rapidly expanding Mayo Clinic. It even calls out that 70% of all visitors to Rochester are there to visit the Mayo Clinic.
by Southside
January 21st, 2015, 2:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

1. If that were true, it would be bad for Rochester (one horse town) and for ZipRail (one horse demand) 2. If that were true, Mpls/SPUD still makes more sense than MSP since a majority of Mayo's Rochester patients and guests are from the midwest. 3. Luckily, the job numbers and the transportation n...
by Southside
January 21st, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

The destination driving demand is the Mayo Clinic.
by Southside
January 21st, 2015, 12:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

^Very much so... going to MSP would be like Kenilworth, since it would spend more money for worse outcomes. Worse outcomes??? MSP is by far the largest multimodal center in Minnesota. 66 times as many passengers fly into MSP as ride on the entire Empire Builder's 2200 mile route. More people work i...
by Southside
January 21st, 2015, 11:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 466
Views: 57608

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

Running it to the airport directly isn't a good idea. It's not about the romance of stopping at an historic railway station, its about the cost-efficiency of stopping at an existing railway station, with existing railway access, instead of having to build an entirely new rail corridor up to the air...
by Southside
January 21st, 2015, 10:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 499
Views: 52115

Re: Rush Line Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Missing the Maplewood Mall Park & Ride by a few blocks isn't too bad. Most of the buses leaving that Park & Ride are destined for Downtown Minneapolis (Route 270). These riders certainly have no interest in going to St. Paul. Anyway, all of the services could easily stop at both. Also, a station alo...

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