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by MNdible
November 20th, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1407
Views: 115320

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I'm curious what makes even simple retractable bollards so expensive to maintain. I've always heard them cited as a very cost-effective safety improvement. Not my area of expertise, but I've heard the opposite. Maybe there's a better option out there, which is why I'm curious what they're actually ...
by MNdible
November 20th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1407
Views: 115320

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

When you say automated, are you talking about a system that detects authorized vehicles and retracts on its own? That seems to me to be overkill (not to mention more vulnerable to breakage and abuse). I feel like it's entirely reasonable to ask someone who wants to take the extraordinary step of dr...
by MNdible
November 20th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1407
Views: 115320

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I think it was maybe you that suggested retractable bollards as a solution somewhere else. Automated retractable bollards are very expensive, and I suspect are also not likely to perform particularly well in our environment. I'm not sure what they're actually using at Cedar Lake Trail -- any photos ...
by MNdible
November 17th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1801
Views: 154435

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

This has got to be the absolute worst transit hill to die on.
by MNdible
November 16th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 938
Views: 135650

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Not sure there needs to be an automobile connection there, but a visual extension on the grid and public pedestrian space is obviously critical.
by MNdible
November 15th, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Arcadia on the River - 1101 West River Parkway
Replies: 22
Views: 1887

Re: Arcadia on the River - 1101 West River Parkway

Does this maybe represent the last opportunity to break up this superblock? It would be great to get at a minimum an extension of the Bluff Street bike path through the site.
by MNdible
November 14th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1801
Views: 154435

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

It appears to be almost a half mile between the LRT stop and the stadium in Houston, so not really apples to apples.
by MNdible
November 14th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1801
Views: 154435

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Meh. Sure, if you're prone to be upset about subsidies to the NFL and the exclusivity of the Super Bowl, this is one more thing to get fired up about. But really, this is a pretty smart way of handling things with fairly minor impacts to most people.
by MNdible
November 14th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Oaks Station Place
Replies: 71
Views: 15402

Re: Oaks Station Place

Sort of an aside here, but does anybody have a sense as to the zoning requirements for breweries? I understood that they required industrial zoning, but is there a size cut-off that allows very small breweries to operate in commercial zoning?
by MNdible
November 14th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southwest - General Topics (Linden Hills, Fulton, et al)
Replies: 97
Views: 5860

Re: Southwest - General Topics (Linden Hills, Fulton, et al)

Yeah, this block seems like it should be a pretty easy sell. Even across the street might be a whole different situation.
by MNdible
November 13th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)
Replies: 1427
Views: 144307

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

A couple of thoughts: 1. There are sweet spots in terms of building heights, where things like code requirements, structural needs, and building systems come into alignment. 30 stories +/- seems to be one of those sweet spots, and so if you're going to push past that, you'd better have a good pro fo...
by MNdible
November 13th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Seattle
Replies: 43
Views: 3777

Re: Seattle

Not really trying to be snarky, just suggesting that Seattle is more of a special case than an equal for a couple of very important reasons. MSP should definitely be doing better with transit, but the Seattle comparison isn't reasonable. The only thing that's really even in the same ballpark in term...
by MNdible
November 13th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Seattle
Replies: 43
Views: 3777

Re: Seattle

In terms of emulating Seattle, it would also help if we could build some large bodies of water to surround the city center on three sides, thus limiting access to a few terribly congested routes.

Also, if we could have a massive technology boom to pump up city coffers, that would also be helpful.
by MNdible
November 10th, 2017, 2:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 575
Views: 82664

Re: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)

I seem to recollect that they turn the lights off earlier during peak bird migration season.
by MNdible
November 10th, 2017, 2:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 577
Views: 54085

Re: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue

Per the Strib article, square footage in old Nye's was 11,000, new Nye's would be only 1,300. So just a shadow of its former self. I kind of wish the owners had sold the rights to the name to some people who would better appreciate what they had.
by MNdible
November 10th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Avenue Development & Grain Elevators/Freight Corridor
Replies: 88
Views: 10127

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Avenue Development & Grain Elevators/Freight Corridor

Get rid of zoning, let the market decide what's best, except for when the market decides that's what best is a stupid Domino's drive thru.
by MNdible
November 10th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 595
Views: 36757

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

So will Shields Avenue essentially replace the role of circulator that Spruce Tree Drive currently plays? And if so, does this mean that the geometry of Fry Street will also need to be reconfigured?
by MNdible
November 10th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1066
Views: 135345

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

This is the ATM only "branch" that they've been fighting with city zoning about, right? Any idea how that supported out?
by MNdible
November 9th, 2017, 7:43 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 15615

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

As some point, there are diminishing returns. Is the sixth choice of a majority of voters really better than the first choice of a plurality?

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