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by MNdible
September 17th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 517
Views: 45476

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

I've been banging on this gong for a while, but using these AV's for collector shuttles that feed or distribute from our mainline transit service on short, predictable routes seems like a match made in heaven. Getting rid of the labor cost of the driver allows these vehicles to be smaller and still ...
by MNdible
September 12th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southwest - General Topics (Linden Hills, Fulton, et al)
Replies: 121
Views: 11264

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

Can we talk about how absurd it is that an elected official represents the views of her constituents?
by MNdible
September 11th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Fullertown Flats - 4736 Grand Ave
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Fullertown Flats - 4736 Grand Ave

Built Form: Interior 2 The Interior 2 district is typically applied in parts of the city that developed during the era when streetcars were a primary mode of transportation, in the areas in between transit routes, and on select streets with intermittent local transit service.It is also applied adja...
by MNdible
September 5th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 95
Views: 8012

Re: Electric Scooters

[for the six months out of the year that they're deployed]
by MNdible
August 30th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 542
Views: 109615

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Just for reference, even if you were to redevelop just the Walmart and its associated parking, that would be roughly equivalent to two St. Paul city blocks, or about 10 acres. That by itself is a huge site.
by MNdible
August 28th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1730
Views: 280496

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Is that building exclusively occupied by Century Link?
by MNdible
August 27th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 224
Views: 33587

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

This may just be exposing my night owl bias, but I'd really have to expect that they'd do *way* more business in the 8-9pm hour than the 9-10am hour.
by MNdible
August 26th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St
Replies: 122
Views: 17121

Re: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St

It's telling that a mostly obscured view of the back of the building is its most flattering angle.
by MNdible
August 23rd, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136331

Re: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)

This hotel is decent enough, but it is surprising that, at least in the renders - and so far in the construction, it is almost impossible to tell that there is a major performance venue contained within the site. If this rendering is accurate, I think people will figure it out. http://mspmag.com/do...
by MNdible
August 23rd, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1057
Views: 139995

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

I think the issue is that parks can be active or passive. The Mall has historically been a passive park, meaning that it doesn't have sports fields. Not every park needs to, or ought to, have sports activities.
by MNdible
August 19th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 38
Views: 7036

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

Turns out, people don't build new restaurants the way they used to 80+ years ago.
by MNdible
August 19th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 38
Views: 7036

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

You'd have to think that, as a landlord, they'd prefer to lease to a restaurant given that the rent would be higher than some of the other users they'd consider if they got this variance. I'm not going to argue their case for them, just noting the reasons that they've presented (and how it's differe...
by MNdible
August 19th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 38
Views: 7036

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

From their submission: Among other challenges, the Property does not have a loading dock or other access point that allows for delivery to the Property, which is a practical necessity for most every retail or restaurant operation. More specifically, the Property’s unique positioning at the junction ...
by MNdible
August 15th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 777
Views: 64515

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

It's a Solhem project, so of course there are a bunch of balconies hanging over the property line into the ROW, and setback reductions that can't be mirrored across the shared property line. It's crazy how other developers can make their project works without resorting to these shenanigans, but even...
by MNdible
August 15th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92433

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

While it has *something* to do with Northstar, this is 100% Fantasy Maps territory.
by MNdible
August 13th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1057
Views: 139995

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Yes, I think that's true. However, the Mall area appears to have been significantly revised from the original plan, so apparently they got some feedback from somewhere that not everybody agrees with.

I'd tend to agree, at a minimum, that this is a stupid place to put a sand volleyball court.
by MNdible
August 8th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 160775

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Rhetorical question: who drives into downtown without a plan as to where they are going to park? At least three times this summer when I've driven downtown, I've had several parking options in mind but all were full because of events. To David's point, there probably were lots of parking spots avai...
by MNdible
August 7th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 777
Views: 64515

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

One of my regrets is never having visited the orignal Mac's location in the old strip mall next to the remnants of East High School.

The Aveda building must have historic protection, right?

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