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by MNdible
August 7th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1136
Views: 138418

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'm not sure about all of the technical reasons why, but it seems like the lesson from the Hiawatha routing of the green line is that side-running (vs. center running) makes the signalling and traffic management much more complicated.
by MNdible
August 5th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1136
Views: 138418

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Trains in downtown Houston (!!) for instance, operate in an 80' ROW. This is a straw man. Losing one street in a downtown grid is entirely different than losing Broadway Avenue, which is the primary commercial street for North Minneapolis and has no comparable parallel street to pick up the slack. ...
by MNdible
August 3rd, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1136
Views: 138418

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I don't think that's true. The effective ROW west of Penn is something like 74', which is why the sidewalks there are are probably the worst of any section of Broadway. You may well be right -- I just quickly eyeballed it based on the presence of the medians, but looking more closely, it looks like...
by MNdible
August 3rd, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1136
Views: 138418

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

The alternative to Broadway and Lyndale N, or at least part of it, would be to dig a short subway from Target Field perhaps to the end of the Broadway crescent when the street straightens out and heads almost due NW. You'd need a TBM to do this, and would have to excavate at least one station at Em...
by MNdible
July 28th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 816
Views: 101648

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Yes, the Lake Street station is really starting to take shape now, and this summer's closures at 494 are related to the construction of the Knox Ave tunnel, as near as I can tell.
by MNdible
July 21st, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods
Replies: 176
Views: 30082

Re: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods

There's a lot of retail space just south of here, much of which is vacant. I'm not sure that's a fair statement. There's quite a bit of storefront at this node that might appear vacant, but is in fact occupied by office uses. There are a couple of recent closures that have happened, and then there'...
by MNdible
July 20th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Metro Transit Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop
Replies: 18
Views: 3101

Re: Metro Transit Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop

No, it was much less engineering focused and more planning/design based. Had some fantastic imagery, as I recall. As near as I can figure, it was the plan by the Hodne/Stageberg Partners that is referenced here . My googling skills have hit a dead end though -- does the Planning Department have any ...
by MNdible
July 17th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Metro Transit Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop
Replies: 18
Views: 3101

Re: Metro Transit Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop

I've seen a planning document that the city commissioned back in the 1970's proposing daylighting much of the creek. Not sure if this pre-dated the I-94 construction that diverted most of the waterflow to the new tunnel?
by MNdible
July 16th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 305
Views: 48629

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

Hey, speaking of actual pedestrian infrastructure, does anybody know if the UofM has decided to replace the "Big M" pedestrian suspension bridge that they took down a couple of years back?
by MNdible
July 14th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Public Street Blocked by Residents
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Public Street Blocked by Residents

Per this recent Strib article: MPD backers say that any cuts would only hurt the crime-fighting abilities of the department, which a little over a decade ago boasted an authorized strength of 916 cops but has shrunk by 28 in the ensuing years, despite the city’s growing population. A Star Tribune a...
by MNdible
July 6th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Updates - Announcements - Problems - Suggestions
Topic: Spambots
Replies: 14
Views: 4400

Re: Spambots

Are we getting bots again? Seems like a few weird posts from new members showing up today.
by MNdible
June 26th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake and Fremont - 15 stories
Replies: 20
Views: 2446

Re: Lake and Fremont - 15 stories

It's going to be interesting to see how they pack that many units in that few floors on that site.
by MNdible
June 24th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 776
Views: 111740

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Or you could just run a coach bus.
by MNdible
June 24th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 776
Views: 111740

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

And we think the carbon footprint of people driving their SUVs is bad -- just imagine what the numbers on a diesel locomotive hauling a couple dozen people looks like.
by MNdible
June 24th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2020 Presidential Election
Replies: 20
Views: 1876

Re: 2020 Presidential Election

In this respect, Amy Klobuchar is different from other politicians how? You don't like her, and that's fine. But by most accounts, Klobuchar has been more effective at actually getting legislation passed than your average legislator.
by MNdible
June 22nd, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 597
Views: 89261

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

The master plan seems to be a good compromise between a lot of competing interests, and proposes some major improvements for pedestrian and bicycle safety. I'm skeptical that some of the more ambitious parts of the plan (see especially the Lynnhurst area improvements) will be funded in our lifetimes...
by MNdible
June 18th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N
Replies: 28
Views: 4532

Re: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N

Yeah, I'd thought a new mini-Target might make sense here, even though the main downtown Target isn't too far away as the crow flies.

Apparently the Uptown Target is at 21k SF, for comparison.
by MNdible
June 16th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N
Replies: 28
Views: 4532

Re: Duffy Paper Development by Cedar Street Cos

I think that residents of their other development on Washington would also have access to these amenities.
by MNdible
June 15th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: George Floyd murder and aftermath
Replies: 79
Views: 4410

Re: George Floyd murder and aftermath

Yeah, my first response was that a memorial in a roundabout is a really bad idea. I wonder if the city shouldn't entertain buying out Cup Foods and building some sort of interpretive center.
by MNdible
June 8th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 144
Views: 21351

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

Yeah, it took some digging online, but I think I figured it out. Valley Park is in Shakopee, immediately west of the 169/101 split. Looks to be landlocked by industrial uses, so very little chance of it getting repurposed. East Minneapolis is immediately north of the larger BNSF yard, just to the no...

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