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by MNdible
November 16th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 195
Views: 20433

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

This website does a decent job of explaining the different types of brick installs. What is Brick Veneer? If solid masonry is so good, why is it that most brick houses built in the last 30 years are brick veneer construction? Firstly, we have to understand the difference between brick veneer and so...
by MNdible
November 14th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1776
Views: 194630

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Why not work with Opus and fund a temporary skyway from the library to 365? I'm sure there's some solution out there that works, but remember that you're asking two competing developers to work with each other. Also, the actual skyway over Nicollet from the library to the Opus block would likely ne...
by MNdible
November 14th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1776
Views: 194630

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Didn't see it either, but I understand that as things currently stand, a skyway to the library only connects you to the library and nowhere else. Unless the second half of the Opus block gets developed concurrently with the Gateway. I'd assume the library path is still their preferred routing.
by MNdible
November 13th, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)
Replies: 35
Views: 1575

Re: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)

It must be better to burn a bunch of diesel fuel to drive garbage out to the middle of nowhere and bury it in the ground, right?
by MNdible
November 13th, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)
Replies: 35
Views: 1575

Re: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)

Except that he probably was a pretty good representative of the views of his constituents, and he'll probably be replaced by somebody with similar views. Also, he had essentially no impact on Hennepin County policy. https://www.hennepin.us/-/media/hennepinus/your-government/leadership/Images/commiss...
by MNdible
November 12th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1776
Views: 194630

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

So, it seems like the controversial bit of this proposal is the porte cochere. I understand why the city has concerns about it, but it seems like the alternatives are worse, not better. Is this really worth picking a fight over?
by MNdible
November 9th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 339
Views: 39414

Re: Northern Lights Express

Ah, I see what you're getting at. I guess I've never thought about it, but all of the excursion trains must have to do that? Seems like there might be enough room and clearance around here to put in a new wye. Or maybe not. Alternately, you could just make this into a proper station and connect to t...
by MNdible
November 9th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 339
Views: 39414

Re: Northern Lights Express

I think they were using their Budd cars, so the Depot being stub-end shouldn't have been an issue.

Also, Matt, it's the EAST end, not the north end. Please.
by MNdible
November 9th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1019
Views: 115045

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

I can't tell if this is built in such a way that the air rights over the ramp would still be usable (maybe it says in the packet, I usually just look at the pretty pictures). It would be pretty disappointing if not. Pretty certain that the air rights are only for the first bay closest to the parcel...
by MNdible
November 8th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1776
Views: 194630

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Yeah, I think the deal is that the hotel flag is demanding a skyway connection, and if they can't make the connection through the Opus block, they're looking for a second option.
by MNdible
November 2nd, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 361
Views: 58717

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

A below market lease is (at least potentially, depending on the lease terms) an asset that could be sold as part of a liquidation. Regarding an eminent domain taking, even though the city already owns the land, they would still have to reimburse Kmart for the lost value of the lease. So, at this poi...
by MNdible
November 1st, 2018, 10:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1546
Views: 240846

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

The existing facade, while nice, really doesn't have enough windows in it for an office user. So there would have to be pretty significant changes to the facade anyway. Good to see they'll also be fixing the bad sidewalk condition that currently exists here. Unfortunately, it means there will be one...
by MNdible
November 1st, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 361
Views: 58717

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

That really seems like a semantic difference, no?

The important question is whether KMart can sublease without landlord approval under the original terms of the lease.
by MNdible
November 1st, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE Proposal - St. Louis Park
Replies: 138
Views: 16061

Re: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE Proposal - St. Louis Park

This is a very cool project, but I've also always thought that it would be a miracle if they could thread the needle -- so many unique design ideas, interconnected pieces, and super-complicated funding sources. People wonder why developers tend to do the same-old 5+1 stick frame model over and over,...
by MNdible
October 30th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 939
Views: 119638

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Making the water park a non-profit entity so as to not pay property taxes is offensive on so many levels.
by MNdible
October 26th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park
Replies: 161
Views: 22220

Re: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park

So... the city is going to acquire this land? And then what?

Also, first I've heard about the feud. Details?
by MNdible
October 26th, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 376
Views: 51366

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

The concept of using downtown circulators to connect to suburban transit services has been tried and has failed. My understanding is that Minneapolis built the infrastructure to support it, but never actually implemented a true circulator system. Unless you know otherwise, I don't think it's fair t...
by MNdible
October 26th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)
Replies: 35
Views: 1575

Re: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)

Counterpoint:

McLaughlin has worked harder to advance transit in the state of Minnesota than anybody else, and his knowledge and institutional memory are critical.
by MNdible
October 23rd, 2018, 3:02 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 939
Views: 119638

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

This old City Pages review of the MOA Sears is worth re-reading.

As opposed to the Lake Street KMart, which is plausibly still making money, this one is just waiting for a buyer.
by MNdible
October 18th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1491
Views: 131420

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Ignoring reality is also a state of mind.

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