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by Silophant
April 22nd, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 42
Views: 2556

Re: Electric Scooters

It seems that the city just got around to approving this year's vendors today , so it depends on how long it takes to get the actual contracts ironed out. Of note: the four selected vendors this year are Lime, Lyft, Jump (Uber) and Spin. Bird sent out an email to their users this morning asking them...
by Silophant
April 22nd, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 182
Views: 25911

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

Wow. Sounds like they should think about buying out Padilla's lease and getting started on a second one.
by Silophant
April 21st, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 33
Views: 4189

Re: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

It seems the reason this has seemingly gone dormant is that they've been redesigning it to add another two stories.
by Silophant
April 19th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

Extremely long-term, aBRT should just be the standard bus route, at least in the urban core.

Short-term, the aBRT rollout order should just be the existing bus routes in descending order of ridership, with obvious corrections like interlining the 10 and the 18 into a single route.
by Silophant
April 18th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 182
Views: 25911

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

It's gonna be sort of nuts if they start digging on this before Alia.
by Silophant
April 18th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 925
Views: 104381

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Props to them for making the safe decision and holding the community meeting to talk about it afterwards, though.
by Silophant
April 17th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 197
Views: 18456

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Glad to see they're leaving their options open for future double-deckers.

On that note, whatever happened to the double-deckers SWT was piloting a few years ago?
by Silophant
April 17th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

I've thought for a while that extending it to 35W to connect with the D Line and the Orange Line/18/future Nicollet BRT) is a pretty obvious thing to do, but I'm not sure extending it west of there will make sense for a while. Even running it out to Opus would make more sense than the Arden Hills ex...
by Silophant
April 16th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1899
Views: 212085

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

Update: There's a sign on the paybooth in the parking lot that says it closes permanently on May 7th.

It's happening!
by Silophant
April 16th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1899
Views: 212085

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

As of last summer, they were saying they had to start in May 2019 to be ready for RBC to move in in 2021 - hence the office-only backup plan they pitched. I keep waiting to see the signs posted that the parking lot will be closing, but nothing yet. I guess if they don't sell monthly contracts they d...
by Silophant
April 15th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Spaghetti Factory to Pinstripes
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: Old Spaghetti Factory to Pinstripes

They're still open as of tonight. Hopefully they can reopen - both 240 Park and 240 Portland will have a decent sized restaurant space on their respective corners. That being said, I've long thought it would be fun to have a bowling alley downtown. Would have preferred a cheaper one than Pinstripes,...
by Silophant
April 15th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Parking Meters
Replies: 11
Views: 582

Re: Minneapolis Parking Meters

Yeah. Gonna be hard to convince a friend to come over and play a board game on a weekend afternoon if it'll cost $9 for him to park.

I mean, maybe this will convince him to bike instead, but I'm not confident.
by Silophant
April 13th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

I think they're too committed to the BRT brand to use normal buses on the A Line, but I don't see why they wouldn't use BRT artics for MNUFC games and State Fair days now that they have them.
by Silophant
April 11th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Edina – General Topics
Replies: 82
Views: 10882

Re: Edina – General Topics

Renters are bad. And condo owners are practically renters. Basically, anyone who's willing to settle for not having a quarter acre yard is suspicious.
by Silophant
April 5th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Anthony Village
Replies: 45
Views: 4956

Re: St. Anthony Village

Are they going to secede from St. Anthony Village and join Minneapolis?
by Silophant
April 5th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 742
Views: 74150

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

It's going to be a disaster. I remember a couple years ago when we noticed that (probably in this thread) and I was reasonably confident they would have some kind of plan. Maybe not the best plam, but something. Instead they did... nothing?
by Silophant
April 1st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1628
Views: 258492

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Since it's not going to get going until 2021, the 2040 plan rezoning should be in effect by the time this come up for approval, which includes a 10-story minimum height for the Core 50 downtown district. Not that I really expect the PC or the Council to not grant a variance to affordable housing tha...
by Silophant
March 31st, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1628
Views: 258492

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

St. Olaf Catholic Church is working with Aeon to: A) rehabilitate the existing supportive housing building on 2nd Ave and 9th St, and add 27 additional units on a portion of the green space next to it. B) build a new 70-unit affordable housing building on the parking lot on the corner of 3rd Ave and...
by Silophant
March 29th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 937
Views: 119717

Re: Southside - General Topics

Different neighborhoods, I guess, but the NE Lunds parking lot connects to one-way 4th St, which is pretty much the same thing, and they're doing fine.
by Silophant
March 29th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1899
Views: 212085

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

amiller92 wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 9:48 am
Why does that show a car and an RV on Nicollet Mall?
They're just making sure their renderings reflect reality.

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