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by Tiller
June 21st, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities to Eau Claire regional rail
Replies: 82
Views: 5477

Re: Twin Cities to Eau Claire regional rail

There is a spur to Stillwater, though based on a map the group had been using at one point, it looked like they envision(ed) adding Stillwater without backing into and out-of a spur (meaning adding track through a new or previously abandoned ROW?)
by Tiller
June 3rd, 2018, 3:25 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 172
Views: 14088

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

The more I read about it the more worried I get. We're much better off than Japan or China, but it's still going to be a pretty big drag. I'm thinking growth will be pretty elusive over the next 20 years. Does anybody have a reality check? Am I worrying about nothing? Even in nations like Japan/Chi...
by Tiller
June 2nd, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1300
Views: 132370

Re: Nicollet Mall

Maybe the cloudy day doesn't help, but even with the trees it still seems pretty gray.
by Tiller
May 28th, 2018, 12:07 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 125
Views: 7575

Re: Metropolitan Council

Could make for a fun/interesting State Supreme Court case: legislative bills are supposed to have a single-topic according to the Minnesota Constitution vs the line-item veto only applies to appropriations. If this is in a bonding bill, then it should be bonding, and thus veto-able. If it isnt an ap...
by Tiller
May 23rd, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Apartment Construction Boom (2011-??)
Replies: 332
Views: 34999

Re: Apartment Construction Boom (2011-??)

The new "Conifer Ridge" apartments I'm moving to in Maplewood are 3 stories. They're finishing the final (third) building as we speak.
http://www.coniferridgeapts.com/
by Tiller
May 22nd, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 172
Views: 14088

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

Millennials are further to the left ideologically and in terms of voting patterns than baby boomers were at this point in their lives, so even if/when their views gradually change, they will never be as conservative as the baby boomers are right now.
by Tiller
May 21st, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 172
Views: 14088

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

Well people are talking about demographics and population growth. Because the baby boomers were born together in such a large cluster, population growth numbers will be further weighed down once their bump starts passing on.
by Tiller
May 19th, 2018, 5:16 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: trees in Atlanta
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: trees in Atlanta

Higher density = more trees saved. Not the other way around. Okay, I really want to believe this. Please expand on this thought. The more people/businesses we can house in already-existing urban/(suburban) areas through greater density, the fewer forests, wetlands, farmland (which means natural are...
by Tiller
May 15th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 23
Views: 2161

Re: Wikipedia

Bumping this thread to ask: how do people feel about our current Wikipedia pages? Are they any better/worse than before?
by Tiller
May 13th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts
Replies: 12
Views: 1227

Re: Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts

Instead of TIF, could cities define a district and levy a separate/additional property tax therein? For the Nicollet ave streetcar, Minneapolis needed special permission from the legislature because it's a value-capture district. If the key part is "value capture", and not "district", cities could u...
by Tiller
May 8th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 155
Views: 19072

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

Three of these malls are not like the others, though is that just because of recent anchor closings? (like JCPenny in Southdale and Sears in Burnsville Center last year?) Northtown Mall (Blaine): 1.65% vacancy rate (losing a Herbergers this year) Ridgedale Center: 2.07% vacancy rate Mall of America:...
by Tiller
May 6th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 152
Views: 18724

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

I was just in Hopkins for the first time the other day when my bf and I went to eat at Samba, and noticed a wonderful separated bikeway there! Since part of it was adjacent to a one-way, sounds like that was the ARTery project. It would be awesome if we could get bikeways like that built around the ...
by Tiller
May 2nd, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1995
Views: 176865

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

They're finally tearing up the corner of Maryland/Arcade for the 54 bus extension! They're also tearing out the two temporary pedestrian refuges before resurfacing, when they'll install the new permanent ones. (service on the 54 bus to the Maplewood Mall transit center starts June 9th!) https://i.im...
by Tiller
April 25th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 354177

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Nationalize the railroads when? Would be a helluva lot easier than how things work now. :roll:
by Tiller
April 14th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26148

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

(This map was posted by EOst in the Hennepin/E Line thread) https://i.imgur.com/vr6SOFl.png I just want to say how disappointed I am that it looks like Ramsey County got the A Line extension into what appears to be the official aBRT queue. There are many other areas where aBRT should go before the ...
by Tiller
April 9th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26148

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

When I asked Metro Transit about what happens after the #54 extension's 3-year "demonstration" period was complete... the answer was sort of that it would duplicate the future Rush Line. Part of the methodology for predicting ridership of projects like the Rush Line involves the Met Council's assum...
by Tiller
April 8th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26148

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I hope it's not E 7th. To me this area has 3 possible projects. I do not think all three need to happen. Rt 54 extension - starts June 9(?) Rush Line BRT E 7th aBRT Rt 54 extension is to build ridership for E 7th aBRT (and it is starting June 9th! Yay, finally!) From what I've heard over time, Metr...
by Tiller
March 15th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Autonomous vehicles impact on real estate
Replies: 47
Views: 1471

Re: Autonomous vehicles impact on real estate

Labor is the highest cost for providing transit service, I think there's a lot of opportunity for driver-less bus services. Right, losing the driver could bring down costs marginal costs a lot, as long as we don't worry about things like helping disabled passengers board, strapping down wheelchairs...
by Tiller
February 24th, 2018, 1:35 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 2103 Wabash
Replies: 24
Views: 2524

Re: 2103 Wabash

Are there relevant/needed kinds of industrial space that could reasonably work in a traditional mixed-use zoning area (if our zoning code were to allow them)?
by Tiller
February 23rd, 2018, 11:24 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Highway 36
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Highway 36

Definitely sarcasm, though the waste of space is still unfortunate. Metro transit studied highway BRT on 36 that would've ended here, but it would have probably been just a park and ride (now with complementary roundabouts!) anyways.

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