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by thatchio
September 15th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 994
Views: 118446

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

The north side promenade running along the Midtown Greenway in this area was a huge missed opportunity for the community. So much of the conversation about the development projects was on the scale, unit count, and parking of those buildings and much less on the promenade. The City of Minneapolis re...
by thatchio
September 6th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 371
Views: 60061

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

Had HH there back in July. Not a bad spot for that.
by thatchio
June 6th, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 16961

Re: Arby’s Island

I'm dying to know if the curved area will be clad by specially fabricated curved cement board panels. This design is crying out for cement board.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by thatchio
May 24th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 149042

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Yeah, I actually really hate that our pedestrian overlay districts ban fast food. It just comes off as the worst sort of progressive "we know what's best for you." It's not like fast food needs a drive-thru (which is a legitimate thing to ban). I assume it also will prevent more than a few fast foo...
by thatchio
May 20th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 149042

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Some of their restaurants, like the Richfield one, includes movable chairs. The only stationary seating are the booths.
by thatchio
May 20th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 149042

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Per 520.160 - definitions: Restaurant, fast food. An establishment whose design or principal method of operation includes five (5) or more of the following characteristics. In addition, any restaurant with a drive-through facility shall be considered a fast food restaurant. (1) A permanent menu boar...
by thatchio
April 15th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction / E Line (Uptown to Downtown)
Replies: 98
Views: 8808

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction / E Line (Uptown to Downtown)

Point taken about the audio-alerting functions of the beg button. I was intending more that one shouldn't have to press the button to get a walk. As for 28th bus stop, it'd be useful to get some data on how many mobility restricted individuals use it. I found that stop extremely frustrating as it ra...
by thatchio
April 15th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction / E Line (Uptown to Downtown)
Replies: 98
Views: 8808

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction / E Line (Uptown to Downtown)

If there were ever a subway, there would likely be only one station in between Loring Park and Uptown Transit Center. Stations are expensive. That said, aBRT is not as capital intensive. Things to consider: how should surface transit operate in this section, especially if there are both local and aB...
by thatchio
March 11th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 899
Views: 112969

Re: Southside - General Topics

Love that it has so many family sized units, including many 3- and 4-BRs.
by thatchio
March 10th, 2018, 10:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 579
Views: 68750

Re: Mozaic (all phases)

The Instagram for MoZaic East said they were excited to have Alchemy365 with a photo showing them with a sign saying they love Uptown. No additional details. Alchemy365 has several locations and offers strength/conditioning and yoga classes.
by thatchio
February 17th, 2018, 11:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 16961

Re: Arby’s Island

In case you are interested, I did place some historical files on the Lake/Lagoon one-way pair. I believe most of these came from a file that the traffic division at the City of Minneapolis maintained that I photocopied back in the early 2000s. I am not the best at figuring out how to share files now...
by thatchio
February 13th, 2018, 11:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 16961

Re: Arby’s Island

I have a whole cache of old one-way/two-way/contraflow files on Lagoon/Lake from the 80s/90s. They're from Public Works' files, including references to saving the files for the next time someone brings the topic up. If anyone's interested, I can try to figure out how to share them.
by thatchio
February 11th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W
Replies: 121
Views: 15957

Re: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W

All these projects convince me more that using a much more rigid zoning code on height and FAR would reduce fights for both the neighbors and developers. But the only way that would work is if the zoning districts were both redefined and reapplied so that the specific parcel had the zoning necessary...
by thatchio
February 7th, 2018, 11:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 29737

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

Per the article, I don't really buy the idea that the developer would be this far into construction and claim that their project is not financially feasible without the additional units. The construction loan was likely predicated on the pre-lease to Aldi and structural changes at this point in the ...
by thatchio
February 3rd, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 16961

Re: Arby’s Island

I've long hoped, perhaps unrealistically, that given the combined ownership of the Arby's/Cub site and the ample public ROW, perhaps there'd be a way to more square off the intersection so WB Lake traffic took a harder right and a harder left onto Lagoon, and therefore increase the size of the Arby'...
by thatchio
January 27th, 2018, 11:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 758
Views: 78937

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

The 12th Street ramp is probably my favorite part of this project, as it will serve hundreds of buses and not just the Orange Line. The Lake Street station also has a lot of potential. With the high frequency 515 along 66th, the Orange Line has potential, depending on where you're going, to be a nic...
by thatchio
January 27th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 29737

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

Just saying that there often are alternatives. I worked on a project that used a grout-injected auger method and vibrated steel beam into the grout. Used that method as it was close to an adjacent business that would have had its revenue negatively impacted by noise.
by thatchio
January 26th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 29737

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

There are options other than "you live in a city so deal" and "compensate them for their impacts." Pile driving is only one method of earth retention, all with their differing levels of external impacts, design impacts, and costs. Months of pile driving right next to your home would be incredibly fr...
by thatchio
January 21st, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 473
Views: 54191

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Seriously, the Minneapolis skyway system is so confusing. I've had numerous people in Seattle tell me that they visited and hated them as they couldn't figure out how to navigate them but felt obligated as many of their destinations were off of the skyways. Treating them as numbered/colored routes a...
by thatchio
January 20th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 29737

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

I agree MNdible. It's pretty bad form to expand the building after construction has started. If it gets approved, it helps write a bad narrative that developers will do bait and switch using step backs to get a floor added and then come back later after the building is under construction and expand ...

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