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by jtoemke
December 19th, 2018, 7:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 190
Views: 17384

Re: Arby’s Island

Is there anyone who does pro-formas for a living that can tell me why this 6 story building with a 6.6 million dollar site cannot be placed on other 1 mil fast food sites in less pricey corners of the city and rent for less? In my head, the 5.6 million dollar difference could definitely make up the ...
by jtoemke
December 18th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists
Replies: 302
Views: 25608

Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Nathan wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 6:48 am
Yeah I hate the slow car stalk while I'm biking
Honestly, I just drive so infrequently that crossing the yellow line to give enough room freaks me out. So I just do nothing...
by jtoemke
December 17th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists
Replies: 302
Views: 25608

Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

A medium one: When I see pneumatic tubes counting bikes, I ride back and forth over them ALOT on purpose....once about 10x over an hour. Especially if it is bad weather. I don't want low numbers to justify disinvestment. A bad one: I simultaneously believe that the city is for everyone and that panh...
by jtoemke
December 14th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh: population still shrinking, incomes rising https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/12/12/the-mystery-of-pittsburgh-how-some-shrinking-cities-are-thriving-in-the-new-economy Wow that article. Opening line saying Pittsburgh lost 95,000 people - my jaw almos...
by jtoemke
December 14th, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 310
Views: 48702

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)

The elevator core could have been moved inward on the building (this would be the solution I’d opt for if it was an option) but that probably negatively effects parking and interior circulation. Stair cores and elevators fitting into the parking garage below is the biggest headache - I second this ...
by jtoemke
December 13th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 310
Views: 48702

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)

twincitizen wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 9:09 am
This building is very visible coming up 4th Street from Dinkytown. The bend in the grid at Central/Hennepin makes it more of a 45 degree view instead of head-on, which is even more awesome.
Take a pic!
by jtoemke
December 11th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15523

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I suppose this answer isn’t relevant because the zoning is still residential-only, not mixed use, but it seems quite creative: https://www.rjohnthebad.com/plain-talk/2015/05/11/thresholds-for-the-single-stair-walk-up-building Yeah I like that guy, I have seen this before - very helpful. I guess my ...
by jtoemke
December 11th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15523

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I'm mildly optimistic about seeing more missing middle housing- the continued reduction in required parking is doing a lot to help make buildings in the 4-20 unit range more viable. Unfortunately things that won't change but have made missing middle more difficult are ADA laws and an ever more strin...
by jtoemke
December 9th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 363
Views: 59582

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

TroyGBiv wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 7:39 pm
https://finance-commerce.com/2018/12/mi ... eet-kmart/

Interesting article! I wonder what the sale price will be...
Ahh stupid locked articles. What does this mean? Can the city form an LLC and buy it and tear it down? Is this good news at all?
by jtoemke
December 7th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 923
Views: 77100

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Some coverage of the Minneapolis 2040 vote today from Slate. I wonder if it'll be significant, in terms of being a national model, that Minneapolis was 'the first' to make this kind of change. Minneapolis is an extraordinarily progressive city, just as much if not more progressive than coastal citi...
by jtoemke
December 6th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 182
Views: 15523

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

My eyes rolled so hard when I saw it. Hope this too is tossed out in a flash.
by jtoemke
December 5th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 734
Views: 52970

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Plans for that weird endeavor on Johnson and 35W: http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-215641.pdf The unit sizes in this are huge compared to what we've been seeing. If the price is comparable to other market rate buildings, I can see the extra 200-300 sf bein...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6288

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)

The floor plates suck for residential honestly. Super deep. Cutting a light well out of the center would help. Typical residential construction is around 64ft wide. Stretched to 80ft works but creates lots of dark corners in the units and is honestly pretty terrible. This one is 120ft on the shallo...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6288

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)

This could easily be a market-rate condo conversion, right? The floor plates suck for residential honestly. Super deep. Cutting a light well out of the center would help. Typical residential construction is around 64ft wide. Stretched to 80ft works but creates lots of dark corners in the units and ...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1573
Views: 245039

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

This week's Planning Commission submissions: Outside Downtown — Units: 243 Parking Spaces: 125 Ratio: 0.514 park/unit Bike Parking Spaces: 244 Ratio: 1.00 bike park/unit Downtown — Units: 1082 Parking Spaces: 991 Ratio: 0.915 park/unit Bike Parking Spaces: 806 Ratio: .745 bike park/unit Was there a...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4332
Views: 371721

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The estimated end-to-end travel time is just under 32 minutes [1] , though I haven't had any luck finding documents that break that down by station. That actually seems super competitive. Even to driving honestly - especially at rush hour traffic speeds. If I could guarantee myself a solid half hou...
by jtoemke
December 3rd, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6288

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

I'm happy/sad about this.

Affordable housing here would be good but the floor plans and building layout was awful, tons of windowless bedrooms, no retail, parking on Washington..etc.

Hope someone else picks this up.
by jtoemke
December 1st, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4332
Views: 371721

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I went. Although this project is an absolute dog and pretty late getting going, its nice to finally see some dirt getting moved (literally). I need to get more pictures of the route and maintenance facility area before the construction really starts. Its going to look very different in just a few y...
by jtoemke
December 1st, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Family Dollar picture request/suggestion
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: Family Dollar picture request/suggestion

Great to see these lots being filled in. That view is gorgeous. My thoughts: 1) This stretch of trench between LaSalle and 3rd seems like it would be super easy to cap. 2) Capping that would probably lead to the rapid gentrification of Steven's Square which is definitely a huge hidden gem. 3) Are th...
by jtoemke
November 30th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)
Replies: 49
Views: 5883

Re: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)

amiller92 wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 10:01 am
Not sure about the wisdom of having the lobby/entrance in between the buildings like that.
Avoids corridors.

I like this building a lot.

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