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by alexschief
May 23rd, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 509
Views: 61374

Re: Rush Line Corridor BRT

What's the time cost of the jog to Maplewood Mall?
by alexschief
May 19th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Izzy's Ice Cream Factory
Replies: 195
Views: 34567

Re: Izzy's Ice Cream Factory

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by alexschief
May 19th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Izzy's Ice Cream Factory
Replies: 195
Views: 34567

Re: Izzy's Ice Cream Factory

I insist that any future construction on this site reflect the design aesthetic of the Izzy's building.
by alexschief
May 14th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 94
Views: 20692

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

When I'm a pedestrian or bicyclist I consider a grade separated crossing the best possible scenario because then I'm completely separated from cars, and not a "compromise. We can't grade separate every crossing but places on County 42 near Burnsville Center seems to be an excellent place to do so. ...
by alexschief
May 13th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 94
Views: 20692

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

It's quite common in places, especially Latin America ( see here for an example ) to rely on ped bridges over major roads. I guess it's better than forcing people to cross at grade, but it's certainly not what anyone would call walkable. There are disability access issues and convenience issues for ...
by alexschief
May 11th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 584
Views: 82014

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Silophant wrote:
May 10th, 2020, 7:03 pm
It is honestly gobsmacking how bad of a job the MPRB is doing with the parkway closure messaging.
It's "orderly but dumb" winning out over "chaotic but smart" in a microcosm.
by alexschief
May 7th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'
Replies: 107
Views: 21451

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'

Based on the last few letters included in the packet, it looks like the Twins and the Minnesota Ballpark authority have been the holdup, with various concerns ranging from not wanting to share the Dock Street access point to being worried about a gunman shooting into the ballpark from a high floor ...
by alexschief
May 7th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Raymond Station area developments
Replies: 18
Views: 7499

Re: Raymond Station area developments

A bit more about 2225 University. Here is the submission to the zoning committee. It's 147 units and 90 parking spaces. The design is fine. What I find most interesting is the development team. The lead is Paster Development, but the other half is Yellow Tree. I'm not aware of Yellow Tree doing any ...
by alexschief
May 7th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'
Replies: 107
Views: 21451

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'

Based on the last few letters included in the packet, it looks like the Twins and the Minnesota Ballpark authority have been the holdup, with various concerns ranging from not wanting to share the Dock Street access point to being worried about a gunman shooting into the ballpark from a high floor ...
by alexschief
May 6th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 200 12th Ave S - Reuter Walton - 12 Stories / 130'
Replies: 19
Views: 5388

Re: 200 12th Ave S - Reuter Walton - 12 Stories / 130'

You linked the CoW packet, the CPC submission is here . Highly recommend the public comments in this one. There are a handful of useful comments about making space for dogs and loading (which the developer has responded to) and a lack of retail space (which is not addressed and actually is a big iss...
by alexschief
May 4th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1024
Views: 182368

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

On the edge of the North Loop, this drone shot from UrbanWorks shows The Redwell as topped out (also has a nice view of the downtown and the North Loop that makes the whole area look more filled in than it is).
by alexschief
May 4th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'
Replies: 225
Views: 40899

Re: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'

The development tracker has an article and some nice photos of this . The facade is nearly complete. I can't hide my excitement for this building, it looks fantastic. Henning Larsen was an inspired choice, there are few firms in the world that are so good at facades. I hope MSR also benefits from th...
by alexschief
May 1st, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 800 15th Ave SE - 800 15th Ave SE - 12 Stories - 131'
Replies: 9
Views: 2049

Re: 800 15th Ave SE - 800 15th Ave SE - 12 Stories - 131'

Truly hilarious that this is allowed but the Dinkytown McDonalds redevelopment was nitpicked to death over height and bulk. I even wonder if this project would be coming forward, and would be coming forward in such a big way, if that earlier proposal had not been rejected.
by alexschief
April 30th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 58
Views: 7545

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Bummer that an attractive project has fallen apart while those two awful hotels on Hennepin are apparently still going forward. That being said, getting more units and maybe a better parking ratio out of an apartment building will be a great consolation. The result should be cheaper, and stick build...
by alexschief
April 29th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 995
Views: 146234

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Mcgizz wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forcing pedestrians and bikers to coexist in +13 feet of width is a bad idea.
Not gonna claim it's ideal, but I think it'll be a similar set-up to what's on the Franklin Ave Bridge (see the link above), which seems acceptable.
by alexschief
April 29th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 995
Views: 146234

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

https://i.imgur.com/OHFnXWj.jpg 13' 6" of ped/bike space, a low barrier (like this) , four 10' lanes flanked by 2' 6" gutters. Transit priority lane is construction-only for now (write to your electeds asking for it to be permanent, or for lanes on Washington so buses don't need to cross the bridge).
by alexschief
April 29th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 571
Views: 109637

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics

The dream scenario would be redeveloping the parking ramp. Besides it being a parking ramp, this one is particularly ugly while also on a particularly promising corner. It's probably one of the top five worst parking ramps in the city. It would be wonderful if the University were a leading force in...
by alexschief
April 28th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 571
Views: 109637

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics

Highest and best use: food truck corral.
by alexschief
April 25th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 61421

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

I'm sorry, but the notion that the sloped wall on the south side of the Midtown trench is somehow sacrosanct makes a parody of historic preservation.

Just because something is old does not give it intrinsic veto power over any subsequent improvement.
by alexschief
April 24th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 61421

Re: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit

I think that the obvious end result is that the project encompass a rebuild of the entire floor of the trench, with an integrated design of rail, bicycle, and landscaping. Plenty of examples of this kind of idea out there (including a similar approach on Washington Ave through the University of Minn...

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