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by alexschief
August 23rd, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1056
Views: 138563

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

I think the issue is that parks can be active or passive. The Mall has historically been a passive park, meaning that it doesn't have sports fields. Not every park needs to, or ought to, have sports activities. No, but there is strong demand for them, and when you're master planning for investments...
by alexschief
August 23rd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 13888

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

Neel Kashkari was on WCCO radio this morning and was asked about the ramp. He reiterated that they have a parking problem (lol) and said something to the effect of "we're not done yet." Very ominous. It's beyond dispiriting if nothing that anyone has said about climate change or transportation alte...
by alexschief
August 23rd, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 71
Views: 10622

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

In general, I sometimes think we're in danger of repeating some of the worst urban planning mistakes of the past, namely tearing down buildings because they look out of date or represent an architectural era we don't respect at the moment. The big mistake of urban renewal wasn't that it tore down o...
by alexschief
August 21st, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 771
Views: 63167

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

I don't quite understand why they've arranged the lobby and parking entry on the west side of the building and the retail spaces on the east side. Given the existence of commercial west of the building, doesn't it make more sense to string the commercial uses together instead of separating them by a...
by alexschief
August 20th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1015
Views: 135311

Re: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)

I never said it wasn't profitable. But selling out to a developer can also be profitable. It's a prime location. A smart developer could include a convenience store in a future development. There are also small-footprint urban gas station formats, which you see especially in Europe and East Asia. I'...
by alexschief
August 20th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1015
Views: 135311

Re: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)

A couple shots that show how this building is framing N 6th Ave and N 5th St. (Later shot also shows a side of the new Metro Transit police building, which was designed by Snow Kreilich.) https://i.imgur.com/zcas0iK.jpg https://i.imgur.com/uK24qBF.jpg That Holiday can't be long for this world, can it?
by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 38
Views: 6874

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

Huh, is this not a loading space? Underground parking? No option to unload there and move up by elevator?

Certainly a bit weird that only this building has these constraints when plenty of other retail spaces seem to manage in similar conditions.
by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha & 54th St - VA Station Development
Replies: 18
Views: 2607

Re: Hiawatha & 54th St - VA Station Development

This project has mostly flown under the radar, but both buildings are now well under way. When completed, they will comprise 177 units, 129 car parking spaces, and 122 bike parking spaces. All a comfortable walk from the VA Medical Center Station. https://i.imgur.com/dIHUCqn.jpg https://i.imgur.com/...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 313
Views: 53250

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

They've done a fantastic job covering up the giant parking structure. The fact that the Sable/Parking box is offset from the Nordic box helps make them feel like different buildings and helpfully breaks up the structure's huge bulk.

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by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Prospect Park - General Topics
Replies: 182
Views: 31802

Re: Prospect Park - General Topics

Here's the view from University. You've got to wonder how long the Teamsters will stick around in their building. I'm sure they could move elsewhere with little trouble, but they could also follow the Sons of Norway example and make a home for themselves in a new development. Either way, the precede...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Schafer Richardson project - 217 North Chestnut
Replies: 7
Views: 2318

Re: Schafer Richardson project - 217 North Chestnut

Irvine Exchange is nearly open, crews were putting the final details on the building this past week.

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by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Kelly's Depot Development - 241 E Kellogg Blvd
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Kelly's Depot Development - 241 E Kellogg Blvd

Still in the early stages of this one:

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by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: East 38th Street & 38th St Station Development
Replies: 224
Views: 37490

Re: East 38th Street & 38th St Station Development

Oh no, I messed it up. Here we go:

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by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 521
Views: 106784

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

The hotel on E 7th and Jackson is well underway:
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The overbuild at E 7th and Robert is nearly complete:
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by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2301
Views: 227752

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Close, but not quite. This is the data you're looking for: https://gisdata.mn.gov/dataset/us-mn-state-metc-trans-stop-boardings-alightings But as TCMetro says, Metro Transit doesn't publicly release the month-by-month data. I'm not sure how useful that would be anyway. The data above is year-by-year...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 538
Views: 60127

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Walked past Peavey Field Park last week, and was blown away by the improvements. The playground, basketball courts, and field were all pristine. The former two were being used on a Wednesday morning. The investments that the city is making in the park system are visible and impressive, especially as...
by alexschief
August 13th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 160290

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

This conversation just reminds me how wild everyone went when someone put up fake Taco Johns announcements at the corner of LynLake. A store selling $400 jackets isn't going to bring regular activity to any neighborhood unless it's already a place people are going to spend thousands like its nothin...
by alexschief
August 12th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Star Tribune
Replies: 233
Views: 16994

Re: Star Tribune

I subscribed a while back and haven't regretted it. It's a good paper, and it's so unbelievably lucky that MSP is still served by a fully-staffed broadsheet. Some major US cities (Pittsburgh, for instance) don't even have newspapers that print seven times a week anymore. Some smaller cities (Youngst...
by alexschief
August 8th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bus Destination Signage
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: Bus Destination Signage

Another minor point of contention I have is how much transit nerds overestimate how many different routes the average person uses on a regular basis. The vast majority of riders have limited need to understand the system as a whole. Most riders take a single route daily (or two if they transfer) to...
by alexschief
August 8th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bus Destination Signage
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: Bus Destination Signage

And that’s pretty much the point of aBRT, right? Pick an arterial, and provide high frequency service mainly along that arterial, with no deviations. This is important, but not gospel. It is a rule that can/should be broken when it makes overwhelming sense to do so (i.e. higher ridership). The main...

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