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by alexschief
February 22nd, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1011
Views: 165444

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I was curious about how new Minneapolis office developments are building parking, so I looked up the submissions for (1) the City of Minneapolis Consolidated Office Building, (2) the Gateway Tower, and (3) North Loop Green. I also compiled the three submissions for the block and a half (4) Thrivent ...
by alexschief
February 21st, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Personally, I think the prediction of 950 riders at 21st is extremely ambitious. The only bus service in that area is the 25 and it has really low ridership. The #2 will certainly be extended to that station though. It's not worth much, but I can also imagine people taking the train to Cedar Lake, ...
by alexschief
February 20th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station
Replies: 62
Views: 8290

Re: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station

"West Town" was already taken?
by alexschief
February 19th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 146
Views: 21601

Re: Mall of America Transit Station

A small little development, but it looks like the MOA Transit Station is getting a Caribou. Would love to see more stuff like this around our transit stations. https://twitter.com/mallofamerica/status/1229842090852528134 They should absolutely be incorporating retail into the busier stations. Build...
by alexschief
February 18th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I mean, the central problem that's illustrated here is that we design our streets by first thinking about what the green book tells us that cars need, and then trying to jam other modes in the space that is left over. It's telling that impinging upon car travel in various ways is unthinkable, even o...
by alexschief
February 18th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I think the 'transit leads to gentrification argument' leads to really problematic conclusions; namely that we shouldn't build nice things in poor neighborhoods because they might then become more desirable. I also think the case for Green Line gentrification is easily overstated. To my knowledge th...
by alexschief
February 17th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I remain deeply skeptical that you could run LRT down Broadway without making it a worse street than it currently is, or at least without locking in its current deep hostility to people walking. As great as the Green Line is, the University Ave that came out of it just isn't a good street for how w...
by alexschief
February 17th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Not studying LRT on Lyndale N up to Broadway doesn't make much sense to me, I don't believe there's a single property which relies on that street for access and AADT on that street is pretty light (7,800). The property at the corner of Lyndale N and Broadway is a Cub and a large surface lot, which c...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 140
Views: 14661

Re: Ayd Mill Road

If you closed Ayd Mill Road, local travelers would stay on local roads (which have safer designs and slower speeds), interstate travelers would stay on the interstate (getting to downtown Minneapolis via alternatives like Hwy 55), and a good amount of traffic would simply disappear as people opt for...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 140
Views: 14661

Re: Ayd Mill Road

No, I don't think the congestion is too bad. But I didn't mention congestion, I mentioned traffic safety. I know at least two people who were hit by cars and injured at this intersection, and have personally had countless close calls. It's an intersection with high numbers of pedestrians, mixing wit...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'm wondering if this would be just better with BRT? I don't see the advantages of LRT once you go with a different more expensive route. There really isn't a ton of density along this route and it is pretty car-centric, but not as congested as the roadways near the SWLRT. This is putting things in...
by alexschief
February 13th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I'm wondering if this would be just better with BRT? I don't see the advantages of LRT once you go with a different more expensive route. There really isn't a ton of density along this route and it is pretty car-centric, but not as congested as the roadways near the SWLRT. This is putting things in...
by alexschief
February 13th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 119888

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Adopting a different route will delay the project by many years. The project is already at 90% engineering, so millions have been spent on designing for the existing alignment, and all of that work would need to be redone for the realigned portion. More problematic would be that the project would lo...
by alexschief
February 13th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 140
Views: 14661

Re: Ayd Mill Road

The traffic safety issues primarily occur at the Selby and Snelling intersection, where the four lane highway becomes a two lane local road, and a ton of people are trying to cut through from AMR to I-94. The pollution issues occur because cars emit tons of particulate matter that is harmful to huma...
by alexschief
February 13th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 140
Views: 14661

Re: Ayd Mill Road

The best solution here is to rip the bandaid off and close the road entirely. St. Paul cannot afford to maintain this road. The road causes traffic safety issues and pollution in St. Paul neighborhoods while providing marginal benefit for St. Paul residents. Any attempt to maintain the status quo wi...
by alexschief
February 12th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 34
Views: 2494

Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

I just hope the D Line is funded. Please, please, fund the D Line.
by alexschief
February 12th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 (2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 (2020)

Opat's retirement is great news for anyone who wants to see the Twin Cities have a transit system that serves the densest parts of the city, instead of a hub-and-spoke-system primarily serving farmland. By all accounts, Opat was a skilled organizer behind the scenes, which makes it all the more depr...
by alexschief
February 10th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The 12 is the service that runs between Hopkins and downtown Minneapolis via Excelsior and Hennepin during rush hours. The 612 is the off peak version that runs to Uptown, and will be shortened to West Lake. Oh I see. So a cut to the #12 and what looks like a boost to the #612 frequency. That's fin...
by alexschief
February 9th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4521
Views: 417077

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

[*]604: Extended to Beltline Station on the south end. Improve to 30 min daily. I certainly hope these get a second look, especially this one. Given that the #604 will already meet the Green Line at Louisiana Station, it makes no sense to have it curl back and meet the Green Line a second time at B...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - General Topics
Replies: 314
Views: 72264

Re: Northside - General Topics

The outcome sucks, but after listening a bit to the discussion yesterday, I'm mostly convinced that the alternative was a costly lawsuit defeat. While colloquially these properties were "abandoned," and as a result should've lost their grandfathered non-conforming status and come under the new drive...

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