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by alexschief
October 18th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1733
Views: 283710

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

The City of Minneapolis has just released an RFP for the Public Service Center Block . That's the block bounded by 3rd and 4th Streets, and 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The city is looking to sell the two-thirds of the block that they own , which are currently occupied by the City of Lakes Building and the ...
by alexschief
October 17th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 51172

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

Highly recommend the comments on that article.
by alexschief
October 16th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 189
Views: 25405

Re: Fantasy maps

For fun and since it's in the news, I made a MSP Regional Rail fantasy map. As always with these things, the line between what looks plausible and what looks like total nonsense is different for everyone. I navigated that divide by drawing four lines that would not require significant land acquisiti...
by alexschief
October 15th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 947
Views: 126590

Re: Southside - General Topics

Extremely disappointing that one community institution would seek to kneecap another, all so that their users won't be troubled to walk a few blocks. This site is directly in between good bus service on Nicollet and Bryant Avenues, and directly on the route of the #23.
by alexschief
October 14th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 137
Views: 18364

Re: Mall of America Transit Station

Absolutely night and day improvement. I love how the entryway looks in the mall. Only mistake is the poor choice of posts for the bike parking. That design always doesn't make it easy.
by alexschief
October 14th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Nicollet Ave Apartments - 1700 block of Nicollet
Replies: 19
Views: 3721

Re: Nicollet Ave Apartments - 1700 block of Nicollet

Yellow Tree is the best developer working in Minneapolis.

They've found a niche of medium-scale neighborhood-feel projects with decent to good design and low parking ratios, and they are building a really impressive number of them in a short period of time. (This was approved Oct 1, 2018)
by alexschief
October 2nd, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1984
Views: 245616

Re: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'

I want to publicly congratulate the good people at Skyscraper City, especially Tall Bob, for this extraordinary accomplishment.

CPC should ask that the blank wall facing third street be painted for a mural.
by alexschief
October 1st, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1733
Views: 283710

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

LA Rockler Fur Co. is proposed to become 55 dwelling units! http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-175201.pdf That deal never materialized. New proposal: Downtown's Rockler Fur building could become housing option for Native community *UNLOCKED* Submitted to the...
by alexschief
September 27th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 157801

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Not speaking specifically to the downtown, but I think it’s easy for west metro/Minneapolis people to equate St. Paul being smaller with St. Paul being irrelevant, when really St. Paul and the east metro in general have their own smaller but similar ecosystem. Like for me there was a long time when...
by alexschief
September 25th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 157801

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Downtown St. Paul has the best physical urbanism of any place in the Twin Cities. You can't beat Lowertown especially for a great urban scale. If you don't go, you're missing out. The problem is that not enough people live and work there. I do think that is somewhat changing, as downtown St. Paul's ...
by alexschief
September 22nd, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 128
Views: 23528

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Slightly off-topic, but I'm going to be interested to see what happens to townhouse cluster communities like the one at the bottom right in that photo, or The Landings in the North Loop. They are bizarre little enclaves of a short but weird era of downtown development that now seems very close minde...
by alexschief
September 20th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'
Replies: 70
Views: 10242

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 40 stories / 442'

This is sort of a textbook example of why nice renderings can cause some problems. There are a couple renderings in the packet that make the metal cladding look like cor-ten steel, which I think would be quite attractive. There are also renderings like the one that Rhett shared above that make the m...
by alexschief
September 19th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 33
Views: 6044

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'

The Frankstein-esque design of this has... not improved much. Still don't like the walk-ups along 3rd St. S and the lack of activation along Marquette. This building reads as two buildings, but I think the mass isn't broken up enough, and this is going to feel like a really massive, somewhat confuse...
by alexschief
September 18th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Prospect Park - General Topics
Replies: 183
Views: 32768

Re: Prospect Park - General Topics

Again per Robin Garwood , The Louis is done. I hadn't known it was so close, since they only recently put on the facade, but I guess they did that almost last. I was concerned about the small, square windows on this one, and it doesn't look good in the grey areas, but there is enough variety in the ...
by alexschief
September 13th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Crime
Replies: 173
Views: 16725

Re: Crime

twinkess wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:01 pm
amiller92 wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:20 am
Ya! Scare tactics to force the council to spend more on cops!
It is obviously needed.
It is?

Violent crime is going down, horrific one-off events nonwithstanding.
by alexschief
September 12th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]
Replies: 92
Views: 12095

Re: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]

Would there have to be some sort of barrier between the trails and the tracks? Is that extra space for the potential need for emergency assistance? I feel like the freight rail would want something. I'm sure it'd be just like the Greenway east of Hiawatha, where a fence separates the tracks from th...
by alexschief
September 12th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]
Replies: 92
Views: 12095

Re: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]

The St. Paul Bicycle Coalition posted a video that shows, via stop motion, the potential connection between the Ayd Mill gulch and the Short Line Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZftMI3wLHPs When I was a student at Mac, I actually used to live directly next to the railroad, and so I know how ...
by alexschief
September 11th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 100
Views: 17128

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

Hello Twin Cities developers. Hire Snow Kreilich more often. Kk thx.

This is good:

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by alexschief
September 11th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1733
Views: 283710

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Qhaberl wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 9:34 am
Anyone know the latest on the project just south of 10th St. and west of Hennepin? I thought they were supposed to start construction on two different hotels this summer?
Fingers crossed that they are dead, the designs were absolutely appalling and there are higher and better uses for those parcels.
by alexschief
September 5th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 96
Views: 8468

Re: Electric Scooters

Vagueperson wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 6:19 am
I don't see scooters replacing car trips
Why not?

For a tourist, they often replace trips that might otherwise be taken by ride share. Why wouldn't that be the case for residents?

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