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by alexschief
March 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 2798

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

The only thing that's going to move the dial on transportation (given that our land use patterns are so fully baked) is electrification. And electric cars need parking spaces just like ICE cars. We're arguing about whether the next 5,000 people who move into downtown will drive their cars a little ...
by alexschief
March 13th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 2798

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Again—I'm not saying the city should deny all of these buildings unless they get rid of all their parking, rah rah rah. I know that's just not politically feasible. But I am saying that I think a lot of these buildings would do fine with 10%-20% less parking or maybe one fewer level of structured un...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 2798

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

I understand what you're saying. 100%. I'm just saying, as someone who works for developers, luxury condos (please note this is what we are talking about) are going to want high parking ratios. And I do get the "this is the way the world works" perspective. But I'd like to push it to work different...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 2798

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Just so I'm clear, when people in neighborhoods complain about apartments generating traffic, we call them NIMBY's and note that residential properties generate very very little traffic. But apartments downtown are a different animal, somehow. The more parking that is provided, the more car traffic...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 2798

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Two issues with overbuilding parking: The first is that parking is expensive to build, and the more parking that gets built in these developments, the higher the sale price and the higher the rent will be. I think that's bad, I'd rather people paid less for their housing, and one of the easiest ways...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 2798

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

The location is a current surface parking lot, the design is really quite striking (or, at least, half of the renderings are—would be good to confirm that the terra cotta color would be more like what's shown in the oblique rendering and not in the elevation), and the five (!!!) small retail bays wi...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 414
Views: 70269

Re: Dinkytown

For an idea of what this might look like, the University of Pennsylvania just opened a concept like this. It's very good.
by alexschief
March 8th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills
Replies: 86
Views: 12871

Re: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills

Let a site that is immediately adjacent to a freeway and 12 miles from the city center sit fallow while developers are busy building spec housing in Hanover, sure. I'm certainly not in favor of that either, but I'm not aware of any county-led effort there. As a general rule, I'd like to see the Met...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 305
Views: 50288

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

Actually kind of a fascinating concept. Most food halls are, themselves, sort of an intermediate step between doing nothing and having a bricks and mortar location. This Galley Group model finds an even narrower niche, a bit more involved than just a stall at a farmers market, but ahead of owning a ...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2223
Views: 208169

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Minneapolis requires a special permit for buses on the parkways, I'm not sure about in St Paul Ah, that makes sense. It does? Between EPD and Grand, Lexington gets over 20,000 ADT. It gets 13,500 ADT through the park. Any bucolic appeal to this "parkway" has long been destroyed. Those tens of thous...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills
Replies: 86
Views: 12871

Re: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills

Just put everyone our of their misery, Ramsey County! My development proposal for this site is to plant trees everywhere. Just because there is a large vacant piece of land doesn't mean it needs to become a master planned development. The location of this site has never made much sense for the kinds...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1048
Views: 120116

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

Some of the details in the ground floor plan really are baffling. It's frustrating that Ryan built this big new downtown park and then across multiple buildings turned down the opportunity to create a ring of retail spaces around it. Add to that the insistence on building more parking when your buil...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 305
Views: 50288

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

That's odd, I didn't know their CEO was an investor in this building.
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2223
Views: 208169

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

...especially compared to the #65 bus on Dale, which saw a huge increase in riders after being boosted in frequency when the Green Line arrived, and now runs every twenty minutes midday? Whoops, I mean the #62 on Rice, which now runs every quarter hour and saw the bump in ridership. What are the sp...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Pedro Park
Replies: 33
Views: 8182

Re: Pedro Park

On a side note, I think opponents to keeping the annex are focusing on getting rid of the wrong building. It's Union Gospel Mission Daycare, a suburban style building, that is out of place. Move the UGMD into the lowest level of the annex building (with doors opening onto the park). UGMD could dona...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2223
Views: 208169

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Question for folks: what's the history of transit on Lexington Parkway? The divergence in service between Snelling (aBRT every ten minutes) and Lexington (regular bus every half hour) is striking, given that these corridors are just a mile apart and serve similar land use. It makes sense to me that ...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 800
Views: 73964

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

One thing that increasingly concerns me (and now I'm going to be the broken record) is the lack of a coherent transit plan for Downtown St. Paul. I'd probably prefer your concept of turning 5th over to transit, but the current plans are not completely discordant, and I think that's why there hasn't...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 800
Views: 73964

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Broken record here, but this will be a good project the more closely it resembles the existing METRO LRT service, including... - Dedicated at-grade ROW - Eliminating the redundant stations at Homer, W 5th/W 6th - Further separating the Maynard and Davern stations or consolidating into one station - ...
by alexschief
February 28th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 98
Views: 16441

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

Given that the HPC has been overruled in this exact neighborhood twice with recent projects, including the first Expo phase, I'm not exactly buying Doran's insistence that their opposition was enough to cause a retreat on the tower proposal. They already had backed off a tower for the middle block, ...
by alexschief
February 26th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Raymond Station area developments
Replies: 9
Views: 1910

Re: Raymond Station area developments

Baffled that nobody has bought out the Twin Cities Reptiles/Fire and Ice Ministries building yet.

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