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by alexschief
October 14th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Mall of America Transit Station
Replies: 133
Views: 17776

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: 3557

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: 1983
Views: 244575

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: 1731
Views: 282648

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: 157302

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: 157302

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: 23427

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: 10175

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: 6030

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: 32705

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: 16715

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: 12052

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: 12052

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: 17054

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: 1731
Views: 282648

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: 8428

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?
by alexschief
August 29th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: City issues podcasts and podcast episodes
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: City issues podcasts and podcast episodes

One of my favorite things about the State Fair is how much great media comes out of it. Here are a bunch of good recent episodes:

Mayors Carter and Frey on MPR News
Governor Walz on 1A
1A on Minnesota's affordable housing crisis and solutions
1A on Minnesota's craft beer industry
by alexschief
August 27th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2310
Views: 231191

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

The Met Council got a ridership update the other day . At first glance, the topline numbers look pretty dire. Local bus is down 9% on the year, which is a drastic acceleration of a national slide. Light rail is up 3%, which is nice, but not as rapid growth as seen in previous years. BRT is up 12%, w...
by alexschief
August 26th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St
Replies: 122
Views: 17329

Re: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St

I had seen a lot of photos of 419 Washington and the entire building, especially the front facade, has always read as extremely flat. But then I visited the building in person a few weeks ago, and it turned out that the pictures were totally deceiving. It's completely fine. The facades have far more...
by alexschief
August 23rd, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1058
Views: 141598

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...

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