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by alexschief
January 16th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 26
Views: 344

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

This is another sign that the city (and Metro Transit) really, really, really need to figure out how to better serve the North Loop with transit. Sure, a lot of workers are probably suburban folks who will drive in anyway. But the North Loop is a booming neighborhood. Minneapolis isn’t doing itself...
by alexschief
January 16th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 26
Views: 344

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

This is darkly comedic. The Federal Reserve is full of smart economists who should be able to understand basic ideas like induced demand. At a time when we need to be discouraging driving in every way possible, here comes the federal government looking to build a gigantic parking garage on transit-a...
by alexschief
January 14th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 142
Views: 8590

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I'm too far removed from this to *really* know what to think. But from my perspective, Metro Transit has been basically well run, with a rare degree of consistency, and anytime you shake up the leadership without really giving an explanation as to why has to be a concern. Given her background as a s...
by alexschief
January 10th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 39
Views: 8051

Re: Elliot Park

by alexschief
January 9th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 203796

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

The porte-cochère problem is the city's fault for not axing the streetcar easement and consigning UP to such a restricted site. The city made that mess, I'm leaning to the developer on that front. Ultimately, I'd rather have a porte-cochère than cars making drop offs directly from Hennepin anyway, a...
by alexschief
January 8th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 203796

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

I stand corrected on that front then, thanks. The point about the streetcar still remains though.

Funny story, the Gateway Ramp is also a monstrosity that ought to be vaporized.
by alexschief
January 8th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 203796

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

The porte-cochère problem is made worse by the continued intrusion of the extremely stupid streetcar easement. It was a mistake to start redevelopment of this block without first killing that really bad idea (and biting the bullet and returning the federal transit funds tied up for decades on this b...
by alexschief
December 22nd, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 187
Views: 16583

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I find it fun to see how other cities are reacting to the 2040 plan. Here’s Philadelphia. They put together a panel of people to discuss if it could work there, where the median house value is much lower and density is already higher: www.philly.com/news/minneapolis-single-family-zoning-philadelphi...
by alexschief
December 20th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 301
Views: 48894

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

If I just block out the monstrously large parking garage, this building looks really quite nice.
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Art and Architecture Building Development - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / 155'
Replies: 92
Views: 12369

Re: Art and Architecture Building Redevelopment - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / ~155'

A strong contender for the most frivolous anti-development lawsuit. The plaintiffs allege that the A&A tower will block the view from the Witch's Hat Tower towards "the Minnesota State Capitol, the Cathedral of St. Paul, Cathedral Hill and downtown St. Paul," a statement that anyone who has taken ph...
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1576
Views: 246831

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Last night I did a little bit of searching and totaled up the year-end totals from the Minneapolis Planning Commission. With the caveats that may have double counted something, sometimes in presentations slightly different counts are presented, the entire phased Calhoun Towers project is being count...
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: Pittsburgh

Keep in mind that while Pittsburgh's economy is doing well relative to where it used to be, but it's not exactly Austin of the Appalachians. It has one of the lowest rates of GDP growth among large American metros. It a medium-sized city that's somewhat geographically isolated. Its industrial mix to...
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41496

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Anyways, for more evidence as to why I don't think tracks can be linked on the west end (even for out-of-service trains), it would be instructive to scroll through this presentation: https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Current-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Publications-And-Resources/Committee...
by alexschief
December 17th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 372861

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Extending the #2 bus to the 21st St. Station via Douglas Ave (not sure why that and not just continuing on Franklin) is on the service improvement plan. Currently it's a low priority item because implementation is a few years away.
by alexschief
December 17th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41496

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Oreos&Milk wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Perhaps it's because I don't view the midway as a urban corridor but instead of just a train highway.
Huh? It's one of the most urban corridors in the entire city!
by alexschief
December 16th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 490
Views: 92473

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

The Strib has two articles up about Osborn370, otherwise known as the former Ecolab tower: A year in, St. Paul's Osborn370 gains momentum as Twin Cities startup hub Unlikely neighbors add to Osborn370's entrepreneurial energy I have to say, I find downtown St. Paul really interesting. As has been di...
by alexschief
December 14th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41496

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

I guess the point is, it's pretty clear that it's not going to integrate meaningfully, and while we can turn every thread into a discussion of how transit planning by corridor in the Twin Cities fails to consider expansion and integration, there's only so much to be said on the topic and seemingly ...
by alexschief
December 13th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41496

Re: Midtown Greenway

The process of Midtown rail to date hasn't been serious. The insistence on the mode being called a streetcar, despite the entire right-of-way being dedicated and thus not being an accurate label, speaks to a lack of good faith interest in the project as a transportation service. This, despite the p...
by alexschief
December 12th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41496

Re: Midtown Greenway

The process of Midtown rail to date hasn't been serious. The insistence on the mode being called a streetcar, despite the entire right-of-way being dedicated and thus not being an accurate label, speaks to a lack of good faith interest in the project as a transportation service. This, despite the po...
by alexschief
December 12th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17354

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Even if the climate change impacts are more complicated and less dramatic than might be imagined, the impacts for air quality and public health are still potentially significant. Lots of high density housing is planned along frequent transit routes. Running zero emission buses down these routes will...

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