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by alexschief
June 16th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 834
Views: 71479

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I probably should have used the Atlanta streetcar as a better example. None of which is to say that a streetcar project with a mandate to serve as public transport (ie high frequencies) couldn't work out very well. The 'it-won't-work-if-a-car-blocks-the-tracks' argument has always struck me as sill...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 834
Views: 71479

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Folks, if you think Tucson's ridership is bad, just know that there are three modern streetcars in the US with even worse ridership. Cincy, Atlanta, and Dallas all have streetcars which have weekday ridership below 1,000. A few other streetcars operate without fares, which gives them an advantage ov...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26019

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I said, with the C and D lines going NW/SE in downtown, there's a case for transit priority lanes on 7th and 8th. That also means there's no reason you couldn't extend the C-Line, and if you do, Cedar makes the most sense given the geometry of the route, land use in South Mpls, and the other planned...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 26019

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Agreed, with the possible exception of Midtown Corridor. But with dedicated ROW and likely built to accommodate larger LRVs, Midtown Corridor would functionally be more LRT than streetcar. So the point stands! I cannot understand why people keep referring to the Midtown rail proposal as a streetcar...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 834
Views: 71479

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Streetcars *can* run as fast as a bus, but they can't drive around something that's blocking their way. That's one reason why rail that doesn't have it's own dedicated right of way is significantly less reliable than a bus. They're also substantially more expensive. Spending nine figures on a street...
by alexschief
June 14th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 66
Views: 5679

Re: Tunnels!

It's hard not to just roll your eyes at this. Boring a 17 mile tunnel for $1B has the feel of fantasy. Allowing a completely untested company to drill underneath your downtown and significant infrastructure is reckless. The Boring Company may yet develop some innovations that make tunneling faster a...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul
Replies: 210
Views: 33259

Re: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul

It doesn't save this building from being a five alarm tire fire, but there's a really nice and colorful hockey mural on the 6th and Cedar corner.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 578
Views: 56331

Re: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue

Wrapping this thread up a bit with some photos of the finished product. Both Sonder Shaker and Nye's were being patronized at midday on a Monday. Looking west, the residential portion of this project feels a bit big and overwhelming, but looking east, the variability of the buildings, through the ma...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Legacy Condominiums - 121 12th Ave S (187' - 17 Stories)
Replies: 201
Views: 27839

Re: Legacy Condominiums - 121 12th Ave S (187' - 17 Stories)

Views of this project from Gold Medal Park (with the sky intentionally blown out so you can see the buildings better) and from 2nd Street. As many others have remarked, this is a huge, dark building. You absolutely feel that up close. But I think when you're further away, it actually makes less of a...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lyndy - (2905 Harriet Ave S)
Replies: 42
Views: 6109

Re: Lyndy - (2905 Harriet Ave S)

Nobody posted completed photos of this one, so here's a quick coda on this project from the greenway. They're regrading the slope, and have cut a little dirt path for their residents to get down.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 267
Views: 36130

Re: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

View from the train. There seems to be more going on at the street level than is obvious from the webcam, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it feels when complete. Because the south side of this corridor is already so urban and because the building has a hip that matches the line of its neighbor...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago
Replies: 146
Views: 21402

Re: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago

The scale of this building is remarkable, and it makes Washington feel small, which is incredibly welcome. Chicago Avenue feels even tighter now that's it's pinned between the Ironclad and East End buildings (admittedly the construction barriers also do make the street physically smaller). The way t...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S
Replies: 365
Views: 58235

Re: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S

Three views of this project. There were workers assembling Trader Joes' signature wooden shelves when I went past on Thursday, and the Jimmy Johns had just opened.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Oaks Union Depot - 244 4th Street E
Replies: 15
Views: 2627

Re: Oaks Union Depot - 244 4th Street E

Finished building in context (looking NE) on 4th St. There's still plenty of space in the middle there for another building.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 648
Views: 49614

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Photo of the fabric wrap of the stadium. I think that central piece is close to the maximum stretch, and how it will ultimately look.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 453
Views: 44220

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

One megawatt powers anywhere between 500 to 1000 homes, depending on the time of year and the type of home. Hydroelectricity is renewable and fairly reliable. Maybe in previous decades removing the dam and restoring the rapids might be the environmentalist position, but in the age of climate change,...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Central - 3501 Second Ave. S
Replies: 5
Views: 1061

Re: The Central - 3501 Second Ave. S

Renting at around $2.20 - $2.30 a square foot.
by alexschief
June 6th, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 345
Views: 42314

Re: City Center

Both the Nicollet and Hennepin Ave sides could and should be torn down and rebuilt, six to eight floors. More glass. More uses. Residential especially is needed in this part of the city. This skirts of this building are two of the most egregious structures in the entire downtown, and they're in one ...
by alexschief
June 6th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 200 Central - Alatus Tower (Washburn-McReavy Site) 483' / 40 Stories
Replies: 817
Views: 113394

Re: 200 Central - Alatus Tower (Washburn-McReavy Site) 483' / 40 Stories

Think of all the school lunch debt these people could've paid off or college scholarships they could've sponsored instead of waging a quixotic war against a high rise in the urban core.

Having money to waste in this fashion is just unfathomable.
by alexschief
May 31st, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4211
Views: 353823

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Freight railroad corridors over highway ROW every day of the week. There's no better way to make transit a miserable experience than co-locating it with a highway. It's a one-way ticket to the most inconvenient and inaccessible station locations and the most horrible waiting experiences.

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