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by alexschief
February 20th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 124
Views: 12061

Re: C Line - Arterial Rapid Bus & Penn Ave Community Works Project

Given unlimited resources, maybe some of these extensions make sense. But if you refer to this map (and take it with a grain of salt), you'll see that not all areas merit beefed up transit. We've talked about the perils of long routes before -- delays rippling through the system, more complicated r...
by alexschief
February 20th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 124
Views: 12061

Re: C Line - Arterial Rapid Bus & Penn Ave Community Works Project

I've been a bit confused by the truncated nature of some of these routes, which I think would really benefit from through-running. The D-Line is really good because the Minneapolis CBD is just the center of it. But the C-Line terminates downtown. I'd love to see it keep going, perhaps down Bloomingt...
by alexschief
February 18th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 801
Views: 68625

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Make this an aBRT project and it can start preliminary engineering today, will cost $200 million less, and will serve a lot more territory a lot better.
by alexschief
February 18th, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 971
Views: 142404

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Owning the air rights and owning the land are two different things.
by alexschief
February 16th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - General Topics
Replies: 248
Views: 38304

Re: Northside - General Topics

Reminiscent of a HOPE VI development. Definitely not the kind of urban infill you frequently see today.
by alexschief
February 14th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)
Replies: 198
Views: 26101

Re: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)

I never look too closely at Minneapolis and St. Paul's respective populations and densities. Both city's boundaries are so small compared to almost every other comparison. Denver and Seattle, for instance, encompass three times the land of Minneapolis. But Seattle's total controlled area is forty pe...
by alexschief
February 8th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 259
Views: 26820

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

I'd presume incompetence before I presume malice. The city should put its foot down if it happens again with this developer. It can't become a trend. At the same time, development is tough, and occasionally things don't work out cleanly. An occasional small mulligan seems fair. This isn't a small c...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 259
Views: 26820

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

That's sort of like saying we don't really care about the rule of law. Yes, I know the law is flexible, and on and on. But at what point do we put our foot down and say that bad behavior by developers won't be tolerated. Plenty of us have complained in the past about developers radically changing a...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 259
Views: 26820

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

Don't make this personal. As for this project, there doesn't seem to be a way to slap the wrists of this developer for the shoddy way he's presented and adjusted this project. Maybe making the guy sweat like this is the best available way to do it. But I hope the City Council still allows for it to ...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (31 stories - ~350'/415')
Replies: 101
Views: 9759

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (31 stories - 307'/415')

I think the real question I have for Alatus is: what's with the rendering with the guy staring directly at the "camera"? I want to know the story behind that one.
by alexschief
February 1st, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 466
Views: 51217

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

The best way to funnel business to skyway tenants would be to hand them two-week-long permits to open a concession on the street. Laboring to send people up to the skyways and orient them there wouldn't be a good use of anyone's time.
by alexschief
January 31st, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 466
Views: 51217

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

The skyways are incredibly confusing to navigate for infrequent users, let alone newcomers (regular skyway users badly underestimate this). The streets are being programmed to death for the Super Bowl. Nothing surprising that a lot of the activity this week is bypassing the second level.
by alexschief
January 29th, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 80
Views: 5548

Re: Arby’s Island

If the sign goes, we riot.
by alexschief
January 26th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 661
Views: 85354

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Huh? How was the greenspace happening without the stadium? Politically they became connected, but there was absolutely nothing preventing that kind of development and investment when the Metrodome was there. If Minnesota had spent $400 million on the new park and on, say direct subsidies to develop...
by alexschief
January 25th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vicinity - 205 Park Avenue (Mill District Ramp Parcel)
Replies: 49
Views: 7816

Re: 205 Park Avenue - Mill District Ramp Parcel

Embedded in the New York Times' fairly credulous article about downtown east's development: Mr. Sherman has made the leap across Washington Avenue, where he is close to opening 180 apartments and a Trader Joe’s in his East End project, and a 182-room Canopy by Hilton in what is commonly known as the...
by alexschief
January 25th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1475
Views: 211175

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Don't take your cars to town son
Leave your cars at home Sven
Don't take your cars to town

- Johnny Cash
by alexschief
January 23rd, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 244 4th Street E
Replies: 10
Views: 1848

Re: 244 4th Street E

Downtown St. Paul still has a surprising number of lots available for contextual, 7-13 story apartment or condo buildings. Hoping this development really succeeds and sparks similar projects, because there's no place in the Twin Cities with more potential to be a truly great urban neighborhood.
by alexschief
January 20th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 416
Views: 70586

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Thank goodness the whole proposal has been made twice as wide to accommodate two new back alleys and twenty four surface parking spaces. I'm sure that'll be completely worth the cost.
by alexschief
January 18th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1907
Views: 164223

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I can see the E-Line terminating at the West Lake Station when the SWLRT opens, let's say in 2023. Then, when Midtown LRT opens, let's say in 2027, the E-Line route to the West Lake Station is removed, and the route is instead extended from the Uptown Transit Center to the American Boulevard Orange ...
by alexschief
January 18th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1907
Views: 164223

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Why is the route of the E Line so small? Surely it should go further south, perhaps all the way to Southdale? Also further north, at the very minimum across the river to serve St. Anthony.

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