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by alexschief
November 20th, 2017, 8:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 1501 Como Ave Apartments
Replies: 11
Views: 2071

Re: 1501 Como Ave Apartments

The house in Como where I used to live will probably fall over any day now, creating another redevelopment opportunity. Agree with the comments above, missed opportunity here for retail, considering that the intersection already has quite a few nice businesses. The design is nothing special, but it ...
by alexschief
November 17th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nic on Fifth - (290' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 1032
Views: 174376

Re: Nic on Fifth - (290' - 26 Stories)

Silophant wrote:
November 17th, 2017, 9:35 am
What's strange to me about the parking is that Opus saw that it wasn't filling up and went ahead and built just as much in 365 Nicollet.
[thinking face emoji]
by alexschief
November 10th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 575
Views: 82667

Re: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)

Minneapolis skyline goes dark at midnight. I'd expect Nord Haus to do the same, it'd be pretty weird and inconsiderate if it didn't.
by alexschief
November 10th, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: RISE at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE
Replies: 143
Views: 21030

Re: RISE at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE

Amazing post. The price is a useful detail. When I lived on 4th St. SE a few years ago, I paid $2.43/sqft rent with two friends for a house. The Link asking for $2.50/sqft for units in a steel and concrete building is a bit lower than I would've expected. On the unit details, jmoney is exaggerating ...
by alexschief
November 10th, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1434
Views: 202322

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

But of course, it wasn't an option to permanently close Portland Avenue through the Commons, because reasons.
by alexschief
November 10th, 2017, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1066
Views: 135348

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Second (?) retail banking operation in the North Loop and the only one between Hennepin and the RR tracks. Pretty significant hole being filled geographically and in the web of amenities that make a full service neighborhood.
by alexschief
November 9th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 563
Views: 88186

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

The ground level is all glass and either lobby or retail, which is fantastic, and double height at the Nicollet Street lobby entrance, which is doubly nice. The bad part of the podium is that it contains parking. I don't quite understand why the wrap is broken up on the Marquette end, but I'm not te...
by alexschief
November 7th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1407
Views: 115349

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I think David Levinson's blog last year more or less settled this subject. As others have noted here, bike lanes can appear more empty simply because bikes take up less space than cars. Any time I see a picture of a congested roadway, I have a habit of counting the cars and multiplying by 1.2 to get...
by alexschief
November 2nd, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St
Replies: 60
Views: 6563

Re: Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St

This project isn't the greatest project ever, but it's definitely not bad. There's a good deal more land to the south for further development, and what looks like 300+ units, heavily affordable, adjacent to a wealthy part of town and close to excellent transit is nothing to discount here. The archit...
by alexschief
November 1st, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment
Replies: 10
Views: 825

Re: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment

MNdible wrote:
November 1st, 2017, 2:57 pm
District parking like at LynLake is a great solution to the parking needs of business districts like these. Not sure what all the snark is for.
You're not wrong, it wasn't a brilliant comment.
by alexschief
November 1st, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment
Replies: 10
Views: 825

Re: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment

Gregory Scott, owner of buildings home to Herkimer and LynLake Brewery, said parking is crucial. The Jungle Theater couldn’t survive without the Garfield lot, he said
So buy the lot yourself...
by alexschief
October 31st, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 495
Views: 57460

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

I'd much rather they build a new building of similar scale, and parallel to the street line instead of at an angle like the current building is now. There is still a lot more room for development in the Westgate area. Add this lot and the Wells Fargo lot to the already-proposed Weyerhauser project. ...
by alexschief
October 30th, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 13887

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

PS I find it odd that the Strib uses upzoning and density as knocks against Erica but not against their preferred mayoral candidate. The Strib is this weird amalgamation of both growth machine and homevoter politics. They have a very mid-century, Western American view of the city; skyscrapers and a...
by alexschief
October 22nd, 2017, 11:35 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 400
Views: 68056

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Stark said the moratorium is not designed to block any particular construction plans, though the neighborhood is aware of at least a tentative project...
That seems a recipe for a losing lawsuit.
by alexschief
October 20th, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Fremont/Emerson/Chicago Rapid Bus
Replies: 29
Views: 1977

Re: D Line - Fremont/Emerson/Chicago Rapid Bus

In the recent Strib article about the D-Line . It was mentioned that the current #5 bus gets roughly 19,000 weekday riders. I knew it was in that range, but now with a number behind it, we can do some fun math. The #5 bus travels (by my estimate) about 19.5 route miles, carrying 19,000 weekday rider...
by alexschief
October 17th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 15617

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

All of this talk about math just serves to make ranked choice voting pointlessly complicated. At the end user, it's very simple. Rank your candidates in order of preference. That is all people need to know.
by alexschief
October 17th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St
Replies: 111
Views: 12214

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

This is still just a decorated parking structure right?
by alexschief
October 13th, 2017, 8:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks
Replies: 185
Views: 16142

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks

My dream for the post office building is that it be bought by a major institutional use, and they hire an architect with the inspiration of HdM's Elbphilharmonie , and Zaha Hadid's (lesser but in the same vein Antwerp Port House . The Minneapolis post office's size and location would make it well su...
by alexschief
October 12th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 748
Views: 64856

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Are there any relevant examples of [successful] transit lines that are only like 3.5 miles long? Totally. Montréal has an entire subway line that runs for three stops. Vancouver has a three stop airport spur. New York's S train runs between Grand Central and Times Square. Philly's Broad Street Line...
by alexschief
October 12th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 748
Views: 64856

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I've written enough already about this project so that people know my views. I think this LPA choice was pretty inevitable. I think that it's at least okay that this project is mostly dedicated ROW. But as I said above, I think that the part that is mixed is exactly the one part which most needs ded...

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