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by tmart
October 16th, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Grandview District - Edina
Replies: 91
Views: 10825

Re: Grandview District - Edina

In this thread: legitimate critiques of the cost-benefit of the project, included parking, etc. In real-world Edina: The land bridge would be an “inappropriate spot for high-density development,” Christensen said, saying the planned apartments, hotel and retail projects could increase traffic and cr...
by tmart
October 9th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 28
Views: 645

Re: Ford Plant Redevelopment - Highland Park

Ahh, shoot, that makes sense, yeah. I'd be curious to know a ballpark on what Ryan are paying. IMO redeveloping this land--and doing so as a proper urban neighborhood with varied, competitive ownership, rather than a megaproject--would have been a good use of state resources. But we here all know ve...
by tmart
October 9th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 28
Views: 645

Re: Ford Plant Redevelopment - Highland Park

Can someone smarter than me explain why this had to be handed off to a single developer as a megaproject instead of having the city handle all the cleanup/landscape/infrastructure type stuff and then sell off the parcels? I'm a bit concerned about the concentration of real estate and capital in the ...
by tmart
October 4th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 479
Views: 44436

Re: Rush Line Corridor BRT

Minor tip: I'd suggest choosing a different color for the Gold Line; it blends in with the yellow roads. Overall it's a sensible idea. Transfers are clunky, but that's natural when you have to split the route along parallel streets. If we were more ambitious about transit planning and making investm...
by tmart
October 4th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4233
Views: 363956

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

It's not great, but I'm more worried about the FTA dragging its feet.
by tmart
October 3rd, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 346
Views: 49016

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

To be fair, there was a very reasonable expectation at the time that the Depot would be served by more frequent high-speed rail to Wisconsin and Chicago, and in fact it came very close to reality before Scott Walker decided he'd rather give the money to California HSR. It was also a time when we wer...
by tmart
October 2nd, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 479
Views: 44436

Re: Rush Line Corridor BRT

From a transit perspective, the "problem" here IMO is that Maplewood Mall barely fits into the corridor. Fine, there's some overlap between the St. John's and Maplewood stations--though IMO having a stop in very close proximity to the hospital makes sense when you consider that by the nature of a ho...
by tmart
October 2nd, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 346
Views: 49016

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I have no strong opinions about what should happen when the bus hits St. Paul, but this... “Seeing all the congestion in downtown St. Paul, I don’t see how adding buses will make things any easier,” ...it's so incredibly frustrating to see local elected officials still talking like this in 2018. The...
by tmart
September 29th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 137
Views: 10195

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Wow! It's worse in just about every way! Goes to show you that democracy is still accessible to wealthy landowners just like the founding fathers wanted. The plan is still a huge improvement over the status quo, but it's disappointing to see concessions being made entirely in the regressive suburban...
by tmart
September 27th, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 758
Views: 78956

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

True, but that's because we'll only have two stations on the entire 7+ mile stretch between downtown and 66th Street. The Orange Line could have really benefited from stations at Franklin, 38th St, Nicollet near 60th, etc. Totally agreed. Part of the reason I emphasize that this was a freeway recon...
by tmart
September 26th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 758
Views: 78956

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Why didn’t they make all of the Orange line stations inline station? How much time is going to be wasted exiting and re-entering the freeway? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Because this project is an afterthought to place a transit fig-leaf on a massive highway reconstruction project. There wil...
by tmart
September 15th, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 89
Views: 8433

Re: Tunnels!

Boring Company approved to build tunnels directly into SFH garages. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/09/boring-company-approved-to-build-a-tunnel-entrance-inside-a-residential-garage/ Thank god someone has finally solved the problem of wealthy commuters having to see anything other than the inside...
by tmart
August 2nd, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 259
Views: 26612

Re: Bike Share

Minneapolis has an exclusive contract with Nice Ride through Aug 1, 2021, as I read it. Though I am not a contract lawyer, or even someone who knows anything about it. https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/File/1044/Contract%20with%20Nice%20Ride%20REVISED%20RCA.pdf Some noteworthy pieces from the...
by tmart
August 1st, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 139
Views: 21898

Re: Interstate 94

Love the idea of creating better connections and caps. But I wish we'd put a greater focus on transit; it barely appears in that document at all, and even then only in a throwaway reference to mixed-traffic MnPass lanes. I guess it's a pipe dream or whatever because there's just too much backlash an...
by tmart
July 26th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 275
Views: 14581

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Finally some substantive polls! (You'll have to click some links on that page to get to the full data PDFs.) Likely DFL Primary Voters: Swanson - 28 Walz - 27 Murphy - 13 Undecided - 32 Likely GOP Primary Voters: Pawlenty - 49 Johnson - 34 Undecided - 16 Registered Voters: Walz - 51 Pawlenty - 40 R...
by tmart
July 25th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 137
Views: 10195

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

IMO it's one of the benefits of the fourplex plan that it's more accessible to individual homeowners/small developers and not on the radar of the giants. That diversification of ownership would be a meaningful response to the concern that urban growth has mostly financially enriched giant developers...
by tmart
July 25th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future cars / Driverless cars
Replies: 482
Views: 39616

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

I don't have a problem with Elon when he stays in his lane. Even if Tesla goes underwater in two years, they've still accelerated the broader transition away from fossil fuels, and that's an unqualified good thing. But building a car, or a car company, doesn't make you qualified to talk about infras...
by tmart
July 23rd, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 137
Views: 10195

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I think it was a sincere goal because the built form map is still quite restrictive in many of the areas that are getting their undies in a bunch about fourplexes. I imagine the plan was to say, yes, we're getting rid of the restrictions on multiple units, but the 2.5 story limit and other such rest...
by tmart
July 22nd, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 137
Views: 10195

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

http://www.startribune.com/feeling-the-heat-minneapolis-council-members-say-2040-plan-must-change/488810061/ Sure not feeling optimistic about this thing after seeing some of the council react to the public feedback. Sounds like the NIMBYs and wealthy homeowners have complained the loudest and will ...
by tmart
July 10th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 259
Views: 26612

Re: Bike Share

Do you mean the responsibility is on the company creating the shareable product, or on the company engineering and building cities? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk The "bike share system" in this case is a combination of factors under the bike share company's control (number of bikes, number of ...

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