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by Bob Stinson's Ghost
October 17th, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 29
Views: 2666

Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

Do they have a strategy to monetize all that parking, I wonder, or is it just there to mollify the neighborhood group? Will parking be a $200 a month add-on for your $1300 a month tiny apartment?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
October 17th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 29
Views: 2666

Re: RE: Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

Looks like they're planning on keeping the semi trucks pulling a 90° back in from Lyndale feature. Early stages but not a fan of this Sent from my Nokia 6.1 using Tapatalk Care to elaborate? Are they planning some form of retail large enough it requires semi parking/loading? Twitter guy says 10,000...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
October 15th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 29
Views: 2666

Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

A little quick googling shows a height of 119 for TMBR.

Conventional concrete construction is an environmental disaster. The amount of natgas which has to burned to make the cement is huge, plus a lot of dirty diesel to haul it there and hoist all that weight into place.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
October 7th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47858

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The potential scenarios for electric vehicles span a wide range of possibilities, from a car-to-go type sharing service using BEV Smartfortwo's, all the way up to Suburbans and Tahoes which are even heavier because they are carrying 2000 LB battery packs. The environmental impacts of these two scena...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
September 12th, 2019, 10:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 96
Views: 8470

Re: Electric Scooters

I see about 50 people riding scooters for each one I see pedaling a green or blue Nice Ride.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
September 3rd, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 96
Views: 8470

Re: Electric Scooters

This looks pretty legit, it appears to be a serious attempt at analyzing lifecycle environmental impacts of dockless e-scooters: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab2da8/pdf If scooter trips replace walking, biking or transit, the net effect is negative, as you might expect. Short...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
August 27th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 224
Views: 33942

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

It's a real head scratcher to see all that inventory, all those coolers, and all that expensive underground parking for a store that's only open to sell stuff and collect money for 11 hours out of the day.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
August 15th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytower - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 12
Views: 1701

Re: Dinkytower - McDonalds redevelopment

The 10 O'clock Scholar (where Bob Dylan arguably launched his career) was right across the alley. Perhaps they could incorporate a small exhibit.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 24th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 224
Views: 33942

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

He then went around them to the full city council and won. It was a very ballsy move.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 24th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 224
Views: 33942

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

His rationale for coming back several months after groundbreaking and asking for a larger project than the one approved by CPED was that requirements imposed by Aldi required a bigger building to be financially viable. He shrewdly recognized that public demand for the Aldi store gave him leverage to...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 24th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 224
Views: 33942

Re: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S

Gotta hand it to Gerberding. He played the Aldi card to maximum advantage.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 6th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47858

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Not totally on board with these posts being moved. I was hoping to bring this back around to Sam, where I started it, and discuss the assumptions that he and his colleagues on the planning commission are working from. It's uplifting to hear him say that we should be more like New York or Paris, but ...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 6th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 96
Views: 8470

Re: Electric Scooters

During the recent open street event I was walking up Garfield to save time getting home and saw a pair parked diagonally on the sidewalk leaving less than a foot on either side. Hated 'em. A few minutes later a couple zipped past me at full speed with an inch to spare. Hated 'em again. Two days late...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 4th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47858

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Xandrex, I generally agree about the benefits outweighing the harm, but there are times when it just doesn't seem worth it, like when you're on the downwind side of 6 lanes of idling cars by the Walker and getting all the fumes from the tunnel. FWIW, the several people I've talked to who have mentio...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 4th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 96
Views: 8470

Re: Electric Scooters

i rode one at open streets for the first time, but i'm not sure i'd do one in traffic. Too fast for the sidewalk, too slow for the street. When I see them I'm often reminded of what Steve Jobs said about the Segway when it was introduced: "people will build cities around these!" Or at least make th...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 2nd, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47858

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Those are very real concerns, and they also need to be addressed, but the bad effects of breathing the exhaust from cars trucks and buses are real and well documented. When you guys hit a cloud of stinky exhaust do you hold your breath or just breathe it in? When I get a whiff of diesel I just try t...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 1st, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47858

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

What I'm trying to say is that is that the switch to BEV's may have a lot of additional leverage, in the sense that you're not trading electric miles for gas/diesel miles on a one to one basis. I'm suggesting that when you no longer have to take deep breaths of toxic haze to ride a bicycle people wi...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
May 31st, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47858

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Sam Rockwell in the Strib: http://www.startribune.com/we-have-to-get-over-cars-to-save-the-planet/510640872/ Up to this point I had considered him to be a deep thinker. Apparently he hasn't considered how much more bicycling and walking would be done if breathing tailpipe emissions wasn't a prerequi...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
May 13th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 24463

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

Employers who think they are getting free lunch by pinching pennies on pay will no doubt complain loudly about the additional tax burden.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
March 8th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?
Replies: 41
Views: 3083

Re: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?

Is John Edwards a real person? I always viewed him as a sort of mythical figure, kind of like Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge.

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