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by twincitizen
April 22nd, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 174
Views: 14981

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

Census Bureau estimates (July 1, 2018 population) are out now for counties and metro areas. Cities come out in May. County | 2010 | 2017 | 2018 Hennepin | 1,152,425 | 1,248,246 | 1,259,428 Ramsey | 508,640 | 545,518 | 550,210 Dakota | 398,552 | 421,821 | 425,423 Anoka | 330,844 | 350,521 | 353,813 W...
by twincitizen
April 17th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 474
Views: 50752

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

What do folks think of the idea of extending the A Line westward, replacing Route 46 ? I think this would be a far more worthwhile extension than the low-ridership northern extension concept in low-density suburban Ramsey County. Extending the A Line over the Route 46 would connect it with (from eas...
by twincitizen
April 17th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1899
Views: 212085

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

One thing that always strikes me when I stand at Hennepin & Washington is how far away the downtown skyline "feels" from that spot. Streetview does a good job of capturing what I mean: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9822777,-93.2690412,3a,90y,172.95h,89.21t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKvFhpElJCCgXug3zJqH_r...
by twincitizen
April 17th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Local politics, shenanigans
Replies: 78
Views: 7982

Re: Local politics, shenanigans

They must be drinking that Lake Elmo water in nearby Lakeland: 2 Lakeland City Council members skip meeting in protest over mayoral appointment
by twincitizen
April 10th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 106
Views: 18283

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

It’s cool to see such an ambitious proposal but I’m annoyed that anyone can pretend with a straight face that Building 4 (40-story office) is ever going to happen. It’s kinda suspicious that they’re just showing what Ramsey County & St. Paul leaders/chambers of commerce want to see. With no anchor t...
by twincitizen
April 3rd, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Oakland Apartments (213-215 South 9th St) and neighbors
Replies: 43
Views: 3405

Re: Oakland Apartments (215 South 9th St) and neighbors

Hey this is neat: https://www.facebook.com/pg/oaklandson9th/posts/?ref=page_internal Someone is rehabbing the building and sharing the experience on Facebook. In a post today they state that it will cost close to $3MM to rehab, and go on to say that that figure is close to double what the building i...
by twincitizen
April 1st, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1628
Views: 258492

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Certainly better than nothing, but remember that St. Olaf's property makes up 3/4 of a skyway-connected block inside the CBD (three blocks closer-in to the core than the Kraus Anderson block!) The "highest and best use" for this block is very, very high. While I'm sure there are fans of St. Olaf's m...
by twincitizen
April 1st, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 48
Views: 3645

Re: Labeling the Transit System

Even though it's not really stated in official planning documents, it's hard not to see the Gold Line is destined to be extended to Minneapolis in 8-10 years when we rebuild 94 with HOV lanes between the downtowns, replacing the current 94 express route. With Rush being a mostly exclusive guideway B...
by twincitizen
April 1st, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Snelling Yards affordable & senior housing development - 3601 44th St E
Replies: 17
Views: 4139

Re: Snelling Yards affordable & senior housing development - 3601 44th St E

Looks like this project is being scaled back a little bit, perhaps just undoing the news from a couple posts up where it was increased to 251 total units. Still 4-story affordable senior housing, 5-story workforce housing. http://snellingyards.com/ says 210 units, but I'm not sure how current that i...
by twincitizen
March 26th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 361
Views: 44856

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

Major OT violation, but I'm gonna go on record as agreeing that we shouldn't allow developers to build hundreds upon hundreds of <350 sq.ft. micro-apartments. There's certainly a case to be made for some amount of them downtown, as temporary/corporate housing, etc., but I'm not sure if they should b...
by twincitizen
March 26th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 937
Views: 119717

Re: Southside - General Topics

Since gravel/dirt isn't a permitted surface, I'm curious how they were allowed to open while leaving the parking lot as dirt/mud for an entire year. That would seem to be a required punchlist item before the city would give them an occupancy permit, at least it certainly would have been in the 'burb...
by twincitizen
March 26th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 48
Views: 3645

Re: Labeling the Transit System

Circling back to this conversation, the Rush Line should obviously be called the Silver Line, not the Purple Line. If Rush claims Purple, we are literally out of 'primary' colors to name Riverview, let alone Midtown. Yellow is not an option due to the use of Gold, and I don't think anyone is really ...
by twincitizen
March 23rd, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle design and innovations
Replies: 45
Views: 6621

Re: Bicycle design and innovations

^this ebike event is happening today/tomorrow at the convention center: http://ebikechallenge.com
by twincitizen
March 22nd, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Transit Crime
Replies: 121
Views: 18657

Re: Transit Crime

Every story I read about smoking on light rail (which I haven't actually seen in person), I automatically assume it has to be like the same 10-20 extremely mentally ill people doing the offending. I just seriously doubt there are hundreds of separate people regularly smoking on trains. If it's the s...
by twincitizen
March 22nd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 193
Views: 19468

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Rezoning is a totally separate process from the Comp Plan. Per state statute, I believe cities have 9 months to update zoning to match the Comp Plan, after it has been accepted by the Met Council. Since Minneapolis' Comp Plan contains such a large amount of change, to nearly every parcel in the city...
by twincitizen
March 22nd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 49
Views: 9515

Re: Elliot Park

It's notoriously difficult to finance retail components in 100% affordable 'tax credit' housing projects. This has been documented over and over again. Also, this is the same project that Ryan was formerly a partner on, then wound up suing the other partners , correct? I'm guessing the changes (both...
by twincitizen
March 20th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 9
Views: 515

Re: Southside - General Topics

I don't have access to the article, but my guess from what's visible is that this is just a "here's what you might be able to do" visual that's part of the RFP documentation, and doesn't actually represent a real proposal that a real developer has made. This is correct. This is the broker's visuali...
by twincitizen
March 13th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 615
Views: 95063

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

First retail tenant will be Haus Salon. Can’t make this stuff up
by twincitizen
March 11th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics
Replies: 89
Views: 12045

Re: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics

Ped bridge over 36 is a must, unless MnDOT is going to replace the full 36/51 cloverleaf with something else. 36 remains a full freeway in any scenario, but Snelling shouldn’t be. Surely they could come up with something that moves traffic nearly as efficiently and frees up some real estate, while a...

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